The Genuine Works of Flavius Josephus, the Learned and Authentic Jewish Historian, and Celebrated Warrior, Volume 6

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David Huntington, 1815 - Jews
 

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Page 52 - These men are despisers of riches, and so very communicative as raises our admiration. Nor is there any one to be found among them who hath more than another; for it is a law among them, that those who come to them must let what they have be common to the whole order, insomuch that among them all there is no appearance of poverty or excess of riches, but every one's possessions are intermingled with every other's possessions, and so there is, as it were, one patrimony among all the brethren.
Page 54 - They are eminent for fidelity, and are the ministers of peace ; whatsoever they say also is firmer than an oath ; but swearing is avoided by them, and they esteem it * worse than perjury ; for they say, that he who cannot be believed, without [swearing by] God, is already condemned.
Page 185 - Genncsareth ; its nature is wonderful as well as its beauty ; its soil is so fruitful that all sorts of trees can grow upon it, and the inhabitants accordingly plant all sorts of trees there ; for the temper of the air is so well mixed that it agrees very well with those several sorts, particularly walnuts...
Page 185 - One may call this place the ambition of nature, where it forces those plants that are naturally enemies to one another to agree together ; it is a happy contention of the seasons, as if every one of them laid claim to this country...
Page 251 - They also devoured what spoils they had taken, together with their blood, and indulged themselves in feminine wantonness, without any disturbance till they were satiated therewith ; while they decked their hair, and put on women's garments, and were besmeared over with ointments ; and, that they might appear very comely, they had paints under their eyes, and imitated not only the ornaments, but also the lusts of women, and were guilty of such intolerable...
Page 56 - They also avoid spitting in the midst of them, or on the right side. Moreover, they are stricter than any other of the Jews in resting from their labours on the seventh day ; for they not only get their food ready the day before, that they may not be obliged to kindle a fire on that day, but they will not remove any vessel out of its place, nor go to stool thereon.
Page 53 - And as for their piety towards God, it is very extraordinary; for before sun-rising they speak not a word about profane matters, but put up certain prayers, which they have received from their forefathers, as if they made a supplication for its rising.
Page 55 - ... he appear to be worthy, they then admit him into their society. And before he is allowed to touch their common food, he is obliged to take tremendous oaths ; that, in the first place, he will exercise piety towards...
Page 184 - ... expect in so diffuse a place as this is ; now when this water is kept in the open air, it is as cold as that snow which the country people are accustomed to make by night in summer.
Page 242 - ... comes up in such clusters ; the cause of which seems to me to be the warmth of the air, and the fertility of the waters ; the warmth calling forth the sprouts, and making them spread, and the moisture making every one of them take root firmly, and supplying that virtue which it stands in need of in summer time.

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