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rofcvp/^^^^'/«W4/J<?»»«/t, who is called (for his humility and godlineflc) 0«r ^rM/ 1 TheT.iImud
AfaHer; to whom God procured fuch fauour in the eyes of e-<f«/o«i«-«J the Empc- '^('nniaiincr
rour.that he had authoritie to afletnble out ofall places of th; Empire the inoti lear- ^^'^^K^f^l'^K)
ncdIewcs,toconfultin'(his their almoftdcfpcraiccftate, whatcourfcto take for the ^o^ "^
preferuation oftheLawamongfl: the people. And although this 7C«^a7<« or LaWjjgiuen on:h:tcM,Lt.
byword of mouth, rnight not be committed to writing ; yet in confid<:r3tion and com- a wode full of
miferation of their ir.ifcrie.whatfocuer thereof was remaining in memory , he writ in a '^'''in'jn.Ttural




:pa

In this booke were contayned the Traditions and ordinances of the Elders , accor- thcrof , fee fiis
dingtotheprclcript whereof, the lewifii Synagoguewas to be ordered;and itwas '^.''^ book.c. 5.
recciucd and approuedofthelewifli Synagogue,'' in the ycarcofChrift 219. 'Some ^ ^'^'■'^""'•U
ycares after, Rabbi /tfc/>«»<?», Re6torof the VniucrHty of Icrufa'em for the fpacc of sij s">,tib I
eightieycares.enlargedthatbooke, and called it the T^ifej^/^o/" if «/.7/fw, which for /./-rnfjuhit
thedifficukie andobfcuritie thereof was not had in fuch cftimation as the former, nor wa-, compofed
is tt at this day. After him, Rabbi cx?/f read in the Schoolcs thofe Trnftatss, hand- about rhe )xar
ling cueryyeare two of them ;fo in the fixtie y cares of his Rcftor-fliip, hewtnt twice '5°<^''^<^rs
through it all ; but finifhedin writing onely Hue and thirticTradtatcs'. After him in the ^JoVowJf^'^
ycare ■" 427. cj^-f/ir^war was madcRe6for, to whom /J/<srthefonnc of Rabbi ^-/j/e ad- knwnMcm'o-
ioyned himfelfe. Thefe perfected that which Rabbi y^Jfe had left vniinii'hcd.And that y-b.iatmar.z.
which theythus added was called GiTWizr^.orthe complement. sw/ieoihcr-

Thus the yI///?-A»<iw,and(7<r?w;jr^ made vp the whole Talmud". Thefe tv^o fpcn: ^'j^ '"''■£• r.
intheirlaboursthreefcoreandthirtecneycarcs. Andfointheyeare of our Lord 500. mPetc.ibt
the Talmud was perfedcd,receiucd forauthenticall, snd called the Baby'oniay! Tal- haili4,«.
«w«i^,af cording to which the lewes to this day beh.nuc themfelucs in cafes fpiritual and n Ja'm.rdis .
temporall.accountingitas theirCiuillandGanonlaw. Thelewes afctibe iheleiufa- ''^^ 'a"ic tbac
kmTalmudtotheyeareofcheworld42 29.theothcr4265. Voaamot

And this is that Law verball, or dcliuercd by word of mouth, which is equalled to EllSi"h,'raJ^
the othcr,v\ithout which the written Law cannot be concciucd or ynderflood : The Thaimuci, '' "

Qi^. ioy



170



Of the Temp? Talmud, <urc.



Chap, it;



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taich.

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nn Sptodmfcf.

4 dcc.i.vtdcm,

o Scmtili,vel

Sephirmil\ites

lialoriR.lfiJC.

