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A DETAIL OF THE BEHISTUN ROCK SHOWING DARIUS AND THE REBEL LEADERS

I. Attendant
II. Darius the Great
III. The prostrate Gaumâta
IV. Atrina

V. Nidintu-Bêl.
VI. Fravartish (Phraortes)
VII. Martiya
VIII. Citrantakhma

IX. Vahyazdâta

X. Arakha
XI. Frâda
XII. Skunkha

THE OLD TESTAMENT

BY

F. V. N. PAINTER, D.D., Litt.D.

PROFESSOR IN ROANOKE COLLEGE

AUTHOR OF “A HISTORY OF EDUCATION," HISTORY OF
ENGLISH LITERATURE,” “INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN
LITERATURE,”

,” “ GREAT PEDAGOGICAL ESSAYS,"
“ HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN WORSHIP," ETC.

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COPYRIGHT, 1911,

By SIBLEY & COMPANY.

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

Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.

PREFACE

As every one knows, the number of books on the Bible is very great. No other volume, not even Shakespeare, has called forth so large a body of literature. But of all that has been written there are very few books that have been prepared with pedagogical insight to meet the wants of young students. It is in view of this need that the present work - not fruitlessly, the author hopes - has been prepared.

The purpose of this book is to set forth the literary, historical, and ethical value of the Bible. It aims to present the principal facts that every intelligent person ought to know. It directs the students' attention chiefly to the Bible itself; and as a literary, historical, and ethical study, the Scriptures will be found, in the case of many readers, to be a book of unsuspected interest and value.

There is, at the present time, a wide and somewhat insistent demand for Bible study in our schools. It has been shown by actual test that a large majority of the students in our colleges are lamentably ignorant of the incidents and characters of sacred history. Yet the facts and truths of the Bible are wrought into the very texture of modern civilization, and ought, therefore, as a matter of culture, to be carefully studied.

The restricted purpose of the present volume as a textbook naturally determines its method. After an introductory chapter showing the relation of the Bible to modern life, the historic conditions, in which the Old

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