This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1911 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI FROM THE CONQUEST TO SOLOMON Relation to the Pentateuch.--As we have seen, the Pentateuch records the origin and development of the Hebrew people prior to the conquest of Canaan. It describes the patriarchal age, the protracted sojourn of the Israelites in Egypt, their deliverance from tyrannical oppression, and their weary wanderings on their march to Canaan. It recounts the giving of the moral and ceremonial law, and the gradual organization of the Hebrews into a theocratic commonwealth. The remaining historical books, which now come under consideration, record a continuation of Hebrew history. They complete the story of Jehovah's dealings with the Chosen People. After the rapid conquest of Canaan, there followed the period of the Judges. At length the monarchy was established under Saul, reached its culmination under David and Solomon, was disrupted under Rehoboam, and then passed into a period of decadence, until at last the Hebrews were carried in captivity to Assyria and Babylonia. After a captivity of seventy years, a part of the people returned under patriotic leaders, and rebuilt the temple and walls of Jerusalem. In our studies of Hebrew history we must not forget that it is the divine rather than the human element that is made prominent. It sets forth the blessings of righteousness and the evils of iniquity. Kings and courts and state policies are viewed only from the religious side. This dominant religious purpose of the Hebrew historian makes his records incomplete and fragmentary. His principal aim is to exhibit the continual divine agency in human affairs--an omnipresent factor generally neglected in other historical writings. Book of Joshua.--The book of Joshua, which is named after the heroic leader of the Hebrews, describes the ...
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