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SAMUEL AND KINGS

247

Public Records. Alleged Sacerdotal colouring. Interpre-

tation of Providence. Temporal retributions. Divine in-

tervention often rashly alleged. Scriptural characters not

all exemplary. Hebrew Monarchy. Saul: consolidation

of the government. David and Solomon: Jewish worship

matured. Tabernacle and Temple. “High-places.” Law

known, yet violated. Two tables found in the ark. Book

of the Law found by Hilkiah.

Јов.

311

A didactic poem on Providence. Difficulties of the subject.

Ignorance of a future state. Prevailing doctrine of tem-

poral retribution. Book of Job a continual protest against

this view. Analysis of the discussion between Job and his

three friends. The umpire Elihu. God himself the vin-

dicator of his own ways. Age and authorship of Job con-

sidered. The Satan. Was Job a real personage?

The PsALMS

. 330

Judaism seen in its devotional and practical aspects. Gra-

dual growth of the Book of Psalms. Consists of five sepa-

rable portions. Variety of subjects, public and private.

Argument from the Psalms for the truth and divinity of

the Jewish Religion. Contemporary Greek poets. The

One Supreme. His Greatness and Goodness. God a Spirit.

Anti-ceremonial doctrine. Devout love of Nature. Trust

in Providence. Jewish doctrine of Angels. Hope of a

Future Life. Social and patriotic aspect of Judaism. Pre-

paration for yet “better things to come.”

[blocks in formation]

OBADIAH

Against Edom. Verbal resemblance to Jeremiah.

JEREMIAH

463

The prophet of the coming woe; expostulatory first, then

absolute. Disregard of order in the collection of his pro-

phecies and narrations. Jeremiah a clear-sighted and

active politician. His style. Analysis of the book. Teach-

ing by emblems. A drought. False prophets. “The

days to come.” “The clay in the potter's hand.” The

prophet “curses his day.” The “righteous Branch from

David.” “Rachel weeping for her children.” “ Every one

shall die for his own iniquity.” The new covenant with

Israel. Burdens against foreign nations.

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LAMENTATIONS OF JEREMIAH

Elaborate and artificial structure of the book.

EZEKIEL .

477

Prophesied during the captivity, in Mesopotamia. His vision

of “living creatures.” Winged bulls of Assyria. Emble-

matic style of teaching. Analysis. “The soul that sins

shall die.” “Sun and moon darkened.” Prophecy against

Egypt never fulfilled. Ezekiel's description of the expected

New Jerusalem. The “Son of Man."

[The later) Isaiah

490

The return from captivity. “Glad tidings to Zion.” Israel,

“ the servant of God.” Cyrus, “the Lord's Anointed, or

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