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of this analogous Rite of the Ægyptians, Diodorus Siculus,
of the chief Judge, who could not regularly perform his „Office without it, and had nothing more Oracular in it than a Serjeant's Coif, or an Alderman's Chain. And
Petrus Vallensis, in a Letter wrote from Grand Cairo, seems '!' to have seen a Mummy of one of these old Judges, which
does ascertain the Figure of the Ægyptian Alethea. Where he says he had seen a Mummy, about whose Neck a golden Çollar, was painted, hanging from his Neck like the Knights of the golden Fleece. And in the Middle, upon his Breaft, was the Representation of a Plate of Gold, with the Figure of a Bird upon it, Epist. 18. Now this is very different from the Urim and T hummim of the High-Priest, which was made of Cloth beset with precious Stones. All the Dif. ficulty is what Diodorus means by his megoli festas, by applying the Alethea to the contrary Side. Now since no
History mentions any Thing oracular in this; we cannot fancy it more than only some Hieroglyphical Mementa to the Judges, of the Regard they ought to bear to Justice and Truth; or to the Witnesses or Litigants, which the Chief Justice did often exhibit to them, to put them in Mind of their Duty. But you will say, how then came the Jews to have an U.fage so very like the Ægyptian, if they did not learn it from thence? Why, I answer, it was a common Ensign of Honour in all Nations, to wear a golden Chain, and many other People have used it as well as the Fews and the Ægyptie ans. Thus not only. Pharaoh, when he had a Mind to advance 7ofeph to Honour, and a Place of great Trust, put a Chain of Gold about his Neck, Gen. xli. 42. but the King of Babylon did the same to Daniel, Dan. V. 29. For as Crowns and Scepters in all Nations have been Ensigns of the Regal Authority; so are Gold-Chains and Rings Tokens of the higher Honour, and used not only by the Eastern Satrape, but even by the noble Gauls in the West. As is evident by what * Pliny relates of the Rise of the Family of the Torquati at Rome from the first Torquatus, who was called so from killing a noble Gaul, and taking his Chain from him yet reeking with Blood, and putting it about his own Neck. Now what great Occasion for Wonder is there, that the Chief Justice of
Ægypt had a Chain, with a remarkable Medal appendant to it different from other Nobles? Or why might not the Jewish High-Priest hang his Breaft-plate by a golden Chain, without going to Ægypt for the Invention ? For any other Nation could have taught that wonderful Contrivance as well as the Ægyptian. And as to the Appendants, there is so little Agreement between them, viz. a Cloth a Span square beset with Jewels, and a golden Medal representing the Figure of a Bird, that one of these can hardly be said to have given Rise to the other.
* Plin. Hift. Lih. 20.
Priests Li. 3. As for your borrowing the Use of Linen only for nen Gar- the Garments of the Priests; I think the just contrary ments not
thereof is true, and that the Jews in this were rather per fectly opposite to the Ægyptians, than their Imitators The Breast-plate and Robe of the Jewish High-Prieft were ordered to be made of Scarlet, Blue and purple woolen Cloth, only embroidered with Wreaths of fine Linen. But the Use of woolen Cloth was, as Plutarch fays, execrable to the Ægyptian Priests. de Is. Ofyr. And * Herodotus tells us, that they wore only Linen, and Shooes of the Papyrus, and that it is unlavful to them to use any other Garment or Shooes. But the Jewish High-Priest's Robes were rather like the Babylonians, than the Ægyptians. For of the Babylonians, Herodotuts writes thus, This is the Fashion of their Clothing. They use a linen Garment down to their Ankles, over this they put on another of Wool, and over all a Xharidov, a t kind of a short wbite Coat, which does exactly resemble the Ephod. And besides he relates this of the Laity among the Ægyptians, That they wear linen Coats fringed about the Legs, which they call Calafyris, over this they put white woollen Garments, but they do not come into the Temples with them, nor are buo ried in them, that being profane. Now to take all this together, it seems rather that Mofes's Laws concerning the facerdotal Robes, were given in pure Opposition to the
Æg yptians ; by ordering that the Jewish High-Priest, the most facred Person of all, should wear fome of his Garments of Linen, and others of Woollen, like the ordinary Ægyptians in their common Converfation ; and that the subordinate Priests should be drest in the Tem
ple, but like the common Laity in Ægypt. Nor the
4. And fo for the Figure of the Cherubim, there is as Cherubim. Little Ground for the pretended Imitation in this as the
other. There is no conftat in any Records of the Ægype tian Antiquities, that there was any Thing among them like a Mercy-Seat or Covering over the Ark, adorned with such like Figures. I think there is no Necessity,
to assert, that this Covering of the Ark was to be absolutely plain, without any Manner of Sculpture. And if the Figure of something must be engraved, why not the Figure of Cherubim, at well as any Thing else? Do you think that Imagery was proper only to the Ægyptians ? Or do you think, that all Nations in the World must be beholden to them to make a Figure of any Thing?
