The History of Israel Volume . 3

The History of Israel Volume . 3

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ... more completely the children of different mothers differ from one another, the more readily is sensual desire kindled between them; and finally, if they are kept, by strict supervision, in chaste separation from each other, threatening evils still remain in connexion with the choice of one of the various sons for the succession to the throne; for the son of a favourite wife might suppose that such a relationship gave him the first claim to the crown, or a wife who enjoyed the king's preference might beg the same preference for her son. In this lies hidden an inextricable tangle of the most mischievous evils, and no sooner is one set aside than two or three others spring up; and any single one is enough profoundly to disturb the peace of a whole kingdom. If, therefore, the royal polygamy had been abolished on this occasion and the whole household of the king arranged on principles of stricter chastity, this first lapse would hardly have been followed in the dominions of the kings of Israel by others of a like nature. But neither David nor Nathan nor any other sage of that period would be likely to think of a radical cure of an evil which the whole of Antiquity was yet too far from recognising as such, either in the royal house or in that of the humblest subject. Thus the evil, even if it could no longer offer any temptation to David himself, still retained all its strength for everyone else, so that the monarchy in Israel remained exposed to the same perturbations to which it is still subject in all polygamous countries; and even in the freshness of its prime the germ of destruction might already be detected, ready to cooperate sooner or later with other causes for its dissolution. Thus the subsequent troubles which Amnon, Absalom, and Adonijah...show more

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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236493877
  • 9781236493873