jt)Trumbull, Henry Clay.

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New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1896. 8vo. Xi, 336 pages. Second edition. Printed on cream laid bond. Top edge gilt. Annotated. Topical and scriptural indices; appendices. Trumbull was an American Christian orientalist who wrote "Studies in Oriental Social Life (1894) , dealing especially with the aspects which threw light upon Biblical archeology; and two works of considerable influence; namely, The Blood Covenant (New York, 1885) , in which he laid down the theory, afterward developed by W. R. Smith, that sacrifice was a blood covenant; and The Threshold Covenant.In early times the threshold had a special sanctity; and that of the Temple was a marked spot, indicating specific taboos (see I Sam. V. 4 et seq. ; comp. Zeph. I. 9) . There were special keepers (A. V. 'porters') of the threshold (II. Kings xxii. 4; I Chron. Ix. 22; II Chron. Xxiii. 4; Jer. Xxxv. 4) . There is a wide-spread custom of making family sacrifices at the threshold in addition to those at the hearth. Herodotus reports this of the Egyptians (ii. 48) . Trumbull suggests that there is a specific reference to the threshold in Ex. Xii. 22 (LXX. ) , in connection with the institution of the Passover. Even to the present day it is considered unlucky to tread on the threshold. He suggests also that the word 'pesach, ' or 'passover, ' means a 'leaping over' the threshold, after it has been sanctified with the blood of the threshold-covenant. The threshold of Dagon's temple was evidently sacred in this way; and it has been suggested by Cheyne that I Kings xviii. 20-21 should be rendered 'How long will ye leap over both thresholds? ' (that is, worship both Baal and Yhwh) . " (JE) Singerman 5106. SUBJECT(S) : Covenants -- Religious aspects. Rites and ceremonies. Ex-library with minimal markings. Lacks covers. Dampstained; pages warped. Red color from boards has bled somewhat onto outer pages, Some darkening to pages. Binding tight; text in good condition. (AMR-5-1). N° de réf. du libraire 16223

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