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  • ISBN13:9781459013049
  • ISBN10:1459013042
  • Publisher:General Books
  • Language:English
  • Author:Thomas Arnold
  • Binding:Paperback
  • Sub Genre:General
  • SUPC: SDL047389131

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1839 Excerpt: ... NOTES. Note, page 3. "It is anticipated History, not in our common sense of the word, but in another and far higher sense." This, according to a very common interpretation, is the sense of the famous words in St. Peter's second Epistle, itoitTa. irgoQtjTiioc ygufyris iS/aj Itnauitkoj Ou yivercu. History is especially -8/-j e7riAucra-j: that is to say, what the historian relates of Babylon, is to be understood of Babylon only; of the city so called on the banks of the Euphrates, and not of any other place more or less morally resembling it. But what Prophecy says of Babylon is xoivijj ewiKvrea; it does not relate exclusively, nor even principally, to the Babylon of History; but to certain spiritual evils of which Babylon was at one period the representative, and Rome at another, and of which other cities which may have succeeded to the greatness of Babylon and Rome, may be the representatives now. And thus the Babylon of History is only for a limited time, and in an imperfect degree, the Babylon of Prophecy. It is so for a limited time only, because the historical Babylon has long since perished; but the Prophecies in the Old Testament against it have been repeated in the New, almost in the very same words; so that the prophetical Babylon must have been in existence long after the historical Babylon had been destroyed. And only in an imperfect degree, because the language used respecting it is the exact opposite to that used with respect to Jerusalem; and as the historical Jerusalem never came up to the pictures of the holiness and happiness of the prophetical Jerusalem, so neither have we any reason to believe that there was any such peculiar and unmixed wickedness in the historical Babylon, as to make it the proper and ultimate subject of t...

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