Page images


Chap. VI. Of the Political or Judicial Law of the Jews,

namely, of their Wars, Marriages, Food, Raiment,

Cattle, Sabbatical Year, Jubilee, &c.


Chap. VII. Of the Sins and Punishments of the Jews in

the Wilderness,


Chap. VIII. Of the Jews' Entrance into Canaan, and

their first Government by Judges,


Sect. 1. Of their possession of Canaan, and destroying

the old Inhabitants,


Sect. 2. Of the Government of the Jews by Judges,

namely, Ehud, Shamgar, Deborah, Gideon, Jephthah,

Samson, &c.


Chap. IX. Of the Government of the Jews under their

Kings ; and first of Saul and David,


Chap. X. Of the Reign of Solomon and Rehoboam over

all Israel, and the Division of the Nation into two



Chap. XI. Of the Kings of Israel,


Chap. XII. Of the Kings of Judah,


Chap. XIII.

Of the Return of the Jews from Captivity,

and the building the City of Jerusalem and the Tem-

ple, under the Conduct of Ezra and Nehemiah, 108

Chap. XIV. The History of Job,


Chap. XV. The History of Jonah,


Chap. XVI. The History of Jeremiah,


Chap. XVII. The History of Daniel,


Chap. XVIII. The History of Esther,


Chap. XIX. A Continuation of the Jewish History from

the End of the Old Testament to the Times of Christ, 137

Sect. 1. Of Nehemiah's further Reformation ; of Syn-

agogues, Targums, Samaritans, Proselytes, &c. 133

Sect. 2. Of the Jewish affairs under the Persian and

Grecian Monarchies, and particularly under Alexan-

der the Great,


Sect. 3. The Jewish Affairs under the Ptolemies Kings

of Egypt. Of the great Synagogue, the Mishnah and
Talmud, and Septuagint, or Greek Translation of the



Sect.4. or the Jewish Affairs inder. Antiochus the

Great, Seleucus, and Antiochus Epiphanes, Kings of




Sect. 5. Of Mattathias the great Reformer, the Father

of the Maccabees,

Sect. 6. Of the Jewish Government under the Asmo-

neans, or Maccabees; and first of the three Brothers,

Judas, Jonathan, and Simon,
Sect. 7. Of the Posterity and successors of Simon,

and of the several Sects among the Jews, namely,

Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, Herodians, and Kara-

Sect. 3. of the Government of Herod the Great, and

his Posterity,

Chap. XX. A Prophetical Connection between the Old

Testament and the New, by a View of the Prophecies

relating to Christ, and their Accomplishment,

[ocr errors][ocr errors][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small]

THERE is no history in the world so ancient as the Bible, nor is there any which gives us so early an account of things. The Old Testament begins with the creation of the world, brings us into acquaintance with Adam and Eve, our first parents, informs us of their state of innocence, their sin against God, and their being driven out of paradise ; it recounts the first generations of men, and their multiplied iniquities, which provoked Gou to destroy them by a flood.

Then it treats of the character, circumstances and conduct of Noah and Abraham, and of their families after the flood, enlarging most upon the household of Jacob, or Israel, the grandson of Abraham, who, at the invitation of his son Joseph, went down with his family to dwell in Egypt, where they were enslaved by Pharaoh the king.

The history proceeds to the deliverance of the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage by Moses and Aaron, and their being set apart to be a peculiar people to God. It rehearses the laws and statutes which were given them, together with their sins and punishments while they were

« PreviousContinue »