of Our Fathers
The Conflict of the Ages Over the Nature and Destiny of Man
by LEROY EDWIN FROOM
Professor of Historical Theology, Andrews University
Author of Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers
The Biblical Norm and the Origin, Development, and Penetration of Innate
Immortality (900 B.C. to A.D. 500)
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Moses Was the Inspired Chronicler of the Creation of Man, His Sinless State, His
Fall, and His Restoration to Immortality Through a Divine Redeemer.
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Adventists, and approved by a representative group of more than sixty recognized
scholars—theologians, Bible teachers, editors, historians, scientists, physicians,
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Bible texts credited to Moffatt are from The Bible: A New Translation by James
Moffatt. Copyright 1954 by James Moffatt. Used by permission of Harper and Row,
Publishers, Incorporated. Bible texts credited to Goodspeed are from Smith and
Goodspeed, The Complete Bible: An American Translation. Copyright 1939 by the
University of Chicago.
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Acknowledgment is here made to the many helpers of my pen without whose skills and aid this volume could never have been produced. I take particular pleasure in recording indebtedness to numerous national, State, university, seminary, college, public, and private libraries and archives in both the Old World and the New.
Special mention must be made of the Library of Congress and its matchless Union Catalog facilities, the New York Public Library, the Harvard University, Aurora College, and New England School of Theology libraries in the United States; and overseas of the British Museum and the universities of Oxford and Cambridge in Britain, together with the matchless F. W. Seats private library of Gloucester. Also, scores of less famous institutions in various lands have contributed priceless items to the sum total of rare materials now brought together in the Conditionalist Faith volumes.
The gracious cooperation of librarians on both sides of the Atlantic will never be forgotten—like that of Robert H. Haynes, of Harvard, and D. S. Porter, of Oxford—who rendered invaluable aid through making special materials and facilities available and for checking on items in my absence.
Thanks are similarly tendered to the distinguished group of more than sixty readers of this work while still in manuscript, and for their helpful suggestions. These include especially Dr. Aubrey R. Vine, secretary of the Free Church Council of Britain; Dr. Moses R. Crouse, of Aurora College; Dr. William G. C. Murdoch, dean of the Theological Seminary of Andrews University; and Robert L. Odom, editor of the magazine Israelite. Mention must also be made of specialists who served as readers of single chapters, as for example Prof. Dr. Oscar Cullmann, of Lausanne University and the Sorbonne, who with others checked on the chapter on the Dead Sea scrolls.
Gratitude is here expressed for the counsels of my guiding committee, of which Harry W. Lowe was the able secretary. Also to various members of the faculty of Andrews University, to Presidents Rittenhouse and Ham-mill, and Prof. Earle Hilgert, and particularly to Dean Murdoch, for his strong backing of this major research-writing project from the very first, and for moral support when the way was difficult.
Special obligation is here recorded for highly competent editing, verification, illustration, composition, and related processes that have brought this work to completion. I am under special obligation to Merwin R. Thur-ber, book editor for the publishers, to Mrs. Blanche Clymer for verification