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LECTURES

ON THE

JEWISH SCRIPTURES AND ANTIQUITIES.

LECTURE I.

LANGUAGE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT.

VESTIGATION.

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS. — INTEREST AND IMPORTANCE OF THE IN

ANTIQUITY OF THE HEBREW LANGUAGE. — LATER HISTORY. MASORETIC PUNCTUATION. - SOURCES OF PRESENT KNOWLEDGE OF HEBREW.- TRADITION IN THE JEwish Schools.

OLD GRAMMARS AND LEXicons. VERSIONS. COGNATE DIALECTS. — PECULIAR DIFFICULTIES IN THE INTERPRETATION OF THE HEBREW WRITINGS.

The subjects which are to come before us, in a survey of the Jewish Scriptures and Antiquities, have strong claims on the attention of a Christian. If the received opinion in the Christian church be well founded, the Jewish books contain the record of a supernatural revelation from God. And the interest of such a revelation can never cease, through the circumstance of its being superseded by more ample disclosures of truth in another system.

Still it remains important and memorable, as making part of the history of the divine administration for man's spiritual benefit. Still, what it comprehends is truth, which God held to be of moment enough to justify the resort to extraordinary means in its communication ; and truth

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