Antiquities of the Jews, Volume 2
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 390 pages
Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1826. Excerpt: ... PART X. LAWS OF THE JEWS, AND THEIR SANCTIONS. The laws of the Jews are of three kinds, the Mo* ral, Ceremonial, and Judicial j and they claim our attention on account of their intrinsic worth, great antiquity, and divine authority. Let us then attend to them in succession. SECT. L The Moral Law. Clearly revealed to oar first parents j became obscured through the prevalence of sin j was promulgated anew from Mount Sinai. The Moral law is contained in the ten commandments, which are a summary of that law of nature which was written originally on the heart of our first parents. It was then clear and distinct, and capable of being observed by them, had they remained in their state of innocence. But their apostasy obscured it, and it became less and less legible, in the hearts and lives of their posterity; till, at the flood, all flesh had corrupted their way, and the imaginations of their hearts were only evil continually. It was then that God appeared in a visible manner, to punish the universal depravity, and place the subsequent generations of men in more favourable circumstances. He saw that the rays of knowledge had diverged so much, and become so faint, that they were incapable of guiding men in the way of duty. The light of prophecy, indeed, had been gathering strength, among the few who were favoured of the Lord; but the light of the moral law had become completely darkened, among the multitude, through the ignorance and corruption which were in them. Their fate was therefore fixed. A universal deluge destroyed those who were too wicked to reform; and from Noah and his family, as from a new centre, proceeded the generations of men, the chain of prophecy, and the republication of religion. But Noah and his family stood in very different circumstances from our first progenitor. H...
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