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Sect. 1. Of their Possession of Canaan, and destroying

the old Inhabitants

ib.

2. Of the Government of the Jews by Judges,

namely, Ehud, Shamgar, Deborah, Gideon,

Jephthah, Samson, &c.

- 71

IX. Of the Government of the Jews under their kings; and

first of Saul and David -

79

X. Of the Reign of Solomon and Rehoboam over all Israel,

and the Division of the Nation into two Kingdoms 89

XI. Of the Kings of Israel

94

XII, Of the Kings of Judah

- 102

XIII. Of the Return of the Jews from Captivity, and the

Building the City of Jerusalem and the Temple

under the conduct of Ezra and Nehemiah

114

XIV. The History of Job

- 124

XV. The History of Jonah

- 128

XVI. The History of Jeremiah

- 129

XVII. The History of Daniel

- 136

XVIII. The History of Esther

141

XIX. A Continuation of the Jewish History, from the End

of the Old Testament to the times of Christ

145

Sect. 1. Of Nehemiah's further Reformation, of Syna-

gogues, Targums, Samaritans, Proselytes, &c. - 146

2. Of the Jewish affairs under the Persian and

Greciar Monarchies, and particularly under

Alexander the Great

153

3. The Jewish Affairs under the Ptolemies, Kings

of Egypt. Of the great Synagogue, the Mish-

nah and Talmud, and Septuagint, or Greek

Translation of the Bible

156

4. Of the Jewish Affairs under Antiochus the Great,

Seleucus, and Antiochus Epiphanes, Kings of

Syria

162

5. Of Mattathias the great Reformer, the Father

of the Maccabees

168

6. Of the Jewish Government under the Asmo-

neans or Maccabees; and first, of the three

Brothers, Judas, Jonathan, and Simon -

182

A

SHORT VIEW

OF THE WHOLE

SCRIPTURE HISTORY,

&c.

THE

HISTORY OF THE OLD TESTAMENT.

INTRODUCTION,

THERE is no history in the world so ancient as the Bible, nor is there any which gives us so early an account of things. The Old Testament begins at the creation of the world, brings us into acquaintance with Adam and Eve, our first parents; informs us of their state of innocence, their sin against God, and their being driven out of Paradise : it recounts the first generations of men, and their multiplied iniquities which provoked God to destroy them by a flood.

Then it treats of the character, circumstances, and conduct of Noah and Abraham, and of their families after' the flood, enlarging most upon the household of Jacob or Israel, the grandson of Abraham, who, at the invitation of his son Joseph, went down with his family to dwell in Egypt, where they were enslaved by Pharaoh the king.

The history proceeds to the deliverance of the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage by Moses and Aaron, and their being set apart to be a peculiar people to God. It rehearses the laws and statutes which were given them, together with their sins and punishments while they were in the wilderness, travelling to the land of Canaan, which God had promised them.

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