Commentary on A Harmony of the Four Gospels George de Charms

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Published: 1978

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Commentary on A Harmony of the Four Gospels  by  George de Charms

Commentary on A Harmony of the Four Gospels by George de Charms
1978 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 802 pages | ISBN: | 7.77 Mb

Adapted from portions of the Introduction:Anyone who reads the four Gospels cannot avoid thinking of them together and wondering just how they are interrelated. One of the earliest Gospel harmonists, Andreas Ossiander (Nuremburg, 1537) placed theMoreAdapted from portions of the Introduction:Anyone who reads the four Gospels cannot avoid thinking of them together and wondering just how they are interrelated. One of the earliest Gospel harmonists, Andreas Ossiander (Nuremburg, 1537) placed the separate accounts side by side in parallel columns, allowing them thus to interweave without disturbing the order of each Gospel.

Following the example of Ossiander, De Charms charts the Gospels verse by verse, and discovers how naturally the several accounts interweave when brought together in this way.De Charms believes that the four Gospels were designed to reveal the Divine process of glorification [at times referred to by Jesus Himself in the Gospels as glorifying] which was secretly taking place in His inner mind and spirit all throughout His life. Only those external and inner life events which represented this process were revealed to the Evangelists, and everything else was omitted. De Charms therefore feels justified in maintaining that those who wrote the Gospels were inspired to do so in an order that was essential.De Charms further speculates that among the Divine reasons for four separate Gospels may be a revelation to humankind of four levels of the Lords mind that underwent this progressive glorification (a rational level-Matthew, a spiritual-natural level-Mark, a distinctly higher spiritual level-Luke and the highest, called a celestial level-John).

De Charms asserts that the Gospels can also be read to inform and guide similar and necessary inner transformations in our own human minds.De Charms points the way toward the discovery of a complete harmony between the Old and New Testaments, not simply a harmony among Gospels. That such an inter-Testament harmony must exist is posited because Jesus told his disciples after His Resurrection, the Old Testament throughout is prophetic of His advent, and of the Divine work of redemption which He was to accomplish during His life in the world, while the New Testament records the fulfillment of that prophecy.

Nevertheless, this harmony is deeply hidden. It is by no means apparent in the literal sense of the Word.According to De Charms, the critical key to its discovery is found in the theological writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), to which he refers in quotations throughout the present work.

Readers are told that in both Testaments there is an inmost sense in Scripture which treats of the Lord alone. As that inmost sense--of the glorification of Jesus Christ--is unfolded and brought into view, the four separate accounts of His life as found in the New Testament may be seen in relation to the single, prophetic account presented in the Old Testament.De Charms cautions the reader that much research remains to be done in discovering the hidden harmony of the Scriptures, and stresses that his Commentary is merely a beginning.



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