History of the Transmission of Ancient to Modern Times, Together with the Process of Historical Proof: Or, A Concise Account of the Means by which the Genuineness of Ancient Literature Generally

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E. Howell, 1889 - Bible - 401 pages

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Page 359 - I am Darius, the great king, the king of kings, the king of Persia, the king of (the dependent) provinces, the son of Hystaspes, the grandson of Arsames, the Achaemenian.
Page 232 - European printed book. They have no cursive writing; each letter is therefore painted, as it were, with the reed pen, and as the scribe finishes each he usually makes a horrible face and gives a triumphant flourish with his pen. Thus he goes on letter by letter, and before he gets to the end of the first line he is probably in a perspiration from his nervous apprehension of the importance of his undertaking.
Page 235 - CURETON (REv. W.) Remains of a very Ancient Recension of the Four Gospels in Syriac, hitherto unknown in Europe. Discovered, Edited, and Translated. 4to. 24s. CURTIUS' (PROFESSOR) Student's Greek Grammar, for the use of Colleges and the Upper Forms.
Page 231 - The books of Abyssinia are bound in the usual way, sometimes in red leather and sometimes in wooden boards, which are occasionally elaborately carved in rude and coarse devices ; they are then enclosed in a case, tied up with leather thongs ; to this case is attached a strap for the convenience of carrying the volume over the shoulders, and by these straps the books were hung to the wooden pegs, three or four on a peg, or more if the books were smafl ; their usual size was that of a small, very thick...
Page 224 - The special locality set apart for the library in the several monasteries, as I have already mentioned, is the tower chamber, which is accessible only by means of the drawbridge. No spot in the monastery could well be safer from the visits of the fraternity than this. Here are seen (I speak of the first monastery) the manuscripts heaped indiscriminately together. Lying on the ground, or thrown into large baskets, beneath masses of dust, are found innumerable fragments of old, torn, and destroyed...
Page 233 - ... of the ancient Egyptians were made in the same way, and excellent brooms for common purposes are made at Cairo by beating the thick end of a palm-branch till the fibres are separated from the pith, the part above, which is not beaten, becoming the handle of the broom. The Abyssinian having...
Page 381 - Whenever he passes a cross-way, he bathes his head. For the benefit of a special purification, he invites the priestesses to his house ; who, while he stands reverently in the midst of them, bear around him an onion or a little dog.
Page 380 - The superstitious man having washed his hands in the sacred fount, and being well sprinkled with holy water from the temple, takes a leaf of laurel in his mouth, and walks about with it all the day. If a weasel cross his path, he will not proceed until some one has gone before him; or until he has thrown three stones across the way. If he sees a serpent in the house, he builds a chapel on the spot. When he passes the...
Page 7 - ... the integrity of the records of the Christian faith is substantiated by evidence in a tenfold proportion more various, copious, and conclusive, than that which can be adduced in support of any other ancient writings.
Page 231 - Underneath the shelf various long wooden pegs projected from the wall ; they were each about a foot and a half long, and on them hung the Abyssinian manuscripts, of which this curious library was entirely composed.

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