10/10/2022 FROM THE INTRODUCTIONS OF 20TH CENTURY BOOKS ON REVELATION, PART 2

Good morning all. We will start today with a quote from a book entitled REVELATION by Harry A. Ironside (1876-1951). He was born in Toronto; his father died of typhus at age 27 when Ironside was 2 years old; at the age of 10 his family moved to Los Angeles. He could find no Sunday School to attend, so he started his own at age 11. According to Wikipedia, he and his friends sewed burlap bags together to make a tent, and then taught about 60 children each week. He left school after graduating eighth grade, worked as a cobbler and then as photographic assistant, but preached with the Salvation Army in the evening. At age 16 he became a full-time preacher with the Salvation Army. At 18 his health began to fail, so he stopped his busy preaching circuit to recuperate. He moved to San Francisco where he became associated with the Plymouth Brethren. He ended up as pastor for the Moody Church in Chicago, with 2 honorary PhDs.

Here’s a quote from the Preface of REVELATION, published in 1921:

“Heretofore I have always refused to bring out a volume on the Apocalypse, as it seemed to me there were so many already in print better than any I could hope to write. But while this fact remains as true today as ever, the great war and other colossal movements of the past five years have combined to so emphasize and clarify much that abler brethren had written in years gone by, that it now seems to me there is a need for some later exposition of the last prophetic book of the bible which would take cognizance of these many significant events.

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1/6/22 THE MURATORIAN FRAGMENT

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Let’s get into this today by looking at a quote from an early document called THE MURATORIAN FRAGMENT. This is the earliest list of what was considered the “New Testament”, and they think the books on this list were circulated with a probably abridged version of the “Old Testament”; some think that the fragment may have been from a kind of monastic handbook on the Bible. The author is unknown, though there are a lot of guesses, including Papias, Polycrates of Ephesus, Clement of Aexandria, Melito of Sardis, and Hippolytus.

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