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fiU. GjQtiuSi indeed, has endeavoured to prove, that

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the Perfon here primarily intended, is ZeruhhaheU being
back'd with the Authofityof St. Chrjfoftom. But^T^^o-
doret has fufficiently confuted this Fancy, and proved
that Zerubbabd was born at Bahjlon, To this Grotiui
replies, (with an Anfwer borrowed from Kimchi) that
ZerMahd was defcended from Davidy who was born at
Beth'khem¬ї But then what Reafon can be given, why
ZerMahel fhould be faid to come from Beth-lehem^ ra-
ther thari from any other Town, where any of his Pre-
decelTors were born ? Why might not he be faid, as well>
to come but 0^ d 3 Jofeph



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yofefh the fuppofed Father, and one Pandeira t\\t true,
though the adulterous one. And now you fee, that this
blafphemous Refle^ftion, which you Infidels glory fo
much in, has no other Ground but Pvlalice and Blunder.
Befides, it is a very lilly Imputation which no one, that
confiders Things, can believe. How can any one think
that Jojc^h could be impofed upon, in a Matter of that
Nature < He had Apprelienfion enough, 'tis plain, to re-
fent it at fir ft ; and, unlef he had been very well fatisfied
of the Truth of that Child's Original, he v/ould never
- have put the Bufinefs up at laft. Adultery,' after Matri-
monial Contrad", was no Icfs tlian Death by the Jewijl)
Lav/ , and therefore hov^^ can w^e fuppofe, that Jofeph
ihould not only fuffer her to live, after having committed
fuch a Crime, but that he fhould take to Wife fuch an
impure Creature. This is impolhble to be thought by
any one, who underilands what an Abhorrence the Jcvjs
had to this Crime. If this malicious Reflexion was true,
how cam^e tlie Mother of Chrifl: to live, in any tolerable
Reputation amongd her Kindred ? Or how was it fafe for
fuch a Delinquent to converfe, as fhe did, among the
Scribes and Pharifees, and other zealous Perfons for the
Jewifi Law ? If Jefus Chrift had come of fuch an im-
pure Birth, he would never have been fuffered to have
entred the Temple, whereas he frequently prayed and
taught there ; it being contrary to the Mofaick^ Law, for
fuch an one to come into the Congregation, Z)^//^xxiii. 2,
If there had been any Ground for this Imputation, he
had by his Preaching down the Dodirines of the Pharifees,
provoked Enemies enough to have upbraided him with
it ; and if they had fufpeded any Thing of this Kind,
they would never have fpared him. Indeed they obje(fl
to him the Meannefs of his Extrad, and call him yo/eph
the Carpenter s Son ; but they would have made ufe of a
harder Refledion, if there had been any Pretence for your
Suggeftion. Therefore I requefl ofyou.Philohgm^ no more
to make ufe of this Objedion ; which, you fee, carries
fo much Wickednefs and Sillinefs with it.

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Phil. But by your Leave, Good Sir, for my Life, I
cannot fee any Thing, in the Adions of that Perfbn you
hear this great Edeem for, that is any Ways confidera-
ble ; but only, by the Prejudice of Education, you fee
every Thing, as through a Magnifying-glafs ; and, v/hen
you have given the Pafiages of his Life an imaginary
Greatnefs, you then fland fraring, and admiring, at the
Idol of your own Brain. The mod, which he did, was
Curing a few lame and blind Folks , and fo does many a
Mountebank, now-a-days, without being Deified for it*.
We have had in the World many more confiderable Men,
which. People never made fuch a Budle with. What
Comparifon is there betvv'een the great Romulm^ or Numa^
and him \ The one laid the Foundation of the f?reated:
Monarchy in the World, by the Foi-ce of his Arms, and
the other eflabliflied it, by the bed and wifed Laws.
Thefe were great and noble Genius's, and their brave
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