Excerpt from Hebrew Ideals From the Story of the Patriarchs, Vol. 2: Gen. 25-50
The purpose Of this study was indicated in the first part. The main portion Of Genesis was probably written in the ninth or the eighth century b.c. I assume that it mirrors the period to which it belongs. It is true to the highest moral sentiments Of the age. It faithfully represents the supreme type of excellence to which the best men were then tending. It is in harmony with their beliefs, feelings, aspirations. It is written to take possession Of human life, to make certain great ideals current, to commend the highest principles Of action and rules Of conduct. At the same time it does not so much recount the acts Of human beings, as reveal the thoughts, Of a Divine Intelligence bent on the regeneration Of the world. Its one Hero is God.
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