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Greeks and Romans : neither was that kind of adoption in children of God. Thus St. Paul writes (Rom. viii. 15.), Ye tended by Sarah, Leah, and Rachel; when they gave their have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, handmaidens to their husbands. (Gen. xvi. 2. xxx. 3.) Father. We wait for the adoption of the children of God. And

2. Various instances of another kind of adoption are re- (Gal. iv. 4, 5.). God sent forth his Son to redeem them that corded in the Old Testament, viz. that of a father having a were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. daughter only, and adopting her children. Thus, in 1 Chron. Among the Mohammedans the ceremony of adoption is ii. 21, 22., Machir the grandson of Joseph, who is called performed, by causing the adopted to pass through the shirt of father of Gilead (that is, chief of that town), gave his daugh- the person who adopts him. For this reason, to adopt among ter to Hezron, who married her when he was threescore years the Turks is expressed by saying—to draw any one through old, and she bare him Segub. And Segub begat Jair, who one's shirt; and an adopted son is called by them Akietogli, had three-and-twenty cities in the land of Gilead. Jair the son of another life--because he was not begotten in this.i acquired a number of other cities, which made up his posses- Something like this is observable among the Hebrews: Elisions to threescore cities. (Josh. xiii. 30. 1 Kings iv. 13.) jah adopted the prophet Elisha, by throwing his mantle over However, both he and his posterity, instead of being reckoned him (1 kings xix. 19.); and when Elijah was carried off in to the family of Judah as they ought to have been by their a fiery chariot, his mantle, which he let fall, was taken up by paternal descent from Hezron, are reckoned as sons of Ma- Elisha his disciple, his spiritual son, and adopted successor chir the father of Gilead. It further appears from Num. xxxii. in the office of prophet. (2 Kings ii. 15.) 41. that this very Jair, who was in fact the son of Segub, the This circumstance seems to be illustrated by the conduct son of Hezron, the son of Judah, is expressly called Jair the of Moses, who dressed Eleazar in Aaron's sacred vestments, son of Manasseh, because his maternal great-grandfather was when that high-priest was about to be gathered to his fathers; Machir, the son of Manasseh. In like manner, we read that indicating thereby, that Eleazar succeeded in the functions of Mordecai adopted Esther his niece: when her father and the priesthood, and was, in some sort, adopted to exercise mother were dead, he took her for his own daughter. So the that dignity. The Lord told Shebna, the captain of the temdaughter of Pharaoh adopted Moses, and he became her son. ple, that he would deprive him of his honourable station, and (Exod. ii. 10.), So we read in Ruth iv. 17. that Naomi had substitute Eliakim, the son of Hilkiah, in his room. (Isa. à son : a son is born to Naomi : when, indeed, it was the son xxii. 21.). I will CLOTHE HIM WITH THY ROBE, and strengthen of Ruth, and only a distant relation (or, in fact, none at all) him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his to Naomi, who was merely the wife of Elimelech, to whom hand. St. Paul, in several places, says, that real Christians Boaz was kinsman.

put on the Lord Jesus ; and that they put on the new man, in By the propitiation of our Saviour, and the communication order to denote their adoption as sons of God. (Rom. xiii. 14. of the meríts of his death, penitent sinners become the adopted | Gal. iii. 26, 27.)

CHAPTER V.

ON THE CONDITION OF SLAVES AND OF SERVANTS, AND THE CUSTOMS RELATING TO THEM,

MENTIONED OR ALLUDED TO IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

I. Slaves, how acquired.II. Their Condition among the Hebrews.—III. And among other Nations.-IV. Of hired Servants

- Customs relating to them and to Slaves alluded to in the New Testament.–V. Different kinds of slaves or Servants mentioned in the Scriptures.

I. SLAVERY is of very remote antiquity; and when Moses II. Slaves received both food and clothing, for the most gave his laws to the Jews, finding it already established, part of the meanest quality, but whatever property they though he could not abolish it, yet he enacted various salutary acquired belonged to their lords: hence they are said to be laws and regulations. The Israelites, indeed, might have worth double the value of a hired servant. (Deut. xv. 18,) Hebrew servants or slaves, as well as alien-born persons, but They formed marriages at the will of their master, but their these were to be circumcised, and were required to worship children were slaves, who, though they could not call him a the only true God (Gen. xvii. 12, 13.), with the exception of father (Gal. iv. 6. Rom. viii. 15.), yet were attached and the Canaanites.

faithful to him as to a father, on which account the patriarchs Slaves were acquired in various ways; 1. By Captivity, trusted them with arms. (Gen. xiv. 14. xxxii. 6. xxxiii. 1.) which is supposed to have been the first origin of slavery If a married Hebrew sold himself, he was to serve for six (Gen. xiv. 14. Deut. xx. 14. xxi. 10, 11.); 2. By Debt, when persons being poor were sold for payment of their debts trade by name, as sinful in a very high degree. The apostle, St. Paul, (2 Kings iv. I. Matt. xviii. 25.); 3. 'By committing a Theft, having spoken of persons that were lawless and disobedient, ungodly and without the power of making restitution (Exod. xxii. 2, 3. ral characters and descriptions of men to whom he applies those very Neh. v. 4, 5.); 4. By Birth, when persons were born of general epithets; and they are these, - murderers of fathers, murderers married slaves. These are termed born in the house (Gen. xiv. of mothers, man-slayers, they that defile themselves with mankind, men14. xv. 3. xvii. 23. xxi. 10.), home-born (Jer. ii. 14.), and the at least of its most productive modes. But I go further; 1 maintain that sons or children of handmaids. (Psal. lxxxvi. 16. cxvi. 16.) this text, rightly interpreted, condemns and prohibits the slave trade gene. Abraham had three hundred and eighteen slaves of this de- rally in all its modes : it ranks the slave-trade in the descending scale of scription; 5. Man-stealing was another mode by which persons English Bible gives men-stealers, is ávSpareserons.

