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ON DIVERS
PASSAGES of SCRIPTURE.

Placing many of them in a Light altogether new;
Ascertaining the Meaning of several not determinable by the

Methods commonly made use of by the Learned ; . .
Proposing to Consideration probable Conje&tures on others, different
from what have been hitherto recommended to the

Attention of the Curious ;
And more amply illustrating the rest than has been yet done, by
Means of Circumstances incidentally mentioned

IN BOOKS OF
VOYAGES AND TRAVELS INTO THE EAST:

IN TWO ADDITIONAL VOLUME S.

TOGETHER WITH
A SPECIMEN OF SIMILAR
OBSERVATIONS ON THE CLASSICS,

AND ON
JOSEPHUS AND. ST. JEROME,
PLACED A E TE. THE PREFACE.
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Ant
vol. IV. RELATING TO
VII. Their Books.
VIII. The NATURAL, Civil, and MILITARY State of JUDAA.
IX. Ægypt, it's adjoining Wilderness, and the Red-Sea.
X. MISCELLANEOUS, Matters. I

Sanctam Scripturam lucidius intuebitur, qui Judæam oculis contemplatus fit.

S. HIERON, in lib. Paralip. præfatio.

LOND ON:
PRINTED FOR J. JOHNSON,
72, SAINT PAUL'S CHURCH - YARD.

M.DCC.LXXXVII.

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VITHATEVER materials the ancient

W Jews wrots upon, they were liable to be easily destroyed by the dampness, when hidden in the earth. It was therefore thought requisite to inclose them in something that might keep them from the damp, left they should decay and be rendered useless'.

'So we find our parchments are very apt to decay that are kept in moist places, as well as our modern paper. Our pictures also prove that moisture is very injurious to painted cloth, and must be more so where oil is not used. Writing on silk was not then known, which some later Eastern writers have supposed should be made use of, in committing things to writing that were highly valued, according to d'Herbelot, in the article Macamat, VOL. IV.

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