The Social Institutions and Ideals of the Bible

The Social Institutions and Ideals of the Bible

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The Social Institutions and Ideals of the Bible

The Social Institutions and Ideals of the Bible

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The title of this volume is somewhat more extensive than the contents would strictly warrant. A full discussion of the institutions and ideals of the Bible should include those of the apostolic age, particularly the life and organization of the Christian community and the social teachings of the apostles. It is with no sense of the unimportance of these subjects that they have been omitted, but solely in order to meet the conditions of a suitable textbook for two semesters of college work. In the practical study of the subject one semester may well be devoted to a consideration of the development of social institutions in Israel up to the time of Christ, and a second semester to the social teachings of the prophets, of the sages, and of Jesus. The study of the apostolic age as a whole would naturally be a separate subject.

There is a decided advantage in devoting considerable time to the study of the actual social life of Israel. As a matter of fact, this is one of the best means of introducing the student to the study of human society, for in the fascinating biblical stories he has actually in his hands the original source material on the basis of which the social study must be made. He is able to secure a comprehension of the social process as he sees the development of the fundamental institutions of society passing before his eyes in the unfolding biblical narrative. Here is the opportunity to secure the social imagination and the social sympathy which are essential to any significant attempt to understand the problems of modern life.

Furthermore, the only way to appreciate the development of religion is to realize how it enters into the social life of a people and relates itself to their institutions. As one follows . . .

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