Origines: Or, Remarks on the Origin of Several Empires, States and Cities, Volume 2

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A. J. Valpy, 1825 - History, Ancient
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Page 266 - And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me.
Page 60 - In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, " Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates...
Page 56 - Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that dwelleth therein ? And it shall rise up wholly as a flood; and it shall be cast out and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt.
Page 267 - And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
Page 267 - And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it.
Page 168 - I have already stated, that the worshippers of the hosts of heaven had represented the asterisms by symbols, and that these symbols were chiefly taken from the figures of animals. Thus, the first sacred sculptures, graven images, and hieroglyphs, became objects of veneration among the people; but, in most of the countries of Asia, the introduction of alphabetical characters brought hieroglyphs into disuse at a very early period. It consequently happened, that the association which might have once...
Page 244 - some of the observations of the ancients must appear very extraordinary if magnifying glasses had never been known among them. The boldness with which the Pythagoreans asserted that the surface of the moon was diversified by mountains and valleys, can hardly be accounted for, unless Pythagoras had been convinced of the fact by the help of telescopes, which might have existed in the observatories of Egypt and Chaldasa, before those countries were conquered and laid waste by the Persians.
Page 307 - There seems to be no way of accounting either for the early use of letters among so many different nations, or for the resemblance which existed between some of the graphic symbols employed by those nations, than by supposing hieroglyphic writing, if I may be allowed the term, to have been in use among the Tsabaists in the first ages after the flood, when Tsabaism (planet worship) was the "religion of almost every country that was yet inhabited.
Page 267 - And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf.
Page 350 - ... to imitate all those who have gone before him, — to build conjectures instead of establishing facts ; to admit what is probable where he cannot find demonstration ; and, finally, to allow what is possible where he cannot reach unquestionable evidence. His difficulties augment as he removes farther from the point whence he had originally started. Like the traveller who sets out upon a journey when the day is closing, the light grows more feeble at every step he takes, and the shades of night...

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