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A Theologico Political Treatise Part Ii

Auhtor: Baruch Spinoza

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Review by C. F. Hill, March 2007


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... that men go on to this day imagining miracles, so that they may believe themselves God's favourites, and the final cause for which God created ...
... them from the fixed and immutable order of nature. (41) By miracle, I here mean an event which surpasses, or is thought to surpass, human comprehension: ...
... (72) In Psalm civ:4, wind and fire are called the angels and ministers of God, and various other passages of the same sort are found in Scripture, ...
... of miracles to that which I employed in treating of prophecy. (117) Of prophecy I have asserted nothing which could not be inferred from promises ...
... principles of natural knowledge (to say nothing of prejudices): in order not to confound the meaning of a passage with its truth, we must examine ...
... places where justice is neglected, and in a time of oppression, but does not hold good in a well-ordered state. (63) In a well-ordered state ...
... we have only shown how to investigate those passages of Scripture which treat of practical conduct, and which, therefore, are more easily examined, ...
... the Epistle with the passage in Genesis, but also and chiefly to illustrate how little trust should be placed in the points and accents which ...
... the fact (admitted, I think, by all) that the supernatural faculty is a Divine gift granted only to the faithful. (153) But the prophets and apostles ...
... to the facts: (13) 1. That the preface to Deuteronomy could not have been written by Moses, inasmuch as he ad never crossed the Jordan. ...
... greater importance, which may be cited. (33) Namely (I.), that the writer of the books in question not only speaks of Moses in the third person, ...
... way to the first book of Kings, and, after David's death, to the Second book of Kings. (94) The putting together, and the order of the narratives, ...
... was 130 years old. (18) If from this we deduct the twenty-two years which he passed sorrowing for the absence of Joseph and the seventeen years ...
... I now pass on to other points concerning the treatment of these books. (60) For we must remark, in addition to what has been shown, that these ...
... (87) Though these matters are self-evident, [Endnore 6], it is necessary, to answer the reasonings of certain Pharisees, by which they endeavour ...
... two readings of a passage, that in the text and that in the margin, instead of three or more and further, how the scribes can have hesitated ...
... furthermore wrote the history of that king (see 2 Chron. xxvi:22) in a volume now lost. (13) That which we possess, we have shown to have been taken ...
... and this could never be proved. (98) I am led to assert that the Pharisees alone selected the books of the Old Testament, and inserted them in ...
... histories of things both future and past which do not surpass human credence, laws, institutions, manners, I call conceivable and clear, though ...
... far: we need only read attentively the chapter of 1 Chron., already quoted, where (v. 17, sqq.) mention is made of all the posterity of Jeconiah, ...