Paraphrase and Comment on the Epistles and Gospels
George Stanhope, Dean of Canterbury
(vols. i. and ii. 1705, vol. iii. 1706, vol. iv. 1708)
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Death and Judgment - Coming of Christ at Death
Dedicated originally to Queen Anne, and in a new edition
to George I on his accession (1714). It was a favourite book in the 18th
century. Its defect is the neglect of the organic relation of collect,
epistle, and gospel ; but it contains much that is solid, sensible, and
practical in clear and easy language, quite free from controversial
bitterness. In the preface Stanhope says that the work was planned for the
use of the little Prince George, who died in 1700.
Stanhope is hard to specifically categorize.
Is there such a thing as perfect preterism? Well, it seems as
though it is Stanhope and his absolutely orthodox tradition of A.D.70
transition. Earlier, Hammond had opened the door to two
centuries of research which were dedicated to the idea that A.D.70 was God's
unqualified win over evil as represented by ancient Israel's ruling class.
In fact, J.S. Russell of the Evangelical Alliance can be seen as the
capstone to this two-hundred year tradition in his work, The Parousia.
Never before had the idea of carnal Israel's supplanting by the true Israel
- King Jesus Christ - been so perfectly described by Christianity; nor, may
it seem, it will ever be again. (Whether this idea has
been proven true is another issue altogether, and is typically up to the
faith of the individual -- no matter how historically portentious.)
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"For this ambiguous manner our Lord's expressing himself,
some of the Disciples imagined, that St. John should never die, but he found
among those that shall be alive at Christ's Second Coming. Whereas, in
Truth, those words of Jesus imply no such matter foretel, that that Disciple
should survive the Destruction of Jerusalem ; which is probably believed to
be called our Lord's Coming (as a most eminent Judgment, and instance of his
Truth and Power) in sundry places of the New Testament." (A paraphrase and
comment upon the Epistle and Gospels, vol. 1., p. 262)
"Be not therefore led away by any vain promises of such a
delivered, to save you in this or that place of security, within or without
the City. For the Coming of Christ, in vengeance upon the Jews, shall be
sudden, swift and terrible, as a flash of lightning." And the Jews, who are
sentenced to Death, shall in every Quarter be destroyed, as if the Roman
Armies, whose Ensign is the Eagle, had the quality of that Bird, so
sagacious and greedy of prey, that dead Bodies, even at vast distance,
cannot escape them." (ibid. p. 205)
Adm. at KING'S, a scholar from Eton [ Buckinghamshire], 1677 ; previously at
Uppingham [ Rutland] and Leicester [ Leicestershire].
S. of Thomas (1653), R. of Hartshorn, Derbyshire. B. there, 05 Mar., 1660.
Matric. 1677-8 ;
B.A. 1681/2 ;
M.A. (da>1685 ;
D.D. 1697 .
Fellow, 1680 .
Incorp. at Oxford [ Oxfordshire], 1696 .
V. of Quy, Cambridgeshire, 1687-8 .
R. of Tewin, Hertfordshire, 1689-1702 .
V. of Lewisham, Kent, 1689-1728 .
V. of St Nicholas, Deptford, Kent, 1702 .
Dean of Canterbury [ Kent], 1704-28 .
Chaplain to William and Mary, Queen Anne, and to George I, 1694-1728 .
A famous preacher.
Author, theological and translator.
Died 18 Mar., 1728; buried at Lewisham [ Kent]. M.I.