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THE COVENANT;

OR,

JACOB'S HERITAGE.

BEING AN EXAMINATION INTO CIRCUMSTANCES CONNECTED WITH
ANCIENT ISRAEL, WITH ENGLAND, AND WITH OTHER

LEADING NATIONS OF THE PRESENT DAY.

BY

FRED. CHAS. DANVERS.

“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye
“ take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and
“ the day star arise in your hearts.”—(2 PETER i. 19.)

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PUBLISHED BY
WILLIAM HENRY GUEST, 29, PATERNOSTER ROW, LONDON, E.C.

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METCHIM & SON, PRINTERS, 20, PARLIAMENT STREET, WESTMINSTER, S.W.

AND
32, CLEMENT'S LANE, AND 24, WHITE STREET, E.C.

PREFACE.

No apology seems necessary for introducing to the British public the subject treated of in the following pages. If the conclusions drawn from a comparison of the Bible with past and current events be deemed reasonable, this book must commend itself to every thinking person; for not only do they aim at the eradication of certain errors that are very general in biblical teaching, and in the interpretation of the Bible, but more particularly at showing forth the honour and glory of the Almighty, and the truthfulness of His promises throughout all generations.

The names of the early progenitors of our race each possessed a significant meaning, and the genealogy of man contains in its names a mysterious prophecy of the future. It may also be shown that the four names by which God was known of old are similarly possessed of equally important interpretations. Thus, He is “Jehovah,” or the self-existing One; “Adoni,” Lord or Possessor; “Shaddai,” Almighty; and “ Elohim,” God, the Covenant-Keeper.

Jehovah revealed himself to Abraham, when He entered into covenant with him and his seed, by the name of “Shaddai," the Almighty, who was able to perform His promises. When His people were going into captivity, God revealed Himself as Elohim," testifying thereby that He would still keep His

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covenant, notwithstanding that He appeared to have deserted them.

There seems to be some uncertainty about the etymology of the word " Elohim;" some maintaining that it is derived from the Hebrew word “alah," to swear, referring thus to one “who is pledged by oath or covenant,” whilst others assert that it is a word without root, and having no signification beyond that of “God.” This latter seems improbable, seeing that all names in olden times had their special significations, and that the other names by which Jehovah called Himself have important meanings. Considering also the oaths by which God established His covenant of old, it is more than probable that He would adopt one name or title, at least, having reference to His covenant. The derivation of “Elohim” from “alah ” is therefore probable, so far as the meaning of the latter word is concerned, and it receives additional probability from the fact that the Arabic for “God” is “ Allah,” a word almost identical with the disputed root " alah.”

The following pages are the result of many years' study of the Bible, more particularly with reference to the past and future of Israel as therein set forth. Whilst writing this book the subject treated of has been freely discussed with many persons, whose objections or arguments have often proved of much value by leading to further investigation and study of certain points. By one so consulted, it was remarked, “I “ don't think your conclusions are correct, that the “ English are some of the lost tribes of Israel. I

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