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Bible.O.T. Deuteronomy.

= English. 1896
THE MODERN READER'S BIBLE

A SERIES OF WORKS FROM THE SACRED SCRIPTURES PRESENTED

IN MODERN LITERARY FORM

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RICHARD G. MOULTON, M.A. (CAMB.), Ph.D. (PENN.)
PROFESSOR OF LITERATURE IN ENGLISH IN THE

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

New York
MACMILLAN AND CO.
LONDON: MACMILLAN & CO., LTD.

1896

All rights reserved

158789

COPYRIGHT, 1896,
By MACMILLAN AND CO.

Norwood Press
J. S. Cushing & Co. - Berwick & Smith

Norwood Muss. U.S.A.

INTRODUCTION

It is not an exaggeration to say that no work of literature which has ever appeared has produced a greater sensation than the Book of Deuteronomy. Every one knows the romantic episode of its first appearance in history -- a discovery, or a rescue from oblivion which would be the equivalent of a discovery. King Josiah with youthful fervour is meditating a repair of the temple; the treasury is cleared out, and in it is found a book.' Whether this was Deuteronomy itself, or a larger roll including it, we have no means of determining; but it was certainly the contents of Deuteronomy which produced the effect that followed this discovery. The book was read before the king; he rent his clothes as he listened; a thrill of horror went through the nation at the denunciations of woe against idolatry coming to light when the idolatry was fully established in the land.

There ensues the most sudden reformation movement in all history. First there is the great gathering in the temple, "all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the people, both

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