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nomen of Camillus was Marcus, and not Lucius: Which is an evident Argument how little the ancient Greeks knew of Rome. f Pliny obferves, that Theophraftus was the firft that wrote any thing, with Exactness, of the Romans, and that Theopompus, before whom no Author had mentioned them, only faid, that the City was taken by the Gauls; and Clitarchus, who next took any notice of it, faid only, that an Embaffy was fent from thence to Alexander; but Arrian proves that none was fent. The Affairs both of the Romans and Carthaginians, before the fecond Punick War, were but little known to the Greeks: For which Reason h Polybius found it requifite in his Two first Books, to give an Account of the preceding State of Rome, before he entred upon the History of that War.

Yet many of the Heathen Writers, as Jofephus fhews, have made famous mention of the Jews; though others have given a wrong and malicious Account of them, whom he proves to contradict one another, and fometimes themselves, Some, again, have omitted the mention of the Jews, though they had never so much occafion for it; of which he gives a remarkable Instance in one Hieronymus, who though he were Governor of Syria, and wrote a Book of the Succeffors of Alexander, and lived at the fame time with Hecateus, both being contemporary with Alexander; yet never vouchfafed to speak of the Jews, of whom Hecateus wrote a particular Book. The general Silence in relation to the Jews, in the Hiftories of Alexander's Life which are now extant, could proceed from nothing but Envy and Ill-will; fince it is incredible, that a People fo very confiderable as the Jews, fhould be the only Nation, whom he over-looked, without requiring the leaft Submiffion from them. But Pliny,

f Plin. Hift. 1. 3. c. 9. h Polyb. 1. 1. init.

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ito whom we owe divers things, omitted by the proper Hiftorians, informs us of Alexander's being in Judea. Demetrius Phalereus wrote an Hiftorical, Account of the Kings of the Jews. The Works of Hecateus, of Demetrius, and of many other Greek Au thors, are now loft, which were written concerning the Jews, the Fragments whereof are ftill to be feen in Jofephus, Clem. Alexandrinus, Eufebius, and others. Of those whofe Works remain, Herodotus, relating the Victory of Pharaoh Necho, in the Battle at Megiddo, calls Jerufalem, Cadytis; by a fmall Variation, as Dr. Lightfoot has obferved, for Kedoba, that is, the Holy City the ufual Denomination of that City! m Herodotus likewife faying, that Circumcifion was u fed by the Syrians in Palestine, muft mean the Jews for all others there were uncircumcifed: tho' when he fays, that they acknowledged themselves to have received it from the Egyptians, this fhews, how much he was mifinformed concerning them, and how juftly the Ignorance of Herodotus in things relating to the Egyptians, is by Scaliger afcribed to the Partiality of the Egyptian Priests, from whom he had his Infor mations: for they concealed all that was difgraceful, and told him nothing, but that which was for the Glory of their own Nation. And this Obfervation may well be apply'd to other Inftances, befides that, which gave Scaliger the occafion to make it; and to other Hiftorians, befides Herodotus. It is P probable, that Circumcifion was introduc'd by Jofeph into Egypt. The Colchi are thought to have received it from the Ten Tribes difperfed throughout thofe Countries, and the Ethiopians from the Pofterity of Abraham by

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Ketura All the Nations, of whom we have any Account that they obferved Circumcifion, were either in the Neighbourhood of Palestine, or had fome Affinity or Communication with the Hebrews. Strabo mentions Mofer and the ancient Jews with Commendationen He fays, that many, in Honour to the Di-, vine: Majefty, i went out of Egypt with Mofes, rejecting the Worship of the Ægyptians and other Nations, inafmuch as Mofes inftructed them, that God was not) to be worshipped by any Image, and that he would reveal himself only to the Pure and Vertuous, He obferves, that Mofes had great Succefs in the Eftablifhment of his Government, and the reception of his Laws among the neighbouring Nations, and that his Succeffors, for fome Ages, pursued the fame Methods, being Juft, and truly Religious. Which Words,

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Trogus Pompeius feems to have been one of the first learned Romans that ever undertook to write a Latin Hiftory; for the ancient Hiftories written by Romans even of Confular Dignity, concerning Roman AFfairs, were in the Greek Tongue: Trogus was the first, at leaft, that attempted an Univerfal Hiftory in the Roman Language, and he lived but in Auguftus's time: He fays fo much Truth of the Jews, that his Mistakes are the more excufable; fince from an Epitome only of fo great a Work, it cannot be known from whence they might proceed. He y attributes their profperous and flourishing State to a mixture of Juftice with Religion in their Government. He gives a very high Character of Jofeph, faying, that being thro' Envy fold by his Brethren to foreign Merchants, who car ried him into Egypt, he foon became very dear to the King; that he was the firft that understood the Interpretation of Dreams, that he foretold a Famine many Years before it happen'd, and preferv'd Ægypt, by advifing the King to provide Stores of Corn against the time of Famine; and that there had been fo much experience of the Truth of his Anfwers, that they feemed to be given rather by a God than by a Man

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Pliny fays, Jerufalem was the most famous City, not only of Judea, but of the whole Eaft. a Tacitus himfelf gives this Teftimony of the Jews, That they worshipped the Supreme, Eternal, Immutable Being. b Dion. Caffius fpeaking to the fame purpose, fays, that

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many had written of the God of the Jews, and of the Worship which they paid him. But above all, Varro, the learnedeft of the Romans, much approved their way of Worfhip, as being free from that Idolatry which he could not but diflike in the Heathen Religion. And it is generally agreed by all, that the Religion of the Jews was receiv'd all over the World; and, as d Seneca exprefs'd it, Victi victoribus leges dederunt.

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II. There have been always remaining divers Memorials and Remembrances of the True Religion amongst the Heathen. The Flood of Noah and the Ark were generally taken notice of by Heathen Hiftorians; and the Account of the Flood of Deucalion was plainly transcribed from that of Noah. *Jove is a plain depravation of the word Jehovah; and Diodorus Siculus faid, & that Mofes profefs'd, that he receiv'd his Laws from the God la, which is another variation from it, or from Jah,which is a word often used in the Old Teftament. But both the Fathers and the Modern Criticks generally derive Jao from the Tetragrammaton. And this proves the Antiquity of the Heathen Tradition concerning the True God; fince the Jews of latter Times would not speak the Name themselves, much lefs communicate it to others. Apollo Clarius being confulted to know who the God Jao was; anfwer'd, That he is the Supreme God of All, (as Macrobius informs us from Cornelius Labeo :) which both fhews, that the Heathen had knowledge of the God Jehovah, and that the Oracles themselves were fometimes forced to confefs Him to be the Supreme

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Jofeph. Antiq. 1.1. c. 4. Eufeb. Præp. 1. 9. c. 12.

f Lucian. de Deâ Syr. & in Timon. Plut. de Solert. Animal. * Mercurias, Jovis, Neptunus, Vulcanus, Apollo. Enn. Epigr. g Diod. Sic. 1. 1. h Vid. Voff. de Idolatr. 1. 1. c. 32. Bochart. Hieroz. Part. I. 1. 2. c. 18. Walton. Prolegom. 8. Macrob. Saturn. I. 1. c. 18. Fuller. Mifcell. 1, 2.

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