The Lost Writings, Quoted And Referred To, In The Old Testament -- By: Ira M. Price

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 046:182 (Apr 1889)
Article: The Lost Writings, Quoted And Referred To, In The Old Testament
Author: Ira M. Price


The Lost Writings, Quoted And Referred To, In The Old
Testament

Rev. Ira M. Price

The Old Testament, to most persons, is little more than ii barred palace, a Roman catacomb. They look in through the iron gratings, only to their own confusion and bewilderment. Even when once within the gates, the strange names, the obscure directions on the corner tablets in the great dark halls, serve only to convince them that they are in a strange domain, in need of a guide. When this guide appears, even with the most powerful light of the century, he cannot begin to bring out the beauties of those primitive mosaics. All through the palace he finds vague, inexplicable, and often undecipherable relations between events grouped together in the same historical landscape. One of these obscurities or difficulties, which very early meets every careful reader of the Old Testament, is the large specific reference, in certain books, to works now entirely unknown.

The composite nature of certain books of the Old Testament, though closely related to the topic under investigation, will not be considered here, as its consideration would necessitate the discussion of questions immediately connected with higher criticism. The authorship and time of composition of the books of the Old Testament,

also, do not come within the limits set to the theme in hand.

Old Testament writers often quote each other—the later quoting the earlier, both in thought and in words. Thus Isaiah (1:2) begins his prophecies by quoting Deut. 32:1. Jeremiah quotes freely from the Psalms and the earlier minor prophets, transcribing not only thoughts and verses, but often large parts of chapters. The Psalms contain in themselves, through their frequent quotations and references, the sum and pith of almost all the remainder of the Old Testament and Israelitish history. This subject of quotations among the different Old Testament writers would of itself extend far beyond the limits of any ordinary paper, and cannot receive attention here.

I cannot take up and examine the various mentions of the recording of events, such as are found in 1 Sam. 10:25; Esth. 2:23, etc.

The main purpose of this treatise is to discover the lost works quoted and mentioned by name in the Old Testament; and to ascertain as far as possible their names, their number, their authors, and their probable character. These different points can scarcely betaken up separately, as they are somewhat’ involved. But the summary at the close...

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