Today's history was yesterday's prophecy; tomorrow, today's prophecy will have become history. Therefore history and prophecy are but different aspects of the same process, and must share a common origin and end. This book seeks to shew that Biblical history and prophecy point to a Divine movement within and behind the flow of human affairs, and have their common origin in the purpose of God as it culminates in Christ.
As this book emphasizes, the authenticity of Biblical history is of vital importance. While myths may be used to illustrate and teach moral truths, they cannot document circumstances of fact. And the Event of Christ in history is an event linked with clearly-stated antecedent circumstances of fact. Consequently, Biblical history and prophecy must be viewed as a coherent whole, or we do but grasp isolated links instead of a chain.
Moreover, the unity of history and prophecy in God presents us with a moral dilemma and a personal challenge. If history be grounded in the decisions of the Divine will: if the structure of events be not fortuitous but deliberate: and if all moves to a culminating purpose—then it behoves all of us, who are the raw material out of which history and prophecy are made, to discover that Divine purpose for each of our lives, and to fulfil it.
|Foreword By F. F. Bruce||
|Part I History|
|I||The Nature of Bible History||
|II||The Note of Continuity in Old Testament History||
|III||The Note of Progression in Old Testament History||
|IV||The Note of Crisis in Old Testament History||
|V||The Unity of Old Testament History||
|Part II Prophecy|
|VI||The Nature and Function of Biblical Prophecy||
|VII||The Note of Law in Old Testament Prophecy||
|VIII||The Note of Prediction in Old Testament Prophecy||
|IX||The Messianic Note in Old Testament Prophecy||
|X||The Unity of Old Testament Prophecy||
|Part III God|
|XI||The Fulfilment of the Plan||
|XII`||The Unity of All Things in God||
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