While all may not feel impelled to read the Bible from cover to cover, the consecutive reading of it can be rewarding in bringing one a better appreciation of its literary value and a more spiritual insight into the characters and events it sets forth. Mary Baker Eddy stresses the importance of this spiritual insight by writing in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 241), "Take away the spiritual signification of Scripture, and that compilation can do no more for mortals than can moonbeams to melt a river of ice."

The student of the Bible may well be impressed by its ever-recurring theme of God's loving guidance and protection for His creation. One may, for example, find the Old Testament chronicle of Caleb illustrative of this comforting declaration of Mrs. Eddy's on page 66 of Science and Health: "Each successive stage of experience unfolds new views of divine goodness and love."

We read that during the journey of the children of Israel from Egypt, Caleb was appointed by Moses to be one of a searching party to reconnoiter alien territory known as the promised land. The group returned with a cluster of grapes requiring two men to carry it; this and other signs of great fertility were minimized, however, by most of the spies, who emphasized the strength of walled cities and also said (Num. 13:33), "And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight."

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