Our translators have were reduced into slavery. The seizing or stealing of a free- taken the word in its restricted sense which it bears in the Attic law; in born Israelite, either to treat him as a slave or to sell him as which the Soxy ex parodiruou was a criminal prosecution for the specific a slave to others, was absolutely and irremissibly punished clogy of the Holy Scripture, especially in the preceptive part

, is a popular with death by the law of Moses. (Exod. xxi. 16. Deut. xxiv. phraseology; and xv&p=7oBoris, in its popular sense, is a person who 7.). Although the Gospel is intended to make no change or deals in men,' literally, a slave-irader. That is the English word literally difference in the civil circumstances of mankind who are con- plained by the learned grammarian Eustathius, and

by other grammarians

and exactly corresponding to the Greek.” "The Greek word is so exverted from paganism to Christianity, the master and the of the first authority. Although the Athenians scrupled not to possess slave being equally called,

as St. Paul argues at length in themselves of slaves, yet the trade in slaves among them was infamous." 1 Cor. vii. 17--24. ; yet the same apostle (1 Tim. i. 9, 10.), modern critic is too important to be withheld from the reader :-"By when enumerating various classes of offenders who are obnox-avd70806T215 the best commentators are agreed is meant, those who ious to law, expressly denounces men-stealers, avde27ESISTRIS, kidnapped and sold into slavery free persons. Now this was regarded by those who kidnap men, to sell them for slaves: in other And as all the crimes here mentioned

are of the most heinous kind, and as words slave-traders.3

robbery does not elsewhere occur in the list, so sv&p=7081rTuis

seems as

put for robbery of the worst sort. Let then the slave-traders (Christians, · D'IIerbelot Bibl. Orient. p. 47. * Pareau, Antiq. Hebr. pp. 418, 449. Michaelis's Commentaries, vol. i. minable traffic, are åvapenosortæl; since they thereby uphold a system,

alas !) of our times tremble: for all, who in any way participate in that abo. pp. 158-164. : "The New Testament," says Bishop Horsley, in one of his speeches on the New Test. vol. viii. p. 201.)—By the act of parliament 3 & 4 Gul. iv.

which perpetually engenders

man-stealing." (Bloomfield's Annotations in the House of Lords,"contains an express reprobation of the slave. chap. 73. slavery was ABOLISHED throughout the British Colonies.

years, and in the seventh he was to go out free, together with and on no account to be given up to his master. (Deut. xxiii. his wife and children; but if his master had given one of his 15, 16.)2 slaves to him as a wife, she was to remain, with her children, IlI. Although Moses inculcated the duty of humanity toas the property of his master. (Exod. xxi. 2—1.) The duty wards slaves, and enforced his statutes by various strong of slaves was to execute their lord's commands, and they sanctions, yet it appears from Jer. xxxiv. &–22. that their were for the most part employed in tending cattle or in rural condition was sometimes very wretched. It cannot, howaffairs; and though the lot of some of them was sufficiently ever, be denied that their situation was much more tolerable hard, yet under a mild and humane master it was tolerable. among the Hebrews than among other nations, especially (Job xxxi. 13.) When the eastern people have no male issue, the Greeks and Romans. Nor is this a matter of astonishthey frequently marry their daughters to their slaves; and the ment: for the Israelites were bound to exercise the duties same practice appears to have obtained among the Hebrews, of humanity towards these unhappy persons by weighty sancas we read in 1'Chron. ii. 34, 35. Now Sheshan had no sons, tions and motives, which no other nation had, whose slaves but daughters ; and Sheshan had a servant (slave), an Egyp- had no Sabbath, no day of rest, no legal protection, and who tian, whose name was Jarha ; and Sheshan gave his daughter to were subject to the cruel caprice of their masters, whose abJaruha his servant to wife. In Barbary, the rich people when solute property they were, and at whose mercy their lives childless have been known to purchase young slaves, to edu- every moment lay. “For the slightest and most trivial cate them in their own faith, and sometimes to adopt them for offences they were cruelly scourged and condemned to hard their own children. The greatest men of the Ottoman empire labour; and the petty tyrant of his family, when exasperated are well known to have been originally slaves brought up in by any real or apprehended injury, could nail them to a cross, the seraglio: and the Mameluke sovereigns of Egypt were and make them die in a lingering and most miserable manoriginally slaves. Thus the advancement of the Hebrew cap- ner. These slaves, generally, were wretched captives, who tive Joseph to be viceroy of Egypt, and of Daniel, another had been taken prisoners in unfortunate battles, or had falHebrew captive, to be chief minister of state in Babylon, len into their enemies' hands in the siege of cities. These corresponds with the modern usages of the East.

