Narratives of the Beginnings of Hebrew History From the Creation to the Establishment of the Hebrew Kingdom (Classic Reprint)

Narratives of the Beginnings of Hebrew History From the Creation to the Establishment of the Hebrew Kingdom (Classic Reprint)
Narratives of the Beginnings of Hebrew History From the Creation to the Establishment of the Hebrew Kingdom (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from Narratives of the Beginnings of Hebrew History From the Creation to the Establishment of the Hebrew KingdomThe Old Testament is a library containing the most varied and valuable literary heritages of the Israelitish race. It is the product of ten centuries of intense political, social, and religious activity. It is the record of man's effort to know the character and realize the will of the Infinite, and of God's unceasing revelation of himself in the heart and life of man. In its present form it includes the contributions of scores of inspired prophets, priests, and sages, who lived at periods far removed from each other, and who wrote from widely different points of view. What is true of this unique library as a whole is equally true of many of its individual books. Proverbs, for example, is itself a library of gnomic literature, embodying the crystallized experiences of many generations of wise men. The Psalter contains the prayers and hymns of a race.Furthermore, these composite writings come to us from the ancient East, where men arrived at conclusions by intuition, not by the obvious, systematic processes of reasoning, that alone appeal to the modern Occidental. Logical classification is distinctly the gift of the Aryan rather than of the Semite. Without exception, the literary products of the East, and especially of the Semitic world, are conspicuously lacking in systematic arrangement. The Koran, for example, is a medley of commands, stories, prayers, and exhortations. To this general rule the Old Testament is no exception. Its later editors, and especially the translators of the Septuagint and Vulgate, to whom the present order of the books in our English Bible is chiefly due, have roughly classified them as historical, poetical, and prophetic; but no principle of arrangement is applied consistently throughout. Thus Ecclesiastes is found among the poetical books and Lamentations among the prophetic. In the first five books of the Old Testament prophetic and priestly traditions, ancient songs, ethnological tables, patriarchal stories, traditional derivations of proper names, genealogical lists, prophetic exhortations, laws, judicial precedents, and historical narratives, written by different classes of writers, are all mingled together. In such books as Proverbs and Psalms the lack of systematic arrangement is still more confusing to the modern English reader. Maxims, practical observations, prayers, and hymns, on the greatest variety of themes, and written from many different points of view, follow each other in close succession, so that one idea is no sooner fixed than it is displaced by another entirely different. The inevitable result is that no complete and definite conception is gained regarding the teachings either of the book or of the Old Testament concerning any one of the subjects treated.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.Эта книга будет изготовлена в соответствии с Вашим заказом по технологии Print-on-Demand компанией ООО «Книга по Требованию». Print-on-Demand - это технология печати книг по Вашему заказу на цифровом типографском оборудовании. Книга, произведенная по технологии Print-on-Demand (POD) представляет собой классическую печатную книгу с соблюдением всех стандартов качества, от офсетной бумаги и плотного картона до качественного клея, используемого при изготовлении. Черно-белая текстовая или полноцветная иллюстрированная книга (в зависимости от исходного файла, подготовленного к печати) может быть изготовлена в разных вариантах: - в мягкой обложке (Клеевое Бесшвейное Скрепление); - скрепление скобой (для книг с небольшим количеством страниц); - в твердом переплете с клееным текстовым блоком; Материалы, используемые при производстве книги: - бумага текстового блока - офсетная (белая или кремовая) 80 г/м2 - мягкая обложка - бумага мелованная 250 г/м2; - ламинация обложки - матовая или глянцевая; - твердый переплет - картон 2 мм, каптал, белые форзацы, прямой корешок - сверхпрочный полимерный клей; - каждая книга упакована в термопленку. Каждый заказ обрабатывается в индивидуальном порядке: каждой книге, напечатанной по технологии Print-on-Demand, присваивается уникальный номер.