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The Lake English Classics

General Editor
LINDSAY TODD DAMON, A.B.

Professor of
English Literature and Rhetoric in Brown University

ADDISON-The Sir Roger De Coverley PapersABBOTT...

30c ADDISON AND STEELE-Selections from The Tatler and The Spectator-ABBOTT.

35c BROWNING-Selected Poems REYNOLDS...

40c BUNYAN—The Pilgrim's Progre38—LATHAM

30c BURKE-Speech on Conciliation with America— DENNEY.

25c CARLYLE-Essay on Burns-AITON...

25c CHAUCER-Selections-GREENLAW..

40c COLERIDGE-The Ancient Mariner

I vol.-MOODY...

25c LOWELL-Vision of Sir Launfal COOPER-The Last of the Mohicans LEWIS..

40c COOPER-The Spy-DANON...

40c DANA-Two Years Before the Mast-WESTCOTT.

.40c DEFOE-Robinson Crusoe HASTINGS.....

40c DE QUINCEY-Joan of Arc and Selections—MOODY.

25c DE QUINCEY-The Flight of a Tartar Tribe FRENCH

25c DICKENS-A Christmas Carol, etc.-BROADUS.

30c DICKENS-A Tale of Two Cities-BALDWIN..

40c DICKENS—David Copperfield-BALDWIN.

50c DRYDEN- Palamon and ArciteCOOK..

25c EMERSON-Essays and Addresses—HEYDRICK.

35c English Poems-From Gray, Goldsmith, Pope, Byron, Macaulay, Arnold, etc. - SCUDDER..

40c Familiar Letters–GREENLAW

400 FRANKLIN-Autobiography GRIFTIN.

30c GASKELL ( Mrs.)-Cranford-HANCOCK.

35c GEORGE ELIOT-Stlas Marner-HANCOCK.

30c GOLDSMITH-The Vicar of Watefield MORTON..

30c HAWTHORNE—The House of the Seven Gables-HERRICK.

35c HAWTHORNE-Twice-Told TalesHERRICK AND BRUERE.

40c HUGHES-Tom Brown's School Days DE MILLE. IRVING-Lifeos Goldsmith-KRAPP

40c IRVING-The Stetch Book-KRAPP.

40c IRVING-Tales of a Traveller-and parts of Tho Stetch Book-KRAPP 40c LAMB-Jssays of mia—BENEDICT.....

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LONGFELLOW-Narratioe Poems-POWELL....

400 LOWELL-Vision of Sir LaunfahSee Coleridge. MACAULAY-Essays on Addison and Johnson-NEWCOMER..

30c MACAULAY-Essays on Clive and Hastings--NEWCOMER...

35c MACAULAY-Goldsmith, Frederic The Greai, Madame D'Ardlau-NEWCOMER........

300 MACAULAY-Essays on Milton and AddisonNEWCOMER.......... 30c MILTON-L'Allegro, Il Penseroso, Comus, and Lycidas-NEILSON.... 25c MILTON- Paradise Lost, Books I and II-FARLEY..

25c Old Testament Narratives-RHODES.

40c PALGRAVE-Golden TreasuryNEWCOMER.

40c PARKMAN-The Oregon Trail-MACDONALD.

40c POE-Poems and Tales, Selected-NEWCOMER...

30c POPE—Homer's Iliad, Books I,VI, XXII, XXIV-CRESSY AND MOODY 25C RUSKIN-Sesame and Lites-LINN......

25c SCOTT-Ivanhoe SIMONDS......

45c SCOTT-Quentin Durward—SIMONDS.

45c SCOTT- Lady of the LateMOODY.....

30c SCOTT-Lay of the Last Minstrel-MOODY AND WILLARD.. .... 25c SCOTT-Marmion MOODY AND WILLARD........

30c SHAKSPERE-The Nellson Edition Edited by W.A. NEILSON, each.. 250

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STEVENSON-Inland Voyage and Travels with a Donkey-LEONARD. 35c
STEVENSON-Ridnapped-LEONARD .......

35c STEVENSON-Treasure Island-BROADUS...

25c TENNYSON-Selected Poems-REYNOLDS.

35c TENNYSON—The Princess—COPELAND...

25c THACKERAY-Henry Esmond-PHELPS..

50c THACKERAY-English Humorists—CUNLIFFE AND WATT..... 30C Three American Poems—The Raven, Snow-Bound, Mlles StandishGREEVER......

25c Types of the Short Story-HEYDRICK

35c Washington, Webster, Lincoln-DENNEY.

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SCOTT, FORESMAN AND COMPANY
CHICAGO: 623 Wabash Ave. NEW YORK : 460 Fourth Ave.

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The Lake English Classics

OLD TESTAMENT

NARRATIVES

SELECTED AND EDITED

WITH AN INTRODUCTION AND NOTES

Ву
CHARLES ELBERT RHODES, A.M.
Head of the Department of English, Lafayette High School

Buffalo, N. Y.

SCOTT, FORESMAN AND COMPANY
CHICAGO

NEW YORK

COPYRIGHT, 1915

BY

SCOTT, FORESMAN AND COMPANY G,

Prof Fr. Scott 12-15-28

0 2-A-29 m RS

PREFACE

The selections given in this edition of the Old Testament narratives center around the principal characters and events of Hebrew history from the Creation to the return from the Babylonian captivity and the rebuilding of the city of Jerusalem and the Temple. Many events are necessarily omitted, but great care has been exercised to give the unbroken story of a remarkable people passing through all stages of development from the simplest life to that of a complex nation. In the evolution of the nation the growing self-consciousness of the people, and the equally significant growth in their consciousness of the God who was leading them, should be noted. The frequent lapses of the people into idolatry are also to be specially considered, since these lapses furnished the leaders the opportunities for their great work.

The text used is that of the American Revision. It has seemed best to omit the numbers of the chapters and verses and to add quotation marks, so as to designate more clearly the various speakers. Wherever there is a break in the connection between two selections, due to omissions in the text, a brief summary of intervening events has been inserted in smaller type. These connecting links” serve two purposes: first, they enable the

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