Four Centuries of Silence; Or, from Malachi to Christ

Four Centuries of Silence; Or, from Malachi to Christ

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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. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...It was still more injurious to the interests of the Jewish religion that-the Greek power, which ruled from the centre of Antioch, at last gained the victoryover the degenerate family of the Ptolemies. Antioch could exercise a much more direct and irresistible influence than Egypt. Alexandria was, no doubt, the most learned city, but learning does not always go with political supremacy. The Greek mind was dominant. Although it was speedily to succumb before the rising military power of Eome, still for a time it prevailed in the lingering remnants of Alexander's empire. The tyranny and corruption of the Syrian rulers came, as a blast of trouble, to quicken into flame the dying embers of religious and patriotic zeal in the hearts of the Jewish people. From 203 B.c. to 198 B.C., it must have been evident to all trueminded Jews that unless there was a rising-up of their national life against their oppressors, they would be crushed into absolute ruin, between the upper and nether millstones. "The decisive contest which was impending was in the most inexorable manner driving all the still hidden impulses of the age, both good and evil, into the light of day, so as to bring out clearly what was within the s power of those who represented the aim and the force of the whole period of the new Jerusalem, viz., the pious" (Ewald). It will not be possible in this place to describe the course of events which led to the revival of Judaism. The extraordinary family of the Asmoneans or Maccabees were, no doubt, only representatives of a large number of zealots, who were brought out of their obscurity by the force of great events. Mattathias, the father of Judas Maccabseus, was a man himself of great character, and the ruling spirit of his time. He must...
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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236518144
  • 9781236518149