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THE revived and wide-spread attention given to

the study of the Bible, under the stimulus of recent Oriental travels and investigations, not only as a volume of religious guidance, but as an authentic record of most interesting and important events, has encouraged me to publish a series of Lectures on some of the remarkable men identified with Jewish history.

Of course I have not aimed at an exhaustive criticism in these Biblical studies, since the topics cannot be exhausted even by the most learned scholars ; but I have sought to interest intelligent Christians by a continuous narrative, interweaving with it the latest accessible knowledge bearing on the main subjects.

If I have persisted in adhering to the truths that have been generally accepted for nearly two thousand years, I have not disregarded the light which has been recently shed on important points by the great critics of the progressive schools.

In the preparation of this volume, together with one treating of “The Old Pagan Civilizations,” as an introduction to the “ Beacon Lights of History,” I am most happy to acknowledge the great assistance I have had from Mr. Howard, of the publishing firm of Fords, Howard, and Hulbert, and from Mr. Stevens, the able proof-reader connected with the University Press at Cambridge.

JOHN LORD

STAMFORD, Conn., May, 1888.

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ABRAHAM.

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RELIGIOUS Faith.

PAGE Abraham the spiritual father of nations. ....... General forgetfulness of God when Abraham arose . . . . 28 Civilization in his age. ............. Ancestors of Abram .. .......... His settlement in Ilaran. His moral courage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 The call of Abram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . His migrations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 The Canaanites .......... Abram in Egypt · · · · · · · · · · · ·

35 Separation between Abram and Lot . . . . . . . . . 36 Melchizedek . . . . . . . . . . . Abram covenants with God . . . . . . The mission of the Hebrews . . . . . . . . . . The faith of Abram ...... Its peculiarities · · · · · · · · · · · · · · Trials of faith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 God's covenant with Abram . . . . . . . . . . . 41 The sacrifice of Isaac . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Paternal rights among Oriental nations. ....... 43

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