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thcfn,'Z^. Simeon ben lohai. After theic,i^«^^.'»« Jiaccados writ a bookc called <jale-
raz^eya, that is, thereiiealerof fecrets , vcrydiiiinelyvtteringinany things of Chrift.
The like did Rabbi N/ihiimias fonnc o(Haci\im, both expounding the Prophets,and
affirming that theMcflias was to come within fifcieyearesj and writanEpiftle there-
of to his fonne, of whom he hoped that heefhouldliue to fee him. About the fame
time (two andfortie yearcs before Chrift) loyinthas the fonne of Vx^kl ^ and Schojer
chaldeeParat (as I faid) of K/&/,tranflatcdalI the old Teflanient into Chaldee,and expounded the
^hrafe. fame fo, that it might fecme rather a Gloflc and expofition, then interpretation. This

the Hcbrevvcs cail Targum, that is, the Tranflati»n,which hath with them no le{fe cre-
dit then the Tixt it felfe, and thereby expound all hard places of the Text. They tell
therefore, that at that time wherein belaboured this worke, if a flic or fuch creature
did flie oucr him or his papcr,prefcntly, without any harme to the paper , it was con-
fumed with fire from Heaucn. And althougli his tranflation ofthe Pentateuch be moft
rare , yet I once faw it : for that which i? moft common was the worke of Ankjlos a
Profelyte, whom the Hebrewes afVirme to be the fonne of Titus the Emperour , who
alio turned all the Bible into Chaldee,and is of no IcfTc reputation with thclewes/heu
the former, and is alfo called T"<:?'^//»z-'.

Afccr the Times of Chrift, P/;;/o and lopphts are famous: arid after the Refurrc-
(ftionofChtift the Icvvcs were of three forts; iome true belccucrs, ethers abfolute
denyers.thc tliird would haue the Chriftian Religion and the lewifli Ceremonies to be
conioy ncd in equall obferuation ; againft which third fort the firft Councell, uitl^ 1 5.
was Ihmmoned.

Thtmodernelewesinfift principally on the literall fenfc of Scripture; the Elder

fought outa fpiiitualia.idmylhcall fcnfe, accoiinting this a great matter, the Htetall

f ^z • butlmall,liketo a candle of fmall value », with the light whereof, theother (as a

moiii^'inproJm. pearle hidden in a darke roome) is found. The Talmudifts followed the allcgoricali

Moi-eh h'cb. I'enfc ; the Cabalifts, the Anagogicall.

Asconci.rningthisC/Z'.j/.f.inoIdtimcs^ they communicatednot thatskill to any.
It thcwilc- |5(j[[y Cu^h J5 were aged and learned; and therefore nothing thereof, or very Httle, is
HOC a Ion? found written of the Ancient . except of Rabbi Simeon Ben Johai. Tut the Do<ftors of
time writctlic thclacer Iewes,kft that learning fhouldperifh, haue lefcfomewhatthereof in writing,
T.ilmucl,how but foobfcurely, that few know it, and they which doc, account it a great fecret, and
much kiic the ^qU ^ „, greatrcgard. SofaithiT/.vsf « : inthebookcs ofthe Kahala are contayned
Ivi^^ldcm 7 1 ^'^'^ fccrcts ofthe Law and the Prophets, which man recciucd from the mouth of m;n,
fap'70. ' " vntoour''\laflcrcJlfe/<'j(onhimbepeace)andthereforeitisfocalled,andisdiuided
c 'rhit'oi rad. into two parts, Speculatiuc and Pradike. But I am not wotthie to explaine this bufi-
l^jbhel. ncflc, andbyreafon of my fuincs haue not learned this wifedome nor knowne this

d YcaSjyf/ knowledge ofthofe Saints. The word C<ii5'.i/.ifignifietharfrr<«;>.x, andin thatr6fped
tU-Ang.ll ° ^ .

taiidiiK.^'ii.w from whom i: paficd to Bnccb , Koe , Scei,Hcber , Abraham, &:. if you bcleeuc tht CabaliKs,
z-:d\Kc::i.Uih.u Leon. licb. D:^!. 5.

