Antiquities of the Jews ..., Volume 1
General Books LLC, 2009 - 386 pages
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1823 edition. Excerpt: ...in Israel, having resisted the offers of Jeroboam, to become favourers of idolatry, were obliged to flee to their brethren of Judah and Benjamin, among whom they might enjoy the worship of God. Thus did matters remain till towards the Captivity, when Judah also, having corrupted his way, felt the effects of the divine vengeance, and for seventy years was removed to Babylon. We are not acquainted, indeed, with all the effects which this dispensation had on the Jews and on the world; but this we know, that very few in comparison took advantage of the permission that was allowed them by Cyrus, to return to their land; for, out of the many thousands of Levites that must have existed, only three hundred and forty-one, according to Ezra, b or three hundred and fifty, according to Nehemiah, ' came along with Zerubbabel. A few more, indeed, are mentioned in Neh. xii. 24--26, but they are very trifling: and, in 1 Chron. ix. 14--33, we have a document apparently out of place, but evidently referring to the times after the Captivity.d Thus do we see that many chose rather to remain at Babylon than return to Judea; and it is painful to observe, that even of those who did return, there were several whose hearts were not right with God, e who formed alliances in marriage with the people of the land, and thereby corrupted both their morals and their genealogies. But they do not appear to have been totally insensible, for they reformed this abuse; and, as a token of obedience, signed with Nehemiah the national covenant/ and dwelt at Jerusalem to influence others by their authority and example.8 SECTION V. The Stationary Men and Nethinim. The twenty, four courses ol the former; the reasons for their appointment; their duties at the Temple: the duty of that part of...
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