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THE

VERACITY

OF

THE FIVE BOOKS OF MOSES,

ARGUED FROM THE

UNDESIGNED COINCIDENCES

TO BE FOUND IN THEM,

WHEN COMPARED IN THEIR SEVERAL PARTS.

BY THE REV. J. J. BLUNT,

FELLOW OF ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE.

LONDON:
JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.

MDCCCXXX.

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TO THE VERY REV. JAMES WOOD, D.D.

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MASTER OF ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE ;

IN TOKEN OF UNFEIGNED RESPECT AND REGARD FOR THE

ANCIENT AND RELIGIOUS FOUNDATION ITSELF

OVER WHICH HE PRESIDES;

FOR THE ATTAINMENTS BY WHICH HE ADORNS IT;

FOR THE ZEALOUS AND DISINTERESTED SPIRIT IN WHICH

HE PROMOTES ITS WELFARE;

AND

FOR THOSE PRIVATE VIRTUES WHICH MAKE ITS MEMBERS

HIS PERSONAL FRIENDS;

THIS ATTEMPT

TO CONFIRM THE EVIDENCE OF THE

MOSAIC WRITINGS,

(BEING THE SUBSTANCE OF A COURSE OF SERMONS

DELIVERED BEFORE THE UNIVERSITY,)

IS INSCRIBED,

BY HIS FAITHFUL AND OBLIGED SERVANT,

J. J. BLUNT.

VERACITY

OF THE

FIVE BOOKS OF MOSES.

It is my intention to argue in the following pages the Veracity of the Five Books of Moses, from the instances they contain of coincidence without design, in their several parts. I am not aware that this test of truth (to which alone I shall appeal) has been deliberately applied to these writings, except by Dr. Graves in two of his useful Lectures upon the Pentateuch. In them he has done much, but much he has still left to be done by others; and though I do not lay claim to the merit (whatever it may

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