Spirit of Hebrew Poetry Volume 1

Spirit of Hebrew Poetry 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. 1833 edition. Excerpt: ...of use, and the distinct sphere of each, Ezechiel himself gives. In the heavens he describes their forms, as living and majestick, with their four marvellous faces; in his temple he leaves them only two of these, either because he would not represent a human countenance in (he temple, in order to avoid idolatry, or because he doubted respecting the skill of the artificers. In the tabernacle of Moses both circumstances were combined, and the form in which the Cherubim were there represented, was undoubtedly very simple.; Ezech. i and x. A. The conception 'of the Cherubim, then, as we learn from these views, was, in its leading character, that of a creature of marvellous and supernatural form, a compound of several distinct animals. E. That is undeniable. It appears also, from the description of their form, which Josephus gives as traditionary, that the Cherubim were winged animals ( 010) of a form, to which nothing seen by human eyes had any resemblance, a fabulous compound of the majestick, the terrible, the powerful and the marvellous. Undoubtedly within its own limits, embracing as it did, in its elements, the four proudest forms of earth and air, the eagle, the ox, the lion, and man, it varied, according as the poet intioduced it in his imagery, or art could mould it into its own shapes. The Arabick traditions also mention respecting the Cherubim of the ark, that they were a winged being in human form, with a look, which was dazzling like a flame of fire, and in time of war sent a tempestuous wind upon the enemy--a fable, the ground of which we may find in Biblical history. A. But how do you account for the origin of the first and most ancient mythology of the Cherubim at the gates of Paradise? E. Of this also the same universal tradition...show more

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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236640276
  • 9781236640277