A Literary Guide to the Bible: A Study of the Types of Literature Present in the Old and New Testaments

A Literary Guide to the Bible: A Study of the Types of Literature Present in the Old and New Testaments

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A Literary Guide to the Bible: A Study of the Types of Literature Present in the Old and New Testaments

A Literary Guide to the Bible: A Study of the Types of Literature Present in the Old and New Testaments

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What excuse is there for another text-book upon the Bible and upon the Bible as literature? Have we not been studying the literature of the Bible during all these centuries and, moreover, if we study it simply as literature are we not missing its greatest mission as a book of religion?

This book proposes definite answers to these questions and the reader and student is invited to consider these answers carefully, not superficially with the assumption that of course we appreciate the literature when we study it as history or when we study it for its religious lessons, nor on the other hand with the assumption that when we consider especially the beauty and art of expression we are leading the student away from the essential meaning intended to be conveyed. There are advocates of "devotional" Bible study who look askance at the literary study as if one were hindered from realizing the sweet fragrance of a rose by admiring the beauty of its structure and the exquisite tints of its petals; likewise there are those who brush aside the importance of an appreciation of the unique art of a race for what they consider the more essential foundations of its history, as if in the total impress of personality upon personality, of race upon race, of God upon man, the skeleton were more important than the features, the history of the evolution of the eye than its engaging fascination in sparkle and humor, in tears and pathos.

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