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SAMUEL AND KINGS
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.
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?
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.”
How to read them. Their connection with the events of their
times. Their chronological order.
Against Edom. Verbal resemblance to Jeremiah.
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.
LAMENTATIONS OF JEREMIAH
Elaborate and artificial structure of the book.
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
The return from captivity. “Glad tidings to Zion.” Israel,
“ the servant of God.” Cyrus, “the Lord's Anointed, or
Messiah.” Messianic kingdom. “The Lord hath redeemed
CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE OF KINGS AND PROPHETS