Tales of the Warrior-Judges; a Sunday Book for Boys

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General Books LLC, 2010 - 82 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1873 Excerpt: ... HE next Warrior-Judge who claims our attention is one with whom a sad and pathetic tale is associated, which has given his name a melancholy interest which it would not otherwise have possessed. Jephthah of Gilead--or the Gileadite--is put upon the illustrious roll of titled heroes--along with Gideon, Naaman, and others--as "a mighty man of valour." It was still considerably more than a thousand years before the Christian era, when the battle of Aroer, which we are about to describe, was fought, and in which Jephthah was the leader of the army of Israel. Before proceeding, however, to an account of this new war, and its sad sequel, it will be interesting to know something of the commander's birthplace, and his previous life. The home of his family and tribe was on the eastern side of the river Jordan, that tract of country with which we have become partially acquainted in our last, in describing Gideon's pursuit of the retreating hordes of Midian. If not so well known as the western portion of Palestine, the land of Gilead was by far the more varied and picturesque of the two. Its simplest geographical boundaries, as given by a modern writer, are, from the south-eastern extremity of the Lake of Tiberias on the north, extending south, with the Jordan as its western frontier, to the northern end of the Dead Sea. In extent it is about sixty miles in length, and not more than twenty broad, (Dr. Smith, Bible Dictionary, Art. 'Gilead.") On the east it merges into the sandy wastes of Arabia. It is a region connected with many memorable passages in Hebrew history. Abraham crossed its uplands and wild forests in his journey from Mesopotamia; Moses, from one of the peaks of its Pisgah range, got a full view of the land he was forbidden to enter; David made it the pl...

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