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2901. (Judg. v. 10.] There were three modes of travelling in Judea; and still are common in the East. Men of rank and riches rode on beautiful streaked asses : women were generally carried in counes or large panniers, hung on each side of a camel; and they who could afford neither of these conveyances, were obliged, like the many of every country, to travel a-foot.
Now, in the days of Shamgar, none of those travellers were safe on the highway; but were under the necessity of pursuing their journeys by devious routes and by-paths, to avoid meeting the bowmen (the noosers) who occupied all the public roads, and more particularly infested the watering places, where travellers used to rest, and bait. Eccles. vii. 26.
Dr. GEDDES. As the white horses of Scripture are camels ; so probably the white asses were dromedaries.
2906. (Judg. v. 21.) lu the rainy months the mountain floods swell the sipall rivers of Judia in a wonderful inanner. Within a few hours they often rise twenty or thirty feet above their usual height, and run with astonishing rapidity. The larger rivers, generally gentle and pellucid, are then furious and destructive, sweeping away whole villages with their inhabitants and cattle.
FORBES' Oriental Memoirs, vol. iii. p.51.
2902. - 11.) The archers, the bowmen, the noosers, occupied all the public roads, and more particnlarly infested the watering places, where travellers used to rest, and bait.
At Shofatia we were obliged to pass a river a river we mighi call it now, it being swollen so high by the late rains that it was impassable; though at other times it might be but a small brook, and in summer perfectly. dry. - These mountain rivers are ordinarily very inconsiderable; but they are apt to sweli on sudden rains, to the destruction of many a passenger, who will be so hardy as to venture upadvisedly over theai.
MAUNDRELL, p. 8.
Dr. SHAW mentions a beautiful rill in Barbary, which is received into a large basin called shrub we krub, drink and away; there being great dauger of meeting there with rogues and assassins.
Sce Trav. p. 20.
2908. [-25.] The Lapland woman, occupied in the making of butter, sits ou the ground, holding a bowl in her lap filled with cream, which she stirs and works with her finger till it thickens into butter. See No. 928.
PINKERTON's Coll. part ii. p. 396.
2904. (-'14.] Sopherim (Hebr.). writers or secretaries; persons in the highest digvities of the Jewish commonwealth, in church, in state, in the army, revenues, &c.
· Alter the return from captivity, when the canon of scripture was revised by Ezra and his inspired associates, it is very probable, the multiplying and propagating, as well as the revising, the copies of it, which were then very scarce, was committed to those sopherim or scribes, who, by a constant converse with' those writings, attained to a still greater knowledge of them, and so came at length to set up for teachers and expounders of them, and to the name of scribe had that likewise added of doctor or teacher of the law; Mark xii. 28, Matt. xxii. 35, xxiii. 2. These scribes rejected all oral tradition, and stuck close to the letter of the sacred books.
Sce Univer. Hist. vol. x. pp. 247, 249.
CHANDLER, in his Travels, particularly observes that, where huiter was made in very large quantities, it was usual, to expedite the business, for men to tread on skins of cream.
Job xxix. 6. xx. 17.
2910. [Judg. vi. 2.) We find in the History of the Croisades, by the archbishop of Tyre, that Baldwin the First presenting himself with some troops before Ascalon, the citizens were afraid to venture out to fight with him. On this, finding it would be of no advantage to continue there,
The Antients used a pen made of wood, or reed, cut like our pens, except that the nile was without
be ranged about the plajus between the mountains and the of wbich he laves or throws up the water iuto his mouth. sea, aud found villages whose inhabitants, having left their The Hottentots have a curious custom resembling the dog, houses, had retired with their wives and children, their flocks and the three hundred chosen men of Gideon's army. When and herds, inlo subterraneous caves,
they come to water, if thirsty, they stoop down ; but no Sce 1 Sam. xiv. 11. farther than is sufficient to allow the right hand to reach the
water, by which they throw up the water so dexterously that
their hand seldom approaches nearer to the mouth than a 2911. [ 19.] A libation of wine necessarily accom
foot. On such occasions I never observed any of the water panied every donation offered to the LORD.
to be spilt so as to wet their breasts. They perform it nearly Dr. Geddes.
as quickly as the dog, and satisfy their thirst in half the time taken by another man.
J. C, - Evangelical Magazine. 2912. [- 21.] On the 25th of October, 1785, we had, says M. de LAMANON, a very remarkable storm. The sky being all in a blaze, I employed part of the night in 2917. [- 21.) In Asiatic armies, a panic frequently observing it, and I had the pleasure of witnessing three diffuses itself without cause : one party flees; the other ascending thunderbolts. They rose from the sea like an pursues, and shouts victory: the vanquished submits to the arrow; two of them perpendicularly, and the third at an will of the conqueror, and the campaign often terminates angle of 75o. The lightning proceeded less in a zig-zag without a battle. direction than in France, and towards the conclusion of the
VOLNEY's Trav. dol. i. p. 126. storm I saw a luminous point on the summit of the conductor, where it continued a quarter of an hour. This is what is called the fire of St. Elmo, which did not make its appearance on the other masts.
