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THE ORIGIN, CHARACTER, MYSTERIES, AND ORACLES OF PAGAN IDOLATRY.

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KNOWLEDGE of this Subject necessary--False Religion attests the reli.

gious Tendency of Man-Heathen Idolatry must be studied with
a distinct Recognition of Satanic Influence-Necessity of admit-
ting the Evidence of Revelation--ORIGIN OF IDOLATRY-Idolatry
in post-diluvian Times arose before the Dispersion-And emanated
from Babel —Was not at first a violent Introduction of Error, but
a fatal Perversion of Truth-Elements of Truth liable to this Per-
version--Plurality of Persons in one Deity-Promised Incarnation
—Rites of Patriarchal Worship-Man's primitive Purity and Fall
--Similarity of the Adamic and Noachic Families-- Hero-Worship
considered as arising out of the promised Incarnation, and taking
the Form of a Triad from the Great Father and his three Sons
-Peculiar Case of Egypt—Animal-Worship-Folly of many
Attempts to account for it-Originated in the Cherubim-Wor-
ship of material Elements—The Agency under which all this
Error was evolved made apparent by the universal Worship of the

Serpent Form—THE RELIGIOUS CHARACTER OF THIS SYSTEM

It practically obliterated the essential Principle of the Divine

Unity-Banished all Idea of Divine Purity–And destroyed at

once the Knowledge of God, and Confidence in him-Character of

idolatrous Worship-General Admission-But the Being to whom

this Worship was offered was not God—And the Service, although

often grand and imposing, was generally associated with foul and

filthy Abominations—THE MYSTERIES—The Theory of Warbur-

ton, refuted by Leland—Conflicting Theories as to the Origin of

the Mysteries—Their Object equally contested–Their Origin

defined-Their Object explained-Essential Elements of Heathen

Mysteries—THE ORACLES of Heathen Worship—An undoubted

Privilege of patriarchal Times to have Access unto God, and to

obtain special and important Instruction by this Means—Contest

between the Learned as to whether Heathen Oracles were sustained

by Satanic Influence—Testimony of Scripture—Judgment of the

Learned on the Character and Credit of the Oracles-Case of

Cræsus, King Lydia, from Herodotus—The Result of the

Inquiry establishes the Operation of Satanic Influence General

Observations in Conclusion. NOTES. Antediluvian Idolatry-

Was the Doctrine of the Trinity known to the early Patriarchs ?

-The Worship of Man.

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GENERAL View of Egypt-Difficulties which oppose our Acquaintance

