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PARTICULARLY AS ILLUSTRATED BY THE HISTORY OF
THE JEWS, AND BY THE DISCOVERIES OF

RECENT TRAVELLERS.

BY THE

REV. ALEXANDER KEITH,

MINISTER OF ST. CYRUS, KINCARDINESHIRE.

FROM THE SIXTH EDINBURGH EDITION.

Opinionum commenta dies delet, Nature judicia confirmat.

Cic. De Nat. Deo.

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HATVARO COLEGE LIBRARY

EIFT OF PROF. KENNETH 3 MURDOCK

noriu 934

PREFACE

TO

THE FIRST EDITION.

The following pages are presented to the public in the hope that they may not be altogether unproductive of good. The idea of the propriety of such a publication was first suggested to the writer in consequence of a conversation with a person who disbelieved the truth of Christianity, but whose mind seemed to be considerably affected even by a slight allusion to the argument from Prophecy. Having endeavoured in vain to obtain, for his perusal, any concise treatise on the Prophecies, considered exclusively as a matter of EVIDENCE,—and having failed in soliciting others to undertake the work, who were far better qualified for the execution of it, -the writer was induced to make the attempt, and to endeavour to bring the subject into view. He was urged and encouraged to the prosecution of it by his worthy and learned friend, the Rev. Mr. Brewster, of Craig, to whom, and to another esteemed friend, the Rev. Dr. Mitchell, of Kemnay, by whose able critical remarks he has profited much, he owes, at least, this acknowledgment of his obligations.

Unbelievers are often most unreasonably averse to listen to any arguments, which establish the truth of Christianity, that may be urged by a clergyman; and it was therefore intended to have published this sketch anonymously. The advice of the Publishers, and of

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