miserable captives, ancient history informs us, were either In order to mitigate the conditions of slaves, various sta- butchered in cold blood, or sold by auction for slaves to the tutes were enacted by Moses. Thus, 1. They were to be highest bidder. The unhappy prisoners thus bought and treated with humanity: the law in Lev. xxv. 39—53., it is enslaved were sometimes thrust into deep mines, to be true, speaks expressly of slaves who were of Hebrew de- drudges through life in darkness and despair: sometimes scent; but, as alien-born slaves were engrafted into the He- were pent up in private workhouses, and condemned to the brew church by circumcision, there is no doubt but that it most laborious and ignoble occupations: frequently the toils, applied to all slaves.-2. If a man struck his servant or maid of agriculture were imposed upon them, and the severest task with a rod or staff, and he or she died under his hand, he unmercifully exacted from them :5 most commonly they was to be punished by the magistrate; if, however, the slave were employed in the menial offices and drudgery of domessurvived for a day or two, the master was to go unpunished, tic life, and treated with the greatest inhumanity. As the as no intention of murder could be presumed, and the loss last insult upon their wretchedness, they were branded in of the slave was deemed a sufficient punishment. (Exod. the forehead, and a note of eternal disgrace and infamy pubxxi. 20, 21.)—3. A slave who lost an eye or a tooth by a licly and indelibly impressed upon them! One cannot think blow from his or her master, acquired his or her liberty in of this most contumelious and reproachful treatment of a consequence. (Exod. xxi. 26, 27.)–4. All slaves were to fellow-creature without feeling the acutest pain and indignarest from their labours on the Sabbath, and on the great fes- tion. To the above-mentioned customs in the treatment of tivals. (Exod. xx. 10. Deut. v. 14.)-5. They were to be slaves, which obtained among the ancients, there are several invited to certain feasts. (Deut. xii.'17, 18. xvi. 11.)—6. A allusions in the New Testament. Thus St. Paul, in refermaster who had betrothed a female slave to himself, if she ence to the custom of purchasing slaves, on whose heads a did not please him, was to permit her to be redeemed, and price was then fixed, just as upon any other commodity, and was prohibited from selling her to a strange nation, seeing he who, when bought, were the entire and unalienable property had dealt deceitfully with her. If he had betrothed her to his of the purchaser, by a very beautiful and expressive similison, he was to deal with her after the manner of daughters. tude represents Christians as the servants of Christ; informs If he took another wife, her food, raiment, and duty of mar- them that an immense price had been paid for them : that riage, he was not to diminish. And if he did not these three they were not at their own disposal; but in every respect, unlo her, then she was to go out free without money. (Exod. I both as to body and mind, were the sole and absolute proxxi. 7–11.)—7. Hebrew slaves were to continue in slavery perty of God. Ye are not your own : for ye are bought with only till the year of jubilee, when they might return to liberty, a price: therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, and their masters could not detain them against their wills which are God's. (1 Cor. vi. 20.) So also again: Ye are If they were desirous of continuing with their masters, they bought with a price: be not ye the servants of men. (1 Cor. vii. were to be brought to the judges, before whom they were to make a declaration that for this time they disclaimed the pri- 2 Jahn, Archæol. Biblica, $ 171. vilege of this law; and had their ears bored through with

an pro mortuis-pro quadrupedibus-for no menfor dead men for beasts;

3 Among the Romans more particularly, slaves were held-pro nullis awl against the door-posts of their master's house, after nay, were

in a much worse state than any cattle whatever. They had no which they had no longer any power of recovering their head in the state, no name, no tribe or register. They were not capable liberty until the next year of jubilee, after forty-nine years. no heirs, and could

make no will. Exclusive of what was called

their (Exod. xxi. 5, 6.) This very significant ceremony implied peculium, whatever they acquired was their master's; they could neither that they were closely attached to thàt house and family, and plead nor be pleaded, but were entirely excluded from all civil concerns; that they were bound to hear, and punctually to obey, all their were not entiiled to the rights of matrimony, and, therefore, had no relief master's orders.-8. If a Hebrew by birth was sold

to a stran- They might be sold, transferred, or pawned, like other goods or personal ger or alien dwelling in the vicinity of the land of Israel, his estaie; for goods they were, and as such they were esteemed. Taylor's relations were to redeem him, and such slave was to make Elements of the Roman Civil Law, p. 429. 4to. Adam's Surunary of Roman

