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“The words rather mean baptizing them into the fellowship of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and describe, not the formula to be used at baptism, but the end and aim which would be secured in and through baptism.” (Page 307)
“The gap between this and the last verse must be bridged by the thought that such faith as that exhibited by the Gentilic centurion would admit him into the kingdom.” (Page 77)
“The thought is of those who mourn for the sin in Israel, which checks and thwarts God’s purposes for His people, and delays the coming of the kingdom.” (Page 41)
“He now explains why He did not graft His teaching on to the old and outworn Pharisaic system of religion; why, in other words, He did not reinforce the whole system of religious observances as taught by the orthodox Jews.” (Page 93)
“As the new patch makes a worse rent in an outworn coat, so His teaching would weaken rather than heal weak points in the religious system of Judaism.” (Page 93)
A work of scholarship and patience that does honor to the Christian church.
As a microscopic and practically exhaustive study and itemized statement of the probable or possible sources of the Synoptic Gospels and of their relations, one to another, this work has not been surpassed. I doubt if it has been equaled. And the author is not by any means lacking in spiritual insight.
—The Methodist Review
This important work exhibits the well-known critical qualities of the International Series, and should claim a leading place among commentaries on the First Gospel.
Willoughby C. Allen: Archdeacon of Manchester, Principal of Egerton Hall.
SEGBEAYAH K.(FELIX) DJOGBESSI