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On the other hand, if any of those unhappy wits, who undervalue and despise the language of the sacred writers, becaufe they don't understand it, or hate and are afraid of the doctrines it expresses, shall attack me in a hostile manner, as I shall be so far from
apologizing for my felf, that I shall own and glory in fome parts of their charge: so if any thing shall be thought material, and to have the
appearance of a rational objection, I shall endeavour to vindicate my labours upon the sacred and most admirable writers of the new Testament, which unworthy, tho' well-meant labours I humbly submit to the judgment, and recommend to the acceptance and patronage of the pious and intelligent reader.
A. BLACK WALL.
Defended and Illustrated:
An ESSAY in Two Parts towards proving the Purity, Propriety, and true Eloquence of the
Writers of the New TESTAMENT.
In which those Divine Writers are vindicated against the Charge of barbarous Language, false
Greek, and Solecisms.
Printed in the Year M,DCC, XXV..
SACRED CLASSICS Defended and Illustrated.
10 By way of Introduktion, wherein an account is give
en of the Hebraisms of the new Testament; feve ral mistakes of antient and modern critics and grammarians upon this head are discover'd; the peculiarities of the sacred writers, and the pretended barbarifms or foreign words and phrases are defended, by Shewing that the fame liberties are taken by the best and most accurate Greek authors.
116) 3 101 3.1.
E are so far froin denying that
there are Hebraisms in the new W
Testament, that we esteem it a great advantage and beauty to that facred book that it
abounds with them. The old Testament is the rich treasury of all the sublimity of thought, moving tenderness of
passion, and vigorous strength of expression, which are to be found in all the language by which mortals declare their minds.
The Hebrew is an original and essential language; that borrows of none, but lends to all. Some of the sharpest pagan writers, inveterate enemies to the religion and learning of both Jews and Christians, have allowed the Hebrew tongue to have a noble emphasis
, and a close and beautiful brevity. The metaphors in that admirable book are apposite and lively; they illuftrate the truths expreffed by them, and raise the admiration of the reader. The names of men, animals, &c. are very fignificant. One word is often a good description, and gives you a fatisfactory account of the chief and distinguishing property or quality of the thing or person nam'd.
It would be no difficult matter for a man of diligence and good taste, competently skill'd in the Hebrew and classical learning to prove that the Hebrew Bible has every beauty and excellence that can be found in all the Greek and Roman au
a Iamblichus apud Flac. Illyric. de stylo SS. Literarum, Tract. s.p.452. Præftantia novi Testamenti non minuitur, fi dicamus illud Hebraismis [catere. Leusden. ,Philol. Heb. mixt. Spicileg. Philol. c. 40. p: 436.