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c] I'faU.z,

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*■ y'ldJe his

plura tjp.Buxd.
Syn, }iid.& in
lih.Recenfionii
flpera Talmud,
imprejJ'.iSii,



fri-sfi.dsSsb'
bat.c.i. f'jiO,



t CifAC.i,



ioyofthc heart (faith" >4^f» £a:r^) and refrefhing of the bones; betwixt v\hichand
the written Law he can findc no "difference, but being deliucrcd to them froin their
Elders. In one oftheirbookes,o printed at Cr<r>»«wrf 1555. isthisfcntcncc. Tbinke
not that the Lawe written is the foundation, but rather the LawcTraditionall is the
right foundation : and according to this Law did God V makccoucnaiU with the lilae-
lites ; for God forefavv their captiuity in time to come,and therefore lelt the people , a-
mongwhomthey(lioulddwell,{]iould write out and intcrprete this Law, as they did
thi:othcr,God would not haue it written. And although in proccfle of time this Law
be now written,yet it is not explained by the Chrirtians,becaufe it is hard , and requi-
reth a fharp wit. That which is fpokcn of the Law,is applyed to commend their Tal-
mud : If you canfruBrate (faith the Lord) my Cotienum with the <^, day Mdthe;iight,thit
is, according totheitbookc r<»»(rfe«wrf,when you will no longer learnc and obferue
thcTalmud. And in the "^ Talmud is thus recorded jTo (ludie and reade in the Bible is
a vcrtuc.and not a vcrtue,that is, a fiiiall vertue : but to learne their CMifchna or Tal-
mud text is a vcrtue worthy reward; and to learne by heart Gemarttm(^xhc comple-
ment of the Talmud) is a vertue fo great that none can be greater. The * Wife men
(fay they) are more excellentthcn the Prophets; and the wordesof the Scribes more
loucly then thofc of the Prophets : and therefore the one forced to ccnfirme them with
miraclcsjthc other fimply to be belccued,as is faid Dettt.ij.io.

Hence it is that the Rabbins arc more exercifed in their Talmud , then in the Bible ;
as on which their faith is fout>ded more then on the other : and according to this doc
they expound the Scripture. And as thcirTalmud is moft cert«ine,fo alfo is that (what-
focuer) expoiition of their Rabbins , according to the fame. Thus faith Rabbi ffaac
j4/;hf<hal>h^whM(oeutt our Rabbins in their Sermons and myftitall explanations hauc
rpoken,we are no lefle firmely to belecue then the Law ofMefes.

And if any thing therein feeme repugnant to our fcrife , we muft impute it to the
wcakcncffecf out conceit, and not to their wordes: as for example: it is written ia
theTalmud/ that a Rabbin once preached, that the time would come,when a woman
fhoufd eucry day be dcliuercd of her burthen ; according to the faying, lercm.-^ 1 . 7,
Concepit Jiacimejuefepsrit. One not belcaiing this , thc'Kabbineanfwcrcd, thac
he fpakenotofa common woman, but of a Hennc , v/hich {hould euery day by an



cgge,



u' aR.muftbe
beleeucd,
though he fay
thcrighc hand
is che left.
7i Talmud traol.
de Sabbat,



Such arc their expofitions, 1 know not, whether fitter to be beard of Heraclitut , or
Democrtttts, moxt lamentable or ridiculous ; and yet is it there faid , that their wordes
are the wordes of the /i«j»^C9^, whereof not one fhall fall to the ground; and muft
not be derided cythcr in word or thought.whcthcr ye rcfpcfi the perfons, or works of
their Rabbins. Therefore in aDutchbookc.printcd in Hebrew charadiersatOacouia,
1 5y7.it is written, that the lewes arc bound to fay Amcn,not only to their Prayers,but
to all their Sermons and Expofitions,according to the Prophet Efay, ' Open the gates^
thefeoflecomr/ieth{fchomcramHnim)v>hich kjepethriahteoHfiifjfe, that is (fay they)
which laying y^;«£'»,beleeueth all things which the wife Rabbins haue written. And
if any be fo fimple.that he cannot vnderlhnd.yet muft he belceue.

When two Rabbins (faith their Talnfiud) maintaine contrary opinions, yet muft
not rren contradict them,bec3ufe both of them hath his Kabala or Tradition for the
fame : and this is a rule in their Rabbins, Remember rather the word of the Scribes,
than of the Law of C^lfff/^A i^.i''»/i"W(;«/<?rf^/ vponDeuteronomie,chap. 17. \crCe
I 2. ThoufJ:itit not decline from the wcrde that they fhallfiiew thee , tc the right Lwd or ta
the left, hath thefc wordes ; And when he faith vnto thee. Of the right hand , that it is
theleft;and,Ofthelefthand,that itis the"right , thou muft belceue it ; how much
more if he iaith.The richt hand is the right hand &c. They haue a ftorie in their ^ Le-
gend forthefamc,ThattherecamcaG(7/,aGcntileto5<«wwi«i, and asked how manic
Lavvesthcyhad,whoanfweredtwo,a Written and 3 Vcrball. He replied, The written
Law I acknowledge no leffc then thou ; make me therefore a Tew, and teach me the o-
ther. Sttmrnni rcii\{t(h ; and he went to H//W ( thefe both^ liucd a little betore the
lime of Chrift)who admitted and inftrufled him;' after he bade him pronounce the let-
Ktiiaoidetfj^UphfBethjG'imelfCirc, which he did. The next day he bade him fay