Antiquities, pp. 38, 39. good the purchase-money if he were able, paying in propor- 4 Jahn, Archæol. Bibl. $ 172. tion to the number of years that remained, until the year of $ The following passage from Mr. Jowett's Christian Researches in the jubilee. (Lev. xxv. 47–55.) Lastly, if a slave of another Mediterranean will give an idea of the rigour with which slaves are treated nation fled to the Hebrews, he was to be received hospitably, Egypt having received commands to prepare a large quantity of nitre in 23.) St. Paul usually styles himself the servant of Christ; Friend, I do thee no injustice; was not our agreement for a and in a passage in his epistle to the Galatians, alluding to denarius ? Take what justice entitles thee to, without rethe signatures with which slaves in those days were branded, pining, and calmly acquiesce in the faithful performance of he tells them that he carried about with him plain and indeli- our original agreement—a principle of benevolence disposes ble characters impressed in his body, which evinced him to me freely to bestow upon the last persons I hired what equity be the servant of his master Jesus. From henceforth let no obliged me to give to you. man trouble me, for 1 bear in my body the marks of the Lord “It has been observed that slaves were condemned to the Jesus.” (Gal. vi. 17.): It was a doctrine of the pharisaic mines, where their uncomfortable lives were consumed in the Jews, that proselytes were released from all antecedent, most rigorous and servile drudgery. It is natural to suppose civil, and even natural relations ; and it is not improbable that these wretches, born to better hopes, upon their first that some of the Jewish converts might carry the same prin- entrance into these dismal subterraneous abodes of darkness cipie into the Christian community, and teach that, by the pro- and despair, with such doleful prospects before them, would fession of Christianity, slaves were emancipated from their be transfixed with the acutest distress and anguish, shed Christian masters. In opposition to this false notion, the bitter unavailing tears, gnash their teeth for extreme misery, same great apostle requires that all who are under the yoke and fill these gloomy caverns with piercing cries and loud of servitude be taught to yield due obedience to their mas- lamentations. Our Lord seems to allude to this, and, conters, and animadverts with great severity upon those false sidered in this view, the imagery is peculiarly beautiful and teachers, who, from mercenary views, taught a different doc- expressive, when he represents the wicked servant and untrine. (1 Tim. vi. 1–10.), Against this principle of the faithful steward bound' hand and foot and cast into utter judaizing zealots, St. Paul always enters his strong protest, darkness, where there would be weeping, wailing, and and teaches that the profession of Christianity makes no dif- gnashing of teeth! (Matt. viii. 12. xxii. 13.) The reader will ference in the civil relations of men. Soe 1 Cor. vii. 17—24. be pleased with the ingenious remarks of the learned and judi

great haste, -"for this purpose he was building small reservoirs and 1 Boring of the ear was an ancient custom in the East: it is thus refer than the modern baked bricks. A great number of young persons of both

ducts, with old picked bricks, gathered from ruins; and which are better red to by Juvenal :

sexes were engaged in the work, carrying burdens. To give vivacity to .... Libertinus prior est : "Prior," inquit, "Ego adsum,

their proceedings, they are required to sing: and to keep them diligent, Cur timeam, dubitemve locum defendere ? quamvis

there were task-masters standing at iniervals of about ten feet, with Natus ad Euphratem, molles quod in AURE FENESTRE

whips in their hands, which they used very freely. We seemed to behold Arguerint, licet ipse negem.”

Sal. i. 102–105. the manners of the ancient Egyptians, Exodus v." Jowett's Researches, The freedman, bustling through, replies, "First come is still

p. 130. May not the command to sing also explain Psal. cxxxvii. 3, 4.1 First served ; and I may claim my right, and will,

"The Mallems” (or heads of districts of Coptic Christians in Egypt), the Though born a slave-'t were bootless to deny

same traveller elsewhere remarks, " transact business between the What these BORED EARS betray to every eye.)"

GirrorD. bashaw and the peasants. He punishes them, if the peasants prove that

they oppress; and yet he requires from them that the work of those who Calmet, to whom we are indebted for this fact, quotes a saying from Petro- are under them

shall be fulfilled. They strikingly illustrate the case of nius Arbiter, as attesting the same thing; and another of Cicero, in which the officers, placed by the Egyptian task-masters over the children of he rallies a Libyan who pretended he did not hear him.-"It is not," said Israel; and, like theirs, the Mållems often find that their case is evil. the philosopher," because your ears are not sufficiently BORED."--com See Exod. v. 6—29." Ibid. p. 168. See also Mr. Carne's Letters from the mentaire Littéral, sur l'Exode xxi 6. tom. I. p. 501.

East, pp. 71, 72

IV. Though slavery was tolerated and its horrors were cious Dr. Macknight on this passage :— In ancient times the mitigated by the wise and humane enactments of Moses, yet stewards of great families were slaves as well as the servants in the progress of time as hired servants would be necessary, of a lower class, being raised to that trust on account of their various regulations were in like manner made by him, to fidelity, wisdom, sobriety, and other good qualities. If any ensure them from being oppressed. Like slaves, hired steward, therefore, in the absence of his lord, behaved as is labourers were to partake of the rest of the Sabbath, and also represented in the parable, it was a plain proof, that the virto share in the produce of the sabbatical year: their hire was tues on account of which he was raised were counterfeit, and to be paid every day before sunset (Lev. xix. 13. Deut. xxiv. by consequence that he was a hypocrite. Slaves of this 14, 15.); but what that hire was to be, the Hebrew legisla- character, among other chastisements, were sometimes contor has not determined, because the price of labour must demned to work in the mines. And as this was one of the have varied according to circumstances. From the parable most grievous punishments, when they first entered, nothing of the proprietor of a vineyard and his labourers, which is was heard among them but weeping and gnashing of teeth, related in Matt. xx. 1–15., " we learn these three particu- on account of the intolerable fatigue to which they were sublars concerning the servants in Judæa, or at least in Jerusa-jected in these hideous caverns without hope of release. lem :-That early in the morning they stood in the market There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.; place to be hired—that the usual wages of a day-labourer - Crucifixion was a servile punishment, and usually inwere at that time a denarius, or about seven-pence halfpenny flicted on the most vile, worthless, and abandoned of slaves. of our money—and that the customary hours of working In reference to this it is that St. Paul represents our Lord were till six in the evening; Early in the morning the mas- taking upon him the

