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To assign the reasons why these Tracts have been selected in preference to others on the same or similar subjects, of equal or superior merit, could serve no important purpose.— The Selector does not lay claim to the praise of having made the best possible choice,—he will be contented, if competent judges allow that he has made a good one. It is scarcely requisite to add, that the Editor does not by any means consider himself as answerable for the accuracy of all the statements, or the soundness of all the principles contained in these Tracts, even where he has not thought it necessary to express his dissent. His responsibility goes no farther than what is involved in a recommendation of them, as, on the whole, well fitted, if judiciously used, to cultivate the taste and the talent for principled and satisfactory interpretation of the Holy Scriptures.

JOHN BROWN.

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§ 6. The Aramaic preserved under the Syro-Macedo-

nian Kings—during this dynasty, Greek was only

the Court language. These Rulers founded many

cities where Aramaic was spoken; proofs that these

were not Greek Colonies—Palmyrean Inscriptions

in Aramaic—Aramaic preserved under the Romans

—those who adopted Foreign Customs and Fashions

among the Jews held in abhorrence—Antiochus Epi-

phanes unsuccessful in extirpating the Aramaic . 15

§ 7- Independence gained by the Maccabees favourable

to the Aramaic—spoken by the Soldiers of Judas

Maccabeus—Hebrew and Aramaic Coins, whether or

how far genuine ?—Greek not spoken at the Courts of

the Jewish Kings—Aramaic Writings of this period 24

§ 8. Aramaic preserved 500 years after the Captivity,

and also after Pompey's Conquest . .' . .30

§ 9. Indirect Proofs—No Foreign Colonies—Inter-

course with Babylonian Jews—Aramaic names in

the New Testament—Aramaic Targums—Jesus

•poke Aramaic—Aramaic Writings of this period

Pertinacity of Jews in preserving their Nationality 31

g 10. Direct Proofs, 1, From the New Testament; 2,

From Josephus ; 3, From the Talmudists . . 51

§ 11. Quality of the Language of Palestine in the Age

of Christ—Specimens from the New Testament—

from Josephus—the Jerusalem Dialect—the Gali-

lean Dialect—the Samaritan Dialect—the Phoenician

Dialect—what name should be given to the Palesti-

nian Language in the Age of Christ . . .64

§ 12. What means the term Hellenists? . 78

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