IT is almost universally admitted that the narratives of the Old Testament stand unrivaled in the literature of the world for beauty of diction and form, and for the extraordinary vividness with which characters and events are brought before the reader. Every student of the Bible will admit that in the accounts of various episodes in the history of Moses, Abraham, Elijah, and Elisha, whose whole length does not exceed that of the introduction to a modern story, the events, local conditions, characters, action, and cause are presented so vividly that the actors in the drama remain in thought as far more living and real than do historical characters of periods much nearer his own time.
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