Bible and Spade: Lectures Delivered before Lake Forest College on the Foundation of the Late William Bross

Bible and Spade: Lectures Delivered before Lake Forest College on the Foundation of the Late William Bross

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Bible and Spade: Lectures Delivered before Lake Forest College on the Foundation of the Late William Bross

Bible and Spade: Lectures Delivered before Lake Forest College on the Foundation of the Late William Bross

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Every one is familiar, I suppose, with the story of Franklin and the book of Ruth. Intellectual Paris had cast aside the Bible; to read it or to quote it marked a man an ignoramus. On the other hand the intellectuals had gone mad over the ancient writings of all other races and religions than the Christians and their Hebrew forebears. It was the fashion to praise and bewonder the beauty, the spirituality, the profundity of such writings, and happy he who could discover some new treasure from the Orient. Franklin belonged to a clique or club at the height of this fashion, where each member in turn came prepared to point out or to discuss some new bit of wit or wisdom he felt himself to have discovered in an ancient writing, or, if very fortunate, to present and interpret some hitherto unheard-of newly found record, saying, verse, or even perchance book or treatise from the East, but none mentioned or made intelligent allusion to the Bible. Came Franklin's turn, he engaged an actress to learn and recite the book of Ruth, and took her with him to the meeting, explaining that having found an ancient Oriental idyl, which he thought to be unknown in Paris, or certainly known but to very few, he had brought a translation of the same to lay before them . . .

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