Volltext: Wilkins, John: A discovery of a new world

Not much unlike this fooliſh ſuperſtition
of theirs, is that cuſtom of many Artiſts a-
mongſt us; who upon the invention of any
new Secret, will preſently find out ſome ob-
ſcure Text or other to Father it upon; as
if the Holy Ghoſt muſt needs take notice of
every particular, which their partial Fan-
cies did over-value.

Nor are they altogether guiltleſs of this
Fault, who look for any Secrets of Nature
from the words of Scripture; or will exa-
mine all its expreſſions by the exact Rules of
Philoſophy.

Unto what ſtrange Abſurdities this falſe
Imagination of the learneder Jews hath ex-
poſed them, may be manifeſt by a great mul-
titude of Examples. I will mention only
ſome few of them. Hence it is, that they
prove the ſhin-bone of Og the Giant to be
above three leagues long: Or (which is a
more modeſt relation) that Moſes being
fourteen Cubits in ſtature, having a Spear
ten ells in length, and leaping up ten Cubits,
could touch this Giant but on the Ancle. All which, they can confirm unto you by a
cabaliſtical interpretation of this ſtory, as
it is ſet down in Scripture. Hence it is, that
they tell us of all thoſe ſtrange Beaſts which
ſhall be ſeen at the coming of the Meſſi{as}: as firſt, the Ox, which Job calls Behemoth,
that every day devours the Graſs on a thou-
ſand Mountains; as you may ſee it in the
Pſalm, where David mentions the Cattel, or @לא@’ררתב upon a thouſand Hills. If you

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