“The Living Oracles” Appendix Contents

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This was originally published July 14, 2010 on Facebook as a Note. But I publish it here, to help tell about my faith journey.

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This is a continuation of the notes on the Living Oracles
See also:
The Living Oracles as offered by Alexander Campbell
Campbell’s Living Oracles and Context

 
NOTE – I have no APPENDIX Source Link because this First Edition link and this Fourth Edition link do not have the APPENDIX contained within my copy of “The Living Oracles” (ISBN:0-89225-491-2).

NOTE – This post is simply the Titles and Subtitles of the Tables found within the APPENDIX, specific details may not be forthcoming.

NOTE – I have placed My Thoughts after the listing of the APPENDIX contents.

 
APPENDIX

Table I (pp.1-7)
Containing the PROPER NAMES which are found in the New Testament, etymologically explained, and accented for pronunciation, according to the most approved standards.

SCHEME OF VOWEL SOUNDS (p.1)
REMARKS ON SOME OF THE CONSONANTS (p.1)

 
Table II (pp.7-14)
GEOGRAPHICAL INDEX

 
Table III (pp.15-16)
Exhibiting the Different Views of Eminent Writers on the Chronology of the Books of the New Institution.

REMARKS ON THE PRECEDING TABLE (p.16)

 
Table IV (pp.16-20)
CHRONOLOGICAL INDEX
Containing a variety of events, political and religious, connected with the Christian History, from the nativity of Jesus to the death of the Apostle John.

NOTE-Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was born four years before the commencement of the common era, or Anno Domini.

 
Table V (pp.20-21)
OF TIME (p.20)
DAYS OF THE WEEK (p.21)
HOURS OF THE DAY (p.21)
WATCHES (p.21)

 
Table VI (p.21)
MEASURES OF LENGTH

 
Table VII (p.22)
MEASURES OF CAPACITY

 
Table VIII (pp.22-23)
PRECIOUS STONES MENTIONED IN THE APOSTOLIC WRITINGS

 
Table IX (p.23)
OF THE COINS MENTIONED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

 
Table X (pp.24-26)
SECTS, OFFICES, AND OFFICERS (pp.24-26)
Mentioned in the Sacred Writings (p.24)
Officers under Assyrian or Persian Monarchs (p.24)
Under the Grecian Monarchs (p.24)
Under the Roman Emperors (p.24)
Inferior Officers (p.24)
Ecclesiastical Officers, and Sects of Men (pp.24-26)

 
Table XI (pp.26-30)
WORDS AND PHRASES, THE MEANING OF WHICH IS EITHER ASCERTAINED OR ILLUSTRATED FROM ANCIENT USAGES, MANNERS AND CUSTOMS

 
Table XII (pp.30-36)
SPURIOUS READINGS (pp.30-32) [edited-Thursday July 15-to add number of SPURIOUS READINGS given for each Book, also added a line every fifth entry to allow for easier reading]

Format:
Book Name [No.] SR-## (p.##)

[NOTE – there are 357 itemized SPURIOUS READINGS from Matthew to Revelation; however, they are not number individually per book, so I will add the number as I have time.]
[NOTE – “No.#-#” indicates the series of SPURIOUS READINGS per book, e.g. No.1-42]

Matthew——————[No.1-42] (p.32)
Mark————————[No.43-78] (p.33)
Luke————————[No.79-115] (p.33)
John————————[No.116-143] (p.33)
Acts of the Apostles—[No.144-196] (p.34)

Romans——————–[No.197-208] (p.34)
I. Corinthians————-[No.209-225] (p.34)
II. Corinthians————[No.226-232] (p.34)
Galatians——————-[No.233-236] (p.35)
Ephesians—————–[No.237-241] (p.35)

Philippians—————–[No.242-244] (p.35)
Colossians—————–[No.245-252] (p.35)
I. Thessalonians———[No.253-256] (p.35)
II. Thessalonians——–[No.257] (p.35)
I. Timothy—————-[No.258-263] (p.35)

II. Timothy—————[No.264–265] (p.35)
Titus———————–[No.266] (p.35)
Philemon——————[No.267] (p.35)
Hebrews——————[No.268-275] (p.35)
James———————-[No.276-278] (p.35)

I. Peter——————-[No.279-281] (p.36)
II. Peter——————[No.282] (p.36)
I. John——————–[No.283-286] (p.36)
III. John——————[No.287] (p.36)
Jude———————–[No.288-289] (p.36)

Revelation—————[No.290-357] (p.36)

 
Table XIII (pp.37-45)
PROPHETIC SYMBOLS (pp.37-45)

Page 46 ‘Blank’

CRITICAL NOTES. (pp.47-73) [edited-Thursday July 15-to verify/correct CRITICAL NOTES Book Chapter.Verse listing, also added a line after every fifth entry to allow for easier reading]

Matthew, Title (p.47)
Matthew, Chapter 1 (p.47)
Matthew 1.20 (p.47)
Matthew 3.7 (p.48)
Matthew 5.22 (p.51)

John 1.5 (p.52)
Matthew 11.12 (p.52)
Matthew 11.21 (p.52)
Matthew 12.32 (p.53)
John 2.4 (p.53)

