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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. SCRIPTURAL EVIDENCE FOR THE ATONEMENT. 1. Were I to deliver an introductory lecture on biblical criticism, I should begin perhaps with the meanings of individual words, and one of my earliest remarks would be on the uncertain guidance of etymology, or how frequently and widely the actual deviated from the primitive signification. Under this head we might have exposed the folly of a certain style of pedagogical criticism, when it condemns, for example, the use of mixed metaphors, seeing that the metaphorical, like other first meanings, is lost in the course of those changes which a language undergoes; and so what was originally a figurative becomes at length a direct and proper signification. We have no time, however, for such stray excursions; nor can we enter at all on that very delightful though not very safe region of speculation, into which Horne Tooke first led the way, by the most ingenious and entertaining treatment which he bestows on the first elements of speech, in his book entitled The Diversions of Purley. When the word which I do investigate affords a specimen of any principle, I may announce that principle without farther dwelling on it; and, accordingly, what I have now said of the little avail of etymology in fixing the sense of terms was suggested by the first word which I shall consider in connexion with the doctrine of the atonement, the word Karaayri, 2 Cor. v. 18. It comes from the verb aXXao-o-w, to change, to make other than before. We instantly recognise, as of the same family, aXXo?, other, and aXXa, but. The verb Karada-a-oa is even employed to denote the exchange of money for commodities, effected by the money passing intoother hands than before. The guidance of etymology were, however, very uncertain here. It might tell us of c...
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