By A.H. Sayce
From the preface: "The following pages will clarify themselves. Their item is to set ahead of the reader a quick yet intelligible account of the books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther, and a background of the days to which they belong. An endeavour has been made to put out of your mind not anything that demands remark or explanation, and hence to give the Biblical pupil with a piece that, whereas serving the needs of a remark, varieties a continual narrative, and is of workable dimension. Its distinguishing peculiarity is the use made in it of contemporary huge discoveries, extra specially of the inscriptions of Cyrus ; and the student will realize one or illustrations of Holy Writ which are right here given for the 1st time. those that want for extra exact information about the newly-found documents of the earlier, and the testimony they endure to the reality of the previous testomony Scriptures, could discuss with the volumes entitled ' clean gentle from the traditional Monuments,’ ' Assyria : its Princes, clergymen and People,’ and ' The Hittites ; or, the tale of a Forgotten Empire,’ released through the non secular Tract Society."
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