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THE following course of Lectures owes its origin mainly to the extraordinary interest which has been excited in the public mind respecting the Jewish nation by the late occurrences in Palestime.
The prominency given to that people by the almost unparalleled cruelties inflicted upon them at Damascus and Rhodes, the revival of ancient prejudices by Roman Catholics, and the prospect of the emancipation of the Holy Land from the tyranny of Mahomedan rule, has attracted the attention of all the nations of Europe to the Jews, and called forth every variety of conjecture as to their future destiny. Thus the press has abounded with conflicting opinions, and a state of feeling, approaching to enthusiasm, has been produced. At this moment, then, it seemed to be the privilege, as well as duty, of those whose office it is to give a sanctifying direction to such topics, to make a public declaration of their views, and a course of Lectures, by clergymen