John 6.37 (p.53)
John 8.11 (p.53)
Mark 13.52 (p.54)
Luke 2.1 (p.54)
Matthew 16.18 (p.54)

Luke 3.23 (p.55)
Luke 6.1 (p.56)
Luke 6.12, (p.56)
John 3.5, 6, 8 (p.56)
Luke 6.49 p.57)

Acts 2.27 (p.57)
Matthew 12.31 (p.60)
Matthew 4.17 (p.60)
Luke 15.16 (p.61)
Romans 1.17 (p.61)

Matthew 28.20 (p.61)
Romans 3.25 (p.62)
John 4.6 (p.62)
Romans 1.2 (p.62)
Romans 1.1 (p.63)

Acts 3.21 (p.63)
Acts 13.48 (p.63)
Romans 2.27 (p.63)
Romans 1.4 (p.63)
Romans 1.17 (p.64)

Romans 1.20 (p.66)
Romans 2.14 (p.66)
Romans 3.8 (p.66)
Romans 2.4 (p.66)
Romans 5.21 (p.67)

Romans 6.3 (p.67)
Romans 7.6 (p.68)
Romans 8.6, 7, 27 (p.69)
Romans 9.17 (p.69)
Romans 10.9 (p.69)

Romans 11.33 (p.69)
Romans 12.20 (p.70)
Romans 13.11 (p.70)
Romans 14.1 (p.70)
Romans 16.25, 26, 27 (p.70)

TIMES OF THE AGES (p.72)
Galatians 3.15, 16, 17 (p.72)
Matthew 4.1 (p.73)

 
Table XIV (pp.74-86)
APOSTOLIC WORDS AND PHRASES,
Which Have Been Subjects of Controversy; Alphabetically Arranged, and Defined from Their Current Acceptation in the Christian Scriptures.

 
My Thoughts
These thoughts are simply making comments based on some observations on the Tables, the Titles of the Tables and any notes specifically associated with the Tables.

Regarding: Table IV (pp.16-20)
CHRONOLOGICAL INDEX

Please recall that “The Living Oracles” was a publication from the 1820s and 1830s, but it is interesting that Campbell has no problem using the phrase common era as seen in the “NOTE-Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was born four years before the commencement of the common era, or Anno Domini.”

I have witnessed many arguments about the use of CE or AD, but it seems important to point out that it appears that Campbell had no problem using either CE or AD. Perhaps Campbell, through his phraseology, actually supported the use of CE over the use of AD, because the note stated “commencement of the common era, or [which is also known as] Anno Domini.”

Regarding: Table XI (pp.26-30)
WORDS AND PHRASES, THE MEANING OF WHICH IS EITHER ASCERTAINED OR ILLUSTRATED FROM ANCIENT USAGES, MANNERS AND CUSTOMS

Without examining the details of the contents of these four to five pages, it is important to realize that Campbell is saying that the Ancient lingual context influences the meaning of the translated words and phrases. Campbell’s Appendix seems to be confirming (about 170 years ago) what I have been affirming for the last several years, the manner in which the ancients spoke has a direct correlation to our understanding of the scriptures.

Questions about Table XI
1. If Campbell knew this about Ancient linguistics and taught this, why does it seem that some churches that appeal to the Restoration Movement seem to have such a difficult time hearing this truth?

2. What advances have been made in linguistic research in the last 170 years?

3. Campbell seemed to have no reservation about using the “latest research” in order to prove his point (as evidenced by Table I and Table XIV, see below), yet my experience reveals that some of the Restoration Movement hesitates using the “latest research”.

Table I (pp.1-7)
Containing the PROPER NAMES which are found in the New Testament, etymologically explained, and accented for pronunciation, according to the most approved standards.

Table XIV (pp.74-86)
APOSTOLIC WORDS AND PHRASES,
Which Have Been Subjects of Controversy; Alphabetically Arranged, and Defined from Their Current Acceptation in the Christian Scriptures.

Regarding:Table XII (pp.30-36)
SPURIOUS READINGS (pp.30-32)

First, I want to point out that according to Table XII of “The Living Oracles” 26 out of the 27 NT writings have “spurious” readings. I know, I did not give the details, but Table XII has about six pages of listed verses. I know that “The Living Oracles” is from the 1820s and 1830s, so the definition of spurious may have changed, but here is what dictionary.com says that spurious means: “not genuine, authentic, or true; not from the claimed, pretended, or proper source; counterfeit.”

If that current definition of spurious is the definition of spurious from the early 1800s, then Campbell understood that there were places where the text needed a critical eye; today, this is probably best referred to as textual criticism. The only point that I am trying to make is that Campbell seems to understand that there is much more to understanding the author’s intended meaning than reading a translation.

 
Final Thoughts
All that I can really say is that it appears the Campbell is actually quite the Critical Scholar for his day. Since this seems certain, then it seems proper to conclude that when a Restoration Movement descendant appears to be critical of “biblical interpretation” they are, based on what appears in the editorial notes within “The Living Oracles,” a well-rounded critical student and, as such, they seem to be becoming noble, like the Bereans (Acts 17.10-11).

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