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GENESIS,

CONCERNING

^Hebrew Tongue.
Manner of Interpreting the Bible.
Author ef the Pentateuch.
Temptation of Eve by the Serpent.
Flood.

Confusion of Languages.
< Original of Circumcision.
Divine Appearances in the Old Testament.
Subversion of Sodom.
Pillar of Salt.
Coming of Shiloh.

Several Obscure Texts in Genesis Explairid
and Illustrated.

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■Done out of Latin by Mr. BROWN.

To which is Added,

A Dissertation concerning the Israelites Pas-
sage through the Red Sea, By another Hand.

Ornari res ipfa negate content a. clocere. Hor.

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READER.

THE following Differs at ions contain such Variety os Learnings and Liberty of Thought, out of the common road of Commentators, and Divines {who generally confine themselves within the Rules and Tale of the Churchy that the Publishing of them in English was thought necessary for the instructing and polishing of those, who imploy their happy Hours in the Study of the Holy Scriptures. 'Tis true, Two very Reverend Prelates of our own Church have lately treated of these Matters tiot without Reflecting on the Author Mr. Le Clerk; yet 'tis no ill manners to cloaih him in the samtt

A x Lan* Language, that the Justice and Reason of their Contempt and Accusations may the more clearly appear.

I am mt insensible of the many Calumnies fixt on the Learned Author upon the account of these Dissertations, and the Letters be formerly Publijh'd concerning Inspiration, and the Lives of some Fathers, yet his late Treatise of the Causes of Incredulity, and the Truth of Christianity, hath dissipated all those Aspersions, and demonstrates to the World, that he could never give any occasion to Infidels or Unbelievers to insult the simplicity os the Gospel, or the Lines of the Church; 'tis maliciously fuggelled, that he hath forgot to reckon his own Writings amongst his many Causes of Deism, and Scepticism; for tho in his J uvenile Pastimes at Saumur, and Geneva, be might sow some wild Tares, and run beyond the bounds of Discretion in Matters of Faith; yet by culture and ripeness of years, he arrivd at that strength and presence of mind, that all his Productions became chaste, and very charming, insomuch that the IU luflrious City of Amsterdam adopted him into the Number of her Professors, where he adorns the Oriental Chair, and deserves to shine in a more Noble Sphere; but the Climate, we live in, is too gross to receive such a fine and exalted Genius, born to illuminate the dark Mysteries of Antiquity, and to let us into the Sanctum Sanctorum for certainly never any Mortal came

better better prepaid to unvail the Beauty of the Scriptures; many great Endowments meeting in him ; a singular Penetration, vast reading and Study, a profound skill in the Languages with an universal erudition, a clear Judgment, an honest Candor, and a Sublimity above Party or Faftion; Talents not very common among Those who have the Honour to unlock those Venerable Archives.

The Bible without dispute contains more good Morals, and more hidden Treasures than all the Volumes of the Alexandrian, the Vatican, or Bodleian Libraries, and therefore our Libertines have no reason to deride the pains taken to open them.

But some cry out aloud, there lurks a Snake under the Grafs, and Venom sprouts out of the Mouth of t he tempting Serpent; Beware of his winding Insinuations, and bis gentile Turnings. Oh incurable Jealoufie! that will not distinguish between Superstition and Religion, between Godliness, and Gain, or between the Ancient and Modern Christianity. A Man must be of a very sower habit of Body, that will not bear an innocent Freedom, especially in an Age and Kingdom, where Nullius in Verba is the Motto.

Criticks and Philosophers have always claim'd a particular fort of Liberty, and Boldness, which the wisest States have thought fit to dispense with; for Truth is not easily come at, many rubs and thorns lying in the way, so that few work

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