the



Chap. 12. ASIA. The fecond Books . I^l



t\\z{inc\<:ttcxshzckc' - tr^Gimel^Beth,Alefh. The Gcntilefaid, Rab'ai , yefterdajr
voii taught mce ocherwile: andyec, faid Hillel you bclceuc niee, anci ib learne of
ine ; which you mult no lefle doe in the Traditional' Lawe, bclecuing all that is
therein.

I had almoft thought in reading of this Hillel, I had bcene reading the life and pre-
cepts 6f» /^»«j//«j L.««o/^j the lefuitc-foundcr (fo likcis thcflorie, though the names ' Igi^ttjviu
differ) who praflifcdhimfelfe, and trained vp others, yld fapientem h^r.c far^idmqMe l-i-'-J/r'^^^*
ftultitiam cuca^vt iffs appellabat,»l>edie»tia, laith Mtiffdfts in a large Difcourfe hereof: " '^^'""^
Pauls Omnia prohate \\;isintho(edayes;buifrudf»tia?K>Jonobec{i(niis^feii in:peran~
tu ejfe refpondtt Ignatius: Hsgabat abedientis nomine dignum halnri op oner e ^atu legitime
fupertori no» cum volti-ttate iftdicium cjHoejue fuiimitteret : in fuferiorntK if.ffu examinan-
doejfearrogantiam. Andzh\is\\uicth/gnatiushim[e](c: Peril Celebris ilia 0!'edie>7ti£
eAca (implicitas.CHnapudnos ipfos in qifitfltonemvocamus reSie'ne prdcipii'ttir an feci' s- ^fa^i ^]°^t
pent humilitM ,perit in rebus ardms fortnuao,crc. 1 o obey in outward execution and dioitta ad fiat.
cfFeding the command ofaSuperiour, may proue no vertue of patience, but a cloake in Lufitanict.
ofmalice.avcryimpcrfcitpcrfcftion, no: worthy the name of vcrtue, vntill the in-
ward affedl be ioyned to the outward etfeft : neythcr is this a whole facriHcc , except
bee not onely w/// thcfame,buti;..''^i?,andbcofthe fame fentence with his fupcriotir:
lie muft in the perfon of his fuperiour behoJdc.Chtirt, who can neyther decciiie nor be
deceiued ; ready alway to defend,nci'cr to miflike his command ; yea , whatfoeuer his
fuperiour enioyneth he muft accept as the precept and will of God , and as he is rea-.
die to belceue the Catholiquc faith, fo I' to be carried vtihout ft^rtlnr frcr:h , with a b iSkadczft:
blinde force ofthe will, dcfiroustoobey. Thus did Abraham when hee was com- "«'/^, ?»'?r««9i
inandedtoo&cr//'j<»r;andtherforethusmuft thelefuitedo whcnanlgnatian Supc-> l"P'"'"d,xm[,
liour commands, orelfcheisnoHolocauftforthe Leiolan Altar. Eucn as a ^<.'r- '''mycin-oluKt
h'jfe t faith the lefuiticall t onOitution , 'which will bee drawne any way, or a tie parcndi cuui^
fiaffe in an oide mans hand plynntas hee pleafcthrfo, and fo roufi our waxen le- dxlheiUi
fuites be; Afleswiihout vnderlhndmg; nay, carkaffcs without life,(kues and flaues ''''"'f'" d:fi'inu
and blockcs, guided by their guides , though it bee to crackc the C^ovinet of ''"y ■if^^'^'f \

