Notes and Queries, Number 232, April 8, 1854 a Medium of Inter-Communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, Etc

Notes and Queries, Number 232, April 8, 1854 a Medium of Inter-Communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, Etc

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Excerpt: ...would well resemble a stone of similar shape suspended by a cord in the middle. Bailey derives the word in this sense, and as denoting the insect, from Sax. . If a handle was ever put in a baetylus, which was of the form I have suggested, it would form an excellent instrument for driving wedges or the like. Thirty years ago, the coronation stone in Westminster Abbey stood under a very old chair; and was a bluish irregular block of stone, similar both in colour and shape to stepping-stones in the shallow rivers of the north of England. It is now a very nice hewn block, nicely fitted into the frame under the seat of a renovated chair. It does not look at all like the old stone of former days. Is the geological formation of the present block very difficult to ascertain? H. R. Nee F. POLYGAMY. (Vol. ix., p. 246.) In answer to the various Queries of Stylites I have to observe: 1. That the Jews do not at present, in any country, practise polygamy, it being contrary, not to the letter, but to the spirit of the law of Moses, which nevertheless provides for cases where a man has two wives at the same time; the inconvenience of which practice is several times pointed out, and which was also inconsistent with the Levirate law. (See Jahn, 151.; and the Mishna, סדר נשים, which designates more wives than one צרות, trouble, adversaries.) 2. The practice was, however, allowed expressly to the Jewish kings only, perhaps to the extent of four wives, which is the Rabbinic exposition, and coincides with the Koran. 3. Marriage being a civil contract in most heathen countries, as also amongst the Jews and early Christians, polygamy is not forbidden or allowed on religious grounds. Marriage was included under the general head of covenants, כתובות, in the Mishna. Barbarous nations generally practised polygamy, according to Tacitus (Germ. 18.);..show more

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