The Orient in Bible Times

The Orient in Bible Times

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The Orient in Bible Times

The Orient in Bible Times

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We seek to fasten the attention of the reader upon the main points in the story of the Early East, to help people who are interested in the Bible to see the Hebrews among their neighbors and to give a rapid, unified impression of the course of events in the biblical world.

The background and presuppositions of that world differed in so many ways from ours that we need frequently to picture in imagination the world situation as people in Bible Times knew it. Ordinarily it takes much material and many books to help one do this. We have suggested some of these aids in the Book Lists at the close of the chapters. They will help those who wish to follow the subjects further. It is our hope by this survey of the available information to leave certain definite impressions of oriental civilizations with busy people of to-day. It will be possible to appraise the civilization of the Western World better when we know more of the buried East. So we draw attention to the leading cultures, those of Egypt, Babylonia, Assyria and Palestine. We have noted the triumphs of the Persians, the eastward trend of Greek influence, the conquest and organization of Western Asia by Rome. We see the rise and fall of the great powers and the fate of the smaller nations. Trade, politics, war, social institutions and international relations develop during these centuries. Our own age is seeking . . .

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