•^^"S^- . ■ • ■ Iefiffu>9,.tm[tU

WhatDiiiellofHell could eucrhauetaughtnTurthersandtrcafons to be tolerable, tuLiLtidn,

rtaycommcndablcjnaymeritorious.if his Seholcrfliould not firllpofle this lefuiticall I'^cadautr
Rctrograde.frcm a Chiid'an and a niau,with thelofTe of Religion and Reafon , to be- '^3^'"' /i'">d qiec<>
come(asthcrcRome-R-.bbiiistermeit)acarkafre indeede, or aftatfein the handof rfL}/*^'"!'"*
;t/j<si-o/<j'fow,which(like the Egyptian Inchanters) he might make a Serpent at his plea- b.uutm,^i
fure? But let the truth prevailej'andAfo/>i rod eatevpthefe Serpent-roddcs of the E- 'Mcunq^&
gyptians. And ,\hat more could o!de /7<7/f/fay tohisDifciples? Or doth God him. 9'"'"">q, '» re,
felfeexa^t? i?i'?»^;r^ throughout his feuenth Epiltle, teacheth more foundly of the f"''.
Pope and thofe religious Supcnours; ^Nec dico pr<epeJitorummandata eJfe afubditu ftat'g^.diuinhy
iud:canda,vli nihil ii.'beredeprchendunutrdiuiniscentrariuminjlitutis. Sed necefl'ariani d Btra.EpilKj'
ejfe dico crpiudcpusm ejua aditertntur , ^ ejuid adnerfelur , & libertatem qua ingenue
contemnatur, Hanc ego nunqnam (tmuler ohedientiam : talem fiithi wmquam Lbeat
modeJliam^velpotiHsmokfliamtmitari, Talis jiqnidem obedient i a omniefl contempts

dtterior : talis quoque modtfltn vltrn omnem modum extenditur. O pattcntia^cmni

i/;^»rf />wp^f/V«f/^/ But to leaue this queftion and our lefuites till fitter time ; the le-
wifli Rabbins auerre,that vvhofoeucr mocketh or contemneth their fayings , Hiall be
puniflied in bote arid boyling Zoah,or excrement in hell. And thus much cffheir Tal-
mud, the originalland authoritie thereof. More modcft yet were thofe Fathers of
* Trent.that would afcribe but equalitie of reuerence and reijjcft to their Traditions e Scff.^.dec.i,
with the Scripture. (With equall affed^ion and efteeme (fay they) we recciue and reue- I'mpieratis
renccTraditionsandthebookesoftheoldeandnewTertament :) which muftneedcs '^ff'^^" c^ «W'
acknowledgethemfeluesbeholdingto them ;le{t if they complaine they follow not '^"'"^ tradme,
their Traditionary Matters in making them fit lower: and they hauc their Anathema i,^,;, 'vetem •'■^
as ready as theRabbins their Zoah ; and their Traditions, Canons^ and CoDliitutions ttaui Tcftamenn
mull interprets as well as their Kabala. {ujufhnui&

But before we Icaue their Talmud (thus highly eftcemed amongft them) I thought ^'■"f"'"*''.

0^2 mect'e



i j% Oftht hmfh Talmnd^zjrc* CbatJz.



meete alfo to fpe jke more largely both of that and of theiv learned Rabbins,out ofPe-
a GaUtJeAr. trus Gaiatmus , SixtHs Senenfis , PahIhs ^icus j Ramhanu , and others that Write
c^mshbAjtr thereof.

^"ude idmud The * Traditionall Law they call Tora fcebeal pe, that is, the Law which is in the
%}lr.&p^^fat. mouth.ordeliuered by word of mouth. Rabbi cJWo/« i^^fz/wj telleth the paflagcs
-61? fr^c.R. thereof thus; /o/i«4receiuingit ofc>Vf»/'f-f,deliucrcditto/'A/«M/ ihc fonne o(Elea~
Mof.AEg.Mif. z,ar the Prieft : Phtfieoi to Heli the Pricft : he to Samuel the Prophet : Samuel to Da-
ramproxm. ^ -^ . ^^ ^^ fyichtM the Prophct.who dcliuered the fame to £//<«,the teacher of Elifha :
^Cahllli.&c! El'lh<totElif:iHStoIeiadaihtVnt9i'. tUshiadato Zacharias: ZachArids to Hofea^
b V.'if'hiulc.de and he to ^mes : ^mas to fpr/jOf whom Micheas recciued it.andofhim loel : Nahum
{cri;it.q!ta[l.c.6. from him, and from him againei7<«^<«c«f^, who taught it Sefkanie theInftru6lerof
Shcwcth that icremie, of whom Barnch the Scribe learned it : Barueh taught it £*m.Vntill this tinic
^^^ mIIIo'^' ^^^ ^'ivies had none other but the written Scripture.