may



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Chap. 12. ASI^- The fecond 'Booh, ly^

may bcfiipplycdto all their Tradicidnall receipts; butinvfc (wbic'h is the f aw of
fpeech) it IS appropriated to that facukiCj which (as« /?;i"i«J- defcribcthit) by the type e Kicik CxU^,
of the MofaicalUaw infinuatctii the fecrcts of diuine'and humane thing<i raddbciaufe '^r"''''-''4-
it is not ''rounded on rcafon , nor deliuercd by writings by the faithbt thchearerrc-
cciued, it is called Cabala. Or (if you had rather haue k in " Rcuchtihes\\o\'^Qs) it is a * neurh'm.de
Svmbolicall rtceiuing of diuine Reueiation deliuercd , to the holloinc contemplation Arte Cabal. I.i,_
of God, and of the feparated formes ; and they which rcceiuc it arc called Cabalici, p^gf^^o&'e^i,
theirDifcipIesCabalxi, andtheywhichany way imitate them, Cabalirtar. ThcTal- Zi'''^'^''"' '
jnudifts therefore and the Cabalirts arc of two faculties, both a<jrceing in 'this, that '•''"
they grow ti omTradirion whcreunto they giue credit wi'.hoiitrcndringany realoil:
herein differing, that the Cabalift as zfuferfifhtile tnwfceudert, mountcth with all his
induftric and i^ntcntion from this fcnfible World vnto that other in-elK(ftualI: but the'
a grofferTalmiidiftabidethinthis , and if at any time heeconfidercth of God or the -, ThcTaliru.-
bleffed Spirits , yet it is with relation to his woikcs nnd their fundions, not in any ab- diftalio goeth
ftrait contemplation, bending his whole fludic to the explanation of tlie Lawaccor- no l.ujhe! ihcn
ding to the intent of the Law-giucr, confidcringwhat is tobedone, whatcfchevvcd; ^■'';'^":'°"^.^^"
whereas the Cabaliflsmoffindeuouretbhimlelfc to contemplation, leauing the care ncihwuh'"^?
of publike and pnuatc affaires to the Talmudifls, and referuing only to themfclues fjrhisTradil"
thofe things which pertayncto the ttanquilltieot the niinde. As therefore the miiidc tioni/.faH.rfj.
is more excellent then the body , foyou muftthinke the CabaliRfupcriorto thcTal- inuial.z. l-.c
iTiudift. For example, 7« the lieginniMgCjo i created Henuen andEarth , fmh A^ofes : ''-'^?''^I a |p
HeitMen ^ hereafter the Talmudifl is all that part of the World which is abouethc witlitbcKth-
Moone, and all beneath it. Earth :z\ioh fHi^ttea hce vhdeiftandcth forme , and by mkcThcolo.
Earth, mJitter; the compofition whereof Keeffec'ted notbylabourof thchand,butby gie,nioreto
that ninefold Oracle of his word ; for fo often is it mentioned , "^ and God fiid ; like- ''^^ piaiieof
wife he findeth the foure Elements in ijhofc wordes , d.wk^neffs , fp^rit , waters , Arte "^ '<^a'n"i5
land. ButtheCabaliHflameth to himfelfe two W^orlds, the Vifibleand hivifiblr; Djuj„ij,£
ScnfibleandMentall ; Materiallandldcall; Superiorand inferior: and accordingly b X'ld.c^p.t^.
gathercth out of theformerwordes, God credited Heaacn and E-trlh ,T\'>n he made h'.ge eriam , fi
the highert and lotvelt things , incaning by the higheft the iinmateriall , by the /"■'"'> if''".
loweflthis materiall ; and this is gathered out of the fiift letter, Beth, which in "ij^fr"^^
iiumbring fignifieth two, and infinuatetii there thcfe tsvcf Worlds, Yei they alfo c^,„i j-
findetwoParadifcs, and two Hells, one in this world, and the other in the other c Ccn.i.
and future, forthebody here , and the foule hereafter.' Eucnas^ faith ^. 5^,:f(^?Vj,
the \\ hire of the Eggecomprchcndcth the yolkc, fo that firfl intelligible world infol-
dcththefccond : in this are nine Spheres, nvoued of the immoueable£»>«/>;'r<'<j«, in that
nine Orders of An gels, (<^ Ricins rcckoneth teil^ Haids^ Hfk^idefch, Ojf.ini>n, Srelim^^ d Theorem.iil,
Ht^fmalim , Serafkim , Aialachim , Elohim^bene Elohtm, CherulimLj, SomeDiuiiiCs
count them thus outot Diciyjius ; Seraphim, Chertil>ifK,Thror,i, DorninaiioKes , ZJir.
tHtes,Potcj}ates,Pri>icipatHS,»y4rch.Tngelt^ Angeli : The tenth Order ihe Peripateti!;;^es
terme Anutnafiica,i\\c Cabalifls Ifchim^, that is, Men^) nioued of tlie vnchange?ble
God, who in vnmoueable filence firfl created altogether, and afcer by nine times /pea-
king moucd and promoted each thing to its own dirtinition. Tre Talmudifts dteame
of an eardily MefTias to free them frorti this their flaucrie : the Cabahlts ( i f our Caba-
liftshauenotfeene thefethings through fpftf^adcs) expcdt a fpirituall ddiueric flom'
finnc. Doubtlefl'c they deliuer many excellent afl'citicns, liovvlocuer their colle6^ioa
feemeth curious and vircertaync, gathering the lame on grounds without ground,
bpyond all Scnfe, Reafon, Scripture, and therefore often leaucned with other luperfine •

