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FOR

ISRAELITISH SCHOOLS,

WITH A BRIST OUTLINE OF THE

GEOGRAPHY OF PALESTINE, .

BY

EMANUEL HECHT.

REVISED AND CORRECTED BY

DR. S. ADLER,

PABBI AND PREACHER OF THE CONGREGATION EMANU-EL. NEW YORI.

TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN BI

DR. M. MAYER.

XL EDITION.

NEW YORK:
PUBLISHED AND FOR SALE BY M. THALMESSINGER,

PRINTER AND STATIONER, 387 & 389 BROADWAY.

1884.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1874, by

M. THALMESSINGER, NEW YORK,

In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

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PRIMEVAL HISTORY OF THE HUMAN RACE

1. THE CREATION OF THE WORLD. - [Genesis i.]

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THERE was a time when nothing existed except God Himself, the Everlasting and Uncreated Being. He created everything-whatever is above and around usall that is in heaven and upon earth, from nothing, merely through His will. God proclaimed: “Let there be !" and upon

this command the whole universe sprang into existence. On the first day, God said : “Let there be light!” and there was light. On the second day, God created the heaven, the blue expanse above us. On the third day, God caused the dry land to appear, and made the ocean, the fountains, the brooks and rivers, and the flowers, grasses, and herbs. On the fourth day God created the sun, the moon, and the stars. On the fifth day, His creative power produced the fishes in the water, and the birds in the air. On the sixth day, God created the creeping animals, cattle, and the beasts of the field; and at last, when the universe had been finished in its beauty and wise order, He created man, after His own image, and thus made him the master-piece among all created beings on earth.*

* The following verses may assist the memory of the pupils in studying the history of the Creation:

The first creation-day God said : "Let there be light!”
The second did behold the vault of heaven bright;
The third, He made the brooks, trees, ocean, flowers fair.

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