Folk-lore in the Old Testament: Studies...

Many traces of the old modes of life and thought survive in the form of folklore. A few such relics of ruder times, as they are preserved like fossils in the Old Testament, are illustrated and explained by the author in this book. The first volume covers the folklore ranging from the creation of man to the heirship of Jacob.

vii PREFACE MODERN researches into the early history of man, conduct-ed on different lines, have converged with almost irresisti-ble force on the conclusion, that all civilized races have at some period or other emerged from a state of savagery re-sembling more or less closely the state in which many back-ward races have continued to the present time; and that, long after the majority of men in a community have ceased to think and act like savages, not a few traces of the old ruder modes of life and thought survive in the habits and institutions of the people. Such survivals are included un-der the head of folklore, which, in the broadest sense of the word, may be said to embrace the whole body of a people’s traditionary beliefs and customs, so far as these appear to be due to the collective action of the multitude and cannot be traced to the individual influence of great men. Despite the high moral and religious development of the ancient He-brews, there is no reason to suppose that they formed an exception to this general law. They, too, had probably passed through a stage of barbarism and even of savagery; and this probability, based on the analogy of other races, is confirmed by an examination of their literature, which con-tains many references to beliefs and practices that can hard-ly be explained except on the supposition that they are ru-dimentary survivals from a far lower level of culture. It is to the illustration and explanation of a few such relics of ruder times, as they are preserved like fossils in the Old Testament, that I have addressed myself in the present  C h a p t e r Home  | T O C For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

Folk-lore in the Old Testament: Studies in Comparative Religion Legend and Law. Vol. I


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