La PEROUSE's Voy. round the World,
2918. [Judg. viii. 16. Taught] Made known: All suspected of Treasou or Sedition, among the Israelites, were
distinguished or made known by the Mockery of a crown of 2913. — 25, &c.] The Feast of Tabernacles was Thorns. held at the commencement of the second harvest, when second bullock-skins were stored up in the sacred repositaries at the Gates, at the superior Tent or Temple.
2919. [ 21.] The Persians use camels at magnificent ceremonies, either to meet ambassadors, covered with
covering cloths of red velvet, or pack-saddles made of the 2914. [ 38.] Kalm, during his Travels in North || same stuff, embroidered with gold and silver, with silver bells America, observed one morning in September, that the dew about their necks. was not only on the superior, but likewise on the ipferior side
The Ambassadors' Trav, into Persia, of the leaves both of trees and of other plants; except those of the verbascum thaspus, or great mullein, which, though
p. 185. well covered on their superior side, had but little dew on their inferior.
See PINKERTON's Coll. part liii. p. 400.
2920. [Judg. ix. 6.) English Councils were formerly held shores, are the heaviest that ever fell. When we lie there,
under wide-spreading Oaks. Thus Augustine, the first Archsays Irwin, exposed to the whole weight of the dews, the
bishop of Canterbury, met the British bishops under an oak cloaks in which we wrap, ourselves, are as wet in the morning
in Worcestershire, which was therefore called, as Bede tells as if they had been immersed in the sea.
us, Augustine's Oak. And Barkshire has its pame, as it See No. 677. Voy. up the Red Sea, p. 87.
were, Bare-0ak-shire, from a large dead onk, in the forest of Windsor, where they continued to hold Provincial Councils mear its trunk, as had been done more antiently under its exteusive and fourishing branches.
See Hody's Eng. Councils, p, 34.
Alon muizab asher be-Shechem (Hebr.); at the oak2916. [Judg. vii, 5, &c.] A dog laps by forming the monument, that in Shechem. end of his tongue into the shape of a shallow spoon, by means | See No. 426.
Univer. Hist. vol. iii. p. 461.
diameter, which they rub one on the other by means of an upright pin infixed as a handle near the edge of the upper stone. In the operation of grinding, the corn falls down on the under stone through a hole iu the middle of the upper, which by its circular motion spreads it on the under stone where it is bruised and reduced to flour : this flour working out of the rim of the millstones, lights on a board set on parpose to receive it. (TOURNEFORT, dol. ii. p. 85.) - If, as is usual, a woman were working such a mill on the roof of the tower, she would naturally be prompted in defence of herself and people, to run to the battlements with the rider millstone; which, let fall on the head of Abimelech, would inevitably fracture his skull.
2922. (11.] Almost all fruits, and many roots, contain more or less of sugar; grapes abound with it; the more sharp the fruit before its maturity, the sweeter it becomes after. — Whence we may conclude, that sugar is nothing more than a trne vegetable acid, mixed with a certain quantity of oil, and disguised by the action of heat.
WEBB's Selections from Pauw, p. 30.
2923. [45.] When the soil abounds with rushes and weeds, it is customary in Cheshire, to lay a quantity of rock salt upon it, as it is found utterly to destroy every vegetable. Also, some of the African and Arabian deserts are thought to be barren by their having too much salt in them. — But, when applied as a manure, in small quantities, salt is found to be very beneficial ; not probably from its entering as an aliment into the substance of vegetables, since there are many experiments tending to prove that no kind of salt cau of itself become the food of plants, but from its efficacy in reducing weeds, dried herbage, dead roots, &c. into a putrid oily mass ; the fructifying virtue of oily composts being now generally acknowledged; but when it is used in a larger proportion, by preserving these matters from corruption, and drying up or hardening the fibrous capillaries of the roots, so that they become unfit for sucking in nutriment, the fertility of the ground is diminished, or wholly destroyed.
WATSON's Chem. vol. i. p. 73, &c.
2927. [Judg. x. 6.] Syria, in Hebrew called Aram from Shem's youngest son, lay between the Mediterravean on the west, and the river Euphrates on the east; and between mount Taurus on the north, and Arabia the desert,' Palestine, and Phænice on the south. This tract, 375 miles from north to south and 300 from east to west, extends from the 32d to the 37th degree of north latitude, and from the 36th to the 41st degree of longitude E. from London.
