5 JUNE 1909, Page 28



[ftidor this heading we police sash Books of the wish as have nut Wen reserved for review in eater forms.]

Old Testament History. By J. M. Hardwick, M.A., and the Rev. H. Costley-White, M.A. 2 vols. (John Murray. 2s. per vol.)—The authors propose to divide the subject for purposes of treatment into five "periods," of which two, dealt with in !operate volumes, are before us. Period 1 includes " From the Creation to the Crossing of the Red Sea," Period 2 "From the Red Sea to Ruth." We cannot examine these two volumes in detail, but we may say generally, after reference to some crucial points, that they appear to have dealt tactfully with a very difficult task. To take the Exodus story as an example, it is frankly stated that the Bible narrative regards the manna-supply as miraculous. It is idle to attempt any other explanation. But the numbers of the people are with equal frankness said to be exaggerated. Two millions of people could not have come out of Goshen.