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HISTORY

OF THE

HEBREW COMMONWEALTH.

TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN OF

JOHN JAHN, D. D.

WITH AN

APPENDIX,

CONTAINING THE

CONTINUATION OF THE HISTORY OF THE JEWS TO THE REIGN

OF ADRIAN. -

TRANSLATED FROM BASNAGE.

BY

CALVIN E. STOWE, A. M.,

OP THE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, ANDOVER,

LONDON:

THOMAS WARD AND CO.

PATERNOSTER ROW.

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PRE FACE.

Op all nations that have yet existed in our world | Shuckford and Prideaux, which, in respect to the Jews are the most singular and interesting. learning, may be mentioned with approbation, History gives no knowledge of any people who particularly the latter, are so copious, and contain have preserved a separate and distinct existence so much irrelevant, not to say uninteresting, for so long a period, and at the same time main- matter, that the student goes through them with tained, for substance, most of their religious rites great toil, and with little fruit of his labour. and customs. Their present existence, as a sepa- Other books are of a popular form, and ill rate and distinct nation in many respects, and adapted to the wants of a critical inquirer. yet scattered over the whole earth, may justly Jahn has bestowed great pains and labour on be considered as a kind of standing miracle in the following work. None of his numerous pubattestation of the facts concerning them which lications give higher evidence of this than the are recorded in their Sacred Books. What rea- present. The labour bestowed on harmonizing son can be given, that all other nations, however the various accounts of persons and occurrences peculiar in their religion and laws, have been contained in the Old Testament is in itself great swallowed up in the vortex of time, or have been and useful; and that bestowed on the prophecies s0 commingled with foreigners by conquest or contained in the sacred volume, in order to exhiemigration, that no traces of them as a living and bit the fulfilment of them, the student will find distinct people are any more to be found, while to be valuable. the Jews remain what they were three thousand Besides a regular and continuous history of years ago ? The history contained in the Old the Jews, Jahn has also given a succinct account Testament, and this only, gives an adequate and of all the other nations connected with them ; so satisfactory answer to this question.

that the student may regard the present book as The Christian religion is built upon the Jewish containing an epitome of the ancient history of The Christian Scriptures are intimately connected Western Asia and of Eastern Europe. For with the Jewish Sacred Books, and they cannot example,-the history of the Assyrians, Egypbe understood and explained, except by means tians, Canaanites, Babylonians, Medes, Persians, of them. The words of the New Testament are the Greeks in Europe and Asia, and of the Greek; but its idioms, its costume, its manner Romans, besides many other short historical of thought and reasoning, its allusions ; in short, sketches, is here briefly presented to the reader, the tout ensemble of it, is Jewish ; nor can these with all its substantial features. In addition to ever be duly understood by any person who is this, references are everywhere made to the ignorant of the Jewish nation, its laws, customs, sources from which the information is drawn; and history.

so that the student has before him a kind of The design of the principal part of the present general directory for an extensive course of volume is, to impart a succinct and critically reading, in regard to all these topics. arranged history of the Hebrews, from their first I know of no book in our language so well rise in Abraham, down to the destruction of adapted as this volume to accompany the ArJerusalem, when their proper national existence chæology of Jahn, which has already found so may be said to have been suspended. We have much approbation with our religious public. It no book, in our language, which does this in bears manifest impressions of the same diligence, such a manner as to satisfy the wants of a cri-care, sound judgment, and unwearied effort. tical student at the present time. The works of If all the conclusions in this work should not

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