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PASSAGES OP SCRIPTURE.
Placing many of them in a Light altogether new;
Methods commonly made use of by the Learned ;
Attention of the Curious ;
Means of Circumstances incidentally mentioned
JOSEPHUS AND. ST. JEROME,
PLACED A KTER THE PRE FACE.
VOL. IV. RELATING TO
Sanctam Scripturam lucidius intuebitur, qui Judæam oculis contemplatus fit.
S. HIERON, in lib. Paralip. præfatio.
PRINTED FOR J. JOHNSON,
Divers Passages of Holy SCRIPTURE,
CHA P. VII. .
Concerning their Books.
HATEVER materials the ancient
Jews wroto upon, they were liable to be easily destroyed by the dampness, when hidden in the earth. It was therefore thought requisite to inclose them in something that might keep them from the damp, lest they should decay and be rendered useless'.
So we find our parchments are very apt to decay that are kept in moist places, as well as our modern paper. Our pictures also prove that moisture is very injurious to painted cloth, and must be more so where oil is not used. 'Writing on filk was not then known, which some later Eastern writers have supposed should be made use of, in committing things to writing that were highly valued, according to d'Herbelot, in the article Macamat, VOL. IV.