Univer. Hist. pol. ii. p. 233.
2928. [ - 16.] The strange gods' were the Images of the One God exhibited in the spiritual atmospheres of other earths; that is, of Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Mercury, &C.
The Image of God in the Jewish heaven which encircles our earth, is the Jehovah' who is to-day, was yesterday, and will be tu-morrow, over our heads, at the same vertical point nearly. --- The' soul' is seated in the brain, and in the nerves and fibres thence proceeding throughout the whole animated frame. The spirit has its subordinate residence in the heart and lungs, and in the veins and arteries thence ramified in a duplicate congeries throughout the body. In Jehovah, this organization of soul and spirit, and the being 'grieved for the misery of Israel, consist externally in the Human Spirit of that Divine Image in man, — not in the Divine Life-spirit thereof which can neither be organized nor suffer, because not penetrable as body, but pebetrating as inmost essence every substance and form in the universe.
In the year 1162, the city of Milan was burnt, razed, sown with salt, and ploughed by the exasperated emperor Frederick Barbarossa.
Complete Syst. of Geog. vol. i. p. 822. ,
2925. [- - 46. The tower of Shechem] The house of Millo:— Millo appears to have been a house belonging to priests; perhaps, a court for the administration of ecclesiastical law.
2926. (53. A piece of a millstone] Recab (Hebr.), the rider, the upper milstone. - The Eastern hand-mill cousists of two flat round stones, about two feet in
2929. [Judg. xi. 3. Tob] This land, on the extremity of the northeru part of Manasseh’s lot on the other side Jordav,
is called Toby, and its inhabitants Tobinians, or Tubinians in I Macc. v. 13. — 2 Macc. xij. 17.
2930. [Judg. xi. 30.] Josephus justly condemus Jephthah, as do the Apostolical Constitutions, b. vii. ch. 37, for dedi. cating her, who was his only child, to perpetual virginity, at the tabernacle or elsewhere.
Antiq. b. v. c. vii. § 10.
2933. (Judg. xii. 6.] As the ear of corn, picked up by gleaners, was called in Hebrew Shibboleth, and in Arabic Sibula, the female gleaner was denominated from her employ'a Sibyl, or ear-gatherer. In a year of plenty, these gleaners would abound; but when the harvest was scant, they would be proportionably few : in consequence their appearanee might be said to foretell a plentiful or scanty ingathering. -- By au easy metaphor, all such women or priestesses, as undertook to divine themselves, or collect the prophecies of others, were denoininated Sibyls.
Nat. Delin. vol. i. p. 295.
Thus the noies of a certain American bird sound to the people of the colonies Whipper-will, to an Indian ear Muck-a-wiss. The words, it is true, are not alike, but in this manner they strike the imagination of both; and the circumstance is a proof that the same sounds, if they are not rendered certain by being reduced to the rules of orthography, might convey different ideas to different people.
Carver's Trav. in N. America, p. 310.
2931. [-36-39.] It is supposed, that the reason why, on such occasions, the Israelitish virgins bewailed their virginity, was, because every woman Aattered herself with the hope of being mother to the Messiah, then promised to the descendants of Abraham, but not in Jephthah’s days limited to the house of David.
Dr. W. ALEXANDER's Hist. of Women,
vol. i. p. 341. But the Israelitish dainsels were not the only womeri of antient or modern times, who reckoned perpetual virginity a misfortune. The antient Persians were of opinion, that matrimony was so esseutially necessary to man, that such of either sex as died single must infallibly be unhappy in the next world. — Virginity was likewise reckoned a misfortune and disgrace by the Greek women : Sophocles makes Electra bewail bitterly her hard fate in not being married ; and Polycrates, tyrant of Samos, being angry with his daughter for dissuading him froin going to ineet Orates, governor of Sardis, threatens her that, should he return in safety, he would defer giving her in marriage for a long time. But this female dislike to single life, has not been peculiar to any period or people, it has universally prevailed among the sex. In many nations, laws have been promulgated to prompt the men to enter into matriinony; to prompt the women, none have ever beeu needed. Young Women,' says the celebrated MONTESQUIEU, ` who are conducted by inarriage alone to liberty and pleasure, who have a mind which dares not think, a heart which dares not feel, eyes which dare not see, ears which dare not hear; who appear only to shew themselves silly ; condemned without intermission to trifles and precepts; have sufficient inducements to lead them on to marriage : it is the young men that want to be encouraged.'
Ibid. vol. ii. pp. 240, 241.
2935. [Judg. xiv. 5. A young lion roared against him The host at the sign of the lion resused Samson refreshment; thus turning aside the stranger from his right; Mal. iii. 5. Zeph. iii. 3.
Courts of justice, prisons, and houses of correction were kept at the gates ; Deut. xvii. 8. See No. 2425.
