Excerpt from The Journal of Philology, 1885, Vol. 14
The following is an attempt to throw light upon a difficult and controverted passage, partly by the study of its exegesis historically, partly by the endeavour to determine more precisely than has generally been done the limits to which uncertainty extends. In the selection of extracts, completeness, it may be remarked, has not been aimed at, in particular professedly polemical treatises have been, as a rule, purposely left out of sight; at the same time the extracts presented will, it is believed, be found to be fairly representative of the currents of interpretation prevalent in either Jewish or Christian circles, until the 14th or 15th century. As the best means of conveying a vivid and distinct impression of their individual character and aim, the authorities cited have usually been permitted to speak for themselves, notes and references being added only where they appeared necessary for the purpose of enabling an ordinary reader to understand the nature of a quotation or the drift of the reasoning.
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