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Sect. 1. Of their Possession of Canaan, and destroying
the old Inhabitants,


Sect. 2. Of the Government of the Jews by Judges,

namely, Ehud, Shamgar, Deborah, Gideon, Jephthah,

Samson, &c...

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THERE is no history in the world so ancient as the Bible, nor is there any which gives us so early an ac count of things. The Old Testament begins with the creation of the world, brings us into acquaintance with Adam and Eve, our first parents, informs us of their state of innocence, their sin against God, and their being driv en out of paradise; it recounts the first generations of men, and their multiplied iniquities, which provoked God to destroy them by a flood.

Then it treats of the character, circumstances and conduct of Noah and Abraham, and of their families after the flood, enlarging most upon the household of Jacob, or Israel, the grandson of Abraham, who, at the invitation of his son Joseph, went down with his family to dwell in Egypt, where they were enslaved by Pharaoh the king.

The history proceeds to the deliverance of the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage by Moses and Aaron, and their being set apart to be a peculiar people to God. It rehearses the laws and statutes which were given them, together with their sins and punishments while they were

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