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Richard C. Vervoorn's tribute to: H.B.Swete (1835-1917), Professor of Divinity, Cambridge.
Richard C. Vervoorn's tribute to: H.B.Swete (1835-1917), Professor of Divinity, Cambridge.

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Who can help me? Which book is in Swete's hands on this by greasy fingerprints damaged photograph?

Let it be granted at once that some re-interpretation of the Creeds, and of the New Testament itself, is from time to time not only permissible, but necesssary. In an age of movement and discovery such as our own, it is the duty of the Church to bring the unchangeable faith of the Gospel into relation with the revelations of science and research. It is a mark of vitality in the Church that she is able, without sacrificing truth, to adapt her expression of it to the needs of each age as it succeeds to those that have gone before.
H.B. Swete, The Ancient Creed in Modern Life, pag. 26v

The "New Law” and the “Law of Mount Sinai”
The parallel, however , is closer and deeper than at first sight it may appear to be. In the Sermon our Lord is not merely the Teacher, but the Legislator; it is in great part a code of laws enacted by Him on the strenght of His personal authority. The power (ἐξουσία) which at an earlier stage had revealed itself in authorative teaching and miraculous working is now manifested in legislative acts. Six times in one chapter Christ overrules an old enactment by a new one which rests on His own word.(1) Yet the New Law is not a rival of the Law of Mount Sinai, but its complement.(2) Jesus had not come to break down the ancient barriers which protected human life from the inroad of the selfish passions, but to introduce principles of conduct which would supersede the necessity of legal restraints.
1. Matt. 5,21f; 27f; 31f; 33f; 38f; 43f.
2. Matt 5,17
H.B. Swete, Studies in the Teaching of our Lord, p.70

The “Sermon on the Mount”
By that time the Lord's popularity had perhaps reached the highest point, and the crowd which followed Him was daily replenished by fresh arrivals from all parts of Syria and the adjacent lands; (1) while on the other hand His breach with the official teachers of Israel was practical complete. (2)The moment was opportune for gathering the whole body of His adherents together, and promulgating the fundamental laws of the new Kingdom. Ancient writers compare or contrast the Sermon with the Lawgiving. On both occasions the scene was a mountain, and the voice Divine. But the Lawgiving was attended by circumstances of terror, while the Sermon opens with beatitudes, the Decalogue was written on tables of stone, whereas Christ was content to inscribe His new law on memory and the hart
1. Mark 3,7; Luke 6,17
2. Mark 3,6
H.B. Swete, Studies in the Teaching of our Lord, p.69f

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This account was named “Henry Barclay Swete-sayings” and that was what it is all about quote’s from the books, articles and papers of the inspiring theologian, a pastor, a scholar, a man with a warm heart and an eloquent pen. Words to encourage and to strengthen your faith, and to build your knowledge.
But the name violated the community rules of G+. So it was blocked until I changed the name.
Richard Vervoorn (me) is the person behind the choices of quote’s, so I have to give it my own name. That is all that changes. No private posts from me on this account (I have a private account as well, mostly in Dutch).
I’m a Dutch pastor and I’m interested in Swete since 1997. Since that time I have a website dedicated to him, see
I hope you visit this website and give it a +1

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The most extensive collection of sayings in the Synoptic Gospels is that which in Augustine's time (1) had already received the title of the “Sermon on the Mount.” The name is misleading if it suggests a formal discourse, or even a κήρυγμα addressed to the crowd who hung about our Lord’s person. The “Sermon” was, in fact, an instruction or a series of instructions intended, as both St. Matthew and St. Luke are careful to say, (2) for the disciples who formed the inner circle of His audience. (3) It is a specimen, not of Christ's public preaching, but of His manner of teaching those who acknowledged Him as their Master. Moerever, it does not belong to the first days of the Galilean ministry, as its early place in the Gospel of St. Matthew might lead us to suppose, but rather, as St. Luke’s more chronological arrangement makes evident, to the days which followed the choice of the Twelve. (4)
1. See the opening words of his De sermone Domini in monte
2. Matt. 5,1: Ἰδὼν δέ τούς ὄχλους ἀνέβη εἰς τὸ ὄρος, καὶ … ἐδίδασκεν αὐτοὺς. Luke 6,20: ἐπάρας τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς αὐτοῦ εἰς τοὺς μαθητὰς αὐτοῦ ἔλεγεν κ.τ.λ.
3. That it was delivered in the hearing of the multitude, appears from Matt. 7,28; Luke 7,1; but they were not primarily in view.
4. Cf. Luke 6,12ff; 7,1; in Mark there is a manifest break (at 3,19b), where it is easy to fit the teaching in the hill-country.
Henry Barclay Swete, Studies in the Teaching of our Lord, p.68f

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Christ hath merited righteousness for as many are found in Him. In Him God findeth us, if we be faithful: for by faith we are incorporated into Him.
[England versus Rome, p.32]

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Documents of Ashdon (3 foto's)
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The Church has a continuous life, the life of the indwelling Spirit of Christ. We cannot cut ourselves loose and drift away from the great results of the past without serious loss and and possible disaster. We are heirs of the past, and our present thought and knowledge are the product of all ages.
[The Ancient Creeds in Modern Life, pag. 17]
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