abfurdities. And better may it fcrue to conumcc the lewes with teftimonics of their ^ .'^ "^
o.wne, then for an inlhuifhon to vs , who can not enforce arguments out of Sy'rr.boli- ^ \^^j catshf
•fallfenles. If any bee in lone with thefe mylkries, let him refott to T/ihlvssRicius^ Cah.-ii;Jt.li>i;>t.
his Thiorcmcs to lohtt Reachltn , to Ioh^.K>}cs ricussndh'is Comv.tQmer ArchaKge/us^ i/iKaith.ltb.i
to ^/'?-.-i^i.i)^wfupporcdBcokcofthecr"ation e to R.IofefhCaJiilienfis hh Porta hn is ^ •/"'-? *^'^'
which A'/fWj hath alio tranllated and epitomifcd , to GaLitinns and others f Com- '^''.,^' f"!i' r-
mendable is the laoour « i lome ot thele , and or many others S both conuertcd carrctus Hufom'
Icwcs, whichhaue fought to recbia^.c their perucrfc bictlutn, and of our cwne,; «S'.F(if.,?j-ff=.

« as



iy£ Of thclewip) Authors. Chap./i.

Vwrf dc yerit ^^ mfornatis,Grege»t!tis,Pomeranns,2Lnd out of whom,tbey whicli pkafe,inay borrow

C',R.' ' arguments to conuincc the Icwifliincredulitic, and ftubborneneffe, and to confound

them by their ovvne tcftimo nies, both from thefe elder Writers abouc mentioncd,and

alfofrom tiic later. So great is the Truth, and fo mightily it preuaileth, that it ex-

torteth not only hcrownc weapons , vfurped and ftollen by her enemies : but their

owncaifo, wherewith they comearmed againft the Truth, and rctorteth them oa

*i.Siiw.T7o'i. themfelues; zs'Dauid ferued the Philiftims : * fVho cut ojfGoliahs head, trith GoWihs

Ai.Chro.ii.^i- fr^rd-.As » Be»atah (oncof his Worthies) y/^w/Jw eyff^f'Vzw, a man of great flature

fine cnbites lorg, and tn the ty£gyptians hand was ajpeare, like a. Weauers hcatK' ; ^nd he

iver.t dorvne to him with a fiaffe,and plucked the Jpeareout of the t/Eglptians hand, and,

b ^xurt.l<). jlivphimvithhis owrie fpeare. Thus did '' D/o.v»/;p«/ the Champion (if forrainers dc-

c V ^Morten, light any) deale with Herratut the Macedonian in a fet conibatc : and thus hath our

jipebg, Catboli- c vVorthie and Champion come often into the field againft the Popifh Giants , armed

"j cjff. inwardly with Truth, outwardly with Arguments, wreftcd ( without wrcfting) from

his enemies.

