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the propliesies to Abraham and his children, might be thought to rún contrary to the views and interests of the kings and heads of nations; and they might there: fore think it good policy to divert their people from attending too much to them. And for this end, they being in their kingdoms the chief directors in religion, they might, upon the foundation of literature, and human science, form such schemes of augury, astros lógy, vaticination, omens, prodigies and enchantments, as the magicians of Egypt became famous for, in order to make religion more subservient to their interests; and in these they proceeded from one step to another, in what they undoubtedly thought to be the result of rational enquiry; until in Moses' time the rulers of the Egyptian nation, who were then the most learned hody in the world, beguiled by the deceit of vain philosophy, and too politically engaged to attend duly to any arguments which might convince them of their errors, were arrived at so intrepid an infidelity, that the greatest miracles had no effect upon them. I am sensible that these points have been set in a different light by some writers; but perhaps there may be reason to re-examine them. The Pagan divinations, 'arts of prophesy, and all their sorceries and enchantments, as well as their idolatry and worship of false gods were founded, not upon superstition, but upon learning and philosophical study; not upon too great a belief of and adherence to revelation, but upon a pretended knowledge of the powers of nature. Their great and learned men erred in these points, not for want of free-thinking, such as they called it; but their opi. nions upon these subjects were in direct opposition to the true revelations which had been made to the world, and might be called the deism of these ages; for such certainly was the religion of the governing and learned part of the heathen world in these times. The un. learned populace indeed in all kingdoms adhered, as they thought, to revelation ; but they were imposed upon, and received the political institutions of their rulers, invented by the assistance of art and learning, instead of the dictatos of true revelation. In this manner I could account for the beginning of the heathen idolatries in many nations. They took their first rise from the governors of kingdoms having too greata dependance upon human learning; and entertaining a conceit, that what they thought to be the religion which nature dictated, would free them from some imaginary subjections, which they apprehended revealed religion was calculated to bring them under. Length of time, advance of science falsely so called, and political views, had carried on these errors to a great height, when God was pleased in a most mira. culous manner to deliver his people from the Egyptian hondage ; to re-establish true religion among them, and to put the priesthood into different hands, from those who had hitherto been appointed to exercise the offices of it. But the pursuing these subjects, must belong to the subsequent parts of this undertaking.

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ABRAHAM goes to Egypt.........

Separates from Lot.......
Rescues Lot from captivity ......

106
Received the promise of a son ...

107
Went to Philistia ..............

112
Tempted to offer Isaac .....

.. 118
Married Keturah .................:

128
The accounts which profane writers give of him. ibid
His contemporaries in the heathen nations....... 133
He, and his descendants, worshipped two distinct
Divine persons ............................. 443
Before his time, no appearances of God or Angels 460

He knew the LORD, by his name JEHOVAH ..... 462
Actæus, king of Attica ....

......... 327
Adrichomius, his mistake about the situation of Seir. 248
Alcmena, the Inscription and Antiquities found in her
tomb......

.....: 317
Amphictyon, king of Attica ....

........ 312
Amphictyones, their rise, constitution, and council.. 338
Animals, sacred ones, of Egypt, consecrated to (348
their gods......

.... 361
Areopagus, the rise and constitution of that court ... 334
Argos, the rise of that kingdom ...

..... 325
Astronomy, its use in the ancient agriculture ........ 154
Athlius, first king of Eles ......

327
Atlas, lived where, and when ................... 326
BELUS, son of Neptune, went to Babylon ........ 291

Not the same as Belus, the successor of Nimrod. 297
Birthright, Esau's, what.....................213, 219
CADMUS built Thebes ......................... 313

Mistakes about his tine .... .......... ibid.
When he lived ........

Whether he was a Phænician or an Egyptian.... 316
Canaan, its first kingdoms erected upon principles of
liberty .............

..... 175
Cat, why consecrated by the Egyptians...

349
Cecrops came to Attica (Sig. U)....

299
The time of his reign settled.......
His people at first not numerous ....... ....... 309

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Cedrenus, his opinion about Belus ...

295
Chedorlaomer, king of Elam, who ........... 103
Chinese, their government, when first settled ....... 158
Chronus, Abraham, so called by the heathens 126
Circumcision enjoined Abraham, &c. .......

110
Corinthian history begins where .........

327
Ciphers, the Egyptian, why invented.....
DANAUS came into Greece ............. 322

Obtained the kingdom of Argos............ 323

Dedicated the image of a wolf to Apollo ....... 377
Deluge, none in Attica in the times of Ogyges, nor

in Thessaly in the reign of Deucalion........... 329
ÉGYPTIAN kingdoms, not founded at first upon
despotic authority .....

175
Their ancient constitution, what .........
Learning ................

408
Astronomy ....

409
Geometry .....

408
Physiology ...

410
Astrology :iiicio...

411
Magic ..............

ibid.
Their consecrating animals ...

348
When they began this practice . ....... ibid.
For what reason...................

349
They canonized their heroes .......... .... 350
Their most celebrated hero-gods, who......... ibid.
Upon what account they deified them .......... 352
When..................................... ibid.
They did not deify men newly dead ............ 355
Their hieroglyphics not their most ancient letters 263
They perplexed their ancient history, how...... 368

Their fables about Isis and Osiris ............. 370
. Their theology arose from their learning ....... 373

Their errors in religion, how occasioned ...... ibid.
Erichtheus, by some writers mistakcn for Erichthonius 312
Esau, his children set up a kingdom ............... 262
His character ........

.. 266
Ethiopians, when they first settled near to Egypt ....

Came from India............................ 400
*Exodus out of Egypt, when....... ..........
Faith, the only principle upon which the men of the

early times could know GoD ................445, 460

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347

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270

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GEPHYRÆI came with Cadmas into Greece ......
Greece, its history very short and imperfect, until

after Cecrops' time ..........oooooo...,bordocuri 325
IIEATHENS acknowledged one 'supreme God ...... 458
Heliopolis, the opinion of the pricsts there about the

passage of the Israelites over the Red sea......... 516
Hollenes, who most-anciently so called. viiioi...... 344

How the Greeks came to be universally called by

this name...err........................
Hyagnes, an improver of music.....
JACOB, his temper and disposition .

210
Gets the blessing from Esau........

234
Sent to' Laban..iiii.i.ii.
His bargaini with Laban no cheat.

239
Leaves Laban ...........
Sends to his brother Esau .......

248
Wrestles with an angel .....

252
Reforms his family, in whát....

255
Came into Egypt....................
His death and character. .................. 278
Heathen testimonies about him...ii.iiii......

The number of his family that came into Egypt.. 286
Jehovah, at first the name of the supreme God in all

nations.ii....iiii.iii.......................
Images, Egyptian, most ancient not of hunian shape .. 370
Indigetes, the rise of deities so called..i... 359,
Inachus, how ancient ..........

136
Indian polity; remarks upon it.........

159
Joseph sold into Egypt..........

258
His conduct and advancement.

208
Interprets Pharaoh's dreams....

269
Made deputy over Egypt .........

270
Raises Pharaoh immense riches ........ 271
Remarks upon his management........

272
Why hc bonght not the priests' lands ........ 273
His brethren came into Egypt ................ 276
Embalms Jacob, and buries him in great state ... 282
His behaviour to his brethren after Jacob's death. 283

By what king of Egypt he was advanced.......ibid.
Isis, the table of, what........................... 382

Who were owners of it.....
Now lost .................................... ibid.
What are the contents of it.

........... 384

281

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