many bookes Now for their Scriptures ; they call the fame Ar^aa Veefrim (that is , the fourc nnd
of the Bible, twentie) of the'' number ofthe bookes after their computation, all which they reduce
as they had to fourc partes ; The firft of which they call Tora, the Lawe, or Humax the Pcnta-
^^"u"i,"^ ^^' teuch or fine bookes : and they call euery booke after the firft wordes in the beginning
wi''two"nd thereof. The fecond part hath foure bookes; lojhua, fudges, Samuel md Ki^^j, The
twe'ncic heal- third part comprehendeth foure other, which they call the laft Prophets ; £/<y , lere-
ledgeth au- mie,Ez.ekiel, and the booke ofthe tweluc fmaller Prophets. The fourth part is called
th«is,G«^or. (^hettuHim, and hath cleucn bookes , Parajipomcnon or Chronicles, the Pfalmcs, the
7{a\.Hil(iry, prouerbes, loh, Kuth, EccleJiaBes , Lamentations , Canticles , E^er, Daniel, Ez-ra^
%'EmbHie' 'v^'hich they make one with Nehewia. Ecclefm^icut , ludtth and Tohias , and the firft
ron.ificlorios, booke oiUHacea^ees they haue,but reckon not among the foure and twentie. The
Kiceph.uoncm third and fourth bookes of £«.ri« I haue not fccne in Hebrew; but fomc of them fay,
efc.As all we tf^at tj^j-y arc lately found at Conftantinopie : but the fecond of LMaccai>ees , and the
*'"= felibd''^ ^°°^^ o^Phtlo (called the Wifedome o(SalemoK) I neuer faw but in Greeke.nor thofe
by^ix.lzucis, additions to 'Daniel. But after the Babylonian captiuitie, £^rrf writing out the Law,
' loalourChri- which had bcene burned HI the dcftrudion ofthe City , other wife-men writ out the
ftian doarinc Expofiiion ofthe Law, left, if another dcftrudion fhould happen, the fame might pe-
inii. volumes ^-^^^ Andfrom that time,all the Wife- men.which are called the men ofthe Great Sj-
lauhH^'. s^^ wrf^o^wf , in their teaching the Law.deliuered the fame both in word and writing. vntill
fomenuQibtr. the Talmud was written. It was then (laithT/fw/) in fcuenty bookes, after the num-
Sfi^b.hxr.i.ir ber ofthe feuenty Elders.

deMcnf.a- Thefe mens authoritie hath the next place to the Prophets. And are in this order

^""vi h"'^ "' mentioned in their Talmud. £i>-<t dcliuered the fame to 5<>wo« the Prieft, called/^^/-

konedwith' '^^•f, who was honoured of s^/ifX4»</fy. This ^»wo» deliucred this explanation to -<^«-

the booke of ugn-r'.us : Antigonus to lofefhus the fonne of /o/;»jand to Jefephns the fonne of lehez^er :

lud^SjNcbe. They to Nit<zns Arbulenfis, and lofhua, the fonne of Per atria, whofc Auditor the lewes

wwwithHTfvr, falfely affirme that lefus* our bleflcdSauiour was, which jiued an hundred and tcnnc

and. .zwMci yeares after. Thofe two dcliuered the fame to luda the fonne of T/^<««/,and Simon the

Bj^fjarenot ' ^oK\\^to{Sata. Thefe to 5i«»».«^ and y^^4f^/w« : and they to £?<//f/and Samaus. Hillel

diuided. flourifhedan hundred yeares before the deftrudtion ofthe fecond Temple, and had

imseniimiir in eightie fchollcrs or difciplcs.ail of excellent wit and learning : thirty of them for their

vetcreCanunc exccllcnce,had theDiuinitiedefcending vponthemas Mofes; and other thirtic ob-

