1st Edition

The Heart of the Bible Volume Two: The Literature of the Jewish People

By Jeannie B. Thomson Davies Copyright 1933
    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    Originally published in 1933, from the preface in volume one: “The aim of this particular venture is to present the writings now collected in the volume called the Bible in an order approaching that in which they came into being. The hope is that a considerable amount of both the Old and New Testaments may be read in a fresh setting, so that questions about inconsistencies in the Bible, or about its varying levels of morality, or about its uneven value for religious education can no longer be fired as poison darts to attack its life and influence…. This is an attempt to combine reading the Bible with learning to understand it.” Of particular relevance to those interested in religious studies, today it can be read in its historical context.

    This book is a re-issue originally published in 1933. The language used and views portrayed are a reflection of its era and no offence is meant by the Publishers to any reader by this re-publication.

    1. A Period of Reformation  2. The Priestly Code and the Dawn of History  3. Literature of Protest  4. The Problem of Suffering  5. The Hymnal of the Jewish Church  6. Writings of the Wise Men  7. Later Post-Exilic Prophets  8. The Formation of the Canon  9. The Chronicler  10. The Story of Queen Esther  11. The Wisdom of Jesus Son of Sirach  12. The Book of Daniel  13. The Story of Judith  14. A History of Persecution and the Maccabean Revolt  15. Two Greek Additions to Old Testament Literature  16. The Last Century Before Christ.  Index.


    Jeannie B. Thomson Davies

    Review for the original editions:

    “This sound and simple historical and literary introduction to the Bible is a joy to the reader and a fine instrument for the teacher. At the same time it is an anthology excellently chosen for the purposes of study as well as for those of aesthetic enjoyment and spiritual edification. … Each volume has a completeness of its own, but every school library, and indeed every library, public or private, should possess all three.” – Religion in Education (now British Journal of Religious Education)