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Page 66 - put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem ; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the "planets, and to all the host of heaven.
Page 47 - The Hindus had undoubtedly made some progress at an early period in the astronomy cultivated by them for the regulation of time. Their calendar, both civil and religious, was governed chiefly, not exclusively, by the moon and sun ; and the motions of these luminaries were carefully observed by them : and with such success, that their determination of the moon's synodical revolution, which was what they were principally concerned with, is a much more correct one than the Greeks ever achieved.
Page 47 - ... these luminaries were carefully observed by them, and with such success, that their determination of the moon's synodical revolution, which was what they were principally concerned with, is a much more correct one than the Greeks ever achieved.* They had a division of the ecliptic into twenty-seven and twenty-eight parts, suggested evidently by the moon's period in days, and seemingly their own : it was certainly borrowed by the Arabians.
Page 38 - Christ and other Masters. A Historical Inquiry into some of the Chief Parallelisms and Contrasts between Christianity and the Religious Systems of the Ancient World.
Page 47 - PARASARA and GARGA, centuries before the Christian era, there are yet grounds to presume that communications subsequently passed to them on the like subject, either from the Greeks, or from the same common source (perhaps that of the Chaldeans) whence the Greeks derived the grosser superstitions engrafted on their own genuine and ancient astrology, which was meteorological.
Page 17 - ... lunar days, or 1830 nycthemera ; subject to a further correction, for the excess of nearly four days above the true sidereal year : but the exact quantity of this correction, and the method of making it, according to this calendar, have not yet been sufficiently investigated to be here stated.
Page 47 - Joining this indication to that of the division of the zodiac into twelve signs, represented by the same figures of animals, and named by words of the same import with the zodiacal signs of the Greeks...
Page 5 - Chhandas period, from 1000 to 1200 BC, we can do so only under the supposition that, during the early periods of history, the growth of the human mind was more luxuriant than in later times, and that the layers of thought were formed less slowly in the primary than in the tertiary ages of the world.
Page 13 - Brahmagupta then appears to have observed and written towards the close of the sixth, or the beginning of the following century ; for, as the Hindu astronomers seem not to have been very accurate observers, the belief of his having lived and published in the seventh century, about AD 628, which answers to 550...