The Prophets of Israel

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W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated, 1936 - 178 pagina's
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The splendors of worship grew more splendid, writes Miss Hamilton, the multitudes of priests and devotees perpetually greater; ceremony followed upon ceremony yet the temples and the shrines were empty....And then something happened, one of the most important events that ever happened, which was to result in nothing less than a completely new idea of religion, an altogether different relation of man to God. In a little country of no consequence to the ruling powers...Egypt, Nineveh, Babylon...a man arose, one man, all alone, to set himself against the force of the whole world's conviction; and after him another, and then another, each always by himself against the nations, in all a mere handful of men, who had a vision of a new heaven and a new earth, a new motive power for mankind and a new road to God, and who proclaimed this strange conception with a passion and a power never surpassed in the 3000 years that stretch out between their day and ours.

The Prophets were men of extraordinary minds, able to reflect greatly upon human life and to see deep into human nature. They were men of passion and fire. In the present volume Miss Hamilton brings these ancient Hebrews to life for us as she brought those other ancient peoples to life in The Greek Way and The Roman Way, at the same time interpreting their significance for us today.

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FOREWORD 13
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FEAR AND FORM IN RELIGION
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II
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Edith Hamilton was born on August 12, 1867 in Dresden, Germany to American parents. She attended Miss Porter's School in Connecticut until her father's business went bankrupt, at which point she and her sisters taught themselves. She received a master's degree from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania in 1894. In 1895, she became the first woman to study at the University of Munich in Germany. At the age of 29, she became the headmistress of Bryn Mawr Preparatory School for Girls in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1896. She retired from education in 1922 and moved to New York City. She began a career writing scholarly articles on Greek drama and myths. Her books include The Greek Way, The Roman Way, The Prophets of Israel, Three Greek Plays, Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, and The Golden Age of Greek Literature. In 1957, at the age of 90, she traveled to Greece for the first time, where the city of Athens made her an honorary citizen. She died on May 31, 1963.

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