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THE HEBREW PEOPLE.

PART I.

FROM THE ORIGIN OF THE NATION TO THE DEATH

OF SOLOMON.

CONTENTS.

INTRODUCTION.

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The Origin of Nations usually obscure-That of the Hebrews an

Exception-Owe their national Existence to Divine Election.
I. PERSONAL AND FAMILY HISTORY OF THE HEBREW PATRIARCHS
as bearing upon this Election Scripture Promises exhibit-
ing this Divine Purpose—This Purpose asserted—Abraham
- Isaac-Jacob and Esau—Their Relation to the Promise
-Esau sells his Birthright-Jacob obtains the Blessing-He
journeys to Padan-aram-The Vision at Bethel — His So-
journ with Laban-He returns—Is pursued—Wrestles with
an Angel—Its religious Effect~Meets Esau happily-Jacob
dwells in Canaan-Partiality to Joseph, who is sold into
Egypt by his Brethren-His Conduct there—Made Go-
vernor of Egypt-Brings his Father and Family into that
Country-Intense Interest which the Hebrews felt in the
Divine Promises—Their Confidence and Hope-Are perse-
cuted by the Egyptians. II. THE MIRACLES WHICH PRECEDED
AND EFFECTED THE Exodus—The peculiar State of the Israel-
ites, and their future Destiny, required the Power and Wis-
dom of God to be displayed in their Deliverance-Birth and
Preservation of Moses—His noble Choice and mighty Faith

-His Interposition, Flight, and Sojourn in Midian–Is sent
by God to demand the Release of the Israelites—The Miracle
of the Serpent–The Water turned into Blood—The Plague
of Frogs-Of Lice-Of Flies–Of Murrain-Of Boils-Of
Hail—Of Locusts—Of Darkness—The Passover appointed,
and the First-born of Egypt slain-The Israelites leave Egypt
-Their March-Are pursued by Pharaoh—Their Danger-
A Passage opened for them through the Sea—Their Enemies
destroyed—The Hebrews, in Safety and Freedom, return
Thanksgiving to God. NOTES. Circumcision-Jacob's Pot-
tage-Esau's Sale of his Birthright—Isaac's Blessing-La-
ban's Teraphim-Jacob's Wrestling-Bondage of the Israel-
ites in Egypt-Real Wonders of the Magicians wrought by
Demon Agency—The Serpent an Egyptian Deity-Human
Sacrifices of the Egyptians—The Borrowing of the Israel-
ites from the Egyptians--Number of the Hebrews on leaving
Egypt-Chronology of this Period--Route of the Israelites
from Egypt, and the miraculous Passage of the Red Sea ...... 1

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PecuLIARITIES of Hebrew Nationality at the Exodus-State of the

People-Their rational Expression of Joy-Their Journeying

--Marah- Elim— Wilderness of Sin-The Quails and Manna

-Miraculous Supply of Water-Amalekites—The Hebrews

arrive at Sinai-Glorious Revelation of God-He delivers his

Law to the People-Moscs called up into the Mount-The

golden Calf-The People punished and pardoned-Moses

again called into the Mount—The Levitical ecclesiastical

Economy promulged—The Tabernacle and its Furniture

prepared—Its sacred Service begun and divinely accepted

--Sin and Punishment of Nadab and Abihu— The People

numbered and organized—Their Order of March—The Peo-

ple murmur for Flesh-Quails sent-And seventy Prophets

appointed-Rebellion and Punishment of Miriam-The

Israelites arrive at Kadesh-Barnea—The Purpose of God in

their Wandering—Spies sent out–The Object and Results

of their Mission-The existing Generation doomed to perish

in the Wilderness-—They wander thirty-eight Years—The

Return of the Israelites to Kadesh-The Rebellion of Korah,

Dathan, and Abiram-Their miraculous Punishment-The

Sin and Doom of Moses and Aaron—The Edomites refuse

Israel a Passage through their Country-Death of Aaron-

Plague of fiery Serpents-Conquest of two Kings of the

Amorites—Balaam-Sin and Punishment of Baal-peor--

Second Census-Joshua appointed the Leader-Conquest

of the Midianites—The Death of Moses-Order of Encamp-

ment. NOTES. Song of Moses—The Healing of the Waters

--Laws given at Marah-Quails—The Mannà a Miracle

-The smitten Rock-Amalek-Jethro's Visit to Moses-

The Meekness of Moses—Situation of Kadesh-Absurdity

of rationalistic Interpretation-Miriam-The Sin of Moses

--The brasen Serpent—The Plains of Moab—Numbering of

the People....

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THE RELIGION OF THE UEBREWS IN THE WILDERNESS.

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