He, in his Latinc, and fenglifh workes, hath obferued the two-fold rule of Policic :
JDtutde and%}ile , againft the Papifts : Vmtt and Rule, for the Protcftants : Which
'Brerelj would haue brought into the like bryers. But thofc his troupes arc fliewed
rot to be Men, but Apes ; like thofe that held Alexanders Armic in fufpencc : and like
Semrramts Elephants, which were but fluffed Oxc-hides,kill.cow-fraycs. But AfaBe
virtute e!lo (worthie Deanc.) Euen fo goe on ftill , and fight the Lords battels : that
thy Sparta (fo happily vndertaken) ftill adorne,and (hew the confufion ofBabels bab-
blers, 'DiuidethatSocietie, which nowintheirlaft age haue hiffed with their forked,
venemous Tongues ; feared andenuycd athome,for their arrogancc,noleflc then ha-,
ted abroad, for their hercfies and treafons.

Let S^ lohns. Let England , and the whole Church ftill fing the ten thoufands , that
thou docft thus flay with their ownc weapons; and let the Apoftolicall Truth cfcapc,
whiles her Apoftacicall enemies, the Pharifees and Sadducecs , are fet together by the
cares. A happic and diuine ftiatagcme,which (not to detrad from others iuft prailes,
in this or other parts ot the battell) had becnc fingled, and fingularly managed by thy
proweffe, which fpeakeft (more iuftly then he which vfed thofe words) to thefeBaby-
d i.R*».i8.i7. lonians, d in tbc'w ownchnouige fth/Hihejrmaji eate their <m>ne dung ^ and drinks their

ewne piffe together,
e P»g. 34*. Doiitor tvhite alfo, in (that LaSlea via,h'\s Mdke-white) « Way to the true Church,

chalcngeth in all points of Poperic both Authoritic of Scriptures , Fathers , and later
Romanifts, to produce the fame againft the Trcnt-Councell, and the leliiitcs. ■

But how hath that fatall name of Babel confounded mee ? Truely the likeneflcof
thefe Traditionaries, Cabahfts, muddieTalmudifts, and Legendaries (as will appearc
to an eafie obferucr and comparer of this enl'uing Hiftorieto their prad^ifc) which hauc
f Both EeU.:rm. beene muilercd from theEafteinc and Wefteme f Babel, and the like manner of thcic
and Bjroniui confufion, hath ahnoft mad^me forget the Hiftorie and my felfc, but neucr a whit the
approue, and jfutii. And this will be further manifcfted in the reft of this Booke, where their fu*
to r/Blrion. H^^^'i'ous deuotion is related.

As for thofe teftimpnies of the Icwes againft themfelues, befides the Scriptures
(which (in regard of the true fenfe) theveile ouer their hearts , will not fuft'er them to
reade, but it is a feahd Eoekj vnto them, and they haue left the riches thereof vnto vs,
g z.7{eg.77. as 5 the Aramitcs left theirTcnts,with their horfes and treafure,tothe pined Ilraelites.)
T^"eir other Authors arcfoplaineandplcntifull in the myfteries of our Religion, as
1 know not whether it caufe greater pleafure to reade their writings , or aftonifhment
and wonder at the Nation; ioftricken with madneCfe, and with blindnefle, and with
aftoniilimcnt of heart, fince they haue ftiut their eyes againft the Sunne cfrtghteoufiies-
h t>tut.zZ.ii). on wl'.om that threatned plague is come, ^ Thou p^alt groape at7{oone-daies, as the
hl.nde doth grojpe in darksnejfe. For out of their Talmud- Authors is plaincly deliucred
themyftcrie rf the Trinitie, the Incarnation of the Sonne of G o p , histvvoNa-
turcs, hisBirthof a Virgin, his SpirituallKingdome, the time of his Comming, the
truth of his Prophecics,and power of his Miracles; the Redemption of mankind by his

