Ancient Israel

Ancient Israel

Ancient Israel

Ancient Israel

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The tribes of Israel, though small in numbers and relatively late to arrive, were destined to remain unique among the many peoples who appeared in western Asia at the dawn of history. Out of their way of life grew three great religions, the Jewish, the Christian, and the Moslem.

The history and religious experiences of the Israelites are interwoven in a collection of writings called the Bible. No other single book, or collection of books, has played so important and prolonged a role in the development of western civilization. Indeed, the simple use of the word Bible, which derives from Greek ta biblia "the books," with no more identification than the capital "B," points to its significance as "the Book" par excellence.

Influence of the Bible

No other description is needed because the Bible has constituted the supreme religious and moral fount and authority . . .

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