The Maccabaean; A Magazine of Jewish Life and Letters Volume 22, Nos. 3-6

The Maccabaean; A Magazine of Jewish Life and Letters Volume 22, Nos. 3-6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...pantheon as a product of the Semitic mind, is meagre and controversial, The Babylonian and Assyrian pantheon. from which the later Phoenician and Aramean cults descend, is most likely Sumerian in origin. At the dawn of civilization in the valley of the Euphrates, at a time when the Semitic Akkadian invaders had yet not wholly assimilated the religion of the native nonScmitic Sumerians, a form of worship was in vogue which some scholars have termed hcn0theism--i. e., the belief in a local patron deity, not indeed to the exclusion of other gods, but still a decided tendency to hold on to one patron god at one time. Centuries were needed for the Semitic mind to develop to that point where it could swallow an entire pantheon. When Mohammed received his divine call to redeem his brother Arabs from the dehased fetish worship into which they had sunk, and to preach the absolute unity of Allah, it was from among the Semitic inhabitants of the desert that he found the most willing auditors and most zealous supporters---men who were destined to conquer DIN!half the world in the interests of Islam..'0t so with the beginnings of Aryan culture. 'hether the Indo-Germans (the latest name for the inhabitants of Europe and India) originally emigrated from Asia as was maintained of old, or whether, as different scholars believe, the southern steppes of Russia, or the dense woodlands of eastern Germany, or even the undulating coast lands of north-western Germany first gave them life (cf. Hirt, Di! lndogermancn, pp. I76-I98), one truth is very evident, and that is, that nature bestowed upon the ancestors of European races a more favorable environment than upon the progenitors of the Semitic worldWhile the proto-Semites were forced t0 eke out a miserable...show more

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