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presume to identify the coffins of their Patriarchs CHAP. and Prophets".
When it is once understood what the real monuments are, to which those traditions allude; the veneration always paid by that people to a place of sepulture ; their rigorous adherence, in burial, to the cæmeteries of their ancestors; the care with which memorials are transmitted to their posterity; and other circumstances connected with their customs and history, which cannot here be enumerated; it is not merely probable but it amounts almost to certainty, that the sepulchres they revere were originally the tombs of the persons to whom they are now ascribed.
In the time of Alexander the Great, Sichem was considered as the capital of Samaria“. Its inhabitants were called Samaritans, not merely as people of Samaria, but as a sect at variance
(3) Gerrans, translator of the Hebrew Itinerary of Rabbi Benjamin, published in 1783, makes use of an allusion to the Prophet Daniel's coffin, as a proof of the spurious nature of the Work. (See Dissert. p. 10, prefixed to the volume.) There is every reason to believe that Benjamin's Itinerary is a mere compilation; but the objection thus urged does not impeach its veracity. The tradition alluded to was probably borrowed from former writers.
(4) Josephus, Antiq. lib. xi. c. 8.
CHAP. with the other Jews'. They consisted prin-
cipally of deserters from Judæa; and they have
city. The principal object of veneration, among Jacob's the present inhabitants, is Jacob's Well, over which a church was formerly erected.
This is situate at a small distance from the town'.
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(1) Josephus says of them, that they boasted of their Jewish origin whenever the Jews were in prosperity, but disowned any connection with them when in adversity. Vid. Antiq. lib. xi. c. 8.
(2) The antient medals of the city bear the name of Flavia Neapolis. Spanheim (De Præst. et Us. Numism. p. 769. Amst. 1761), notices a medal of the Emperor Titus, in Seguin's Collection, with this inscription, ΦΛΑΟΥΙΝΕΑΠΟΛΙΣΑΜΑΡΕΙ ΑΙ. Vaillant mentions colonial coins of Philip the Elder, on which appeared Mount Gerizim, with a temple on its summit. For an account of this temple, named, by Antiochus, the Temple of Jupiter, see Josephus, Antiq. lib. xi. c. 8. lib. xii. c. 7.
(3) See Reland. Palæst. Illust. lib. iii. p. 1008. tom. II. Utrecht, 1714. Procopius, lib. v. De Ædificiis Justiniani, cap. 7.
(4) Attributed, as usual, to the Empress Helena, (See Maundrell's Journey, p. 62.) Arculfe, as preserved in Adamnanus, gives a plan of it, which proves its form to have been that of a Greek cross: (lib. ii. de Loc. Sanct.) This is also in Reland's Work, (p. 1008. tom. II. Palæst. Illust. Utrecht, 1714.) It was mentioned by St. Jeron in the fourth century. ANTONINUS the Martyr saw it in the sixth ; ARCULPE, in the seventh ; WILLIBALD, in the eighth ; and Phocas, in the twelfth.
(5)“ About one third of an hour from Naplosa, we came to JACOB'S WELL.'" Journey from Alep. to Jerus. p. 62. Oxf. 1721.
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(6) John, c. iv. (7) Vid. Antiq.
in the road to Jerusalem; and has been visited by pilgrims of all ages; but particularly since the Christian æra, as the place where our SAVIOUR revealed himself to the woman of Samaria. The spot is so distinctly marked by the Evangelist', and so little liable to uncertainty, from the circumstance of the well itself and the features of the country, that, if no tradition existed for its identity, the site of it could hardly be mistaken. Perhaps no Christian scholar ever attentively read the fourth chapter of St. John, without being struck with the numerous internal evidences of truth which crowd upon the mind, in its perusal. Within so small a compass it is impossible to find, in other writings, so many sources of reflection and of interest. Independently of its importance as a theological document, it concentrates so much information, that a volume might be filled with its singular illustration of the history of the Jews, and the geography of the country. All that can be collected upon these subjects from Josephus? seems but as a comment to this chapter. The journey of our Lord from Judæa into Galilee ; the cause of it; his passage
(6) John, c. iv.
CHAP. through the territory of Samaria ; his approach
to the metropolis of that country; its name ;
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(1) “ At this well, the narrow valley of Sychem ends; opening
(2) See p. 185, Note 1 ; and p. 186; of this volume.
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Holy Sepulchre, as it existed prior to its reparation, A.D. 1555.
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