In continuing with our week long series on how Google Books is a great resource for the Christian apologist, tonight I want to pick up where we last left off last night on Veritas Domain concerning the subject of Old Testament Higher Criticism.
Many times critics of the Bible package the Documentary Hypothesis as if it’s a new thing, that Christians have not been able to handle. Certainly, JEDP is a mantra among professors in state run public universities, and assumed to be unanswered by Christians.
Those who are aware of their historical theology knows that this is not the case, that there were men who addressed this issue and refuted it such as those from Old Princeton. Rather than reinvent the wheels, we must know what those have gone before us has contributed in their response so as to allow us to be inform of the historical arguments given. In the 21st century, Old Princeton speaks from the grave, thanks to Google books.
1.) “The Higher Criticism of the Pentateuch”- by William Henry Green, professor of the Old Testament in Princeton Theological Seminary. This 1895 work runs under two hundred pages, and was one of the early responses, first published in 1895.
2.) “The Unity of the book of Genesis”— by William Henry Green, professor of the Old Testament in Princeton Theological Seminary. Similar to “The Higher Criticism of the Pentateuch”, this work was published in 1895, but is more specific since it addresses Higher Criticism concerning the book of Genesis. The work is almost six hundred pages!
3.) “Is the Higher Criticism Scholarly?”— By Robert Dick Wilson, professor of the Old Testament in Princeton Theological Seminary. Wilson later went on to be one of the founding faculty of The Westminster Seminary under Machen. This 1922 short work considers the question that became it’s title, and was written primarily for the General reading audience.
4.) “Studies in the Book of Daniel”— By Robert Dick Wilson, professor of the Old Testament in Princeton Theological Seminary. Written in 1917, this work is four hundred pages long, and some might be surprised at how detailed responses were already published back then!