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THE

HISTORY AND LITERATURE

OF

THE ISRAELITES.

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WITH

A MAP OF PALESTINE, AND A MAP SHOWING THE JOURNEYS

OF THE HEBREWS IN THE DESERT.

SECOND

EDITION.

LONDON:

LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO.

The right of translation is reserred.

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PREFACE.

It is not without much diffidence that we offer this unpretending work to the public ; indeed we should hardly have ventured to do so, as so many great writers have been engaged upon the same subject, had we not believed that it had never been actually treated in the same way, nor for precisely the same purpose, that we have had in view. It has been our intention to give an account of the history and of the literature of the Israelites for the use of the young, who cannot, without turning the Bible into a lesson-book, acquire the desired knowledge direct from its pages, and who are scarcely prepared to consult works of a learned or a more advanced order. We have attempted to accomplish our task without entering upon any controversial or dogmatical point; for it has been our desire merely to facilitate a familiar acquaintance with the facts and personages of the Holy Scriptures, and so to help our readers to find deeper interest in the Bible itself, and to arouse in them a greater wish to study the learned authors who have given us their expositions of the Holy Text.

If we succeed in doing so-if, after the perusal of our

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