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PRINCIPAL CONTROVERTED POINTS ARE CONSIDERED),
PROPHANE HISTORY PRESERVED.
Compiled from the Writings of the most eminent
DESIGNED FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE.
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION.
THE design of this work is to exhibit, in a Method best adapted to com vey instruction, a rational and condid defence and illustration of the Ilc!! Scriptures ; to display their authority, use and excellency ; to reconcile and clear up those seeming contradictions, intricacies, and difficulties, which the frequent allusions to particular customs little known, opinions not well understood, the forms of speech, and genius of the language of those times, so
very different from our own, have continued in the dark, and made hard to be
understood ; to ascertain, by the concurrent testimony of prophane history, those facts which are questioned by modern unbelierers ; to give a sum:nary view and abstract of the chronology, geography, history, polity, common wealth, laws, manners, and ceremonies of the Jews, and of such other nations
as occur in the course of the work, and are properly connected with it; to : collect and digest, into one body, what is diffused through several books, and
bring the substance of all that is necessary to illustrate the subject, within the compass of every person's study and purchase ; to shorten the labor and expense of more severe researches, and to give a competent knowledge of these matters to those who have not leisure or abilities for more voluminous and learned enquiries ; and to render it no less, also, a proper introduction to a more large and critical study of the scriptures ; and to make the whole a repository of useful and entertaining knowledge.