Paul’s Panegyric Of Love. — A New Critical Text, Translation, And Digest -- By: A. W. Tyler

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 030:117 (Jan 1873)
Article: Paul’s Panegyric Of Love. — A New Critical Text, Translation, And Digest
Author: A. W. Tyler


Paul’s Panegyric Of Love. — A New Critical Text, Translation,
And Digest

A. W. Tyler

In May, 1870, the Convocation of Canterbury, by a unanimous vote in the Upper House, and by a large majority in the Lower, declared, “That it is desirable that a revision of the Authorized Version of the Holy Scriptures be undertaken.” This was the first of a series of resolutions which were proposed by a committee of eight bishops, the late Dean Alford, Dean Stanley, and other dignitaries of the Church of England. That church is justly proud of having formed our present incomparable version, and nothing is more fitting than that with her should originate the steps looking toward bringing it into accordance with what is rightly demanded by the present state of biblical science. A new translation is neither proposed nor needed; but what is wanted is a revision of the present version, which shall be worthy of the scholarship and Christianity of to-day, and which shall therefore most fully avail itself of the latest researches among the rich stores of manuscript treasures which have been recovered during the present century, and which shall embody the results of the most mature and discerning criticism which can be brought to bear upon the manuscripts, versions, and Fathers, for the restoration of the ipsissima verba, as nearly as may be, of the sacred text.

The Convocation also appointed a committee of eight bishops and eight presbyters to take the requisite steps for carrying out the resolutions. The Committee of Revision, as finally constituted, consisted of some thirty-six members, divided into two companies — one for the revision of the New Testament, and the other for that of the Old. Authority

was given to the committee, by the Convocation, “to invite the co-operation of any eminent for scholarship, to whatever nation or religious body they may belong.”

Especial interest was felt in this country, when it was found that, under the authority thus granted, the British committee had invited Rev. Dr. Philip Schaff, of New York, to form an associate committee of competent American scholars, who should join in the execution of the great work proposed. The American committee is also divided into an Old Testament company of eleven members, and a New Testament company of fifteen. Eight denominations are represented in their ranks, and many of their number are of acknowledged ability and tried skill in biblical criticism or exegesis. They have now fully entered upon the prosecution of their work.

As no building which is not founded upon rock can withstand the tempest, so no translation can bear searching criticism unless the text it renders be ground...

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