Death,



Ch A P.12. ASIA. ThefecondBooke, i^y

Dcach, his Crucifying, Defcent, Rerurredtion and Afccntion : and that their Nation
w'astobcreic£tcd,thc01d Law to ccafejNewto fucceedj&c Ail v.hich as they agree
vntoihatrwcetandblefi^dName.andPerfon of lefiis (whichnamc, and that oti:-
nianuel, is alio found in the r vvr tings) fo do they argue the feucritie of Gods Iiidge -
ments, when men will not belccne the Truth, that by the efftc^.cie oferroar, they jhaS
^,we eyes and fee not, e^res atidhearenot (neither ours nor their owne) as /'<»»/, and
tlhrifl: himfelfe often told them. Butthofep3r.titulars,as rather appertaining to difpii-
tation, then Hiiiorie, (and therefore too much impertinenttoourpurpofe) the dc(:-
rous Readers may at large finde in Mornej and GaLniKM^ not to mention =" others. a l.uiviu. dc

The witnefle oiJofcphus, being one, whofe name we otcen vfe in this Kiftoric, may '''• <^-l'-
iuftly chalcngc me, if I {Lould omit him.efpccially feeing he lined in the very dales of i^^'^/^n^"''^'"
the Apofiles, who, as hewitncflethof/c^;.- L'<«fr//?, and of many other things men. ■^'^j ccVk^
tioned in the GofpcU, fully agreeing therewith :fo concerning our Lord and Sauiour, '■*

hath this teftimony.

^ In the time of Ttberim, there was one lefus, a wife Man (if at !eaft-v\ ifc he was to b lof.Antlii. 18.
be called a man) who was a worker of great Miracles, and a Teacher of fuch as Joue "p.4.
the Truth ; and had many followers, as well oflcwes as ofGentilcs. This was Chnft.
Neuerthelefle being accufcd vnto Pi/ate, by the Chiefe of the Icwes, he was crucified.
But yet for all that,thofe which had Icucd Him from the beginning,ceafcd not to con-
tinue ftili. For he fhewed himfelfe aline v.ito them three daies after his Death, as the
Prophets had foretold of him, both this and diuers other things. And cucn vnto this
day dee thofe continue ftili. which after his name are called Chnflians. Thus much lo-
le^im. Thus did the Truth force hiir, to confcfle, whofe Hiftorie of the dcltruftion of
bii Nation,w hat is it but as a Commentaric on Icfus Prophecie therof,ahd their feare-
full imprec.ttion,<; liu b/endbevpoK-usandofirehi/dreK^Oncviing thatthc wrath ofGod c Math 27. ij,
was come vpon them to the vtmofl ?

From Mount Oliuct, w here lefus was firfl: apprehended, and where laft thofe blcf-
fcd feet touched the earth (as if there Mercie had left a print of luflice) was lerufalein
bffieged, and at their Fealt of Paflcouer, (when they had crucified Chrift) they were
cooped vp, as it were, aflembled by Diuine luftice from all quarters to delirudtion, to-
gether with that their Citic, where they had flaine the Lord. But of this beforc.It will
not be vnfauourieto the Reader, obfcruinghcrcinDiuine vengeance, torclateas vn-
faviourica tale as cucr was deuifcd, which their Talmud tellcth in derogation of Chrilts
Miracles, i>i which I know not whether to call them Beafts'or Diucls fo witlcfl'e, and
vvithall fowickeed is their blafphemie.Forfooth in .S^/tfwwj Temple there was ^ (fay d V'ltl.dc.Cnr.
they)accr£aineftoneof veryrarevertue,whcrein5«/ffwo», bvhisf.ngularwifedome, bcn,Ub.\.c.\i.
had ingrauen the very true name of God, which it was lawfull for eueiy man to readc, ^ Ic^es
but not to conne by heart, nor to write out. And at the Temple doore were two Lions [,]^ ^j, - ^l'""
tied at two chaines,whichrored terribly, that the fearethercofmade him to forget the phemouscutfc
namethathEdcommittedthefame tomemorie, andhim toburllafundcrin the mid- ducftcda-
defl, that had put it in writing. Butlefus, the Sonne of Af^ir;>,fay they, regarding nei- gainflour
ther the Curfc annexed to the Prohibition, nor the roaring of the Lions, writit out in , '? ^^"'"
a Bill, and went his way w ith it ioyftilly. And left he might be taken with the thing a- ji,j„ ^-^y^ ^^^
bout him he had a little opened the skinnc of his leggc, and put it in there, and after- call by hu
wards wrought his miracles by the vertue of that name, I fhould be alniolt as abfurd name fully
as they, if I fhould dilputeagainft it, feeing in this, and moltof their braine-fic£e P'onounced,
dreamcs, the very recitation is fufficientrcfuiatioH. t-d ^ h'^T'^°

