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carried ashore (he tells us) on men's shoulders, and the road at present, according to Pocock, admits only boats.

Now fishes of this magnitude are never seen in these, or the neighbouring seas." one in question, therefore, must have been sent from the north for the purpose to be stranded on a shore, where a huge fish was an object of worship

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This miracle therefore, as well as the pre. ceding three, was significant and appropriate; there was an analogy between the crime and the punishment. At Carthage, or at Tyre, the propriety would have been lost.

P. S. Bishop Lowth, in a note to his Prælect. xxiii. Dia Sacra Poësi Hebræorum, observes ; Bis citatur Liber wr; primò Josh. X. 13., ubi quæ inde proferuntur manifestè sung Poetica, ac tria quidem Disticha conficiunt-tum in Threno Davidis, 2 Sam. i. 17-27. Notus est Hebræorum mos Libros suos ex primâ cujusque voce inscribendi; ut n'wnna Genesis, 7271 Numeri; vel ex præcipuâ aliquâ primæ Sententiæ voce : sic idem Liber Numerorum vocatur etiam 72782. Videmus

The one, stated by Zonaras to have been killed in Severus’ time with fifty bears in it's body! and a second, said to have infested the Euxine, &c. under Justinian, from it's love of sailors' flesh, for fifty years (Procop. ii., Mich. Glyc. iv.) are not easily to be swallowed in these days,

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etiam apud eosdem Cantica, insigni aliquâ occasione edita, hujusmodi formâ, quâ ea notetur occasio, induci: 703 is sive 70" "adba arbo, sic non 7'218, Exod. xv. 1. (SAMAR. legit 70) 07177 wwn, Jud. v. 1. Vide etiam Inscriptionem Psalmi xviü. Itaque Librum Jashar fuisse opinor aliquam Syllogeni Canticorum Sacrorum, variis de rebus et diversis temporibus conditorum, eumque habuisse Titulum ex eo, quòd et ipse Liber et singula pleraque Cantica cum voce w inciperent. In ea sanè opinione fuisse videtur vetus. Interpres Syrus, qui in horum locorum altero vocem hanc reddidit per G'us, hoc est, cecinit (cujus Interpretatio, inquit Arabs eum in hoc loco secutus, est Liber Canticorum), in altero hujus Tituli significationem ipse exposuit voĉe annavny, id est, Hymnorum:

From this etymology however, it ought to be added, the learned Lecturer's Commentator, Michaëlis, dissents; both because 'noor, not ww, signifies canebat, and that it has the prefix 17, wnt; though he admits, that Lowth has by his other arguments sufficiently proved it to have been a collection of Poems.

The miracle itself the German theologian resolves into a figure; partly as the light of the Moon, even if her full light could be shed at the same time with that of the Sun, would be of little service ; partly as Habakkuk üi. 11. describing the same event says, at the light of thine arrows they went (which, though Calvin explains the passage of the weapons of the Israėlites, in prophetical poetry called the arrows of God,' Michaelis interprets · lightnings ') meaning, the flashes accompanying the hail storm lit up the night with sunlike splendor. He also

• The Dirge of David Lowth conjectures from v. 18., particularly as translated by the LXX. to have been called “The Bow'; in reference either to the Bow of Jonathan, v. 22. or to the Archers' of 1 Sam. xxxi. 3. Michaëlis thinks nwp may, also, signify metrum, i. e. carmen metricè compositum; which Professor Hunt, however, doubts

thinks the physical consequences, which would result from an apparent cessation of the sun's or moon's motion, as connected with the considerations of centrifugal force, the doubled and intolerable heat of the tropical regions, the flowing of the tides, &c. insurmountable objections to the common version, even if the end to be attained, the destroying of quantilla pars incolarum Asie, had presented a knot more worthy of a God! The attempt to establish the fact from the ancient Tables of Eclipses of the Chinese (Gent. Magazine, Nov. 1758, pp. 512, 513.) he encounters by modestly suggesting his doubts of their authenticity, as their later astronomical calculations are said to have been corrected by the Jesuit missionaries, and their remoter records of every kind are of very doubtful faich.

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