Geographic Influences in Old Testament Masterpieces

Geographic Influences in Old Testament Masterpieces

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Geographic Influences in Old Testament Masterpieces

Geographic Influences in Old Testament Masterpieces

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It is not the purpose of this book to teach the geography, history, or nature study of Palestine in detail, but rather to give illustrations of how Old Testament literature is interpreted through the geography, history, botany, and zoölogy of the land in which it was written. Every one should know something of these subjects. There is no better way to impress these great facts upon our minds than to connect them with the poetic outbursts they have inspired in great authors, and nowhere did nature seem to have a more impressive effect upon the mind of man than in Palestine, becoming a necessary part of the expression of his soul. We lost all that during the Middle Ages. Not until the time of Wordsworth and his contemporaries did the great nature poets begin to appear in the West. To-day in our public schools we are trying to teach our youth to come close to the very heart of life by drawing close to nature. It is fitting, then, that we should go back to the great nature poets of Hebrew literature to help us on our way, for "true poetry has always come back to the realities of Nature and life," and some of the world's greatest masterpieces are to be found in the Old Testament. We are beginning to show appreciation of this fact by introducing the Bible as literature into many of our schools, but . . .

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