The Old Testament and Modern Life - By Stopford A. Brooke (Stopford Augustus Brooke) pdf, epub, doc

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... ELIJAH ON CARMEL "And Elijah came unto all the people and said. How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word." I Kings xviii. 21 ELIJAH is as much an historical personage as Ahab. He truly lived and worked; and he embodied the strife between Jehovah and Baal. But as time went on, and the majesty, force, and wildness of his character seized on the imagination of the Jewish people, legend and miracle collected round his figure, and the historical elements are sometimes hidden by the embroidery. But this is clear—that we have in this story of Elijah the record of the actual struggle which went on in Israel for at least fifty years between monotheism and idolatry, between puritanism and immorality, between the individual conscience and a despotism, between nationalism and foreign influences. Politically, socially, morally, and religiously Elijah represented and concentrated this struggle, and we see it here, in the first book of Kings, drawn for us in the form in which men a generation or two later than the events looked back upon it. Criticism has, however, extended its doubts too far. There is no reason for disbelieving the whole of the story of the meeting between the prophets of Baal and Elijah on Mount Carmel, though we must reject certain portions of that story. The main elements of the tale are quite in character with other Eastern stories. Nor is there any reason to doubt that Elijah, suddenly dashed with despondency, and his life in danger, fled across Judah to Horeb; a journey he could easily accomplish in the twelfth part of forty days, and saw the vision recorded in the text. It is a vision such as Mohammed might have had. There is...

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