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of arguing , two extracts shall be laid before our readers : "The authentic books of Ezra and Nehe nriah afford us no reason to suppose , that the law of Moses had been so destroyed , as is represented in that
apocryphal book , called the second book of Esdras ( xiv . 21 ) . From the eighth chapter of Nehemiah it is evident , that the book of the law ( whether the Templecopy or not ) was preserved during the period of the Babylonish Captivity . For when the worship of God , was restored at
Jerusalem , * they spake unto Ezra the scribe , to bring the book of the law of Moses , which the Lord had commanded to Israel . And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation . '' Nehemiah viii . 1 , 2 . The prophet Daniel must also have had a copy of the law , for he appealed to it , and quoted it . Daniel ix . 13 . "_ Pp . 57 , 58 .
u _ the charge of corrupting the Hebrew Scriptures , though it has been repeated in modern times , had its origin in the ignorance of those who introduced it . The Greek and Latin Fathers were
for the most part unacquainted with Hebrew , though Origen and Jerom were illustrious exceptions . The Greek Fa * thers quoted from the Septuagint ; the Latin Fathers from the Latin version , which was made from the Septuagint . They had no Latin translation from the Hebrew till the time of Jerom : and even
nts translation was not immediately adopted as the authorised version of the Latin church . "—P . 64 . Even theological students , who are of considerable standing , may read with great pleasure and advantage
this part of Bishop Marsh ' s lectures . To young men who are preparing themselves for the exercise of the Christian ministry it will be especially and highl y useful . At the same time , it has obvious defects . Of these
not the least is the arrangement . The order and the method of proof which a . well-informed Jew would pursue m laying before the world the evidences of the authority of his sacred books , are what the Margaret Professor ought , on every account , to
aave preferred . Another glaring imperfection ( we have formerly complained of it ) , is the extreme scantiness of reference to " th , e principal authors" op tl * is branch of ( ftvmitjr . now str ^ ge in tbd p ^ m ^ th ^ vwrerBity of pa Wb ^< Jgs , « w j ^ gut
Reverend Prelate should be silent concerning Sir Isaac Newtoh ^ * H . Owen , Graves , &c , the arguments of some
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of whom he adopts , while those of others he impugns ! He . will not do justice to his subject and to himself , unless , in a subsequent part , he treat of the Hebrew Scriptures in detail .
Generally speaking , his style is pure as well as clear . In pu 65 , however , he uses the word operate in an unwarrantable , that is in a transitive signification .
Art . II . —The Claims of the Clergy to Tithes and other Church Revenues , so far as they are founded on the Political Expediency of supporting such a Body ; on Divine Right ; on History ; or on the Notion of Unalienable Property , examined . 8 vo . pp . 40 . Liverpool printed ; sold by Hunter , &c , London . 1823 .
THE question of " Church Revenues" is becoming every year more interesting , and it is extremely desirable that the public should be in possession of full information upon the subject . The author of this pamphlet has done his part towards this great object , under the persuasion that
how much soever the fear of change , attachment to custom , respect for individuals and motives of personal interest may retard the progress of opi- * nion , truth , justice and public good will finally prevail , and it must be honourable to be , in whatever degree , an instrument in promoting them . ( P . 40 . )
The subject is treated in this pamphlet under the four heads of—The expediency of a publicly endowed clergy ; the divine right of tithes ; the history of Christian tithes 5 and the right to tithes as being the property of the church . These are argued ably , and boldly argued , and the Writer ' s conclusions are , that an established
church is unnecessary , unchristian , and of injurious influence 3 that the claim of tithes universally , as by divine right , is the imposition of pn ^ stcraft on ignorance add superstition ; that the history of the Christian Ghttrch proves that tithes belong * , if to any - ^ . ' ' .- ' ¦ -- ' - ¦ - ' - ¦? ' - ¦¦ f . ~ - -- * ¦ ' - _ —
Review . —7 % e Claims eftHe Clergy fo ^ Tithes examined . 69 fc
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1823, page 597, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1789/page/37/