It cannot be denied that there haue beenc many Rabbincs very learned, as R.Mcps j^c,-, ^^ , j^^
t/E^^yptius, /^^^fwT/Wow.But he which will haue notice ofthcRR. and their vvorkes, curie. Of
let him reade Btixdorfit(s and his Bibliotheca R/ibbin!Cj,pritwd this laft Mart: yet cucn vvhicli ffor r
the beft ofthcm haue much chaffc, which needs much fanning from the come. Many '"" '?,"'?""
Wifefcntenccsandproaerbshauebeeneby ' Dwy?«.f and others gathered out of ibme iJi^^^h „in j™'
of their workcs , which would, as iewels, haue beautified this Difcourfe ; as thcfc for a bux. dc aiiUc-
lafle. Vowcs are the hedge or wall of defence to holinefle; Tithes are the fame tori- ukturuHcbr. ,
ches : he which encreaicth his flefh,cncreafethwormes. Whois wife? he which lear- ^ Druf.zct.f.i^^
acth ofeucry one 'Who is valiant ? he which bridleth his affcftions : Who is rich ? he J"''<""*-

which



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Of the lew'tp? Writings.



Cm AP./2.



f St(. 4
IHfHb'icis leUl'
«mbm,d]putat:-

tionibm, ant ex-
pilitiombui,^i'<>
authentka hn-
beatur : (^i- quod
tamnemor'if-
cere qu»ui6p!'a-
texiu audeai vel
frafiimat,
g tift.iM,M3,

li Be!Lir.de ver,
Du.lib.i.cap.i.

k Hicr, I'relog,
Gdcit.

1 BslMd.cn^.i,



jn Kcfert Rc'
mi'dmcxprxf.
B:b' pirt.6,
ArMcrp,



'whic'h is content with his portion : If I care not for my felfc, who fliall care for mce ?
And if I, what am I ? and if not now, when ? The day is (hort, and the workc much,
and the labourers flow, and the wages great; and the houflioldcr callcth vpon vs. But
mc thinkes you call vpon me to proceed.

OF THE SCRIPTVRES AND THEIR ^

It? t £B.PR.£T ATIONS.

BEforcwc fliake hands with the learned Writers of the lewes, it is not vnmeetc, in
my opinion,heerc to meet with fomequeftion which fomc hauc moued, concer-
ning them and their dealing in and with the Scriptures. For fince that the CounccU of
Trent hath decreed,in the yeare 1 546. both the diuinc authoritic of Scriptures Gano-
nicall, to the Apocrypha-bookes, which the lewes recciue uot,nor cucr did j and hath
madethevuIgarTranflation ^ Authenticall in publike Lciftures, Difputations, Prea-
chings and Expofitions, that none, vndcr any pretence whatfoeucr, ftiajlprefumeto
reiedt it : it is wonder to fee how eagerly (that 1 fay not impudently) diuers of them
hauc fought to flander the originall Text, and haue blamed,as Authors thereof, in the
New TeltamentjHeretikes, and in the Old, lewes; couering their malice to vs with
pretence of the malice of Herctikes and lewes.aud forgetting the true Rule, That it is
a fhume to heltethe DiiieU. Thus hauc S C:«««j-and/'/»f«/,and Gregerius deValentla,
SarrohofcHs, and others, traduced the Icwesin this behalfe; thcmfelufs refuted by
their ownc (which yet by confequent oucrthrow that former Decree) Sixtfts Stnenfis,
•^/^fr/ijCardinall "Bellirmine \\\mk\^tyAndraims , Andrenu Majius, ty^riat Ultont'i.
ffus. ffaac Leuita, &c. Befides, of ours many, andefpecially our ownc learned Coun-
ttimcn, fVhitaksr, Reynolds, Morton^&Lc.

