Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div)


Historical Theology

First Advisor

Walter Maier

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Psalm 60:8-9; 1 Kings 4:34; 1 Kings 10:23-25; Psalm 72:10; Psalm 68:27; Psalm 68:15; Psalm 60:6; 1 Chronicles 4:43; Psalm 83:6-9; Psalm 72:10; Psalm 45:9; Genesis 36:12; 1 Chronicles 1:36; Genesis 14:7; Exodus 17:8-16; Deuteronomy 25:17-19; Numbers 13:29; Numbers 14:25; Numbers 14:43ff; Judges 3:13; Judges 6:3; Judges 5:12; 1 Samuel 14:15; Numbers 24:20; Psalm 83:7; Genesis 19:38; Judges 11:13, 22; Numbers 21:26; Deuteronomy 2:19; Deuteronomy 23:3; 2 Samuel 10:2; 2 Kings 15:29; Psalm 108:7, 8, 9; Psalm 120:5; 2 Chronicles 26:8; Exodus 25:3, 6;


This, however, is an entirely wrong conception. And it is the first object of this paper to show that the O. T. people by no means possessed such a limited knowledge of geography, but, on the contrary, were acquainted with a surprisingly large part of the known world. We shall not avail ourselves of all the different places and peoples mentioned in the various books of the O .T., but we shall rather confine ourselves to one book of the O.T. Scripture, and that is not even historical, much less geographical, but a devotional book, the hymnal and prayer book of the Israelites, which certainly does not aim to give us geographical information: THE PSALTER.

Our second purpose is to demonstrate that the Psalms, considered merely from a geographical point of view, suit the time in which they claim to have been composed, and that their geographical data are incompatible, as far as they are criteria of age, with the time of the Maccabees, to which many critics ascribe most or the psalms.

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