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hypotheses advocated also, respecting the Sinai covenant, the dispensation by Moses generally, and the constitution and character of the community of Israel. Some very respectahie and learned divines among the Poedobaptists have adopted the idea, that this community was of a mixed character, and have called it a Theocracy. Among the many advocates of this opinion are Lowman, Doddridge, Warburton, Guise, and the late John Erfkine. These Divines supposed, that the legation of Moses could be best defended against the car vils of unbelievers, by placing God at the head oj the community of Israel, as a civil governor, surrounding himself with, the regalia, and managing his subjects with the penalties and largesses, of a temporal sovereign.
The Antipadobaptists have found this hypothesis so convenient a refuge from the attacks of their, oppasers, as to incorporate it, with great affection, and as a radical principle, into their system oj reasoning. They have gone farther, and entirely accommodated the hypothesis to their peculiar notions. They insist, that this community was not, either in fact, or in the original plan of the institution, spiritual, and religious; but civil and carnal; and that, of course, the christian church is specifically different, and an entirely new society.
It is the opinion of the Author oj the following Treatise, that this hypothesis has been adopted unwarily ; and not on. ly without, but against evidence.
In view of this diversity of sentiment, and the obscurity which seems yet to lie over these subjects, it was his opinion, that a distinct and accurate view, if one could be given, of the Hebrew economy, as established by Jehovah, jrom its rise in the Cfll of Abraham, and the covenant entered into with him, to its consummation in the Christian Church; deduced not from the fallible theories of m%n, but from the Bible itself , was a great desideratum in the science of theology. Such a view he has attempted to furnish. Of his success the public must jud«e. Though he cannot but entertain the hope that he has succeeded, as to the main principles, he a ould be adventurous indeed to avow a confidence, that his work is with
out error. Circumstantial errors however, whether they respect the matter or the manner, the reader is requested to remember, will not invalidate the truth of the leading principles. If these principles can be shewn to be wrong, the writer will be constrained to confess he has altogether failed of his object.
Refpefling the different meanings of the term Ctvcnatit, u it is ufed in the Sc/ip-
RefpeSing the character and relative ftatc of Abraham, prior to God's eftab-
Containing feveral interefting deductions and addreifa. •• «- gog
The reader is referred' ta- the Bofltript for ferueral' explanation!
On a review of this work, feverat typographical errors are eVifcoverecU The greater number are to be found in the forepart of the book. Here alfo the punc. tuation is mod incorrect. So far as the accuracy of the Author fecms to be implicated, he has an apology in an indifpofition, of which he was fubjeS while this part of the book was palling through the prefs.
The errors which the reader is requefted to correct arethefc.
44 Sixth line from bottom, for convenant read covenant.
and in the fecond line below, for interpratations read interpretations.
azo Here are two omiflions near the bottom, his, and tdt which the reader will fupply.