form of a servant, and becoming subject to ter of a family rose to hire day-labourers to work in his vine- death, even the death of the cross (Phil. ii. 8.); crucifixion yard. Having found a number he agreed to pay them a was not only the most painful and excruciating, but the most DENARIUS for the WAGES of the day, and sent them into his reproachful and ignominious death that could be suffered. vineyard. About nine o'clock he went again into the MARKET- Hence it is that the apostle so highly extols the unexampled PLACE, and found several others unemployed, whom he also love for man and magnanimity of Jesus, who for the joy set ordered into his vineyard, and promised to pay them what before him endured the cross, despising the shame (Heb. xii. was reasonable. At twelve and three in the afternoon, he 2.) and infamy even of such a death. It was this exit which went and made the same proposals, which were in the same Jesus made, that insuperably disgusted so many among the manner accepted. He went likewise about five o'clock, and heathens; who could never prevail with themselves to believe found a number of men sauntering about the market in idle that religion to be divine, whose founder had suffered such ness, and he said to them, Why do you consume the whole an opprobrious and infamous death from his countrymen. day in this indolent manner? There is no one hath thought And for men to preach in the world a system of truths as a fit to give us any employment, they replied. Then go you revelation from the Deity, which were first delivered to maninto the vineyard among my other labourers, and you shall kind by an illiterate and obscure Jew, pretending to a divine receive what is just. In the evening the proprietor of the mission and character, and who was for such a pretension vineyard ordered his steward to call the workmen together, crucified, appeared to the heathens the height of infatuation beginning from the last to the first, to pay them their wages and religious delusion. The preaching of the cross was to without any partiality or distinction. When those, therefore, them foolishness (1 Cor. i. 23.); and the religion of a crucified came, who had been employed about five in the afternoon, leader, who had suffered in the capital of his own country they received a denarius a piece. When those, who had been the indignities and death of a slave, carried with it, in their hired in the morning, saw them return with such great wages, estimation, the last absurdity and folly, and induced them to they indulged the most extravagant joy, imagining that their look upon the Christians, and the wretched cause in which pay would vastly exceed that of the others; but how great they were embarked, with pity and contempt. Hence St. was their disappointment, when they received from the stew- Paúl speaks of the offence of the cross, the great and invinard each man a denarius! This supposed injurious treatment cible disgust conceived by the men of those times against a caused them to raise loud clamours against the master. And religion whose founder was crucificd! Ilence he speaks of they complained to him of his usage of them, saying, the last not being ashamed of the Gospel from the circumstance labourers you hired only worked a single hour, and you have which made such numbers ashamed of it, nay, of glorying given them the same wages as you have given us, who have in the cross of Christ; though the consideration of the ignobeen scorched with excessive heat, and sustained the long minious and servile death he suffered was the very obstacle and rigorous toil of the whole day. He turned to one who that made the heathens stumble at the very threshold of appeared the most petulant of them, and directed this reply, Christianity, and filled them with insurmountable prejudices 1 Harwood's Introduction, vol. ii. pp. 144-146.

against it." . The same custom obtains to this day in Persia. In the city of Ilama. dan there is a maidan or square in front of a large mosque... İlere,"

says in opposition to the area Japse, or those who were free born; and,

V. Among the Greeks slaves were commonly termed Seuros, numerous band of peasants were collected with spades in their hands, by some of the comic writers, CIXETH. They were also fres waiting, as they informed us, to be hired for the day to work in the sur quently termed

Azudes. These appellations also occur in the rounding fields. This custoin, which I have never seen in any other part New Testament, where we find them characterized by difparable of the labourers in the vineyard in the 20th chapter

of Matthew, ferent names, according to the nature of the services which particularly when passing by the same place late in the day, we still found others standing idle, and remembered his words, Why stand ye here all 3 Dr. Macknight's Harmony, p. 522. 2d edit. 1763. the day idle? as most applicable to their situation; for, in putting the very « Σκανδαλον του σταυρου. Gal. v. 11. same question to them, they answered us, Because no man hath hired 6 God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus ws.” Morier's Second Journey through Persia. p. 265.

