The Lectures

Phoenix, Ariz. (First Church).—The following remarks were made by Robert Q. Grant prefatory to a Christian Science lecture by Peter V. Ross:—

If to-night we should visit the home of the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science at Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, we should undoubtedly find in the library of that interesting and beautiful home an ancient Bible, open at the first chapter of Luke, inviting attention to the seventy-sixth and seventy-seventh verses. In the Authorized Version of the Scriptures, used by Christian Scientists and other Protestant denominations, the verses named, which form part of what is known as "the prophecy of Zacharias," are as follows: "And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; to give knowledge of salvation unto his people." In the ancient Bible referred to, which is a translation by Wycliffe made nearly six hundred years ago, the words "to give knowledge of salvation unto his people" are translated "to gyve science and helthe unto his puple."

When Mrs. Eddy was seeking a title for her textbook she was unaware of the rendering as given by Wycliffe, and the title to her book, like its contents, came to her as a revelation. It is interesting to note that in some of the early languages of northern Europe, health is defined as salvation. And truly Science and Health is proving to be a veritable well of salvation,—salvation complete and universal: complete, because it supplies a remedy for every ill; universal, because it is for all mankind.

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Lecture Notice
September 6, 1924

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