The name “Bible.”

The Bible is in Greek Ta Biblia, “The Books,” par excellence. Though a plural in Greek, the word came, on account of its termination, to be used in law Latin as a feminine singular; and from the Latin, it passed in this form into modern languages: la Bible, die Bibel, and the like. (Prof. A. B. Davidson.)

Well may the Scriptures be called “THE BOOK.” It is the Book of the race. It is the old family Bible, long entrusted to the keeping of the firstborn, but where all may come, and find their natal record. Here is the historical genealogy of all nations. Here, too, is the spiritual genealogy of human souls,--the generation and the regeneration, the man of the earth and the Man from heaven, the humanity or the life in Adam, and the Christianity or the life in Christ. Here, moreover, is that which belongs to all men as men, the ideas that above all others are the property of the race. Here is the fall, the redemption, the brotherhood in ruin as the ground of all true human sympathy, the brotherhood in grace as the ground of all true human hope. (Taylor Lewis, LL. D.)

The Bible, then, as the Book of books, is as the sun in the centre of all other religious records; the Kings of the Chinese, the Vedas of India, the Zendavesta of the Persians, the Eddas of the Germans, the Jewish Talmud, and the Mohammedan Koran; judging all that is hostile in them, reconciling and bringing into liberty whatever elements of truth they may contain. It stands also, with a like repelling and attracting force, in the centre of all literature, as well as of theology. In the same power and dignity it exercises its critical authority upon all historical traditions. As the ideal Cosmos of the revelation of salvation, it forms with the Cosmos of the general revelation of God an organic unity (Psalm 8; 19; 104.). It is the key of the World-Cosmos, while this again is the living illustration of the Cosmos of the Scripture. But as that is subordinate to the living God, as an organ of His manifestation, so is the Bible to the living Christ. It holds the same relation to Him as the copy to the original, and is co-ordinate with the eternal word of Christ in the total life of the Church--as a fully accordant testimony. But whoever will utter anything from that mystical writing in the heart of the Church, must derive his credentials from the written Word. (J. P. Lunge, D. D.)


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