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have dared to enter the lists, even with me. And let it not be thought they despise so puny an adversary. The Jew has a larger, and full as respectable a list of subscribers as Israel's Advocate ; (the difference is in proportion of the mole-hill to the mountain ;) and perhaps is the sole cause of its being sought after, and which, with all its advantages, has dwindled in interest; neither will any one man answer their repeated calls for assistance against me; no communications on the prophecies do they receive. They are left to help themselves now their fear is come on them.*
But are there not men even among them, who, when I call, can answer a WORD? No! let the world know it! CONVERSION is not their object, or they would meet me. Where are their tracts they stand pledged to produce for the use of the Jews ?' They are repeatedly called for by the Jews, who long to read them. Surely they have funds sufficient : why then are they so remiss when so great a chance is afforded them, if their love for the Jews is so great as they wish the world to think ? If they truly pity the blinded children of Abraham, why not step forward now so fair an opportunity is offered them, and tear the veil from before their eyes or hearts when they read Moses and the prophets ? The dreadful dilemma the world is in concerning them, is this ; either the JEW has convinced and convicted them of error, or they are not serious in the work of conversion, and neither have they ever been serious ; they have another object in view, and converting the Jews is a mere pretence to cover the real intention fro the public.
If, then, the avowed is not the intrinsic, the real object; if convincing the minds of the Jews is not the intention of the Society, what can it be? Should not the public see to it ? is there no danger of the religious liberty of the country, by creating so powerful an engine, ready to be turned to the most dangerous purpose ? As they now stand, they have no purpose-still they are CHARTERED, the first step towards ESTABLISHED. True, the Presbyterian in not the established religion, but it is the CHARTERED religion ; perhaps the only peculiar and particular chartered religion of the State of New-York. I And where is the difference? are they not by their charter ESTABLISHED? Who will say there is no danger?
* The standing call for communications of Israel's Advocate, runs thus: “ Many heads and hearts are already known to us, and there are many more unknown, which have the capacity and the disposition to produce such articles for this paper. We invite the co-operation of our friends in this way; and assure any who may thus become our correspondents, that immediate and respectful attention shall be paid to their communications."
+ To give an opportunity to all to do good, to the children of Abraham, the friend of God, the Society will keep distinct funds for general purposes, for the education and employment of Jewish Missionaries, and for distributing among the Jews the Hebrew New Testament, AND OTHER RELIGIOUS TRACTS.
Should it here be said Israel's Advocate, published monthly, are the tracts promised them, I answer, it does not serve any purpose, it being properly a religious tract; but a mere account of the affairs of the Society, its agents and auxiliaries, and misinformations, derived from foreign sources. Again, the promise is, to distribute among the Jews. When has this been done? Jews may subscribe and pay ther money, and some do subscribe for THE THING. Let them then put something into the empty vessel, and distribute Israel's Advocate as promised, “ And it shall please us well.”
† All religious societies of this state can become corporations by the general law, for that purpose provided. The A. S. I believe, is the only one which has a particular charter of incorporation.
The avowed intention-I mean the original avowed intention, (for at present they have none,) was not only visionary, but a mere farce. At present, it is questionable whether the gentlemen conducting the Society's affairs have any intention at all : they appear without end or aim. I say not this to goad them on to action ; I think the wisest plan would be to do nothing, except they have the magnanimity to request of the legislature to take back their charter. Perhaps also it would be the most prudent plan. The gentlemen must be aware the eyes of the public are upon them; they are viewed with jealousy. I speak not now as a Jew, but as a citizen.
Alas! this magnimity cannot be expected from them. Shall I be told they are not chartered as Presbyterians, but as a society-where, I would ask, is the difference, since it is falling into their hands ? Who are the officers of the society? All gentlemen truly truly respectable, and worthy of confidence, if any are so, and all Presbyterians.
In Israel's Advocate, page 131, is a “ Report of the Female Auxilary Society of New Haven." This report deplores “the absence of a right feeling generally towards the Jewish nation.” Mr. Editor, have any of the Converting, Evangelizing, Meliorating Societies this right feeling, or have they that feeling which ....ians have ever had since their first establishment ; since “ The King" commenced to do according to his own will ?
When did not ......ians wish the Jews to apostatize, and amalgamate with them? When did not the ......ian clergy wish to mag. nify their king above all gods, even above the God of Gods, the Jews' God? When did they not feel a longing desire, “a right feeling," to convert the Jews to worship Mahuzem, and a strange God? When did they not &propose to reward them for apostacy, and what idea does the A. S. hold out by colonization, but dividing the land for a reward? The trade of apostacy is an old trade in Poland, and other catholic countries, although a novelty among the protestants, never has it succeeded, and it never will succe
cceed, unless “ force joins with fraud to aid the unhallowed plan.” . And if the A. S. have any intention, any settled purpose (which I very much doubt,) at present, none other than this it certainly is to establish their sect in predominance over every other throughout the United States : and it is not a new plan. They have heretofore made violent efforts to that purpose, in which they have not altogether failed. In what manner money can be applied to produce that effect, is yet to be seen. It is, however, the sinews of policy, the combination they well account themselves certain of having. I would ask if the original avowed was the veritable, the intrinsic purpose, why elect the honourable Mr. Adams as president ? Does he want Jews converted to ......ianity? Would he not as lieve have all ......ians converted to Islamism ? Have they not elected other gentlemen, without their knowledge, as members of their society, as officers and directors of their institution, and is it not a practice with them to consider all such as members, who do not think proper to trouble themselves with sending in a written resignation or written declination of the honour of membership, and to use their names as such? Is all this done to convert the Jews ?