Had not they Eyes to behold Postures, and Fancies to a&i delineate them, without going to Ægypt for them? Nay, de lys is there not in this Ordinance a particular Opposition to
a the Ægyptian Idolatry? For their Temples were gene19 rally filled with the Images of Monkeys and Calves and
Serpents, the Representations of real Animals, which according to the natural Deism of those Times, they fancied to be parts or Exhibitions of the Deity, and had supreme Worship given them. But Moses here orders Figures to be made, which had little or no Resemblance of any Thing in the World; and therefore Jofephus says *, they-had a form śdir Tür dvoga tror eweguirer and gas annoia, like nothing that is seen by Men. Their Images had divine Worship paid to them, and Temples consecrated to their Honour ; but these by the Mofaick Institution were made subservient to the supreme Deity, and constituted Attendants upon his Mercy-seat; as it were in Despight to the Ægyptian Polytheism, Thewing that these were the Representations only of Angelick. Natures, who were so far from being Gods, that they were only God's ministring Spirits. What was the particular Figure of these Cherubim, at this Distance is hard to imagine. Indeed Grotius and others have very ingeniously conjectured from the Creatures seen by Ezekiel in his Visions, Ezek. i. 5. and 10, 15. which he calls Cherya bin, that they had the Face of a Man, the Wings of an Eagle, the Mane of a Lion, and the Feer of an Ox. And by this Grotius will have the Dispensations of the Divine Providence by the Ministry of Angels fymbolically represented ; the Lion representing the Severity of his * Antiq. Lib. 3. Cap. 6,
Ægypt represenring inicks of
Fustice, the Eagle the Celerity of his Bounty ; the Mani his Goodness and Mercy; and the Ox the Slowness of his Punishment, which comes, (as the Greek Proverb says) Boeimo nedì, with an Ox's Foot. Whether or no the Ana gelick Appearances in this Form were common to the Patriarchs, I shall not now dispute ; but the Ideas of the Cherubim seems to have been ordinary enough among the Jews, by Moses's not describing them as he does other Things, and were as well known as the Painting among us of an Angel, in the Figure of a beautiful tall Youth with Wings. Among all the Ægyptian Representations I do not find any Thing like this to represent the Anges tick Natures; and therefore 'tis in vain to bring in their. other Simulacra mod drogoa, which were Hieroglyphicks of their Ofris, Ifis, &c. which they worshiped not as Angelick Natures, depending upon the supreme Deity, but as fempiternal Deities themselves. Neither need we grant; that this Hieroglyphical or Symbolical Imagery was at all owing to the Ægyptians, more than to other Nations, that sort of enigmatical Representation, being in Use over all the eastern Countries, and even the Teraphim in Ure in the Patriarch's Time, Gen. xxxi. 19. And as for the Image of Sphinx which was frequently pi&ured upon the Doors of the Ægyptian Temples, as Clemens Alex. relates, Strom. L. 5. that cannot be conceived in any Wise to have contributed an Origin to the Cherubim, not only because they were situated in a quite different Place; but because the Occasion of the Sphinx being painted there, was to be an Hieroglyphick, that a great many of the Ceremonies in their Temples were enigmatical, and had another hidden Meaning more than their outward one did declare.
5. Indeed Dr. Spencer has amassed together an Abundance of Learning to prove, that the Ægyptians, and ancient Idolaters made Use of a Cista, an Ark or Chest, in their Superstitions. That the Stolifte *, or those of Ofris's Wardrobe, made Use of a Chest or Ark; which