Hebrew and Babylonian Traditions: The Haskell Lectures, Delivered at Oberlin College in 1913

Hebrew and Babylonian Traditions: The Haskell Lectures, Delivered at Oberlin College in 1913

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Hebrew and Babylonian Traditions: The Haskell Lectures, Delivered at Oberlin College in 1913

Hebrew and Babylonian Traditions: The Haskell Lectures, Delivered at Oberlin College in 1913

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When the kind invitation was extended to me by the authorities of Oberlin College to become the Haskell Lecturer for 1913, I welcomed the opportunity to bring to a temporary close studies on the relationship between Hebrews and Babylonians that had occupied me, though with prolonged interruptions, for a long term of years. Impressed by the fact that the civilisation of the Hebrews and Babylonians moved along such different lines, despite the many features they had in common, I felt that the real problem involved in a comparative study of Hebrew and Babylonian folk-tales, beliefs, religious practices, and modes of thought was to determine the factor or factors that led to such entirely different issues in the case of the two peoples. Archæological research, in combination with the ascertained and generally accepted results of biblical studies, had demonstrated the close bond existing between Hebrew and Babylonian traditions--to use a conveniently comprehensive term--beyond question. It is idle at this stage to deny either the composite character of the stories in the early chapters of Genesis, or the late date at which they must have received their present form; it is equally futile to deny the factor of evolution in the develop-

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