Christ. Gal. vi. 14. • Harwood's Introduction, vol. ii. pp. 147—152.

they performed. Thus in Acts xii. 20. we meet with a cham- xx. 9, 10.), 'A petercupya, or vine-dressers (Luke xiii. 7.); or berlain ; : .. Blastus, ó fri tõu xut@ves, who had charge of the Oupapes, or door-keepers. (Mark xiii. 34. John xviii. 16, 17.) royal bedchamber, or, in modern language, the royal cham- But, whatever was the nature of their service, each was reberlain. These persons often had great influence with their quired to prosecute that particular work which was deemed masters. Those, who had large flocks of sheep and herds most suitable for him by his master or lord, whether the of cattle, which they intrusted to troppestes, inferior shepherds, latter was at home or abroad (Mark xiii. 34. Luke xii. 42. appointed a chief shepherd, åp?ç«zrospin, to superintend them. xiv. 17. xvii. 7, 8.), with all honesty and fidelity. (Tit. ii. In 1 Pet. v. 4. this appellation is applied to the chief teacher 9, 10.)2 of religion, that is, Jesus Christ, who is to come as judge. Among the Greeks those slaves who had conducted themKings are often termed i Falueves TGV 220v, because they watch selves well were manumitted, or released from bondage. for the safety and welfare of their subjects; and the same The Greeks termed those who were thus liberated ÅTEAN Depous, figure is transferred to religious

teachers, who strive by their or freed men ; which word is applied by St. Paul to him who instructions and exhortations to promote the highest interests is called into the church of Christ, while a slave, in order to of mankind. The enerpetoc and oixerous appear to be synony- denote that he is free indeed, as being made by Christ a parmous terms for him who had the chief charge or oversight taker of all the privileges of the children of God. (1 Cor. vii. of the property or domestic affairs of any one. This class 22.) In some of the Grecian states, the son and heir was of men had authority over the slaves of a family, and seem permitted to adopt brethren, and communicate to them the to have sometimes been slaves themselves. (Luke xii. 42. same privileges which he himself enjoyed. To this some 1 Cor. iv. 2.) Besides the general care of affairs, the boys commentators have supposed that Jesus Christ refers in John of a family also appear to have been intrusted to their charge; viii. 32. at least in regard to pecuniary matters. (Gal. iv. 4.) Lastly, when slaves proved ungrateful to their former masSchleusner considers the interperos in this passage as the ters or patrons, they might be again reduced into bondage, guardian appointed by the law or by the magistrate, and the both among the Greeks and Romans. To this usage St. cixsvours as one who was appointed by wis. Opposed to Paul may refer when he exhorts the Galatian believers in slaves were the 'Epyetu or hired labourers (Matt. xx. 1.), Christ not to suffer the judaizing teachers again to entangle whether they were recepgol, or cultivators of the soil (Luke them in the yoke of bondage. (Gal. v. 1.)3

CHAPTER VI.

DOMESTIC CUSTOMS AND USAGES OF THE JEWS.

I Forms of Salutation and Politeness.-Reverence to Superiors.-II. Mode of receiving Guests or Visitors.—III. Conversation and Bathing.-IV. Food

and Entertainments.—V. Mode of Travelling:-VI. Hospitality a sacred Duty among the Jews. Account of the Tesseræ Hospitales of the Greeks and Romans. 1. “ Various are the modes of address and politeness | no man by the way (Luke x. 4.), he designed only by this which custom has established in different nations. The prohibition that they should employ the utmost expedition; Orientals were very exact in the observances of outward de- that they should suffer nothing to retard and impede them in corum : and we may collect, from several passages in the their progress from one place to another; and should not Old and New Testament, that their salutations and expres- lavish those precious moments, which ought to be devoted sions of regard on meeting each other were extremely tedious to the sacred and arduous duties of their office, in observing and tiresome, containing many minute inquiries concerning the irksome and unmeaning modes of ceremonious interthe person's welfare, and the welfare of his family and course. Not that our Lord intended that his disciples should friends; and when they parted, concluding with many reci- studiously violate all common civility and decency, and inprocal wishes of happiness and benediction on each other.”: dustriously offend against all the rules of courteousness and The ordinary formula of salutation wereThe Lord be with decorum, since he commanded them upon their entrance into thee ! The Lord bless thee!

—and Blessed be thou of the Lord! any house to salute it (Matt. x. 12.), and observe the casbut the most common salutation was Peace (that is, may all tomary form of civility in wishing it peace (Luke x. 5.) or manner of prosperity) be with thee! (Ruth ìi. 4. Judg. xix. universal happiness. This injunction, to salute no one on the 20. 1 Sam. xxv. 6. Psal. cxxix. 8.) 'In the latter ages of road, means only that they should urge their course with the Jewish polity, much time appears to have been spent in speed, and not suffer their attention to be diverted from the the rigid observance of these ceremonious forms, for which duties of their commission. There is a passage in the Old the modern inhabitants of the East continue to be remark-i Testament parallel to this, and which beautifully illustrates able. “When our Lord, therefore, in his commission to the it

. Elisha, despatching his servant Gehazi to recover the seventy, whom he despatched into the towns and villages of son of the Shunamite, strictly enjoins him to make all the Judæa to publish the Gospel, strictly ordered them to salute expedition possible, which is thus expressed : Gird up thy

loins and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way. If 1 See Adam's Roman Antiquities, p. 488.

thou meet any man, salute him not, and if any salute thee, an2 Robinson's Gr. Lexicon, in vocibus; Stosch's Compendium Archæologiæ Novi Testamenti, pp. 45, 46.

