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THE PROPHETICAL NUMBERS,
IN A LETTER ADDRESSED TO WILLIAM CUNINGHAME, ESQ., OF
LAINSHAW, IN THE COUNTY OF AYR.
WITH AN APPENDIX,
PROVING THAT THE DAYS OF THE CREATION, IN THE FIRST CHAPTER OF GENESIS,
MUST BE RANKED AMONG THE PROPHETICAL NUMBERS OF THE BIBLE: AND
HE CHARGE OF CORRUPTING THE HEBREW TEXT, SO FAR AS NUMBERS ARE
BY DUNCAN MACDOUGAL, A
Accountant and Teacher, Manchester.
The principal objects which the author has in view in sending forth this publication into the world, are the following
The first is, to show that Geologists and Astronomers may assign any age to this planet, and to the creation of animals lower than man, which their knowledge in their respective sciences may determine, without, in the smallest degree, contradicting the account given in the first chapter of Genesis.
The second is, to show that the Hebrew text, by two streams of time, prophetic and historic, fixes the time of the creation of Adam prior to the birth of Christ to be 3969 years, and not—as our present chronology has it—4004 years, and as inserted in some of our English Bibles.
The third is, to show that the term Day, as mentioned in the first chapter of Genesis, is not to be understood as signifying a day of twenty-four hours ; but is to be received in a prophetic sense, signifying a period of 1000 years, and, consequently, the six days' creation comprehends the first 6000 years of man's existence upon earth ; and his creation and condition