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The sum of five thousand pounds will be required for the proposed buildings. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, has many loving friends, in this favoured land, of His ancient people. He may put it into their hearts to forward contributions for the purpose-until a Board of Management be formed-addressed To the Editor of the Hebrew Christian Witness," 22, Pelham Crescent, South Kensington, S.W.. or to the account of the Rev. Dr. Margoliouth (Treasurer, pro. tem.), at the South Kensington Branch of the Imperial Bank, 1, wydrey Place, Onsloro Square, S W.,* the receipt of which shall be acknowledged in the successive Nos. of your Monthly.

I am, sir, yours, &c.,

AN ANGLO-SAXON CHRISTIAN. " Beulah,” May 31, 1872.

right track. I call it & monstrous delusion,

The Egyptians enjoyed a world-wide fame for wisdom; but if Mr. Birch's renderings of their inscriptions be correct, we must take it the other way the greatest folly, and the grossest foolishness and nonsense. You are well aware, Doctor, of the repeated invasions of Egypt since the days of the early Pharaohs ; consequently great changes must have taken place in the native language of the country; then how, in the name of wonder, can the language in its present state of development explain the monuments of the early kings? *

I may notice also another huge system of decipherment of the monuments of Assyria, &c. Where is the key? I have inquired in vain. I have examined the whole history of the alleged discovery, and find the key to be the prolifio imagination of Professor Grotefend of Halle!! Now, sir, that will not do for me; I must have solid ground to step upon, and none of their groundless Germanising. I have also examined Gesenius' Phænical monu, ments. What a medley !-one savan contradicting another, giving a differ. ent version | Now, if one letter be taken wrong, where is the decipherment? Look at the patched work of the Moabite Stone, - and with what zeal priest and people embrace the decipherment given, as if the truth of God depended upon such doubtful ground. Let us study more what is within our reach, and practise it more, then we shall experience the truth as it is in Jesus.

B. H.

Queries.

THE CRAZES OF WOULD-BE BIB. LICAL ARCHÆOLOGISTS,

IN THESE LAST DAYS. To the Editor of the Hebrew Christian

Witness. DEAR SIR, -We hear great things about what is termed “The Speaker's Commentary," and great things are anticipated from the forthcoming revi. sion or New Translation of the Bible ! I confess I tremble for both. We are startled now and again with alleged discoveries of inscriptions confirming Scripture history!!! But before I receive any such testimony, let them show me the groundwork, the veritable key to unlock all those mysterious looking characters, which seem to frown upon all attempts at decipher. ment, then I shall be prepared to listen to any interpretation the savans have to offer for the instruction of the simple. This is not a statement resulting from inexperience of such matters, but from many years' investigation. I have examined the best of works, both Anglican and German and French, on the system of Egyptian hieroglyphics, and all failed to convince me that Champollion and his followers had hit on the

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I. THE Roman Community, "mad upon their idols," like Babylon (Jer. 1. 38), fancy that they have found a plain warrant for all that extravagant honour which they give to MARY; and that St. Luke's Gospel, containing her words, “Behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed !"(i. 48) contains an express prediction of hers (v. 12), that THAT should be done unto her, which they now do in the “ Roman Following or Obedience." I beg to

* Vide p. 202, in the HEBREW CHRISTIAN WITNESS for December, paragraph 1, at the end.

ask, Does the expression of the mother Some say the English version is cor of the Redeemer signify the same rect with regard to both verses : others, thing, though in a wider extent, with that in the 18th verse the verbs should the expression of Leah upon the birth have been rendered in the past tense, of her son Asher (Gen. XXX. 13), not the present (in which case, of "Happy am I, for the daughters will course, Naaman's conduct admits of no call me blessed."

questioning); others again maintain No man can be so foolish as to that the English version of ver. 18 is imagine Leah meant that the daugh- the right one, and these, too, show that ters should pray to her and wore Elisha did not countenance Naaman's ship her ; but only that they should compromise, assert that the words think and acknowledge her to be a “And he said to him (in ver. 19), happy woman. So, when the mother

should have been rendered "And he of Jesus saith, “ All generations shall said not,” thus substituting 85 for 5, call me blessed," she means no more

affirming that some ancient MSS. than that all generations should, upon countenance this reading. the ground of her bringing into the

It is my opinion that the English world the common Saviour, esteem and

version is correct in both verses. If the proclaim her the most blessed woman.

answer I hope to receive through the

medium of THE HEBREW CHRISTIAN II.

