The Journal of Sacred Literature Volume 1

The Journal of Sacred Literature Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ... translation, the king declared the Jewish Scriptures to be " the oracles of God;" and the bystanders, including certain Greek philosophers, with one accord applauded the sentiment. " xviii. 42. a Proem. in Esaiam. o Proleg. 6.." Ad ann. Euseb. 1730. Syntagm. 1. r Dc Bibliorum Textibus Originalibus, Lond. 1701. - Diner. sup. Arist. Amstel. 1701. Now so many similarly inconsistent acts and speeches of heathen princes are on record in the Old Testament, that we wonder that such weak and trifling reasons should be urged against the History of Aristeas. Was not Cyrus a pagan king, and did he not in his edict style the Lord God of Israel " the true God," and " the God of heaven?" (Ezra vi. 10.) Artaxerxcs too, in his epistle to Ezra, calls him " the scribe of the law of the God of heaven" (eh. vii. 12); and styles the temple at Jerusalem "the house of God," and "the house of the God of heaven/' (ver. 21). Again, when Daniel was condemned to the den of lions, the king addressed him, " Thy God, whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee." (Dan. vi. 16.) Strange language this in a heathen prince! Many other instances of the same kind may be cited if necessary. It is therefore manifest that the language and conduct of Ptolemy in reference to the Jewish Scriptures, constitute no argument against the authenticity of Aristeas' production. The second point referred to in order to prove that it was written by a Jew, is the knowledge which the author possessed of the Old Testament Scriptures. This objection, though repeated by other scholars since Hody's time, appears really too trifling to be noticed. The only instance which can be cited in proof of the statement, is a passage in which Aristeas, narrating to the king a conversation between...show more

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  • Paperback | 230 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 417g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236660323
  • 9781236660329