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inclined to decide in his favour , he did not then come to any decision ; that while things remained in this uncertain state , news came
from the Syrian governor Varus , of a revolt of the Jews , which took place soon after the departure of Archelaus , and which was so serious , that Varus crucified 2000 of those who v / ere most
concerned ; that , by his permission ^ fifty ° J ^ J came as ambassa * dors to plead against Archelaus , and to request that Judaea might be made a Roman province ^ and that they xvere supported in their petition ' by more than 8000 of the
Jews i ? i Ho ?? ze ; and that Augustus dissolved the assembly , without having decided the point . It docs indeed appear , that not long after ( Josephus says f ^ srec $ z oXtyocg ypsgccg ) Augustus gave half of
Herod ' s kingdom to Archelaus ^ with the title of ethnarch pro - mising him , if he conducted himself properly , to make him a king afterwards . Few perhaps , will think it in any degree improbable' ^ that , in these few days .
* The only improbability arises from the silence of Josephus . If any read his history of the period succeeding the death © f Herod to the time when Judaea was made a province , and particularly of the measures of Archelaus and his enemies at Rome , they will not , I think , be
surprised at his silence , and even ignorance as to a circumstance which did not produce any effect upon the state of his nation . It appears to me probable , from the account of Luke alone , that though the decree was published , and the Jews in to be
^ rent consequence enrolled , yet that the "business was suspended almost qs soon as begun : and it is farther to be remarked , that the Jews now really wished for a change in their condition ; so that there was neither time nor
disposition for those commotions which afterwards took place , when the census waw actually made . 1 cannot think it
Augustus , moved by the strong representations of the Jews , de « termined to make Palestine a province , and in consequence
dispatched an order to make u census there , which he soon s . fu-r suspended , and which i \ ,-, did not enforce till on the tan :. )<> r representations of the Jews he baiii ^ Led
Archelaus , and made Judaea a Roman province , I cannot help hoping lhat these remarks will lead some to view in a more favourable light , the question as to the genuineness of Luke ' s Introduction , it still has
its difficulties ; and the chief ones I propose to consider in my riext Letter . I remain , Sir , with best wishes for the increasing spread of the Repository , Yours very truly , L . G .
16 On the Introduction to St . Luke ' s GospeL
Account of the Polish Bible . [ Extracted from the Review of " Bdoe ' s Anecdotes of . Literature , vols . iii . and iv . Month . Rev , for September , 1810 . ] " Of the famous Polish Bible ( which Mr . B * supposes to have been translated from the
Vulgate 5 because the 7 th verse of 1 John v . occurs in it , as he is informed ) we have an interesting accountj from which we shall select a part : c Biblia . Polonica a Pinczonianis edit a et
a Sociniants publicata > ex rlebraicis et Greets FontibtiS ) cur a et sumpt . Nicolai Radxi * vilii JPalatini Vilnensis cum ejus epistola nuncupata Sig ismundo Augusta PolonicdS HegU * fmpresa Brestim Urhis in Lithuania anno domini - % 15 63 .
c De Bure represents this as one of the scarcest books in the world , and adds ^
improbable that Augustus issued his decree merely to frighten Archelaus into good behaviour , and to enhance his sense of obligation to himself . But this is a point of little moment .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1811, page 16, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2412/page/16/