Is so much policy necessary to convince a Jew that Jesus of Nazareth is the ......, the Messiah? This looks more like electioneering policy, and points to another, a far different purpose than converting the Jews.
BEING A DEFENCE OF JUDAISM AGAINST ALL ADVERSARIES, AND PARTICULARLY AGAINST THE
INSIDIOUS ATTACKS OF
הנה עיני אדני ה' בממלכה החטאה והשמדתי אתה מעל פני האדמה:
p * Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the kingdom of sin, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth."--Amos ix. 8.
1st day of the 10th month, T'YVATH, Dec. 5584.
THE above is from Amos. The prophet speaks of the same kingdom as Daniel repeatedly treats of-the fifth empire the clay and iron kingdom-the kingdom of the horns of the beast, or the kingdom sprung out of the Roman empire ;-in one word, of the reign ecclesiastical called ......endom. This reign or order of things, is, by the Spirit, called the reign or kingdom of Sin, or, as the bible has translated it, “The sinful kingdom," this is to be destroyed; and the prophet immediately assigns the only reason-"Only because I will not permit the utter destruction of the house of Jacob, saith the Lord.” This kingdom, were it permitted to exist, would, by what they call evangelizing and converting the Jews, cause an amalgamation, and utter destruction of the house of Jacob; therefore retributive justice demands that itself should be destroyed. Immediately after the destruction of this wicked kingdom, the restoration of Israel and Judea is to take place, as the prophet continues, verse 9th.
“For lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all uations, as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.”
When all the Jews who have apostatized from the Jewish faith, will be slain by the sword, as it is written, verse 10.
“All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us." Then will the Messiah come, as it is written, verses 11, 12.
“In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in days of old : that they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen because they are called by my name, saith the Lord that doeth this."
Then will be the time of general blessedness throughout the world, as is written, verses 13, 14, 15.
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the ploughman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed: and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt. And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God."
Thus much we thought necessary to explain, to justify our application of the motto chosen for this Number; for we would not have it for a moment thought that we accommodate a motto, or in other words, at any time apply scripture otherwise than intended by the Holy Spirit.
We now proceed to the proper lucubrations of our present Number.
In that tract or part of the New Testament said to have been written by a Jew, whom ......ians call St. Matthew, we find certain information, said by the writer, 'to have been given to Herod by “ all the Chief Priests, and Scribes of the people.”—Matt. ii. 146.
“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of Herod the king, behold there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born king of the Jews ? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judea : for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel."
Remember, it is Matthew makes use of the language, All the Chief Priests; it is Matthew, makes use of the language, Scribes of the People. The Chief Priest, means the High Priest; he was the only Chief Priest: it is true, there were chiefs among the Priests, as there were among the Levites, or amongst the Israelites; that is heads of families; these were called Chiefs of the Fathers, Chiefs of the Priests, Chiefs of the Levites; but, there was but one Chief Priest, 517an ina choen hagadul, or, choen hagadul myhachuv, one priest higher than his brethren; that is, as to the office, and as regarded the office of priest; he was the High Priest, the Chief Priest, and there never was really more than one at a time; the service requiring but one, and in regard to the authority, but one could be known or acknowledged at any time. There was certainly, among the priests, head-men under whom the rest served in their proper courses, every course, having its peculiar head; but this head, as regarded the priesthood, had no more right, privilege, or immunity, than the rest of his course, who were under him; they were all Priests alike; and those heads of courses were called chiefs, and their authority among the priests, was no more than the Chiefs of the fathers among the Israelites. Politically, they were the same; generally, they were chiefs by descent; and that being the case, we need not particularly look for more knowledge among the chiefs, than among those priests who were not chiefs, or heads; for it is well known, knowledge is not gained by descent: at all events, these were not Chief Priests; these were the chiefs of the priests, there was but one Chief Priest, and the writer of the book of Matthew, if a Jew, would, and must have known this.
Scribes of the people-What kind of scribes were these? I am acquainted with d'1010 sophrem, scribes; and we read of their being as they are at this day, scribes of the words of the commandinents of the Lord, and his statutes to Israel, that is writers, transcribers of the laws, &c. They are also called scribes of the law, but those spoken of by the writer of the book of St. Matthew, were scribes of the people; who they were, and what they were, Jews cannot say; for there never was any scribes among us, so called, any more than an order of priests, called Chief Priests: there might have been such scribes, and such priests, among the Grecians, but never