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CHAPTER I THE TABERNACLE IN THE WILDERNESS: DID IT EXIST?
A QUESTION INVOLVING THE TRUTH OR FALSITY OF THE ENTIRE HIGHER-CRITIC THEORY
BY DAVID HEAGLE, PH. D., D. D., PROFESSOR OF THEOLOGY AND ETHICS, EWING COLLEGE; TRANSLATOR “BREMEN LECTURES”; AUTHOR OF “MORAL EDUCATION,” “THAT BLESSED HOPE,” ETC.
The question as to whether or not the old Mosaic Tabernacle ever existed is one of far greater consequence than most people imagine. It is so, particularly because of the very intimate connection existing between it and the truth or falsity of the higher-critic theory in general. If that theory is all that the critics claim for it, then of course the Tabernacle had no existence; and this is the view held by at least most of the critics. But if, on the other hand, the old Mosaic Tabernacle did really exist, and the story of it as given in the Bible is not, as the critics assert, merely a fiction, then the higher-critic scheme cannot be true.
The question, therefore, to be discussed in the following pages, viz., whether the Mosaic Tabernacle really did or did not exist, is certainly one of great and wide-reaching significance; which significance will become more and more apparent as the discussion goes forward. With this brief intro-
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