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XIV PREFACE the approval of those who have been workers themselves upon the same field, and who possess consequently a practical acquaintance with the ground which it traverses.* The study of the Old Testament does not, however, stand still; and since 1891 many important books, or articles, dealing with different parts of it, have appeared. In the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th editions, such notices of these works as seemed needful were incorporated in the Addenda or elsewhere; in the 5th edition ( 1894) an Appendix of twenty- one pages ( which was also published separately) was added. Meanwhile it had been felt, by Prof. Kautzsch of Halle, and other scholars whose judgment possessed weight, that the lines upon which my Introduction was written were such as to render it valuable even in Germany: accordingly, in 1895, I was invited to sanction its translation into German. The translation was executed by the competent and practised hand of Prof. J. W. Rothstein of Halle,— the translator of Prof. Robertson Smith’s Old Testament in the Jewish Church,— and appeared in 1896. For the translation I naturally incorporated into the text the material collected in the Appendix of the 5th English edition, and also added notes, taking account of the principal critical and exegetical literature which had appeared between 1891 and 1896: the translator, also, in several cases, added notes of his own. When a sixth English edition was called for, it seemed to me that the new material had now outgrown the limits of an Appendix, and ( though I regretted the disadvantage at which possessors of the previous editions would in conse-quence be placed) that there was no alternative but to have the work reset, and to introduce into the text, at the proper places, such additions as might be necessary. This has accordingly now been done. In all its main conclusions the present edition does not differ from the preceding ones, and the text is, as a rule, unchanged. I have, however, revised the work through-out; and I have, in particular—( 1) introduced from time to time verbal, and even, occasionally, slight material, improve-ments into the text;† ( 2) brought the bibliographical notices, * In support of this statement, notices by Professors A. B. Davidson, T. K. Cheyne, H. E. Ryle, A. R. S. Kennedy, and G. A. Smith, as well as reviews in the Times and Guardian newspapers, were referred to in the Prefaces to the 2nd– 5th editions. † As pp. 51 ff. ( where I have sought to distinguish, more exactly than before, between H and the priestly additions), 71, 91, 93 f., 96 f., 98, 149–   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x

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Front MatterTitle PageCopyright PagePrefaceContentsAddition and correctionsAbbreviationsIntroductionI. THE HEXATEUCH.§ 1. Genesis.§ 2. Exodus.§ 3. Leviticus.§ 4. Numbers.§ 5. Deuteronomy.§ 6. Joshua.§ 7.The Prophetical Narrative of the Hexateuch.The Priestly Narrative of the Hexateuch.Synopsis of the Priests' Code.II. JUDGES, SAMUEL, AND KINGS.§ 1. The Book of Judges.§ 2.1–2 Samuel.§ 3.1–2 Kings.III. ISAIAH.IV. JEREMIAH.V. EZEKIEL.VI. THE MINOR PROPHETS.§ 1. Hosea.§ 2. Joel.§ 3. Amos.§ 4. Obadiah.§ 5. Jonah.§ 6. Micah.§ 7. Nahum.§ 8. Habakkuk.§ 9. Zephaniah.§10. Haggai.§11. Zechariah.§12. Malachi.VII. THE PSALMS.VIII.THE BOOK OF PROVERBS.IX. THE BOOK OF JOB.X. THE FIVE MEGILLOTH.§ 1. The Song of Songs.§ 2.Ruth.§ 3.The Lamentations.§ 4.Ecclesiastes.§ 5.Esther.XI. DANIEL.XII. CHRONICLES, EZRA, AND NEHEMIAH.§ 1. Chronicles.§ 2.Ezra and Nehemiah.Index I.Index II.Index III.
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