Politics Religion in Ancient Israel

James Cameron Todd

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Politics Religion in Ancient Israel - James Cameron Todd

Excerpt from Politics Religion in Ancient Israel: An Introduction to the Study of the Old Testament

"The Bible was never more studied or less read than at the present day." This paradox is true at least of the Old Testament. For two generations scores of patient scholars have toiled at the text, scanning each letter with microscopic care, and one result of their labours has been that, to the majority of educated men and women, of whatever belief or no belief, the "open Bible" has become a closed, nay, a sealed book. It is not what it used to be ; what it has become they do not know, and in scorn or sorrow or apathy they have laid it aside.

This is deplorable. No one can with a light heart see such a violent break in the continuity of our religious and, indeed, our intellectual life. The basis on which twenty centuries of Christian culture largely rest is not lightly to be rejected.

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