h '2t//.??'w;w?hathboth taught vs the vanitie of their opinion, that hold. That the
Scriptures were all loft in the Babylonian Captiuitic, and were by f^r^ renewed mi-
raculoufly (who is rather ' commended for his induftriein interpreting and obferuing
them, and for ordering and compacting them in one Volume, then forfuch needlcffe
reuelation^tofinde that which was neuer loft: an Author rather, as "^ HieroiKe\\zi\i
obferued, of the prefent Hebrew Letters, then of their ancient Scriptures,and hath ai-
foproued theabfurditieofthcirconceit,that imagine the Hebrew Fountaines corrup-
ted. Firft, by ' the Argument of Ori^fw and ///>/-«>w<r,Thatfuch corruption muft hauc
beenc either before or after Chrift : if that ; Chrift would haue reproucd and not com-
mended their Scriptures to their fear ch : if this ; how commeth it, that the teftimonies,
cited by him and his Apoftlcs, are found now in Ullofes and the Prophets, as they
were then cited ? Secondly, out of Angnjlme, That it is not likely they would put out
both their eyes (in dcpriuing their Scriptures of truth) that they might put out one of
ours : nor was it poffible that fuch a gcnerall confpiracie could be made. Thirdly from
their more then reucrent eftimation of their Scriptures, for which they would die, if ic
were polTiblc, an hundred deathes, and euenftill (as//i^c anfwereth B. Lwdan his
SchoUer) they proclaime a Faft to expiate, if by fon)e accident that Booke but falls to
the ground. Fourthly, fo me places in the Hebrew are more ftrong againft the Jcwes
then our Tranftations arc.and the Prophecies ..which make moft againft them,refnaine
there vncorrupted. And laftly, the prouidence of God would neuer herein fa;ic his
Church,buthathlefcthcm,with their bookes, to be difperfed through the world, to
bcare witneftc to that Truth which they hate and perfecute.

Thefe are Belitrmines Arguments ; which, becaufe they are the Truth,are alfo ours;
and therefore we haue beenc bold with the Readerjto infert them. As for that Emen-
dation or Corredlion of the Scribes, which Cjalatwus mcntioneth, w herein they haue
corrupted the Text, hepioueth it to be a late drcanie of the Talmud, and aniwereth
the Arguments of his fellowes, herein not fo Catholike as iiimfc'fe.

Now although this may ieemc more then enough to conuince thatfollv, vet it
fliall notbcc impertinent to adde out of zArias iy^iontantis fomcvvhattouchitig the
fame, becaufe it openeth another myftcnetouchingthcHcbrew Learning, andihc
ijiittforc^h, m When the Icwes (laith he) returned into their Couutrey after the Cap-
tiuitic



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tiuitictht'ecfcoreand tcnycaresin Babyl'in. it befell them partly by occafion ofthcir
Ibh^ troubles, which ditldiRi-adtheintiindes, partly by corruption of their Nacii.e
Tonrue. which vvasgrowne out ofkiiide, firft into the Chaldec, and afterward into
the SyriakCjthat they neither knew nor pronounced fo well the words of the Scripture,
written (.IS the manner was) without vowels. Whereby it came to pafic, that in the
. writing of them there crept in fomc fault, either through iniutie of the Times, or by
reafon of troubles wl\ich fell vpon the People, or by negligence of fomc Scriueners.
But this inconuenience was met witha.ll afterward by moft learned men,fuch as Sfdra*
was, and afterward (jamaticl, lofeas^ Eleaz^ar^ and other of great name, who Jjroui-
dcd by common t/anell, with great care and indufhic, that the Text of Scripture, and
thetriieicadingthcreof, fliould be prcferued moft found and vncorrupt. And from
thefeitien, or from their inllrudion , being receiilcdand polifhcd by their Schbl-
]ers in the Ages following, there came, as wee iudgc, that moft profitable Trea-
fure, which is called Maforeth, that is to fny, a Deliuerie, dr Traditional!, becaufe it



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