WITNESS'accord with my view, I WHAT old woman's dream gave rise

should like subsequently, with your to the idea that Mary, the mother of permission, to deal with this subjectJesus, was alive and in heaven? It is

à subject which, I know, presents a Darrated that an old Nun, in Saxony,

difficulty to many, and has, I believe, declared that it was revealed unto her

proved a stumbling block to not a few. that the soul of the Virgin Mary was

--Yours truly, "No COMPROMISE !" received into heaven, and forty days

QUESTION.- Are the verbs in 2 Kinsg afterwards the body also. (See Legend

v. 18, in the present or past tense in the on Assumption Day.) The Mohamedans original ! have a tradition very like this : they

Is it true that some old MSS. have say, that in an Eastern town, where xs instead of 15 in ver. 19 of the same there were three holy tombs, the most chapter ? “No COMPROMISE 1" magnificent is that of Fatima, daughter of Mohamed. The true believers pay divine honours to her, whom they call

Rebiebus. " the pure and immaculate Virgin, the chaste mother of twelve illustrious vicars of Allah." The tomb, however, The Science of Theology; or, The Order is not believed to contain the body of of Universal History, established by Fatima, as she had been lifted up to Scripture and Historic data, and heaven by the Almighty. These two Illustrated by a Chart and Tables. accounts of the Virgin Mary and By ROBERT GREGORY. London : Fatima, are no doubt equally veracious James Nisbet & Co. and authentic ! O that both Eastern

WERE it not for some stubborn internal and Western Apostasies would read

proofs to the contrary, we should have the Epistle to the Hebrews vii. 26, where Messiah is called Apiavtos, i.e.

concluded that this able and clever

work was the production of the learned Immaculate, undefiled, SINE LABE !

Canon of St. Paul's, who is known by the N. M.

name and surname of the author of the

volume before us. Whoever the author III.

is, he has conferred upon the sober seDEAR SIR,—May I request the favour rious reading world a great boon by the of the insertion of the following ques- publication of the result of his critical tion in the place assigned for queries and philosophical studies in The Science in your valuable and increasingly inte- of Theology; or, The Order of Universal resting paper. It is manifest that on History. We have carefully read that the answer hangs the conclusion at work, and got up from its perusal with which we may arrive

respecting grateful feelings towards the author Naaman's conduct, as related in 2 for the great mental treat which he Kings v. 18, 19. I have read many

conferred upon us. commentaries on this passage, none of We wish very much that our space them, I think, satisfactory.

enabled us to give a digest, in this notice

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II.

I.

I have not bettered my condition by the A new, improved, and enlarged Eng. recommendation and warning. I have lish edition of Bythner's METHODICA been constantly appealed to for the last INSTITUTIO LINGUÆ SANCTÆ. Form- score of years, by Hebrew students, to ing a complete, intelligible, and com- point out the errors of Bythner's prehensive Hebrew Grammar.

analysis of this Psalm and of that Psalm, to intimate Bythner's irrelevant

matter in this page and that page ; so CLAVIS PSALMORUM. A revised, con- that a considerable portion of my time densed, and therefore greatly improved was consumed in writing critical notes English edition of Bythner's Lyra Pro- on Bythner, Dee, and Benmohel. phetica Daridis Regis ; sive Analysis Of late, however, my learned ImporCritico-Practica Psalmorum. Being the tunaters have altered their tactics ; most perfect key to the study of the they have abandoned their small and Original of the sublime Book of Psalms. piecemeal measures, and begun to agi

tate for a sifting and thorough reforIII.

mation of Bythner and his translators. An interlineary HEBREW AND ENG. They positively gave me no rest, and in LISH PSALTER. Arranged in lines of

self-defence- to secure & quiet life metrical parallelism. With brief, but from one quarter at least-I have unimportant critical and exegetical notes,

dertaken the task, and here is its perin which the many egregious and re

formance. Its completeness and acprehensible philological inaccuracies curacy will speak for themselves ; I which disfigure and disgrace the inter

have only to offer a few statements relineary translations of Montanus, Wal

specting some of the principal features

of alteration which I deemed incum. ton, and others, have been carefully guarded against.

bent upon me to make.

1. I dispensed with the Chaldee, A FEW WORDS FAMILIARLY ADDRESSED Arabic, Syriac, Greek and Latin quoTO HEBREW STUDENTS.

tations—in which Bythner abounds. — I have been importuned upwards of

Those quotations, instead of expediting

the student's progress, rather retard it. these twenty years to prepare a useful

The study of Hebrew is the learner's sade mecum for the Hebrew student.

immediate object, and I have endeaI must confess that I have no taste

voured to give him the full value of the nor do I think it to be my calling-for

Hebrew word or sentence which he is writing elementary works ; I have

now analysing. Woe betide the protherefore endeavoured, invariably, to

gress of a foreigner in the English lanrecommend Bythner's LYRA PRO

guage, if he-the German or FrenchPHETICA, either the original LATIN, or

'man-set about reading the Vicar of the English translations of the same,

Wakefield under the auspices of Littleby Dee and Benmobel. I felt, however, ton's learned English Dictionary. in duty bound to warn my Hebrewlearning friends of the overwhelming 2. I have eschewed the constant number of inaccuracies which mar both references to the numbers of the rules the original and the English versions, in the grammar. I know the waste of

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