See Univer. Hist. vol. iii. p. 603.
2936. (8.) Could this be a real lion, as it is a well known fact that a putrid.carcase will always drive bees, even from their hopied hive, to a new habitation ?
See Month. Mag. for Feb. 1812, p. 33.
On our way to the plantation, says BARTRAM, we discovered a bee-tree, wbich we cut down, and regaled ourselves with the delicious honey ; leaving one of our companions to protect the remainder until our return with a tub, to collect it and carry it with us; and in the evening we all returned safe with our sweet booty to the tradinghouse.
See his Trav. p. 303.
Jephthah, according to his vow, had set apart his daughter for God's special service; and she continued unmarried that she might be more careful of the things which belong to the Lord.
See No. 515, 516. Biblical Rescarches, vol. i. p. 80.
2938. (Judg. xv. 1.) Among the antient Germans, the wife brought no dowery to the busband, but the husband
suffered (in effigy) the very calamity she sought to avoid by betraying her husband.
See Ch. xix. 15.
to the wife, viz. a couple of oxen yoked together, a horse accoutred, a shield, a javelin, and a sword. The woman on her part too made her husband a present of some arms. By the mutual approbation and acceptance of these gifts in the presence of their parents and relations, they were married.
Tacitus de mor. Ger. c. 7 & 18.
Univer. Hist. pol. xiii. p. 437.
2939. [Judg, xv. 4, 6.] Gunpowder has been known in China, as well as in Hindostan, far beyond all periods of investigation. A passage in Quintus Cortius seems to ascertain, that Alexander the Great met with some kind of fire-arms in India. The first species of that kind of weapon is described as having been a kind of dart or arrow tipt with fire, and discharged on the enemy from a bamboo. After it had taken its flight, it divided (as these compound firebrands might do) into several separate darts or streams of fame, each of which took effect; and which, like the Few Gregeois of the Crusades, when once kindled, could not be extinguished.
Halhed's Preface to Gentoo Laws,
2944. (Judg. xv. 8.) The Grand Seignior, wishing to seize the person of the emir, gave orders to the pacha to take him prisoner : he accordingly came in search of him with a new army, in the district of Chouf, which is a part of mount Lebanou, wherein is the village of Gesin, and close to it the rock which served for retreat to the emnir. It is named in Arabic Magara Gesin, the cavern of Gesin, by which name it is famous. The pacha pressed the emir so closely, that this unfortunate prince was obliged to shut himself up in the cleft of a great rock, with a small number of his officers. The pacha besieged him here several months; and was going to blow up the rock by a mine, when the einir capitulated.
De La Roque, p. 205.
2945. [ ll.] The Hebrews named the commander of a thousand men, au aluph, a chiliarch or thousander ; as the Romans called the officer over a hundred men, a centurion or hundreder; and the commander of ten men, a decurion or tener.
See Frag. to CALMET's Dict.
2d Huud. p. 147.
While the king of Persia was amusing bimself abroad in the fields, without Ispahan under tents in harvest time, when the sheaves lay in the grounds piled on beaps; as his majesty greatly delighted in fire-works, some rockets of an extraordinary weight were discharged before him, which not mounting as they should have done, were carried a great way into the fields, where they set the sheaves on fire and burnt the corn together with some houscs that stood not far off. — The damage was estimated at sixteen thousand pounds.
CHARDIN's Hist. of the Coronation of
Solyman, p. 114.
2941. — Foxes] Shualim (Hebr.), Shualites ; 1 Sam. xiii. 17, Josh. xix. 42, Judy. i. 35, Isai. vii. 4.
2946. [ 19.] In the parched districts of Africa, there is a species of tree called by the Negroes Boa (the Cinnamon tree), the trunk of which, of a prodigious bulk, is naturally hollowed like a cistern. In the rainy season it receives its fill of water, which continues fresh and cool in the greatest heats, by means of the tufted foliage which crowns its suminit. — The Herculian club, used by Samson against the Philistines, might have been providentially reft by lightning from a cavernous tree of this, or any other kind (the olive ?). The hollow in its side, thus cloven of God, would give forth water from its interior cistern; which Samson might be directed to perceive, and to drink of it till his thirst were quenched. Jer. i. 13. See St. Pierre's Studies of Nature,
vol. ii. p. 444. N. B. Hercules was crowned with the wild-olide. — Verse 15.] He found a sap-bleeding how of wild olive.
- Verse 19.] The water might be the bleeding of the vative tree, where the branch had been toru away. — There is found very coinmun, on the parched rocks of ihe Antilles a lianne, called the water lianne, so full of sap that if you cut a single branch of it, as much water is immediately discharged as a man can drink at a draught : the water is perfectly pure and limpid.