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Passages of Scripture.
Placing many of them in a Light altogether new; Ascertaining the Meaning of several not determinable by the Me
thods commonly made use of by the Learned; Proposing to Consideration probable Conjectures 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
Ι Ν Τ Ο Τ Η Ε
E AS T:
IN TWO VOLUMES.
V O L. I, RELATING TO
I. The Weather of JUDÆ A.
V. Their Manner of Travelling.
THE SECOND EDITION, Corrected ith Care, and enlarged with many new Observations: Numbers of them taken from lome MS. Papers of the celebrated
SIR JOHN CHARDIN. Impellimur autem Naturâ, ut prodeffe velimus quamplurimis imprimisque docende, Itaque non facile est invenire, qui quod sciat ipse, non tradat alteri.
Cic. de fin. lib. iii.
LONDON: Printed for J. JOHNSON, No. 72, St. Paul's Church-yard.
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EARN E D men have often employed them.
selves in noting down places of the Greek Claffics, which they have thought explanatory of pasfages of Scripture, and many volumes of obfervations of this kind have been published to the world, from whence fucceeding commentators have taken them, and placed them in their writings; but modern books of Travels and Voyages, which, if carefully perused, will afford as many obfervations, as curious, and as useful, have not, I think, been treated after this manner. An attempt then of the kind, which appears in these papers, is, so far as I know, new, and as fuch will, I hope, be received by the public with approbation, or at least with candor.
I do not mean in speaking this to say, that no one of the numerous writers of Travels into the East ever observed the conformity between some of their present customs, and certain corresponding passages of Scripture It has been done most certainly, and the resemblance has been Äriking, and the thing so curious, that they could not in some cafes well avoid taking notice of it; but what I mean is, that no one, that I know of, has fet himself purposely and at large, after the manner of those that have published observations on the ancient Greek writers, to remark these refemblances : an infinite number almost, of very amufing and instructive particulars are taken no notice of; and those few that are mentioned are, in a manner, loft amidst a crowd of other matters.
Accounts of countries, very remote from those that were the scene of those transactions which are recorded in the Bible, may pour some light over particular passages of Scripture, in the fame way, as Buchanan's relation of the manners of the