After the Exile; A Hundred Years of Jewish History and Literature Volume 2

After the Exile; A Hundred Years of Jewish History and Literature Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ... king's taxes, and had been sold up and evicted by their hardhearted creditors.1 The normal distress of the community was brought to a head by circumstances connected with the building of the walls. The city was crowded, its population perhaps doubled; at the same time, the hostility of the neighbouring nations restricted the supply of provisions from without. Hence scarcity of bread, famine prices, the bare necessaries of life beyond reach of the poor man's purse. Many had left their fields and their trades to take part in the national enterprise; many who had to earn their living by manual labour had volunteered, out of pure patriotism, to do this work without receiving any wage. Their slender resources were soon exhausted, and they found themselves at last unable to obtain even the few handfuls of parched corn that would have sufficed for their simple wants. In this state of matters, the Jewish capitalists, so far from showing liberality or even forbearance, took a cruel advantage of their unfortunate debtors. Usurers pressed for payment in full. Mortgagees seized the opportunity to foreclose. Many of the poorer citizens, who had hitherto struggled on under increasing burdens, were now utterly ruined, and saw their little patrimony--house, field, vineyard, oliveyard--pass from them into the hands of greedy priests and nobles. Others had to satisfy the demand of Shylock in a manner still more painful to natural feeling--by giving up their sons, and even their daughters, to be the slaves of merciless creditors.1 At last the long-suffering people rose against a tyranny that had become insupportable. Partly impelled by sheer hunger, partly by what they had learned of Nehemiah's character, and by the hope that he would right their wrongs, an...
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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236651901
  • 9781236651907