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.

viii FOLK- LORE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT work. Elsewhere I have had occasion to notice other simi-lar survivals of savagery in the Old Testament, such as the sacrifice of the firstborn, the law of the uncleanness of wom-en, and the custom of the scapegoat; but as I am unwilling to repeat what I have said on these topics, I content my-self with referring readers, who may be interested in them, to my other writings. The instrument for the detection of savagery under civ-ilization is the comparative method, which, applied to the human mind, enables us to trace man’s intellectual and mor-al evolution, just as, applied to the human body, it enables us to trace his physical evolution from lower forms of ani-mal life. There is, in short, a Comparative Anatomy of the mind as well as of the body, and it promises to be no less fruitful of far- reaching consequences, not merely speculative but practical, for the future of humanity. The application of the comparative method to the study of Hebrew antiquities is not novel. In the seventeenth century the method was successfully employed for this purpose in France by the learned French pastor Samuel Bochart, and in England by the learned divine John Spencer, Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, whose book on the ritual laws of the ancient Hebrews is said to have laid the foundations of the science of Comparative Religion. In our own age, after a lapse of two centuries, the work initiated by these eminent scholars and divines was resumed in Cambridge by my re-vered master and friend William Robertson Smith, and the progress which the study made during his lifetime and since his too early death is due in large measure to the powerful impulse it received from his extraordinary genius and learn-ing. It has been my ambition to tread in the footsteps of these my illustrious predecessors in this department of learn-ing, and to carry on what I may be allowed to call the Cambridge tradition of Comparative Religion.   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

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