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By Charles Foster Kent / Charles Scribner’s Sons / 1908
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The second period of Hebrew history, with which this volume deals, was Israel’s heroic age—when physical strength, courage, and patriotism were the prominent virtues, but when deeper spiritual and ethical qualities were only partially developed. It was during this period that the Hebrews most resembled their neighbors in character and faith. This volume, which follows the model of the preceding one, follows the history through the division of the kingdom. It commences with the story of the crossing of the Jordan, adding to it—as with other stories—an explanatory discussion. Contents include:
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Characterized by the same aim, method, and arrangement as its predecessor, it ought to put the student in intelligent possession of the main facts and forces operative in the pre-prophetic period of Israel’s history.
Charles Foster Kent (1867–1925) was born in Palmyra, New York, and educated at Yale, Yale Divinity School, and the University of Berlin. After working as an instructor at the University of Chicago and a professor of biblical literature and history at Brown University, he became Woolsey Professor of Biblical Literature at Yale University in 1901. He was a prolific author and editor, and his works include The Wise Men of Ancient Israel and Their Proverbs, Origin and Permanent Value of the Old Testament, Israel’s Laws and Legal Precedents, and Israel’s Historical and Biographical Narratives.