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THEIR PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE:
BEING A SUCCINCT
History of God's Ancient People in all Ages;
TOGETHER WITH A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE
ORIGIN AND FORMATION OF THE TALMUD.
BASED UPON THE MOST RECENT AND APPROVED AUTHORITIES.
To which is appended, a Tabulated Statement of the Numbers of
Jews in all Countries of the World,
By J. ALEXANDER
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CATTERED over the world, long scattered,
and everywhere conspicuous, the Jewish people
have maintained a national character, religious rites and customs, and distinctive features, unparalleled by any other nation. Numerous and remarkable vicissitudes of occasional prosperity and cruel persecutions, comfort at one time, and heart-rending sufferings at another,-all these find them unchanged, a living miracle and standing evidence of the truth of the prophecies contained in their own sacred books.
Other races mentioned in the tablets of history have either been swallowed up in the vortex of time, or been so amalgamated with one another as to lose all marks of their original idiosyncrasy, while the Jews remained, and are even at the present day, what they were three thousand years ago.
How deep a subject of meditation and study to all men, and especially to the Christian ! In the Jew he beholds the involuntary witness to the truth of all that God had spoken to men from the beginning of time, and through successive ages, concerning His Anointed; in him he sees the very flesh and blood from which