with its early History–Undoubted Evidence of high Civilization

in the most remote Times-Prowess and Reign of Amosis-

EIGHTEENTH DYNASTY-Death of Jacob-Wonderful Perfection of

mechanical Art-Death of Joseph-Moses—The Exodus-Canaan-

itish Nations weakened by Egyptian Invasion before the Israelites

crossed the Jordan-Sesostris-NINETEENTH DYNASTY_Sethos-

His Conquests—The Absence of further Allusion to Canaan on the

Monuments, a striking Proof of the Truth of Scripture-TWEN-

TIETH DYNASTY-TWENTY-FIRST DYNASTY-Effect of the com-

mercial Policy of the Hebrews on Egypt-TWENTY-SECOND

DYNASTY-Shishak-His Invasion of Judea-TWENTY-THIRD DY-

NASTY—Decline of Egyptian Power—TWENTY-FOURTH DYNASTY

-Bocchoris-TWENTY-FIFTH DYNASTY—Tarkus-TWENTY-SIXTH

DYNASTY—The Dodecarchy--Triumph and Reign of Psammitichus

-Pharaoh-Necho-His Victory over the Hebrews-Apries, the

Pharaoh-Hophra of Scripture-Defeated and put to Death by

Amosis—Conquest of Egypt by a Persian Army-TWENTY-

SEVENTH DYNASTY-Era of Persian Rule-Successful Government

of Darius_Gallant Effort of Inaros-His Defeat and Death-

Herodotus-TWENTY-EIGHTH DYNASTY — Amyrtæus — TWENTY-

NINTH DYNASTY-THIRTIETH DYNASTY-Chronological Difficul-

ties-Persian Invasion defeated-Slothful Habits and ultimate

Energy of Darius Ochus—THIRTY-FIRST DYNASTY-Persian Rule

re-established—THIRTY-SECOND DYNASTY_Conquest of Egypt by

Alexander the Great-His profound and successful political and

and commercial Policy-Alexandria built-Ruin of the Mace-

donian House-THIRTY-THIRD DYNASTY—The Ptolemies-Lagus

-His successful Rule-Power and Cultivation of Egypt under

Philadelphus --Euergetes successful in War-Intercourse between

Egypt and Rome-Gradual Decline of Egyptian Power—Excessive

Vices of the ruling Princes—Cleopatra, Cæsar, and Antony-Egypt

a Roman Province. NOTES. The Geography and Population

of Egypt—The Chronology of ancient Egypt—The monumental

Names of Egyptian Kings—Sir Gardner Wilkinson on the Date of

the Exodus - The providential Preparation for the Israelitish Inva-

sion of Canaan-The martial Career of Sesostris—The Cruelty

exhibited in Egyptian Sculptures—The Fulfilment of sacred Pro-

phecy in the History of Egypt ....

of precise Information respecting this and succeeding Reigns-

Probability that even in this Age the Power of Egypt was felt on

the Banks of the Euphrates, Interference of Assyria in the Trojan

War-Fragmentary Notices of ancient Reigns recovered from

Inscriptions by Colonel Rawlinson-Connected Assyrian History

begins about the tenth Century B.C.-ADRAMMELECH I.-Sar-

DANAPALUS I.–His military Career and Successes-DIVANUBARA

- The Annals of his Reign from the Black Obelisk and other

Sculptures—SHEMAS ADAR-ADRAMMELECH II. or Thonos Con-

COLEROS—The Termination of the Old Imperial Dynasty-ARBA-

CES the Mede on the Throne of Assyria- The Mission of Jonah,

and its Results—The Assyrians recover their Sovereignty-Pul

obtains the Sceptre-Manahem, King of Israel, destroys Tiphsah

-Pul invades Israel, and extorts a thonsand Talents of Silver

from Manahem-TIGLATH-PILESER succeeds to the Throne-At

the Solicitation of Ahaz, he invades Syria and Israel, and carries

the trans-Jordanic Tribes and the Inhabitants of Galilee into

Captivity-Colonel Rawlinson's Arrangement of the Informatiou

CHAPTER IV.

THE HISTORY OF THE BABYLONIANS.

BABYLON the Seat of the first post-diluvian Sovereignty-Conquered

and subjected to Assyria-Policy of Assyria toward subject Coun-

tries—NABONASSAR--The Era bearing his Name—He was inde-

pendent-Nadius, CHINZIRUS, Porus, and Jugæus, successively

reign-MARDOCEMPADUS or MERODACH-BALADAN-His Embas-

sage to Hezekiah-ARCHIANUS—Hagisa—MARADACH BALDANES

-BELIBUS defeated by Assyria-ASORDANES—NABOPOLASSAR

-Babylon asserts its Independence—Coalition of Babylon and

Media against Nineveh—Scythian Invasion—Nineveh destroyed

The King of Egypt defeated at Carchemish-NEBUCHADNEZZAR

- Takes Jerusalem—Carries away the principal Inhabitants into

Captivity-Makes Zedekiah King-He rebels–Jerusalem again

taken, and destroyed-Tyre taken, after a Siege of thirteen Years

-Egypt conquered—Nebuchadnezzar greatly improves Babylon

by many splendid Erections—Nebuchadnezzar's Dream of the

great Image-Explained by Daniel — Its wonderful Revelations

The golden Image-Extraordinary Measures adopted for its Dedica-

tion-Heroism of the three Hebrews-Glorious Revelation of the

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