Collection of Theological Tracts, Vol. 3 of 6 (Classic Reprint)
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Excerpt from Collection of Theological Tracts, Vol. 3 of 6
Bur another Qieﬂion may arife. How came there to be fo much Difference between feveral Copies of the fame Book? Ianfwer, the fame Will always happen in all Books frequently tranfctibed by feveral Hands. Now, I believe no Book ever had ii) many Tranforipts as the Bible. As the had feveral Synagogues in yua'ea, lfo had they in all Countries where they were dilperfed after the Captivity. For they did not all return to 371t at the Refioration of 7eru/alem and the Re building ofthe Temple, but very many continued in thole Parts of the Oelo'ean, Per/ion, Grecian and Roman Empires where they had obtained Settlements, where alfo they increafed and multiplied. This we may be convinced of from what we find in the New Tetiament, where we read that in every Place unto which the Apof'tles went to preach the Gofpel they found Numbers of 7em and a few/fl) Synagogue. And every Synagogue had at lead one Copy of the Bible, befide the many Copies written for the Ufe of private Perfons: Every one of thefe Copies was written fingly by itfelf (the Invention of Printing, by which ten Thoufand Copies coming out of the fame Ptefs (hall not differ fo much as in a Letter or a Comma, being yet fcarce three-hundred Years old) and therefore could hardly fail to (iiitgi' in fome Particulars even from the Copy from which it was taken, unlefs more than once carefully reviled, compared and corrcéted, which we may reafonably fuppofe was not always done. Thefe Copiers therefore could hardly keep free from making many Mil'takes, foch as often to omit a Word: or to write one Word for another: which lalt Mafiake mighteafily be made in Hebrew Books, where the Letters 3 and 3, l and j, n and n, and fome others are fo near alike, that very often in Vxlriting one can hardly be'difiinouilhed from the Other; and the miﬂaking fuch a Letter changes the Vv'ortl, and gives it another Signification.
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