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any other basis than I would that of the his own way of thinking, consists his Gipsies ; for, with both, it is substan- peculiar glory. Such being the case tially a question of people. They are a with Christianity, it is not to be suppospeople, scattered over the world, like the ed that the Jew would forsake his own Gipsies, and have a history--the Bible, religion, and, of course, his own people, which contains both their history and and believe in any religion having an their laws; and these two contain their origin in the spontaneous and gradual religion. It would, perhaps, be more growth of superstition and imposture, correct to say that the religion of the modified, systematized, adorned, or exJews is to be found in the Talmud, and expanded, by ambitious and superior the other human compositions, for which minds, or almost wholly in the concepthe race have such a superstitious rever- tions of these minds; having, for a founence; and even these are taken as in- dation, an instinct-an intellectual and terpreted by the Rabbis. A Jew has, emotional want--as common to man properly speaking, little of a creed. He as instinct is to the brute creation, for believes in the existence of God, and in the ends which it has to serve.* We Moses his prophet, and observes cer- cannot separate the questions of race tain parts of the ceremonial law, and and belief, when we consider the Jews some holidays commemorative of events as a people, however it might be with in the history of his people. He is a individuals among them (p. 501.) Jew, in the first place, as a simple matter of fact, and, as he grows up, he is
Amid all the obloquy and contempt made acquainted with the history of his cast upon his race, amid all the perserace, to which he becomes strongly at-cutions to which it has been exposed, tached. He then holds himself to be the Jew, with his inherent conceit in one of the “ first-born of the Lord," having Abraham for his father, falls one of the “chosen of the Eternal,” back upon the history of his nation, one of the “Lord's aristocracy;" ex
with the utmost contempt for everypressions of amazing import in his thing else that is human; forgetting worldly mind, that will lead him to al- that there is such a thing as the first most die for his faith : while his reli- being, last.”. He boasts that his race, gion is of a very low natural order, and his only, is eternal, and that all
standing only in meats and drinks, and other men get everything from him ! divers washings, and carnal ordinances,
He vainly imagines that the Majesty of suitable for a people in a state of pupil- Heaven should have made his dispensaage. The Jewish mind in the matter of tions to mankind conditional upon anyreligion is, in some respects, pre-emi- thing so unworthy as his race has so nently gross and material in its nature; frequently shown itself to be. If he its idea of a Messiah rising no higher has been so favoured by God, what can than a conqueror of its own race, who he point to as the fruits of so much will bring the whole world under his loving-kindness shown him? What is sway, and parcel out, among his fellow
his nation now, however numerous it, Jews, a lion's share of the spoils, consist- may be, but a ruin, and its members, ing of such things as the inferior part of þut spectres that haunt it? And what human nature so much craves for. And has brought it to its present condition ? his ideas of how this Messiah is to be
“Its sins.” Doubtless, its sins; but connected with the original tribes, as
what particular sins ? And how are mentioned in the prophecies, are childish
these sins to be put away, seeing that and superstitious in the extreme. Writ
the temple, the high-priesthood, and the ers do, therefore, greatly err, when they
sacrifices no longer exist ? Or what say, that it is only a thin partition that effort, by such means as offer, has ever separates Judaism from Christianity.
been made to mitigate the wrath of God, There is almost as great a difference and prevail upon Him to restore the between the two, as there is between people to their exalted privileges ? Or that which is material, and that which what could they even propose doing, to is spiritual. A Jew is so thoroughly bring about that event? Questions like bound, heart and soul, by the spell which these involve the Jewish mind in a the phenomena of his race exert upon labyrinth of difficulties, from which it him, that, humanly speaking, it is impos- cannot extricate itself. The dispersion sible to make anything of him in the matter of Christianity. And herein, in * Quoted at pages 51 and 52.
was not only foretold, but the cause of it | the New Testament, and reflected on given. The Scriptures declare that the the sufferings of him who was meek and Messiah was to have appeared before lowly, or on those of bis disciples, inthe destruction of the temple; and the flicted by his ancestors, for generations, time of his expected advent, according when he has come complaining of the to Jewish traditions, coincided with that sufferings to which his race has been event. It is eighteen centuries since the exposed? He is entitled to sympathy, destruction of the temple, before which for all the cruelties with which his race the Messiah was to have come; and the has been visited; but he could ask it Jew still hopes against hope," and, if with infinitely greater grace, were he to it is left to himself, will do so till the day offer any for the sufferings of the early of judgment, for such a Messiah as his Christians and their divine master, or earthly mind seems to be only capable were he even to tolerate any of his of contemplating. Has he never read race following him to-day (p. 503).
8, 16-18, 26, 29, 36, 37
BACON, LORD, his philosophy,
77, 85, 109
guage, 115; the extent of the queen's knowledge of it, Ib.; the pe-
in some respects unsatisfactory, Ib.
On the hatching of crocodiles' eggs,
8, 14, 23, n39
13, 14, 24
His description of what he was, and what he was not,
CANTING, the, of Mill,
The opinion of the Mills regarding him,
146, N147, 148, 150, 154, 155
On the existence of God,
59, 60, 66
DEER, their antipathy to the rattlesnake, .
The effects that patronage had on them,
They could acquire more knowledge of the world than they do,
EDINBURGH REVIEW, THE,.on James Mill's reading of sceptical books, 70
FAAS, the Gipsy, at Yetholm,