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The Modern "Reader's Bible

History Series

The Chronicles

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A SERIES OF WORKS FROM THE SACRED SCRIPTURES PRESENTED

IN MODERN LITERAS SPRM

v.6

THE CHRONICLES

EDITED, WITH AN INTRODUCTION AND NOTES

BY

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

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

New York
THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

LONDON: MACMILLAN & CO., LTD.

1897

16060

1896
V.6

COPYRIGHT, 1896,
By THE MACMILLAN COMPANY.

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

Norwood Mass. U.S.A.

INTRODUCTION

This last volume in the Historical Series of biblical works introduces a great change in the character of the history of Israel as presented by themselves. Previous volumes - Genesis, The Exodus, The Judges, The Kings have followed a chronological succession of events from the creation to the captivity. The Chronicles, it is true, carries forward the narrative to the Return of the Exiles : but this is only a fragment of its purpose, and the whole is presented afresh, from Adam to Nehemiah. And the spirit of the literature is changed from National to Ecclesiastical History; the Hebrew people have silently changed into the Jewish * Church. Nor is it merely in the story of the Return that the change appears: the first of the nine Chronicles into which the whole seems to divide itself, before the narrative of events has commenced, is a collection of genealogies leading up to the allocation of the returned families in Jerusalem and in the other cities, necessary as basis for the Temple service and the dues

* The term Jew' occurs only twice in the previous history (II Kings chapters xvi. 6 and xxv. 25), and then in close relation with the captivity.

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