The Jew through the Centuries

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II HEBREW ORIGINS

At the time when Hebrew clans made their way into the hill country west of the Jordan sometime during the thirteenth century B.C. they found a numerous and diverse population, the result of many migrations and much admixture of races. The writers of the late book of Numbers reported that the scouts sent to explore the country brought back the disquieting news that there were many strong peoples living there, and that its conquest was impossible. They said that Amalek dwelt in the land of the south, and the Hittite and the Jebusite and the Amorite dwelt in the mountains, and the Canaanite dwelt by the sea and along by the side of Jordan.1 Their picturesque phrase was that it was a land that "ate up its inhabitants," by which they apparently meant that one wave of population followed another, and all were at last mingled in a common mixture of stocks.

The names by which the region was known make clear the diversity of its population. The common designation appears to have been "Canaan" in the practice of Old Testament writers. If the ordinary view be accepted that this refers particularly to the lowlands of the coast and the Jordan trench, it may go back to an etymology not yet recovered, but accepted in the use of "Canaanite" for lowlander until

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Num. 13:29.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction 1
  • I- Palestine 23
  • II- Hebrew Origins 71
  • III- Hebrew Contacts, Accretions And Dispersions 87
  • IV- Decline and Fall of Judah: Close Of Hebrew History 104
  • V- The Rise of Judaism 132
  • VI- Priesthood and Genealogies 166
  • VII- The Growth of Judaism 189
  • VIII- Jew and Christian 224
  • IX- The End of the Jewish State 258
  • X- The Jew Through the Centuries 279
  • XI- The Rise of Zionism 314
  • XII- Jew and Arab in Palestine 344
  • XIII- The Jew Today and Tomorrow 382
  • Bibliography 407
  • Index 415
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