The Journal of Sacred Literature

The Journal of Sacred Literature

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...42. Proem, in Esaiam. o Proleg. 6. p Ad arm. Euseb. 1730. 1 Syntagm. 1. ' De Bibliorum Textibns Originali/ius, Loud. 1701. Disser. 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.) Artaxerxes too, in his epistle to Ezra, calls him " the scribe of the law of the God of heaven" (ch. vii. 12); and styles the temple at Jerusalem "the house of God," and "the house of the God of heaven," (vcr. 21). Again, when Daniel was condemned to the den of lions, the king addressed him, " Thy God, whom thou servcst continually, he will deliver thee." (Dan. vi. 16.) Strange language this in a heathen prince! Many other instances of the same kind may he cited if necessary. It is therefore manifest that the language and conduct of Ptolemy in reference to the Jewish Scriptures, 0onstitute 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 himself and the High Priest respecting clean and unclean animals, mentions two very brief passages of Scripture quoted by the latter in illustration of the subject. Surely there is...
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  • Paperback | 234 pages
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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236668383
  • 9781236668387