David, Elhanan, And The Literary Digest -- By: Norvelle Wallace Sharpe

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 086:343 (Jul 1929)
Article: David, Elhanan, And The Literary Digest
Author: Norvelle Wallace Sharpe

David, Elhanan, And The Literary Digest

Norvelle Wallace Sharpe


In its December 29, 1928, issue, The Literary Digest raised the question “Who killed Goliath?”; apparently motivated by “A New Commentary on Holy Scripture” by Gore, therein briefly reviewed.

Under the caption, “The Dispute about Goliath,” The Literary Digest of March 9, 1929, again raises the question of the victor in the historic duel. The Digest, alluding to its policy, states that in the antecedent notation it did not voice an opinion. To a degree this policy is continued in this later article; yet it is quite obvious that, in the mind of the Sectional Editor of the Digest, the victor over Goliath was Elhanan rather than, as commonly held, David. The article closes with the approval of The Churchman (Episcopal) of “A New Commentary on Holy Scripture” by Gore, as evidenced by the statement, “that every theological seminary of any standing in this country has been teaching for a quarter of a century almost everything contained in the new commentary.”

The Gore Commentary, in accord with and yet further stimulating the destructive criticism of the day, denies a large number of the historic statements and facts, commonly accepted by Evangelic Christians. Attention is invited, for complete details, to the two Digest articles in question.


In general, it may be noted that the various writers mentioned in the Digest hold that there exists an irreconcilable conflict, and hence that at least one (if not both) of the records is erroneous, and that endeavor is called for to determine which (if either) bears the earmarks of

accuracy—the writer fails to find himself in consonance with this attitude.

Per contra the believer is reminded, that “all scripture is given by inspiration of God”;1 and this is in truth warrant royal for an uncompromising faith in the inerrancy of The Word, and is itself buttressed and stabilized by the inerrancy and divinity of The Author thereof. If the thought obtrudes that whereas the primal revelations were divinely accurate, yet the enormous number of subsequent scribes, copyists, and printers have assuredly de-deloped an occasional postcedent man-made error; the believer is again reminded of the Bereans, more noble “in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scripture daily, whether those things were so.”2 And if yet further encouragement for unremitting and intensive study of the occasiona...

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