The Roots in Oriental Life

The Roots in Oriental Life

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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. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...much labor was needed for the building and decorating of the temple and palaces that the fields lay uncultivated. The ordinary work of the day, necessary for the very life of the nation, came to a standstill. What seemed even worse to many of the people was the growing worship of the many gods of their "heathen" neighbors, the Babylonians, the Assyrians, and the Persians. 'Finally the break came. Those who approved of this idol worship and of the luxurious life which Solomon so loved, separated from those who still held to the idea of simple shepherd life and the worship of one God, Jehovah. The ten rich northern tribes formed the kingdom of Israel. Its capital was Samaria. The little kingdom of Judah, with its capital at Jerusalem, included the two tribes in the southern part of Palestine. They worshiped Jehovah as the God of kindness and love. They tried to win over those among them who worshiped "strange gods." They also tried to bring back those in Israel who had wandered from the true faith of their fathers. To this sister kingdom they sent preachers. These were the "prophets " of the Bible--Amos, the herdsman; Isaiah, the "gospel" prophet; and many others. These prophets tried to persuade the idolaters that there is but one God. They tried to convince them that Jehovah was to be the God of the whole world, ' not of a part only. They taught that He is a God of anger for the rich tyrants as well as of pity for the poor and down-trodden. "Seek good and not evil," said the preacher Amos, "that ye may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, shall be with you." The prophets were really the reformers of the time, such as Judge Ben Lindsey and Jane Addams of your day, ...
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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236811895
  • 9781236811899