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A SERIES OF WORKS FROM THE SACRED SCRIPTURES PRESENTED
IN MODERN LITERARY FORM
EDITED, WITH AN INTRODUCTION AND NOTES
RICHARD G. MOULTON, M.A. (CAMB.), Ph.D. (PENN.)
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
Set up and electrotyped September, 1896. Reprinted January,
Norwood Mass. U.S.A.
I HAVE explained in the previous volume the purpose of this series of the Modern Reader's Bible — the History of Israel as presented by themselves. I have also explained the mode by which I propose, without altering the order of the Scriptural paragraphs, to bring this Bible History into the form familiar to us in modern books : separating in type arrangement between narrative and such matter as a modern historian would express by notes and appendices, separating again between the main historic narrative and the incidents told with epic fulness, and dividing the whole into what appear to be its logical sections.
Of these natural divisions that occupying the present volume is the second: The Exodus, or Migration of the Chosen People to the Land of Promise. But the details of the migration itself are the least part of the biblical Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers; the period of the journeyings in the wilderness is utilised for the gradual formation of the indiscriminate families of Israel into an organic nation. Hence the bulk of this portion of Scripture is occupied with such documents as laws, covenants with God, ordinances of rites and ceremonies and a sacred calendar, specifications of sacred architecture, census and