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forward in every part of this treatise, can alone be deemed of sufficient authority for the rejection or acceptation of the truths designed to be established, because the sacred text alone can be admitted as a competent authority for decision; and to which, on all occasions, the reader is respectfully referred and recommended.





Scriptural reasons assigned for computing the natural day by the "Evening and Morning" The meaning of the words, "Image and Likeness" used in the History of the Creation of Man entered upon.

THE history of the creation is the foundation of all religion, for without knowing his origin, man could have no just conception of his duty as a rational agent and a social being: resting on any other basis, all human knowledge and legislation must of necessity be inefficient for the preservation of public order, and wholly inadequate for man's instruction and government in the principles and practice of a holy life-and we know that without holiness no man shall see the Lord. As the illustration


of that small portion of the written word of God, with which I am about to present the reader, is the declared purpose of the Incarnation of the word, the Son of God, uttered before the creation of our great progenitor, the first Adam, who was of the earth earthly; it cannot, I think, be deemed needless, or irrelevant to my plan in writing this small treatise, to bring the eternal Divinity of Christ, who is the perfection and consummation of the law, before the reader in a scriptural light by the earliest testimony of divine revelation, for which end the detail of the first day of the creation, from the inspired Mosaic account, will be transcribed according to the original Hebrew language, which runs thus. "In the beginning the Gods created the heaven and the earth, and the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters :"

"And God said, let there be light, and there was light."

"And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness." "And God called the light day, and the dark

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