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By William Oscar Emil Oesterley

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C. 164, there were nearly two years of peace; under Jonathan's leadership, when the Syrian general Bacchides withdrew, thinking that his task of subduing the Maccabseans was accomplished, we read that for two years again "the land of Judah had rest" (I Maceix* 59)> and still later, during approximately five years 40 A SURVEY OF THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND 152-147), there was peace in Palestine owing to the struggle for the Syrian throne of two aspirants. C. intervened. Tumultuous as this period was, then, opportunities for were not wanting.

1 6) ; in the art of spinning (Exod. xxxv. 25) ; in fighting (Isa. x. 13); in the administration of affairs (Isa. xxix. 14; Jer. xlix. 7) ; of the skill of magicians (Isa. xlvii. 10) ; of shrewdness (II Sam. xx. 22 ; Jer. ix. 22) ; of craftiness (II Sam, xiii. 3) ; even of the intelligence of animals (Prov. xxx. 24). So that in its earlier sense, though this is not excluded from its later usage, wisdom meant the faculty of it is distinguishing what was useful and what was harmful; ethical meaning belongs to later times when also a In the Wisdirectly religious sense was connected with it.

Prayer of Manasses ? For further details and the arguments in favour of these dates, see the introductions to the respective books. C. D. The history of this period undoubtedly influenced its literature, and is not infrequently reflected, or directly referred to, in it; hence the need of taking a historical bird's-eye view of these centuries, and, without going into details, to cerned lay emphasis on those more outstanding events which affected the destiny of the Jewish people. For, since the literature with which we shall be concerned is Jewish, the background is, in the present connexion, of and importance mainly in so far as the Jewish nation was concerned.

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