Search Results: 'W.M. Ramsay'
The Works of W. M. Ramsay
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St. Paul the Traveler and the Roman Citizen
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Ramsay wrote this book to tell the story of Paul's life as documented in the Book of Acts. Before Ramsay begins his study of Paul's life, he discusses the date, composition, and authorship of Acts.... More > "The first and the essential quality of the great historian is truth," says Ramsay. Of the four types of historical writing, namely, romance, legend, second rate history, and first rate history, Ramsay classifies the Book of Acts as first rate historical writing. The characterization of Paul found in Acts contains such individualized detail that the author could not have gathered this information by any means other than personal acquaintances and original sources. As such, Ramsay believes that the author of Acts has attained a superior mark of historical accuracy and literary trustworthiness. St. Paul the Traveler and the Roman Citizen contains an excellent study of Acts as well as of Paul's life and travels in first century Asia, Greece, and Rome. -Emmalon Davis, CCEL Staff Writer< Less
The Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia
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Was Christ Born at Bethlehem?: A Study on Credibility of St. Luke, 2nd Edition
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William Ramsay devoted his life to unearthing the ancient cities and documents of Asia Minor. After a lifetime of study, however, he concluded: 'Further study . . . showed that the book could bear... More > the most minute scrutiny as an authority for the facts of the Aegean world, and that it was written with such judgment, skill, art and perception of truth as to be a model of historical statement' (The Bearing of Recent Discovery, p. 85). On page 89 of the same book, Ramsay accounted, 'I set out to look for truth on the borderland where Greece and Asia meet, and found it there [in Acts]. You may press the words of Luke in a degree beyond any other historian's and they stand the keenest scrutiny and the hardest treatment...' When Ramsay turned his attention to Paul's letters, most of which the critics dismissed as forgeries, he concluded that all thirteen New Testament letters that claimed to have been written by Paul were really his.< Less
The Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia and Their Place in the Plan of the Apocalypse
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Jesus Christ instructs his servant John to write on a scroll what he sees and send it to the seven churches: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos,Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. The Seven Churches... More > of Asia are seven major churches of Early Christianity on the Roman province of Asia, as mentioned in the New Testament Book of Revelation. This is a reprint of the 1904 publication of Sir William Mitchell Ramsay (1851- 1939). He became the foremost authority of his day on the history of Asia Minor and a leading scholar in the study of the New Testament. He was educated at Oxford, and held several prestigious professorships, including First Professor of Classical Archaeology and Lincoln and Merton Professorship of Classical Archaeology and Art at Oxford, and Regius Professor of Humanity at the University of Aberdeen.< Less
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