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From the creation to the
EvincING THE cossex:0s or prying hispensations
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PUBLISHED BY BENJAMIN AND THOMAS KITE,
TO THE REAMER.
THE Compiler judges it not improper to offer a brief account.of.his. motives for. .publishing the present work ;»naV with: this: vitfw, to state, that is early life.; hfe .attention was diverted from scientific to commercial pursuits; in which, during many years^frewa*. closely engaged.
Having at that time observed a great difference, in the opinions of Commentators, respecting various parts of the Scriptures, he was disposed to adapt his ideas to his situation, by considering many biblical representations, to be of a hieroglyphical nature, which, were it in his power to decypher, would require more time and application than he could appropriate to the purpose.
It was, nevertheless, his opinion, that the predictions of the Old and New Testaments, when first delivered, must have been deemed of great importance, to engage writers, in those early ages, to transmit them, with so much exactness, to succeeding generations. Many years however elapsed before the idea presented, that if any benefit was to be derived from the fulfilment of prophecies, the suffering of time wholly to pass over, without reaping the advantage, would be an inexcusable neglect.
The Scriptures had been printed more than 200 years, in the English language; and no doubt could be entertained, that persons of eminence had given to. the. woi£d> «ome scotjjnents on the various predMions.fhey exhibits -Considerations like these, prompted 4 .'d&it'fr :to be acquainted with those means''af'information, as far as relaxation from o&e>:ejjgagiejss*Jntii, would admit of the indulgence. And the Compiler now esteems it no small favour, to have had opportunity, though late, in life, of appropriating some time to subjects so highly interesting, as to have employed the tongues of angels, and of prophets; as well as the pens of inspired writers, in different ages of the world.
The impressions made upon his mind, in the course of reading various publications, which confirm the authenticity of the sacred records, and produce conviction of the vast importance of the subjects on which the Scriptures treat, incited