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LIST OF THE MAPS AND PLATES IN THE FAMILY BIBLE,

With Directions to the Binder for placing them.

MAPS. 1. The World as known to the ancients, shewing the dispersion and settling of} At the beginning of Genesis. nations by the descendants of Noah.......

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II. Mesopotamia, &c. adapted to the histories of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob ......At Gen. xii. 1.
III. The journeyings and encampments of the Israelites in the wilderness........ .To face Exod. xiii. 1.
IV. Canaan, illustrating the books of Joshua and Judges

.At Joshua i.
V. The dominions of David and Solomon

....To face 1 Kings iv. 21—24. VI. The kingdoms of Judah and Israel

................., ..At i Kings xii. 1. VII. Palestine, illustrating the New Testament....

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At the beginning of the New VIII. The places mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles, illustrating St. Paul's } At the beginning of the Acts. IX. Jerusalem, with the neighbouring country

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PLATES.

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}Exod. xxv. 10, &c.

1. The tabernacle of the wilderness, altar of burnt offerings, &c.
2. The table of shewbread, the altar of incense, &c ...
3. The high priest in his robes
4. The plan of the Temple .....

xxviii. 4. i Kings vi.

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THE FIRST BOOK OF MOS E S,

CALLED

GENESIS.

INTRODUCTION.

THE first five Books of the Bible, commonly called the Pentateuch, were composed by Moses, as the concurrent

testimonies of all ages declare; and as hath ever been firmly believed by the Jews, with whom the fact continues to this day to be one of the thirteen articles of their creed. The word "Pentateuch” is of Greek original; being compounded of two words, signifying five, and book, or volume. It was probably first prefixed to the Greek version of the Septuagint,” or seventy translators; to denote Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy: all of which had been written by the hand of Moses in Hebrew, probably in the order in which

they now stand, though not distributed by their author into Books, but forming one continued work. The first book is usually entitled Genesis, from a Greek word, which signifies generation ; and is so called, be

cause it contains the history of the Creation of the World, and the genealogy of the Patriarchs. Moses was assisted by the Holy Spirit in the composition of this important work, which forms a proper introduc

tion to the laws and judgments delivered in the subsequent books. The description, which he gives in it, of the Creation, as relating to circumstances before the existence of mankind, could be derived only from immediate revelation. As to subsequent events, the Israelites must have been able to judge by tradition how far the account of Moses was consistent with truth. For that tradition was conveyed from Adam to Moses through seven intermediate persons; namely, Methuselah, Noah, Shem, Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, and Amram, the father of Moses. The sacred character of the book is established by the internal evidence of its inspiration; by the revealed history of the Creation of the World; by the several predictions, afterwards fully accomplished; and lastly by the testimony of our Saviour and his Apostles, who have cited from it, in the New Testament, at

least twenty-seven passages, word for word, and thirty-eight according to the sense. This book comprehends a period of 2369 years, or thereabouts. It begins with the history of the Creation of the

world in six days, and contains also an account of the disobedience and punishment of Adam and Eve; the increase of mankind; the progress of wickedness ; the general destruction of the human race by the deluge, except Noah and his family, who were miraculously preserved in the ark; the promise of God, that the world should no more be destroyed by a flood; the confusion of tongues, and the dispersion of the descendants of Noah; the call of Abraham, and the covenant of God with him; the repetition of that covenant with Isaac and Jacob; the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah; the history of Joseph; and the settlement of the Israelites in Egypt. This is the oldest book in the world. And it is remarkable, that the books which come nearest to it in age are those which make either the most distinct mention of, or the most evident allusion to, the facts related in Genesis, concerning the formation of the world from a chaotick mass, the primeval innocence and subsequent fall of man, the longevity of mankind in the first ages of the world, the depravity of the antediluvians, and the destruction of the world by a deluge. Dr. Gray, Bp. Tomline, Gisborne, Bp. Watson.

Before CHRIST

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Before CHRIST

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CHAP. I.
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pointment of food.
1 The creation of heaven and earth, 3 of the N the a beginning God created the
light, 6 of the firmament, 9 of the earlh se-

heaven and the earth.
parated from the wuters, 11 and made fruit-
ful, 14 of the sun, moon, and stars, 20 of

2 And the earth was without form Acts 14. 15. fish and fowl, 24 of beasts and cattle, 26 of and void; and darkness was upon the Hebr. 11. 3.

a Ps. 33. 6. & 136. 5.

& 17. 24.

Chap. I. ver. 1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth, and the other elements, with all heaven and the earth.] In the beginning of time, God, the furniture and inhabitants of them all. Bp. Hall. the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, made, of nothing, the Moses, the divine lawgiver, designing to hang the whole great and goodly frame of the world; both the whole frame of his polity upon piety towards God, and Vol. I,

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