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An Examination of Dr. Taylor's Scripture-
I. To Jewish Sacrifices.
TO WHICH IS ADDED
Decipimur specie recti, Hor.
Ficta omnia celeriter, tanquam flosculi, decidunt.—Tull.
L O N D Oy N:
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TH E reader will perceive that the learned and worthy Dr. Baylor was living when the following examination of his notions of atonement was finished. I hoped that it might have reached his hands in this world, and that the publication of it would have suggested reasons to him for favouring us with his second thoughts on that subject. However, his death doth not supersede the main design of this publication, which is to promote truth, that lives forever, and will be immortal.
NATU RAL aversion to polemical writing, and the great esteem I have for Dr. Taylor, had long detained me from engaging in a criticism upon his notions of sacrifice, Jlill hoping to see this work undertaken and executed by some abler hand. But being hitherto disappointed in this expectation, and my disinclination out-weighed by the consideration of the venerable nature of sacrifice, and of the great interest which the bulk of mankind have always taken themselves to have in the effect of it, but, above all, by a concern for truth; have at last engaged in it. And having finished what I proposed, do now lay it before the public, and submit the A 3 criticism criticism to the judgment of those who are qualified for judging in affairs of this nature.
V About the time I was entering upon this work, an anonymous piece, entitled, An essay upon the nature, design, and origin of sacrifices, was put into my hands by a friend: in which I found a notion, different from Dr. Taylor's, of the symbolical nature and design of Jewish sacrifices, exhibited and defended. Wherefore, that I might, at once, shew the vanity, absurdity, and falshood of all notions of the symbolical nature of Jewish sacrifices, Ijudged it proper,' to take some notice of this performance. And accordingly, an appendix is subjoined containing a critical examination of this Author's notion of the symbolical nature of these sacrifices^ and of whatever he has advanced in its support.
Notwithstanding what the last mentioned Author has said to the contrary, it doth not appear to me, that peace-offerings were in use before the days of Moses. And as the sacrifices of this species were, in respeSi of the offerers, voluntary oblations, and accompanied either their prayers for the grant of blessings, or their thanksgivings for blessings received; 'tis easy to see, what was the use and design of them, and to account rationally for the institution and practice of them: for this may be