The Literary Primacy Of The Bible

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byGeorge Peck Eckman

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II The Poetry And Oratory Of The Bible "literature," says Lord Morley, "consists of all the books--and there are not so many--where moral truth and human passion are touched with a certain largeness, sanity, and attraction of form." He might have had the Bible before him as he framed this definition, so admirably does it fit the sacred writings of that massive library. As we proceed to investigate this literature, we are almost immediately impressed with its astonishing diversity, and a further examination convinces the student that, by reason of this quality, it is calculated to find acceptance with all classes of minds. Its books were composed by a great variety of persons, living under many different conditions, and impelled by numerous distinctive considerations. Its range of subjects is very wide. As Dr. Arthur S. Peake, of England, has said: It has a universality like that of Shakespeare, appealing to every emotion, reflecting every situation. It has a message for all our moods, an answer to our deepest perplexities, a response to our sorest needs. It meets us at levels of our being which other literature cannot touch, It lends our spirits wings that we may soar to heights which would otherwise be unreached. And when we are neither mounting upwards on nights of ecstasy, nor in the gloomy valley of depression, but moving on the somewhat weary path of life, it is our intimate companion, relieving the tedious monotony of the way, cheering and strengthening us when we faint beneath the burden we are called to bear. These words describe one of the sublimest functions of literature in general, without the fulfilling of which nothing written deserves to be called literature in the higher signification of the term. But the Bible overtops all other l...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II The Poetry And Oratory Of The Bible "literature," says Lord Morley, "consists of all the books--and there are not s...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:44 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217232116

ISBN - 13:9780217232111

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