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BEING A DEFENCE OF JUDAISM AGAINST ALL ADVERSA-
INSIDIOUS ATTACKS OF
וארא ואין איש ומאלה ואין יועץ ואשאלם וישיבו רבר :
און אפס מעשיהם רוח ותהו נסכיהם: הן
I behold, and there is no man, even from among all these, and there is no counsellor, who can answer a word when I question them. Behold, they are all vanity; their works are nothing; their drink offerings are WIND and CONFUSION.
Isaiah, xli. 28, 29.
1st day of the 13th month, ADAR SHINEE, 5584.
Examination of St. Matthew, continued from page 250, Vol. 1.
“ But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel : for they are dead which sought the young child's life. And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither : notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee : and he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth.” -Matthew, Chapter ii. verse 19, 20, 21, 22, 23.
By the text, Joseph was commanded to go into the LAND OF ISRAEL, “Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel.” Now generally speaking, both Judea and Galilee is the LAND OF ISRAEL. In consequence of this command, Joseph went from Egypt to THE LAND OF ISRAEL. “ And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and, came into the land of Israel." What part of the LAND OF ISRAEL he came to the text does not inform us; but by the text it is apparent it was not Judea. “But when he leard that Archelaus did reign in Judea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee.” Consequently, it must have been some part of Galilee. Now here is a difficulty. How came he into Galilee, without going into the Land of Judea? for the road from Egypt to Galilee, is through Judea, and it cannot well be avoided ; Judea being bounded to the West by the Mediterranean, and to the South and East by Egypt, the Deseri, and Salt Sea ; ' so that the only practicable road north, he could not have taken. And if he was already in the Land of Israel, he was past the danger. Did he go through the desert, the land of Edom and Moab, and cross the Jordan, in order to get into Judea ? he then took a roundabout journey, and for what purpose was this done ? to avoid Judea ? this cannot be; because he was in the Land of Israel before he thought of any danger; for he returned with the assurance that “they are dead who sought the young child's life :" consequently he was without fear or apprehension of danger. It cannot be said he was in Judea when he received the intelligence, for the text tells us "he was afraid to go thither ;" consequently he could not have been there yet. But on his way to go there, the first country he must have come to after leaving Egypt to go to the Land of Israel, must have been Judea ; and if he wanted to reach Nazareth, in Galilee, he must have gone through the whole Land of Judea ; for Judea is or was the southernmost country of the Land of Israel, and stretched from Edom, including the Salt Sea, to the river of Egypt and Mediterranean. Joshua xv. 1, 2, 3, 4. “This then was the lot of the tribe of the children of Judah by their families ; even to the border of Edom, the wilderness of Zin southward was the uttermost part of the south coast. And their south border was from the shore of the Salt sea, from the bay that looketh southward : and it went out to the south side to Maaleh-acrabbim, and passed along to Zin, and ascended up on the south side unto Kadesh-barnea, and passed along to Hezron, and went up to Adar, and fetched a compass to Karkaa : from thence it passed towards Azmon, and went out unto the river of Egypt : and the goings out of that coast were at the sea : this shall be your south coast.” The truth is the writer of the Gospel of