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yrist. Isoiss. & long.(1884.)

THE BOOKS

OF

JOSHUA, JUDGES, RUTH, I. AND II. SAMUEL,

I. AND II. KINGS.

THE COMMON VERSION REVISED

WITH

AN INTRODUCTION AND OCCASIONAL NOTES.

BY

Dellander
THOMAS J. CONANT.

PHILADELPHIA :

AMERICAN BAPTIST PUBLICATION SOCIETY,

No. 1420 CHESTNUT STREET.

bharles H. Banes,

. Secy.
Trawlid AS

Tre 1919

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1884, by

THOMAS J. CONANT, In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

LIDOVER-HARVARD
THEOLOGICAL LIBRARY
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.

H46,625

TO THE READER.

In this volume is given the history of the occupation of Palestine by the Hebrew3, from their entrance into it under Joshua to their subjugation and dispersion in foreign lands by the Assyriai and Babylonian conquests. It is complete in itself, and in many aspects is the mout interesting and instructive part of the history of that remarkable race. The Introduction treats of the value of these books as a part of Divine revelation; of the grounds for the extermination of the idolatrous races and its necessity; of the composłtion of these books, the authorship, sources, and dates.

The revised version is made in the familiar words of the common English version, where tiat truly expresses the meaning of the sacred writer's language. That version is j:stly admired for “the rhythmic beauty of its periods, and the instinctive art with which the style rises and falls with the subject.” I trust it will be found that these characteristics are not lost in the numerous corrections necessarily made..

Esplanatory notes are added only where it seemed nec .ssary for the right understanding of the text; and these are required mre in the later than in the earlier portions of the history.

On the alleged contradiction betw. en vv.3, 4 and v. 12 of the eighth chapter of Joshua, see page xxiii. of the Introduction.

T. J. CONANT.

December, 1883.

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