Introductory Hints to English Readers of the Old Testament

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 Excerpt: ...our confidence in all these conjectural identifications of names, when we find another distinguished scholar asserting that the resemblance is, not between the names of Esther and Amestris, but between Amestris and Vashti, the queen who precedes Esther in the story. Is the Book of Esther a History or a ...
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 Excerpt: ...our confidence in all these conjectural identifications of names, when we find another distinguished scholar asserting that the resemblance is, not between the names of Esther and Amestris, but between Amestris and Vashti, the queen who precedes Esther in the story. Is the Book of Esther a History or a Romance? The difficulty of settling the question about Ahasuerus is increased by our uncertainty as to the character of the book. "We cannot be sure how far the story of Esther is founded on fact, or to what extent the writer of it may have drawn upon his imagination. Possibly the deciphering of the Eastern records may throw some light upon the matter. The way in which the book is connected with the feast of Purim can hardly be accepted as a proof of the truth of every particular related in it, as the book may have been written for the purpose of recommending the feast, or for reading at it. If the Jews are right in supposing that the term "Agagite" applied to Haman means that he was an Amalekite,1 it would be a pretty clear proof of the fictitious nature of the narrative. But though Josephus adopts this interpretation, it is not at all certain that it is correct. The real meaning of the expression is not known. The Bible and the Young. From what we have said about the character of the Historical Books and the manner of their composition, the evils of a method of reading and teaching the Bible, 1 Esth. iii. 1, &c. Soo 1 Sam. xv. 8, and Jos. Antiq. xi. vi. 5. which, it is to be feared, is still only too common, will be evident. How often have children been drilled in the dry minutiae of these Old Testament narratives, the ages of the patriarchs, the names of their wives, the days and dates in the story of the Flood, and so on, as if they wer...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781150451324
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 90
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.19 (d)

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