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ly magnified . This may be inferred , with some appearance of reason , from the mountainous nature , barren soil , and narrow extent of the country of Mi&ian ; though the ingenious and learned authors of the Jewish Letters
to Voltaire , have laboured to remove this objection with much strength , excepting the weakness of comparing that poor rocky country , to the rich and level soil of the Campania of Rome . But the chief argument is to be drawn from the 48 th and 40 tli
verses of the same chapter , in which it is said that the Hebrew forces consisted ^ of twelve thousand men ( sup ' posing then this number not magnified ) returning from the conquest and
plunder of Midian without the loss of one man . Yet the country is described as containing some towns , and even castles , which were taken and destroyed . The Midianites must therefore have been able to make but
a very weak resistance , or rather none at a ]] ; consequently must be inferior in number and substance to the preceding magnified account .
spect . When the devils fell dowtt before him with a like salutation , he charged them only not to make him known . To Martha ' memorable confession of her faith ( would it had beon universally deemed as exemplary !) his silence gives implied assent . And Peter ' s received from him
a similar testimony of approbation . But mark now the difference , when the Jews with that propensity to misunderstand * his meaning , so familiar on all occasions to those advocates for another kind of Messiah than
he seemed likely to prove , charged him also ill so many words , with " making himself equal with GOD , " by assuming the apellation of his Son : — " Is it not written in your Jaw , I said , Ye are GOD ( Elohim ) . If he called them GOD , unto whom the
word of GOD came , " &c . Conscious of being GOD the Son , could he at such a moment have made such a reply ? Is there any point , any applicableness in the retort , but upon the admission , the open avowal that
he considered himself man , man only , man as they were men , to whom the word of GOD came ? If this be not to disclaim divinity in point of nature , what could have been ? Can more unequivocal' interpretation be
given to the import of the title , Son of GOD , on the ground on which he presumed to adopt it ? Against such unambiguous evidence , would the hypothesis of an apostle * if such could be found , weigh one feather in the scale ? Yours , TE TACE .
48 Title " Son ofGod : '—Illustration ofHel . ii . 17 .
Sir , That the authority or power exercised by our Saviour was a given , a received power from his Father and our Father , his God and our God , is , lam firmly persuaded , a truth which
can be discredited only by impeaching the credibility of his own repeated and unvarying asseverations , and can therefore scarcely be permitted to rank , with scriptural Christians , aniongst the topics of theological controversy . But , with regard to his
own construction of the particular title which he was pleased to assume , hthe following contrast may not per aps have so forcibly struck some of them as it always does your correspondent . When the chief priests challenged him , " Artthou then the Son of God ?"
he replied , as categorically , " Ye say that 1 am . " When they that were in the ship worshipped him , i . e , did him homage under that appellation , lie does not appear to have evaded or rebuked so proper a mark of their re-
Illustrations of Scripture . [ From an interleaved Bible . ] Heb . ii , 17 , . " It behoved him to be made like unto his brethren , " i . e . it was fit and right , the obligation not
pressing on Christ , but being spoken of absolutely . In exactly the same way , Ca ? sar in his Commentaries , § 3 . Damnatum pcenam sequi oportebaU ut igrii cremaretur , viz . It behoved him , being condemned , to be punished , by being burned *
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1815, page 48, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1756/page/48/