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Oxford

HORACE HART, PRINTER TO THE UNIVERSITY

I DEDICATE THIS BOOK

TO MY SON

LEONARD NATHANIEL GOLDSMID-MONTEFIORE

IN HOPE AND LOVE

Love is strong as death ;

The passion thereof is hard as Sheol: Its heat is the heat of fire,

A very flame of the Lord!

Many waters cannot quench love,

Neither can the floods drown it: If a man would give all the substance of his

house for love, He would utterly be despised.

PREFACE

The present volume, as its name implies, is intended for use in Jewish homes. There are many parents who are unwilling to place the Bible, pur et simple, in the hands of their children. Moreover, mere extracts from the Bible without comment will hardly suit them any better. They want some help towards its explanation. It is not difficult

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e from what was thought about them by their own teachers or parents. They are well aware that it is now widely maintained by the best authorities that Moses did not write the entire Pentateuch, and that it is not the work of one author or of one age, but of many authors and many ages. They have heard that few scholars now believe that David or Solomon wrote many, and that many scholars believe that they wrote none, of the Psalms or Proverbs which bear their

It is not an unfamiliar fact to them that many of the prophecies were not and never can be fulfilled.

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