Jewish Religious Life after the Exile

Jewish Religious Life after the Exile

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Jewish Religious Life after the Exile

Jewish Religious Life after the Exile

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The aim of the writer has been twofold: I, to interest the public at large in the history of our mother-religion, the Jewish; and 2, to give students of the post-Exilic period a synthesis of the best critical results at present attainable, and so to enable them to judge of their degree of probability. Perhaps the peculiarity of this volume consists in its union of these two objects. It is possible to be a successful populariser without being an original investigator, and to be an investigator without being a specially interesting writer. How far the author has realised his intentions, it is for others to determine. He has at any rate desired to follow the advice of a French Orientalist, "not to content ourselves with ten learned readers when we can assemble in our audience all those whom the past of the human spirit charms and attracts."

Why the writer selected the period of the Persian and Greek domination, he has explained in the first Lecture. He is not unaware of the obscurity of the . . .

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