"swer him not again. (2 Kings iv. 29.) Bruning, Compendium Græcarum à profanis Sacrarum, p. 86. Kuinöel,

“ In all countries these modes of address and politeness,

though the terms are expressive of the profoundest respect of the minute, not to say frivolous, inquiries and salutations above and homage, yet through constant use and frequency of repesays the Rev. Mr. Jowett, “has his "Alla ybârakek,' – God bless you · tition soon degenerate into mere verbal forms and words of Conversation is sometiines among strangers made up of a very large pro course, in which the heart has no share. They are a frivoportion of these phrases ; for example, - Good morning. Answer: May lous unmeaning formulary, perpetually uttered without the house by your presence. – Are you happy ?– Happy; and you, also.– mind's ever annexing any idea to them. To these empty, you are. These sentences are often repeated; and, after any pause, it is ing

or taking leave of each other, there is a beautiful allusion You are comfortable, I am comfortable meaning Lam comfortable, it insignificant forms, which men mechanically repeat at meetusual to turn to your neighbour and resume these courtesies many times.” Jowett's Christian Researches in Syria, p. 90.

in the following expression of our Lord in that consolatory talkative when they meet an acquaintance, and salute him. This custom them dejected and disconsolate, on his plainly

assuring them 1 Serious

and taciturn as the natives of the East usually are, they grow discourse which he delivered to his apostles when he saw Africa. A inodern travelier relates the reciprocal salutations with which that he would soon leave them and go to the Father. Peace way to meet them: as soon as they are perceived, the questioning and giveth, give Ï unto you. (John xiv. 27.). Since I must

shortly those are received who

return with the caravans. People go a great I leave with you : my peace I give unto you :-not as the world *How do you

do? God be praised that you are come in peace! God give be taken from you, I now bid you adieu, sincerely wishing you peace | How fares it with you? The higher the rank of the person you every happiness; not as the world giveth, give I unto Journal, Stolberg's.

History of Religion, vol. iii. p 183. Burder's Oriental you; not in the unmeaning ceremonial 'manner the world Literature, vol. i. p. 486.

! repeats this salutation : for my wishes of peace and happiness

on John viii. 32.

to you are sincere, and my blessing and benediction will de- that the inhabitants of the oriental countries have always rive upon you every substantial félicity. This sheds light used more illiberal and humiliating forms of address and and lustre upon one of the finest and most beautiful pieces of homage than ever obtained in Europe. imagery which the genius and judgment of a writer ever cre- “It

was also customary in those times, whenever a popular ated. In the eleventh chapter of the Epistle to the Hebrews, harangue was about to be delivered, and the people stood the author informs us with what warm, anticipating hopes of convened, for the orator, before he entered on his discourse, the Messiah's future kingdom those great and good men, who to stretch forth his hand towards the multitude as a token of adorned the annals of former ages, were animated. These respect to his audience, and to engage their candid attention. all, says he, died in faith, they closed their eyes upon the Frequent instances of this polite address of an orator to the world, but they closed them in the transporting assurance assembled multitude occur in the classics. In like manner that God would accomplish his promises. They had the we read that St. Paul, before he commenced his public apology firmest persuasion that the Messiah would bless the world. to the multitude, bespoke their respect and candour by beckonBy faith they antedated these happy times, and placed them- ing with his hand to them. Paul said, I am a man who selves, in idea, in the midst of all their fancied blessedness. am a Jew of Tarsus, a city of Cilicia, a citizen of no mean They hailed this most auspicious period : saluted it, as one city; and I beseech thee suffer me to speak unto the people.' salutes a friend whose person we recognise, at a distance. And when he had given him license, Paul stood on the stairs These all died in faith, died in the firm persuasion that God and beckoned with his hand unto the people. Thus, also, in would accomplish these magnificent promises, though they the account of the tumult which happened at Ephesus, when themselves had not enjoyed them, but only had seen them the whole city was filled with confusion, some clamouring afar off: God had only blessed them with a remote prospect one thing, some another, and the mob which Demetrius had of them. They were, therefore, persuaded of them, they had raised were instigated to the last excesses of violence and the strongest conviction of their reality—they embraced fury, though, as is usual in mobs, the majority of them, as them—with transport saluted' them at a distance, confessing the sacred historian tells us, knew not what it was that had that they were but strangers and pilgrims upon earth, but brought them together; in the midst of this confused scene were all travelling towards a city which had foundations, we read that the

