“Two centuries have passed since the rise of the movement generally known as higher criticism, which is commonly dated from the publication in 1753 of Jean Astruc’s little volume dealing with the sources of Genesis. . . .
The problem of the Old Testament is still with us and each new generation must face it for itself.
Basically, the problem is not literary. It is historical and theological. It has its root in Theism. Is the biblical portrayal of God a true one? Has God spoken to men? Has he wrought wonders of old? Is sacred history true history? In a word, the whole problem centers in the supernatural. The Bible deals with spiritual things; and only the spiritual man is able to understand and interpret them aright; it is the supernatural in the Bible that is supremely precious to him. . . .
It was the privilege of the writer to study at Princeton Seminary under men who held firmly to the great tradition on which that institution was founded, men who not merely believer but gloried in that pervasive supernaturalism which alone can be called truly biblical . And he has felt that in striving to defend the heritage of unfeigned faith in the Holy Scriptures which dwelt in that noble succession of teachers, among whom Joseph Addison Alexander, William Henry Green and Robert Dick Wilson were so eminent, he was repaying in some measure the debt which he owed these mighty men of God.” — Oswald T. Allis, from the Preface.