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PREFACE VII Upon no occasion have I adopted what may be termed a critical as opposed to a conservative position, without weighing fully the arguments advanced in support of the latter, and satisfying myself that they were untenable. Naturally a work like the present is founded largely on the labours of previous scholars. Since Gesenius, in the early years of this century, inaugurated a new epoch in the study of Hebrew, there has been a succession of scholars, of the highest and most varied ability, who have been fascinated by the literature of an-cient Israel, and have dedicated their lives to its elucidation. Each has contributed of his best: and those who come after stand upon the vantage- ground won for them by their predecessors. In exegesis and textual criticism, not less than in literary criti-cism, there has been a steady advance.* The historical signifi-cance of different parts of the Old Testament— the aim and drift of individual prophecies, for instance, or the relation to one an-other of parallel groups of laws— has been far more carefully observed than was formerly the case. While in fairness to myself I think it right to state that my volume embodies the results of much independent work,— for I accept conclusions, not on the authority of the critic who affirms them, but because I have satisfied myself, by personal study, that the grounds alleged in their support are adequate,— I desire at the same time to ac-knowledge gratefully my [ xvii] indebtedness to those who have preceded me, and facilitated my labours. The references will generally indicate who the authorities are that have been princi-pally of service to me; naturally they vary in different parts of the Old Testament. It does not fall within the scope of the present volume to deal with either the Theology or the History of the Old Testa-ment, as such: nevertheless a few words may be permitted on them here. It is impossible to doubt that the main conclusions of critics with reference to the authorship of the books of the Old Testa-ment rest upon reasonings the cogency of which cannot be de- * The progress in the two former may be measured approximately by the Revised Version, or ( in some respects, more adequately) by the notes in the “ Variorum Bible” of Eyre & Spottiswoode. See also the translation and notes ( Beilagen, pp. 1– 98) in Kautzsch’s Die Heilige Schrift des AT. s ( be-low, p. 3).   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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