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The American journal of theology (v. 9)


The American journal of theology (v. 9)

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Excerpt from book: ON THE RELATIONS OF OLD TESTAMENT SCIENCE TO THE ALLIED DEPARTMENTS AND TO SCIENCE IN GENERAL KARL BUDDE Marburg, Germany Permit me to begin my address1 with a personal reminiscence. It was just six years ago yesterday that I stepped for the first time upon the soil of the New World.2 I was called here by the Committee for the American Lectures on the History of Religions, to deliver a course of lectures upon "The Religion of Israel to the Exile."3 When I closed the first lecture in that course at one of your oldest and most important universities, a colleague from the department of science came up and greeted me most kindly with the words: "Why, you really use the same methods as we." Now, it is with just this very same fact with which our opponents find fault and reproach us Old Testament students who take a critical standpoint. We have even been branded with the beautiful name "development theorists."4 Nevertheless, I was far from being unpleasantly affected by that first greeting. On the contrary, I expressed to the representative of the exact sciences my sincere pleasure that he had felt so directly the affinity between us, and I found in it additional ground for the hope that I was on the right road with my deductions. To this truth, that all genuine science forms one living body through which the same blood courses, which is animated and nour- 1 The author asks leave to publish this paper in its original form, as an address. When he delivered it at the Congress of Arts and Science in St. Louis, and announced to his audience that he had been asked and was obliged to speak German, half of the hearers left the room, because they were not able to understand him. He therefore wishes to supply what he could not do then, and lay his address unchanged before every Amer...  
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