The Jews from Cyrus to Herod

The Jews from Cyrus to Herod

The Jews from Cyrus to Herod

The Jews from Cyrus to Herod

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A gateway suggests entry, an approach rather than final attainment. These books are intended to open up the subjects with which they deal. Planned primarily to meet a need constantly voiced by teachers in schools, and by lecturers in Training Colleges and University Departments of Education, they are meant also to be attractive and serviceable to the general reader.

As a subject of study 'Religious Knowledge' (or in school parlance 'Scripture') is not a soft option. It makes demands upon the mind as well as upon the heart and will. Pursuit of it becomes fascinating, as well as in the deepest sense rewarding, when teachers and taught are not content with superficial study of the Bible, but seek to explore its historical and archæological background, its theological and doctrinal content, and the relevance of its ethical teaching to our own time and circumstance. Thus we discover a new interest in the progress of the Church, the likeness and contrast between the Christian religion and the other great religions of the world, and the relationship between Christian belief and the discoveries of the sciences.

These are in fact the subjects of keen discussion in Sixth Forms as well as in colleges. They are suggested by Agreed Syllabuses and have a place in examinations for the General Certificate of Education at the Advanced and Scholarship levels. But concise, readable, scholarly books, adequate as introductions without pretending to be complete manuals, are too few; in respect of some important topics they do not exist. It is hoped that this series will at least fill some of the gaps.

BASIL A. YEAXLEE.

Oxford.

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