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The Cambridge Bible for Schools
GENERAL EDITOR FOR THE OLD TESTAMENT AND APOCRYPHA :-
THE BOOK OF
WITH INTRODUCTION AND NOTES
THE REV. S. R. DRIVER, D.D.,
AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS.
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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.
Principal Abbreviations employed.
KAT....Eb. Schrader, Die Keilinschriften und das A. T., ed. 2, 1883 (translated under the title The Cuneiform Inscriptions and the O.T. 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.
NHWB....M. Levy, Neuhebräisches und Chaldäisches Wörterbuch, 1876-89.
OTJC.2...W. Robertson Smith, The Old Testament in the Jewish Church, ed. 2, 1892.
P.S. (or Payne Smith)...R. Payne Smith, Thesaurus Syriacus.
RP. or RP2... Records of the Past, first and second series, respectively.
Schürer...E. Schürer, Gesch. des Jüdischen Volkes im Zeitalter Jesu Christi, ed. 2, 1886, 1890 (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 (or sometimes ch) = П; k = P ; s (or z) = Y; t = D.
On the terms 'Excellent' and 'Excellency' in A.V.,
R. V., and P.B.V. of the Psalms...
On the Four Empires of Daniel II., VII.
The Inscription recording the vote of thanks to Eumenes
and Attalus passed by the Council and people of