Beyond what we would gather from theO ld Testament, we knew but little about the history and geography of Canaan before the age of its conquest by the I sraelites. Thanks, however, to the discovery and decipherment of the ancient monuments of Babylonia and A ssyria, of Egypt and of Palestine, all this is now changed. A flood of light has been poured upon the earlier history of the country and its inhabitants, and though we are still only at the beginning of our discoveries we can already sketch the outlines of Canaanitish history, and even fill them in here and there. Throughout I have assumed that in the narrative of the Pentateuch we have history and not fiction. Indeed the archaeologist cannot do otherwise. Monumental research is making it clearer every day that the scepticism of the so-called higher criticism is not justified in fact. Those who would examine the proofs of this must turn to my book on The Higher Criticism and the Verdict of theM (Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)
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