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GENERAL EDITOR FOR THE OLD TESTAMENT.
The present General Editor for the Old Testament in the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges desires to say that, in accordance with the policy of his predecessor the Bishop of Worcester, he does not hold himself responsible for the particular interpretations adopted or for the opinions expressed by the editors of the several Books, nor has he endeavoured to bring them into agreement with one another. It is inevitable that there should be differences of opinion in regard to many questions of criticism and interpretation, and it seems best that these differences should find free expression in different volumes. He has endeavoured to secure, as far as possible, that the general scope and character of the series should be observed, and that views which have a reasonable claim to consideration should not be ignored, but he has felt it best that the final responsibility should, in general, rest with the individual contributors.
A. F. KIRKPATRICK.
MAR - 1 1906201928
KAT.... Eb. Schrader, Die Keilinschriften und das A. T., ed. 2,
1883 (translated under the title The Cuneiform Inscriptions and the 0.7. 1885, 1888). The references are to the pagination of the
original, which is given on the margin of the English translation. KB.... Eb. Schrader, Keilinschriftliche Bibliothek (transliterations and
translations of Assyrian and Babylonian inscriptions), 1889–1900. L.O.T....S. R. Driver, Introduction to the Literature of the Old
Testament, ed. 6, 1897.
Church, ed. 2, 1892.
Christi, ed. 2, 1886, 18yo (translated, Edinb. 1890—3); Vol. 2,
also, in ed. 3 (2 vols.), 1898. ZATW....Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, 1881 ff.
For the names of Commentators, &c., see pp. cii-civ.
It has been found difficult to preserve entire consistency in the transliteration of foreign words, especially Babylonian and Assyrian names; but it is hoped that the reader will not be seriously misled in consequence. Familiar names have usually been left unchanged. In other words ḥ (or sometimes ch) = ; = ; (or 3) = ; f = D.
Defeat of Egyptians by Nebuchadnezzar at Carchemish. бо4.
Fall of Jerusalem. 561.
AMÊL-MARDUK (Evil-Merodach). 559.
NERGAL-SHAR-UŻUR (Neriglissar). 555 (9 months). LÂBASHI-MARDUK (Laborisoarchod). 555. NABU-NA'ID (Nabonnēdus, Nabonidus). 538. CYRUS. Return of Jews under Zerubbabel. 529–522. CAMBYSES. 522 (7 months). GAUMÂTA (Pseudo-Smerdis). 522-485. DARIUS HYSTASPIS. 485-465. XERXES. 333. Persian empire overthrown by ALEXANDER THE GREAT. 323
Death of Alexander.
Kings of Egypt. 312. SeleucUS I (Nicator). 322. PTOLEMY I (Lagi), satrap.
305. PTOLEMY I (Lagi), king.
285. PTOLEMY II (Philadelphus). 280. ANTIOCHUS I (Soter). 261. ANTIOCHUS II (Theos). 249. ANTIOCHUS II receives in marriage Berenice, daughter of
Ptolemy Philadelphus. 246. SELEUCUS II (Callinicus). 247. ProLEMY III (Euergetes I). 226. SELEUCUS III (Ceraunos). 223. ANTIOCHUS III (the Great). 222.
PTOLEMY IV (Philopator). 205.
PTOLEMY V (Epiphanes). 198. Antiochus the Great defeats Ptolemy Epiphanes at Paneion, and
obtains possession of Palestine. 194-3. Antiochus the Great marries his daughter, Cleopatra, to
Ptolemy Epiphanes. 187. SELEUCUS IV (Philopator). 182. PTOLEMY VI (Eupator). 175–164. AntiOCHUS IV (Epi- 182–146. PTOLEMY VII (Philophanes).
Jason purchases the high-priesthood from Antiochus, ex
pelling his brother Onias III. 172. Menelaus, outbidding Jason, becomes high-priest. 170. Antiochus' first expedition into Egypt. On his return he
enters the Temple, and carries off the sacred vessels. 168.
Antiochus' third (or second?) expedition into Egypt. 168. Apollonius surprises Jerusalem on the Sabbath-day. 168. Antiochus' measures against the Jews. Desecration of the
Temple (25 Chisleu). 167. Rise of the Maccabees. 166–5. Victories over the generals of Antiochus. 165. Re-dedication of the Temple (25 Chisleu). 164.
Death of Antiochus.
§ 1. The person of Daniel and the contents of the Book.
ALL that is known of Daniel is contained substantially in the book which bears his name. The Book consists essentially of two parts : (1) a series of narratives (ch. i.-vi.), describing the experiences of Daniel and his companions, in the three reigns of Nebuchadnezzar (ch. i.-iv.), Belshazzar (ch. v.), and Darius the Mede (ch. vi.); and (2) a series of visions (ch. vii.—xii.), with introductions describing the circumstances attending them, purporting to have been seen by Daniel during the reigns of Belshazzar (ch. vii., viii.), Darius the Mede (ch. ix.), and Cyrus (ch. x.-xii.). The principal link connecting the two parts of the book is afforded by chaps. ii. and vii.—the four empires symbolized by the image in Nebuchadnezzar's dream in ch. ii. being the same as the four empires symbolized by the four beasts seen by Daniel in his vision described in ch. vii. The following is an outline of the contents of the Book.
Nebuchadnezzar, having in the third year of Jehoiakim, king of Judah (B.C. 605), laid siege to Jerusalem, and carried away to Babylon' several Jewish prisoners, determined shortly afterwards to have a number of noble and promising youths educated in the language and learning of the ‘Chaldaeans,'-i.e. of the professors of divination, magic, and astrology in Babylon,-with a