'■^h'lii;;^^* ^i' tained that the Sunne fhould ftandftill for them, z% lop-.ua : the reft were accounted

\',mleUi9iQX meane. Ofthefc,the gteatcft was i(»«rf<^^^ fonne of^^«,f>/, theleaft /oi» the fonne of

K^giog.icei,. Z-Jc^-ewJjWhich yet knew the Scripture and Talmud,and all things elfc to the examples

vid SixcS.Bib' ofFoxes,andNarratious ofDiuels.

liothcc J.i .The

diuifion into Chipters was firft by St Langton Archb of Cant.for olde books.are after the Canon of Eufeb.C.R. " The
Talmud blameth He'iftiishv coo much feuerity to Gehey, 3.nd T^^.Isf.ben Vraheia,(o! the like townrd lefus of Nazareth
who had foUoned this his Maftcr to Alcxandiia, being pcrfecutcd by King la/mai, who returning ro Icriifalem, and
commending h.s lnne,that his Scholler th.nking he had i'poken of his Hofteffe,faid,She had round cyr ■; : What Vjrlet
(laid he R.) haft thou fuch a thoi:ght ? and prelcntly commanded him to be prodaymed Anathema,with the found of
400. Trumpets, nor v;ou!d after vpon his repentance admit him ; whereupon he became an Idolatcr,a Magician, &c.
This lannai was Hircanui fonne oi Simon 1 1 o.ycars before our Sauiour,and therefore was another : or elfe ihisis a'ma-
liciouideiiifcolch; Talravidiftjwhich confu'tgthicfelfc with the foolifhcoirpucatioa&f time.



