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The Hebrew Republic

By E.C. Wines


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   Chapter 1: The Unity of God - It is the proper function of the sciences to arrive at general principles; that is to say, primary, or general facts, in which all secondary, or parti ...read
   Chapter 2: National Unity, Liberty, Political Equality - A second fundamental principle of the Hebrew government was national unity. This idea was, in that age, as new and startling as the doctrine of the ...read
   Chapter 3: Elective Magistracy, People's Authority in the Enactment of Laws, The Responsibility of Public Officers to Their Constituents - A magistracy elected by the people, the public officer chosen by the public voice, was another of those great principles, on which Moses founded his c ...read
   Chapter 4: A Cheap, Speedy, and Impartial Administration of Justice, Peace, Agriculture - A cheap, speedy, and impartial administration of justice was another of those great ideas, on which Moses founded his civil polity. Under the Hebre ...read
   Chapter 5: Universal Industry, The Inviolability of Private Property, The Sacredness of the Family Relation, The Sanctity of Human Life - Again, the Hebrew state was founded on the industry of all the citizens. This was the eleventh of those fundamental principles, which lay at the basis ...read
   Chapter 6: Education - A fifteenth fundamental principle of the Hebrew government was education--the education of the whole body of the people, especially in the knowledge o ...read
   Chapter 7: Social Union, Balance of Powers, Enlightened Public Opinion - Another of those great ideas, ova which Moses founded the Hebrew government, was union. I refer here, not so much to those civil ties which bound t ...read
   Chapter 8: Special Designs of the Hebrew Government - In order to lay down a true plan of the Hebrew government, it will be necessary to inquire whether, besides the common ends of government--the protect ...read
   Chapter 9: Idolatry - These observations naturally lead us to the inquiry, whether the suppression of idolatry was a design worthy to engage the care of the divine mind--in ...read
   Chapter 10: The Nation's Magistrates - The political equality of the people, without either nobles or peasants properly so called, was, as we have seen, a fundamental principle of the Mosai ...read
   Chapter 11: The Tribes - Let us now direct our attention to the tribes themselves in their individual capacity, in their relation to one another, and in their legislative func ...read
   Chapter 12: Legislature, Courts, Levites, Prophets - As the twelve tribes, though independent and sovereign for local purposes, yet formed but one political body for the care and promotion of the common ...read
   Chapter 13: The Hebrew Chief Magistrate - Moses did not, by an express law, unalterably determine in what sort of magistrate the supreme executive authority of the Israelitish state should be ...read
   Chapter 14: The Constitution - Besides that original and fundamental law, which we have just been examining, a special capitulation was sworn to by the kings of Israel. The compact ...read
   Chapter 15: The Hebrew Senate - This was another department of the Hebrew government and one of the bonds of union between the tribes of Israel. The study of this part of the constit ...read
   Chapter 16: The Hebrew Commons - In treating this subject, three inquiries present themselves, viz. 1. Whether a house of commons, or popular assembly, formed a part of the Hebrew con ...read
   Chapter 17: The Hebrew Oracle - The fact that the original sovereignty of the Hebrew state, though by the free consent and suffrage of the people, was vested in Jehovah, distinguishe ...read
   Chapter 18: The Hebrew Priesthood - I use the term "priesthood" here in an enlarged sense. I include, under that designation, the whole tribe of Levi, as possessing a sacerdotal or sacre ...read
   Chapter 19: The Hebrew Prophets - The right understanding of the prophetical office among the Hebrews will throw much light on the Mosaic constitution, and strikingly evince the popula ...read
   Conclusion - In the foregoing pages, I have offered an analysis of the Hebrew constitution, such as I conceive it to have been, when it came from the hand of the i ...read

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