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"Why is his chariot so long in coming?
Why tarry the wheels of his chariots ?” ller wise ladies answered lier,
Yea, she returned answer to hersell, "llave tey not found, llave they not divided the spoil?
A damsel, two damsels to every man; To Sisera a spoil of divers colors, A spoil of livers colors of embroidery, of divers colors of embroidery on both sides, on the
necks of the spoil?"
Tutti Ho let all thine enemies peristi, O Lord: But let them that love him be as the sun when he
goeth forth in his might!
SIIORT STORIES OF THE BIBLE
Tue suggestion already made that the statement of Senator Beveridge that the world's greatest orations are the Sermon on the Mount, Saint l'aul's address on Mary' lill, and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address produces something of a shock to our religious sensi. bilities is further illustrated when we say that a list of the best short stories in the world would doubtless: include selections from Mark Twain, 0. Henry, Maupassant, and the English Bible. It should not, however, letract in the least from re. ligious value of the Bible that it contains many | masterpieces of this kind of literature. The ancient Hebrews were much given to the telling of stories, and they were frequently used to illustrate points of view. Few stories have a stronger hold upon the affections of children than the stories of Joseph or the story of the slaying of Goliath by David. It is much to the credit of juvenile literary judgment that the Samson stories seem to make a limited appeal. From the literary point of view the story of David and Goliathi, 1 Sam. 17. 20-51; the story of the prodigal son, Luke 1.7. 11-13?; and the story of the good Samaritan, Luke 10. 2.5-37, are suggested as preeminent. The last of these is
. printed for a study in story-telling.
And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? Ile said unto him, What is written in the law ? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou
shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbor? And Jesus unswer: ing said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripper him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him hall dead. And by chance there came down it coop tain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passer by on the other side. Jnd likewise a Levite, when he · was at the place, came and looked on hint, and passend by on the other side. But it certain Samaritan, als he journevel, came where lie was: and when he saw him he had compassion on him. I went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and bronglit him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he de. parted, he took out two prence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and what. soever thou spenddest more, wlien I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, lle that showed merry on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and so tlou likewise.
It will be noted that not a superfluous word is usert in this narrative and that the story is not dragged in, but comes most naturally from the surrounding situation. Jesus was never "reminded of a story." When the lawyer, tempting him, asked : profound and some what puzzling question, Who is my neighbor? Jesus might have replied by a philosophical discussion on al. truism. He chose, however, to tell a simple straight. forward story and that will be remembered as long as literature endures.
The following is a list of twenty short stories which are especially noteworthy: 1. Josephi. Gen. 37-18. 2. Balaam and Balak. Nini. 22-24,
3. The capture of Jericho. Josh. (. 1. The war's of (iideon. Judg. 6.8. 5. Jephthal's Daughter. Judg. 11. 05. Samson. Judg. 14.10. 7. Ruth. The entire book. 8. David and Goliath. 1 Sam. 17. 9. David and Jonathan. 1 Sam. 18-20. 10. Elijah and the prophets of Baal. 1 Kings 18. 11. Naboth's vineyard. 1 Kings 21. 12. The ascension of Elijah. 2 Kings 2. 13. Esther. The entire book. 11. The three llebrew children. Dan. 3. 15. Daniel in the lions' den. Dan. 6. 16. Jonal. The entire book. 17. The Good Samaritan. Luke 10. 2.-37. 18. The l’rodigal Son. Luke 15. 11-32. 19. The healing of the lame man at Bethesda. John
5. 1.9. 20. The shipwreck of Saint l'aul. Acts 27.
TIIE LITERARY CIARACTERISTICS OF THE
The student would do well to read the little book by l'rofessor A. S. Cook, of Yale l'niversity, on the Bible and English Prose Style, in connection with this chap ter'. All writers on the subject are agreed that the chief charm of the literary style of the Bible is its exo treme simplicity. If competent judges were asked to write down the most sublime passage of Englisli in existence, there is no doubt, but the first verse of Cienesis, “In the beginning Civil created the heaven and the carthi," would receive a large number of votes. Every time we read this passage we are impressed with its remarkable dignity and grandeur. A similar passage is found in the first chapter of the Gospel of Saint Jolin, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." It is interest. ing to note a method used by great writers in introduce ing their principal characters. Shakespeare, for ex ample, introduces Hamlet on the seventh page, Julius ('rsar on Vie fourth, Macbeth on the fiftli, Lear on the second, und Othello on the seventh. Gioethe brings in Faust after a somewhat lengthy introduction and all of our great writers seem to be obligers to resort to thic employment of a certain literary setting before they introduce the chief character. It is interesting to compare this with the method emploved by the author of the book of Joh. In the first verse of the first chap. ter we read, “There was a man in die land of 12 whosc name was Job."
For literary simplicity and daring this has no equal in literature. It is ap