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THE SOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT OF

CHRISTIANITY.

BY THE SAME AUTHOR.

THE BIBLE; 18 IT THE WORD OF GOD ?

Demy 8vo. Pp. xi. and 384. Cloth, 7s.

THE SPEAKER'S COMMENTARY REVIEWED.

Crown 8vo. Pp. viii. and 159. Cloth, 2s. 6.1.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF CREATION ON THE

EARTH.
Demy 8vo. Pp. xii. and 109. Cloth, 2s. 6.1.

THE LEGENDS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT, Traced to their Apparent Primitive Sources.

Demy 8vo. Pp. xii. and 243. Cloth, 5s.

LONDON: TRÜBNER & CO., 57 and 59 LUDGATE HILL.

THE SOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

OF CHRISTIANITY.·

BY

THOMAS LUMISDEN STRANGE,

LATE A JUDGE OF THE HIGH COURT OF MADRAS.

“Go to Agni, for he is nearer to thee than I am.”-

Indra's reply to the supplication of Suneh sepha.

LONDON:

TRÜBNER & CO., 57 AND 59 LUDGATE HILL.

1875.

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PREFACE.

THè volume I now present completes a series of works undertaken by me in view of examining the pretensions of the Bible to be the Word of God. The questions I have hitherto dealt with are the cànons of the Old and New Testaments; the supports thought to be supplied by miracles and prophecies ; the historical character of the gospel accounts of Jesus as a supernatural being ; the great Aryan migration as having influenced India, Persia, and Europe, and the consequent spread of mythologies and other religious conceptions from the East to the West; the pretensions of the Jewish nation to be the people of God, and the true character of their prominent legends; the processes of creation as traceable from actual phenomena ; and the antiquity of the earth and its human inhabitants. For these inquiries I have endeavoured to qualify myself by an extensive course of reading, and as I have been careful at every point to state my authorities, I give others the opportunity of instructing and satisfying themselves on these interesting subjects that I myself have had, and can thus leave them to their conclusions.

The preceding efforts have been designed as steppingstones to my present production, in which I aim at

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