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CHAPTER

CONTENTS

I THE MAKING OF THE BIBLE

II THE OLD TESTAMENT AND THE NEW SPIRIT

III WHAT, THEN, IS INSPIRATION?

IV THE PENTATEUCHAL ALPHABET

V SONGS AND STORIES

VI THE CONQUEST OF CANAAN

VII THE Two HISTORIES

VIII THE PROPHETS: THE ASSYRIAN PERIOD
IX THE PROPHETS: THE CHALDEAN PERIOD

X THE PROPHETS: AFTER THE EXILE

XI THE POETS

XII THE WISE MEN

XIII BETWEEN THE TESTAMENTS
XIV THE RECOLLECTIONS OF ST. PETER

XV THE RECORDS OF ST. MATTHEW
XVI THE WRITINGS OF ST. LUKE

XVII THE EARLIER EPISTLES OF ST. PAUL I
XVIII THE EARLIER EPISTLES OF ST. PAUL II
XIX THE LATER EPISTLES OF ST. PAUL

XX THE FIVE SERMONS

XXI THE JOHANNINE Books

XXII THE LIBRARY OF THE GRACE OF GOD

INDEX

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HOW TO KNOW THE BIBLE

How To Know the

Bible

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THE MAKING OF THE BIBLE

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HE Bible is in everybody's house, and is the most generally read and studied of all books, but it is still in need of simple explanation.

This is partly because it is so old, the latest pages of it having been written at least eighteen hundred years ago; partly because it is a library rather than a book, composed by various writers, in various literary forms, in widely separated countries, and during a period of more than a thousand years; and partly because we read it in a translation which brings the sixty-six books into a single volume, presents them without separate title-pages, makes poetry look like prose, shows no distinction between conversation and description, and deprives the reader even of the benefit of paragraphs. It is an evidence of the extraordinary interest and vitality of the Bible that it has survived the process of printing it in detached and numbered sentences, arranged in double-columned pages of fine type. A better knowledge of the Bible begins with the

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