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HISTORY OF THE CREATION

AND

THE PATRIARCHS;

OR,

PENTATEUCHIS M,

ANALYTICALLY TREATED.

VOLUME FIRST.

THE BOOK OF GENESIS.

LONDON:
JOHN CHAPMAN, KING WILLIAM STREET, STRAND.

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LONDON :

PRINTED BY WOODFALL AND KINDER,

ANGEL COURT, SKINNER STREET.

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of Noah

Commentary on ditto

The Scriptural Legend of the Tower of Babel, and of

the Generations of Shem down to Abram

Commentary on ditto

118

120

122

124

THE HISTORY OF THE PATRIARCHS.

The History of Abram

129

The Birth of Isaac

174

The Marriage of Isaac

189

The Death of Abraham, and Birth of Esau and Jacob 198

Jacob's Journey

211

The Meeting between Esau and Jacob

227

The History of Joseph

244

The History of Judah

248

The History of Joseph, continued

253

Jacob and his Sons in Egypt .

278

The Funeral Obsequies of Jacob, and Death of Joseph . 284

SCRIPTURAL LEGENDS

OF

CHALDEAN ORIGIN.

INTRODUCTION.

GALILEO was condemned to expiate, in the dungeons of the Inquisition, the sin of giving publicity to a scientific fact which impugned the authority of Scripture. A life of astronomical research had satisfied his luminous mind that the sun was stationary, and that the earth performed her revolution around the parent luminary. He did not conceal the scientific discovery. The religious world were astounded. It could not be ! The sacred Scripture was superior to the revelations of science; and Scripture asserted the direct contrary. It was the sun moved, and not the earth; and the unhappy philosopher was doomed to recant his blasphemous assertion, muttering, however, between his teeth, as he quitted the gloomy portals of his prison, Eppur si muove.

The day of Galileo's triumph has long since received its consummation. The philosopher was right; and the earth is now known to be one of the planetary bodies of the solar system, governed by an orbital motion. The truth of science finds early registry; and if the onward course of the earth's progress is placed beyond the pale of doubt, so also is the onward pro

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