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C. he launched his amazing enterprise, sweeping across Asia with his conquering armies and in less than eight years passing through the gates of India. In that short period he succeeded in fusing his variegated em- pire into a flexible political organization composed of every element in the oecumene the whole inhabited world. He established world government under the direction of one leader, with the city-state, self-governed but no longer independent, as the indispensable, vitalizing political and economic cell, upon which the life of the empire depended.

Israel's monarchs always remained under the It that, except The administration of justice was, to a large extent, in the hands of priests and lay judges accepted by the population of the law. numerous townships independently of the royal will. Time and again the political, economic, and religious disorders in the country brought forth serious censures of kings and their counselors by prophetic spokesmen of the people, who had no claim to leadership except their call to prophecy. C. the syncretistic Baal worship of King Ahab and his Phoenician wife, Jezebel, so did Amos, the first of the writing prophets, make social justice the keynote of his memorable harangues.

In fact, because the Philistines living on the Mediterranean coast first came to the attention of the Greeks, the whole country has ever since been known to the West as Palestine. Geographically placed between such expansive empires as Egypt and Assyria-Babylonia, the country was easily drawn into the vortex of international power politics. ). Each invader doubtless carried off many Israelitic the first prisoners who, for a time, probably continued to profess their ancestral faith during exile.

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