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MANNERS AND CUSTOMS
OTHER NATIONS MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE,
THE RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY,
The manners and customs of the Jews, and other nations mentioned in the Bible, differed very much from those of Europe at the present time. On this account it is not easy for an English reader to understand some passages or texts of Scripture. Many things which we read in the Bible, seem very strange to those who do not know the manner in which people in the east lived in former times. Nor do we find out the beauty and importance of many texts, unless we know what is alluded to in them. We may suppose what incorrect accounts New Zealanders, or Hottentots, give of the manners and customs of England when they return home, and how little they understand
of the most useful or best things in our country. Those of my readers who know the difference between living in large towns, and living quite in the country, are aware that a person who is used only to one of them, does not at first understand, or properly value many things he sees in the other. It is something like this with respect to those who read the Bible, and are ignorant of the manners and customs of the Jews, and other people mentioned in it; only the difference is a great deal more than in the instances just noticed. A person who knows nothing of ancient manners and customs will form many ignorant opinions, or pass by many things without notice, which particularly deserve attention.
We learn concerning these manners and customs from