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Origines Hebraeae: The Antiquities of the Hebrew Republick, in Four Books (Complete Set)

Lewis, Thomas

Published by Sam Illidge under Serle's Gate, London, 1725
Condition: Good Hardcover
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8vo. xvi, 625pp. (First two volumes use a continuous pagination.) xvi, 430pp. 338pp. Plus unpaginated content such as publisher's ads and index. Contemporary brown leather boards with blind stamped design, tooling and raised bands. gold design on edges. Purple marble endpapers. Title pages with red and black ink. Decorated head and tail pieces. The best-known of the publications of Rev. Thomas Lewis, a controversial Church of England clergyman. It summarizes in considerable detail the evidence for the history, religion and customs of the ancient Jewish state, drawing on rabbinical sources as well as on the Bible. The author's mastery of rabbinic sources is impressive, ranging from the Talmud to Maimonides. The first volume deals with the Israelite civil government such as the Sanhedrin. The second volume deals with the ecclesiastical government of the priests and levites. The third volume deals with places of worship. The final volume deals with the sacrificial cult. Includes footnotes on the margins and italicized words. The Hebrew Republic exemplifies the Protestant tradition of republican theory, which turned to the Old Testament as work of politics. God did not just give the Israelites a set of ritual practices, but also principles of government. These principles included covenantal contracts that required the consent of the governed. They also placed authority, not in kings (something denounced by the prophet Samuel), but in judges, righteous men arising from the people. Such an ethic, while democratic, did not mean the separation of Church and State and a tolerance for other religions. On the contrary, the purpose of such a republic was to advance the cause of religion and stamp out any opposition. A second edition was soon afterwards printed in Dublin in 1725. A later edition was printed in Oxford in 1835. Contains a slip of paper from the period with handwritten dates. Head and tail of spine chipped. Edges rubbed. Cover scratched. Binding starting but still intact. Page edges are stained, but are in otherwise remarkably good condition. Overall in good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 38146

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Title: Origines Hebraeae: The Antiquities of the ...

Publisher: Sam Illidge under Serle's Gate, London

Publication Date: 1725

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First edition.

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