C H A P. 12. ASIA. T/xefecomlBooke. 17^

HiScl and Samttts deliucred this explanation to this John , and to Shr^con the luft,
fonneofthefaid Hilkl, whoafrcr rcceiiied Chrirt in his armes, andprophecicdoi' Liilft 1.18.
him in the Temple, 'T^^^^/Z/i^yf^procecdeth, and faith, that 5/>wfc« taught ^.iw^i-
//>/, Pattls Maftei- ; and Gam.tlid iiiflruftcd his fonne Rabban Simeon^ who was llaine
oTf/'*«(afri.i«theEmperour, after hee had taught hisfonnc/^t/.w, whom the lewesfor
his Learning and Holineflc call Rabbenu IJaccados , ( that is , our holy Maftcr) of
■which honourable name there had becnc another in the time of the Roman Con-
fuls. This Simron and his father Gawatiel were two of thole feuen , to which the title
ofT^^^^^Jwisby thelewcsafcnbcd, in thepofteritie of ///7/c/: which is the higheft
name of honour amongft them, and giuen to none before them, but Simeo)} the Ibnne
oiHilld, and father of Gamaliel, which in likelihood was hee , whofe nunc dimittis is
neiicr like to be difmiflcd out oftheChrinian holies. Ic is a more glorious title then
'B^.b or Rabbi .-and this later alio more excellent then Rfib the former. But alj of them
Huxdorfius thinkes, are not ancientcrthen the times of Chrift : nor were any of the el- luxi^or. dc aL
derProphctsfo entituled. But /J<«^^/in Ifrael, and ^«^ and y!/^/?- in Babylon, began brcv.Heb.
to be Docfloral titles about that time : of which creation by impofition of hands is fpo-
ken before. Thefc for the moft part.befidcs almofi infinite othcis of their hearers, haue
leftmanythings written of the explanation of the Law; of which the Talmud was
compared. Ofthe vnreafonableabhirdicics and impious blafphemies of the T<j/;wW,
howioeucr abhoininable in thcmfelues, yet let it not bee irkfome to the Reader to fee
fomc mentioned, therein to obfcuie the depth ofdiuincveogeancc,which in this blin-
ded Nation we may hs.ne and feare. For who would thinke it poffible that any could .
cntcrtainc in his heart that which there they haue written of God ? as, that * before the » msht.Sen.
creation of this world to keepe himfelfe from idlcneffe hee made and marred many o- Bib.l.i.vbttmH
thcr worlds : that he fpends three houres eucry day in reading the Icwilh law ? t!;at &loci I'uanm.
KjMofes one day afcending to heauen found him writing accents therein : that God c-
Tierydaymakcthdeuout prayers : that God hath a place a-part wherein heaffli6leth
himfelfe with wceping.for bringing fo much euill on the lewes .'that euery day he put-
tcth on rheir Tcphilin and Zi2,is,and io falleth downe and prayeth ; that as oft as he re-
mcmbreth their m fcries, hee lets fall two teares into the Occan> and knocks his brcaft
with both his hands : that thelaft three houres oi'thc day he recreated himfelfe in play-
ing with the FifliLeuiathan; which once in his anger he flew and poudred for the fcall,
whereof you fhall after »heare: that hee created the Element of fire on the Sabbath a Cap.i^t
day:thatthe %R. one day realoningagainft R.Elt!z.er , becaufc God with a voice
from hcautnintcrpofed his 'lcntencei"or£//>3ifr, the other RR. anathematized God,
■\Nhor.\\cxczii\x{i\\n^^ti\\M-j childrenhane oaer.comeme: But 1 am wearie toadde
the reft of their relilcffc impieties againlf the Almightie. Neitherhaue the Creatures
cfcapcd them : Thus the jAlmud telleth, That God once whipped gabriet for a great
fault with a whip of fire : that as ULAd.w., before £«<• was made,had carnally vfcd both
Males and Females of other Creatures; fo the Rauen'' which AToffent out of the AiJce b hyr.lnQoKt
was lealous of Noah left he fliould lie with his Mate : that lobs florie was fained : that "j^^"'!j°^"5!^'
©4«/<^ finned not in his murtherand adulteric, and they which thinke he did finne.arc [^'^^'_ ^"^^^ '^-^
Heretikes: that vnnaturall copulation with a mans wife is law full; ihathcc isvnwor- haiha'lo'n^
thy the name c f aRabbine which hateth not his cncmie to death : that God c6manded kwifli talc of
them by any manner of meane to fpoile the Chriftians of their goods , and to vfc them the Rauen.c-
as bealh : yea, they may kill them, and burne their Gofpels, which they entitle, /w^/«z- ||'y" ^' "^*'
//> r«/^^/c<!/. Iniquitiereuealcdindeede is the declaration of thefc things .-as of their ""*' ''
opmioii of the foule ; if it f^iune in one body it paflcth into a fccond •• if there alfo, into ."sreM'-X'*""?
athird : if itcontinuc finning, itiscafl into Hell : the foule of y?/'.?/ paffcdinto^W/!;,
and the fame after into Mofes -. the foules of the vnlearned fhall ncuer recoiier their bo-
dies. Two RR. cucry wccke on Friday created two Calucs,and then eate them. No-
thing ought to be eaten by eucn numbers, but by vncucn, wherewith God is pleafcd.
Peihaps they had read in Firgtl, Tslufnero'Detis tmpare gaudet; but this is common
to all Magicians. And what doe I wearie you and my felfc, anticipating the following
difcourfc, wherein we fliall haue further occafion to relate the like abfurdities ? whicti
yet if any denie^ they lay he denyctji God.



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OF THE ANCIENT lEWISH AVTHOx^S,

AND THEIR. KabAHSTS. . .

kP the Aiithentikc Authors of the Itvves before Chrifts time, Galatinus further-
'addcth the threefcore and twclue hiterprcters , v^'ho arc faid by Ptolemies dire-
<5tion to be feparated in threefcore and tvvelue Ccis, or feuerall Roomes ; and each in-
terpreting by himfelfe.'didall agree in wordes, order, and time of their tranflation.ex-
" cdenchr.iitd. afily. ' Buthowfoeuer/o/fp^«/, writing in Grcekc.boafteth of this tranflation, yrt
tijiiidlof.Scalig. thclcvvrs (I know not whether of cnuic atthecffcftthereofamongtheChriftians)
Seecup,6. l(ecpc the eight day of Teieth fafling, for griefc of that Greeke tranflatioii. leftis'St^
r'Ach mcntioncth his Grand-father arid other writers. And an hundred and fixtie yearcs
before Chnll tlourifacd , AriJlobHlus, a lew, and Pcripatctikc Philofophcr : who by
^/o/tw4;«j Pfo/tfWifforjpcrfwafion writ Commentaries on CMofes , and fpake many
things of the Mtffias: as did alio Rabbtlodam, and %.IihA not long after rand after



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