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NOTABLE WOMEN

OF

OLDEN TIME.

WRITTEN FOR THE AMERICAN SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION.

PHILADELPHIA: AMERICAN SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION, 1122 CHESTNUT STREET.

Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1852, by the AMERICAN SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

No books are published by the AMERICAN SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION without the sanction of the Committee of Publication, consisting of fourteen members, from the following denominations of Christians, viz. Baptist, Methodist, Congregationalist, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Lutheran, and Reformed Dutch. Not more than three of the members can be of the same denomination, and no book can be published to which any member of the Committee shall object.

CONTENTS.

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THE WIFE (SARAH) 7

THE WIFE UNLOVED (HAGAR) 35

THE PARTIAL AND INTRIGUING MOTHER (REBEKAH) 63

THE RIVAL SISTERS (LEAH AND RACHEL) 89

THE AFFECTIONATE SISTER (MIRIAM) 119

THE PROPHETESS (DEBORAH) 171

THE ARTFUL WOMAN (JEZEBEL) 187

THE AMBITIOUS WOMAN (ATHALIAH) 205

THE ORPHAN QUEEN (ESTHER) 231

THE WIFE SARAH.

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Within a few centuries after the flood, while some who had witnessed the sin and the destruction of the antediluvian world were still living, Jehovah saw fit, in accordance with his designs of eternal wisdom, to separate Abraham from his brethren, calling upon him to leave the land of his birth and go out into a strange land, to dwell in a far country. He was to pass the rest of his days as a sojourner in a land which should be thereafter given to a people yet unborn, to a nation which was to descend from him.

Abraham was a lineal descendant of Shem, who was doubtless still living while "the father of Abraham yet abode with his kindred in the land of the Chaldees;" and from the lips of his venerable progenitor, Abraham himself may have first received the knowledge of the true God, and have learned lessons of wisdom and obedience, as he sat at his feet. Shem may have conversed with Methuselah; and Methuselah must have known Adam; and from Adam, Methuselah may have heard that history of the creation and fall, which he narrated to Shem, and which Shem may have transmitted to Abraham; and the history of the world would be thus remembered as the traditional recollections of a family, and repeated as the familiar remembrances of a single household.

Tales of the loveliness of Eden, of the glories of the creation, of the blessedness of the primeval state, of the days before the fall; remembrances of the "mother of all living" in the days of her holiness, when she was as beautiful as the world created for her home, in all the dewy sweetness of the morning of its existence, of the wisdom of man before he yielded to the voice of temptation, when authority was enthroned upon his brow, and all the tribes of the lower creation did him homage; of the good spirits who watched over to minister unto and bless them; of those dark, unholy and accursed ones, who came to tempt, betray and destroy them, were recounted as events of which those who described them had been the witnesses. And from the remembrances thus preserved and transmitted by tradition, each generation obscuring or exaggerating them, have descended what we call fables of antiquity, great facts, now dimly remembered and darkly presented, as shadowed over by the mists of long ages.

How must the hearts of the descendants of Shem have thrilled as they heard from him the history of by gone times of a world which had passed away! How much had the great patriarch of his race, himself, beheld? He had seen the glory and the beauty of the world before the flood. It was cursed for the sin of man, in the day of his fall but slowly, as we measure time, do the woes denounced by God often take effect, and, though excluded from Eden, the first pair may have seen little change pass over the face of the earth... Continue reading book >>




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