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•« The doctrine of the trinity," says the Rabbi Isaac, in his Munimen Fidei, "as "held by learned christians, rests on the "flightest evidence, - and is contrary to the "doctrine of the prophets, the law, and "right reason, and even to the writings of * "the New Testament. For the divine "law gives its sanction to the unity of *' God, and removes all plurality from "him*." This writer sliews, in many places, that the doctrine of the trinity is not taught in the New Testament. See p. 397. 403. 418, &c.
The contempt which the author of a Jewish treatise, entitled, Nizzachon Fetus, expresses for the christian doctrine of God being confined in the womb of woman, is peculiarly strong-}-. As to those who said
* Accedit his, quod dogma de trinitate falsum est, et a quibusdam eruditis Nazarenorum, rebus leviffimis, sine ullo vero prophetico fundamento recens fuperstructum, quodque | legi divinæ, verbis prophetarum, humanæ rationi, dictisque plurimis scriptorum novi teflamenti repugnat. Quippc lex divina comprobat dei unitatem, omnemque.pluralitatem ab eo segregat. p. 113.
f Quomodo igitur iste deus esse posset, qui fœminatn plenum immunditiis ventrem habtntem, ingressus est? Et
that Mary was not rendered unclean by the birth of Jesus, he fays the contrary is evident, from the offering that (he brought for her purification*.
Having seen what the christians, both Unitarians and trinitarians, and also what the Jews, thought of the doctrine of the Old Testament concerning God, it may be some farther satisfaction to know in what manner the heathens decided in this cafe. We have the opinion of the emperor Julian on this subject, and it is decisively in favour of the Jews, and the Unitarian christians. He fays, " Moses not only once, or "twice, or three times, but many times
quern toties mater illius, novem gravidi'atis mensibus, eo detulit, quo satura itabat? Quique tempore nativitatis editus est inquinatus, et sordens, involutus secundinis, et abominabilis sanguine partus ac profluvii. Nizzachon. Vetus, p. 7.
* Quod si dicat adversarius: non inquinatus suit intra viscera tjus. Nam, cum in Maria muliebris consuetudo defecisilt, intravit earn spiritus, exivitqne sine dolore, et sine sanguinis sorditic. Ad hæc respondere licet: annon vos fatemini earn obtulisse sacrisicium puerperarum, cujus immundities causa erat? Idem enim sacrificium offerebant lepresus, hæmon housa, tt puerpera, par tuiturum, aut duos puiijs columbarum. Ibid.