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THE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE IN MODERN AMERICAN
FORM AND PHRASE, WITH NOTES AND

INTRODUCTION

BY

FRANK SCHELL BALLENTINE

NEW YORK
THE LOVELL COMPANY

School

COPYRIGHT, 1899, By FRANK SCHELL BALLENTINE.

INTRODUCTION.

The Good News, according to S. Matthew, is distinguished by its many quotations from the Old Testament, and by the amount of space it gives to the teaching of Jesus as compared with his acts.

This body of teaching is always set before us by S. Matthew at considerable length, and after the fashion and method of the old Hebrew Wisdom Poets. The parallelism of the thought and the rhythmic flow of the language is remarkable.

On the other hand, the bringing out of this great feature of this Gospel makes us appreciate the learning and culture of the writer, as well as to understand and enjoy the beauties of his thought and diction. It shows us what a characteristic portraiture of our Lord he has drawn for us, and the necessity of the four writers for a full and well rounded view of him for all time to

come.

Yet, S. Matthew writes with no stiff national or exclusive pride.

For it is S. Matthew who is the occasion of our Lord's being charged with eating with tax collectors and sinners. It is S. Matthew who tells us of the visit of the eastern Magi, in whom Christendom from of old has rightly seen the first fruits of the calling of the Gentiles.

It is S. Matthew who dwells emphatically on the prospect of men coming from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south, to sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven.

It is S. Matthew who sets forth the law of compassionate judgment, which will make the doom of Tyre and Sidon more tolerable than that of Chorazin and Bethsaida.

Yes, it is S. Matthew who represents the Judge of all the earth in the last great day, taking his standard of judgment, not from the old Jewish law, not from the specific truths taught by Christ, even, but from the great and all-inclusive law of kindness, which is stamped everywhere, even when neglected and transgressed, on the hearts and lives of those who have known no other revelation.

F. S. BALLENTINE, Christ's CHURCH RECTORY, SCRANTON, Pa.,

Trinitytide, 1899.

THE BOOK

-OF THE

GENEALOGY OF JESUS CHRIST

THE SON OF DAVID, THE SON OF

ABRAHAM.

Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac of Jacob,
Jacob of Judah and his brothers,
Judah, of Pharez and Zarah, by Tamar,
Pharez of Ezrom,
Ezrom of Aram,
Aram of Aminadab,
Aminadab of Naason,
Naason of Salmon,
Salmon of Boaz, by Rahab,
Boaz of Obed, by Ruth,
Obed of Jesse,

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