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OR,

A COMPARISON OF THE PRINCIPLES AND DOCTRINES

OF

MODERN JUDAISM

WITH THE

RELIGION OF MOSES AND THE PROPHETS.

BY THE

REV. ALEXANDER M'CAUL, D.D.,

PROFESSOR OF DIVINITY, KING'S COLLEGE, LONDON, AND PREBENDARY OF ST. PAUL's.

LONDON:

PUBLISHED AND SOLD

AT THE LONDON SOCIETY'S HOUSE,

3, CHATHAM-PLACE, BLACKFRIARS:
BY HATCHARDS, PICCADILLY ; NISBET, BERNERS-STREET ; AND
WERTHEIM, ALDINE CHAMBERS, PATERNOSTER-ROW.

1846.

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TO

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE AND RIGHT REVEREND)

CHARLES JAMES, LORD BISHOP OF LONDON,

ETC. ETC.,

WHOSE APPROBATION OF HIS LABOURS

HAS BEEN AN ENCOURAGEMENT AND A REWARD,

THE FOLLOWING PAGES

ARE RESPECTFULLY

AND GRATEFULLY INSCRIBED, BY

THE AUTHOR.

ADVERTISEMENT TO THE SECOND EDITION.

NINE years have now elapsed since “ The Old Paths" appeared as a volume. They have been translated, in the meantime, into Hebrew, German, and French ; and their merits discussed by the learned and unlearned of the Jewish people, in all the countries of their dispersion. The reception has in general been favourable, and the effect upon the Jewish mind perceptible. Since their first appearance, the West London Synagogue and the Liturgies of the British Jews, both renouncing that which “ The Old Paths” pronounced objectionable, have started into existence. The assembled rabbies at Brunswick and Frankfort have discussed topics similar to some treated in “ The Old Paths,” and in some cases come to similar conclusions respecting the value of Rabbinic Traditions. The Reform Societies of Germany have commenced formidable attack upon the Oral Law, and a free discussion is now carried on in the numerous Jewish periodicals of that country, of which the results are easily foretold. The promised German translation of the Talmud, if ever completed, must, without any discussion, overthrow Talmudism. Its exhibition in any European language is the most fatal attack that can be made on its authority. It needs only to be seen as it is, in order to be rejected.

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