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A SERIES OF WORKS FROM THE SACRED SCRIPTURES PRESENTED
IN MODERN LITERAS SPRM
EDITED, WITH AN INTRODUCTION AND NOTES
RICHARD G. MOULTON, M.A. (CAMB.), Ph.D. (PENN.)
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
LONDON: MACMILLAN & CO., LTD.
Norwood Mass. U.S.A.
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.