Jews pushed forward and placed one Alexwhose builder and maker is God.”2

ander on an eminence. He, being exalted above the crowd, Respect was shown to persons on meeting, by the saluta- intended in a formal harangue to exculpate the Jews from tion of Peace be with you ! and laying the right hand upon the any concern in the present disturbance. Accordingly he bosom: but if the person addressed was of the highest rank, beckoned to them with his handmaking use of this respectful they bowed to the earth. Thus Jacob bowed to the ground customary address to ensure their favourable regard, before seven times until he came near to his brother Esau. (Gen. xxxiii. he delivered his designed apology. But this specious and 3.) Such was the piety of ancient times, that masters popular artifice, it seems, did not avail the orator; for the saluted their labourers with “ The Lord be with you!to moment the mob understood he was a Jew, they pierced the which they answered, “ The Lord ble:s thee!"3 Sometimes air with their confused cries, repeating, for two hours together, the hem of the person's garment was kissed, and even the Great is Diana of the Ephesians ! dust on which he had to tread. (Zech. viii. 23. Luke viii. 44. "From time immemorial it has also been the universal Acts x. 26. Psal. lxxii. 9.). Near relations and intimate custom in the East to send presents one to another. No one acquaintances kissed each other's hands, head, neck, beard waits upon an eastern prince, or any person of distinction, (which on such occasions only could be touched without without a present. This is a token of respect which is never affront), or shoulders. (Gen. xxxiii. 4. xlv. 14. 2 Sam. xx. 9. dispensed with. How mean and inconsiderable soever the Luke xv. 20. Acts xx. 37.) The modern Arabs salute their gift, the intention of the giver is accepted. Plutarch informs chiefs by kissing either cheek alternately. Whenever the us that a peasant happening to fall in the way of Artaxerxes common people approach their prince, or any person of the Persian monarch in one of his excursions, having nothing superior rank, it was customary for them to prostrate them- to present to his sovereign, according to the oriental custom, selves before him. “In particular, this homage was univer- the countryman immediately ran to an adjacent stream, filled sally paid to the monarchs of Persia by those who were admit- both his hands, and offered it to his prince. The monarch, ted into their presence; a homage, in which some of the Greek says the philosopher, smiled and graciously received it, highly commanders, possessed of a truly liberal and manly spirit, pleased with the good dispositions this action manifested.? peremptorily refused to gratify them. In imitation of these All the books of modern travellers into the East, Sandys, proud sovereigns, Alexander the Great exacted a similar pros- Thevenot, Maundrell, Shaw, Pococke, Norden, Hasselquist, tration. This mode of address obtained also among the Jews. Light, Clarke, Morier, Ouseley, Buckingham, and others, When honoured with admittance to their sovereign, or intro- "abound with numberless examples of this universally preduced to illustrious personages, they fell down at their feet

, valent custom of waiting upon great men with presents and continued in this servile posture till they were raised. unaccompanied with which, should a stranger presume to There occur many instances of this custom in the New Tes- enter their houses, it would be deemed the last outrage and tament. The wise men who came from the East, when violation of politeness and respect. It was, therefore, agreethey saw the child Jesus with his mother Mary, fell down ably to this oriental practice which obtains in all these counand worshipped him. Great numbers of those who approached tries to this day, that the wise men, when they entered the our Saviour fell down at his feet. We read of several of the house to which the star had directed them, and saw the child common people who prostrated themselves before him and and his mother, after they had prostrated themselves before worshipped him. Cornelius, at his first interview with him, and paid him the profoundest homage, as the evangelist Peter, when he met him, fell down before him and worshipped informs us, opened their treasures, and testified their sense him, and remained in this submissive attitude till Peter took of the dignity

of his person, by respectfully making him rich him up; saying, Stand up: I also am a man. In the Old presents, consisting of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.", Testament we read that Esther fell down at the feet of Aha- II. When any person visited another, he stood at the gate suerus. These prostrations among the eastern people appear (as is still usual'in India)10 and knocked, or called aloud, until to us to the last degree unmanly and slavish ;o but it seems the person on whom he called admitted him. (2 Kings v. 9 : 'Aruxou usvor. The word always used in salutations. See Romans –12. Prov. viii. 34. Acts x. 17. xii. 13. 16.) If the visitor

» Harwood's Introduction, vol. ii. pp. 279-283. was a person of extraordinary dignity, it was customary to • Not unlike the above, are the salutations in use at this thine among the send persons of rank, who were followed by others of still pitious! he replies, ‘May you be the pledge of God! Ask a Turk," Is greater rank, to meet him, and do him honour. Thus Balak your health good?' he answers, Glory be to God! Salute him as you sent princes more and more honourable to meet Balaam (Num. pass him rapidly in travelling, he exclaims, May God be merciful to you!' xxii. 15.), and the same custom obtains to this day in Persia.11 At parting he addresses you, To God I commend your and is answered, Visitors were always received and dismissed with great

in • Irby's and Mangles Travels, p. 262. • Vereor ne civitati meæ sit opprobrio, si quum ex eâ sim profectus, feet, water was also poured upon their hands (2 Kings iii.

respect. On their arrival water was brought to wash their quæ cæteris gentibus imperare consueverit, potius barbarorum quam illius more fungar? C. Nepos. Conon. p. 153. The Athenians punished a person with death for submitting to this slavish prostration. Athenienses + Plutarch's Morals, vol. p. i. 299. edit. Gr. Stephani. autem Timagoram inter officium salutationis Darium regem more gentis 8 The common present now made to the great in these countries is a illius adulatum, capitali supplicio affecerunt ; unius civis humilibus blan- horse : an ass might formerly answer the same purpose, and to this Moses ditiis totius urbis suæ decus

Persicæ dominationi summissum graviter fe probably alludes in Nam. xvi, 15. as well as Samuel (1 Sam. xii. 3.), par. rentes. Valerius Maximus, lib. vi. cap. 3. p. 561. Torrenii, Leidæ, 1726. ticularly as asses were then deemned no dishonourable beast for the saddle.

6 Qui ubi in castra Romana et prætorium pervenerunt, more adulantium, See Burder's Oriental Literature, vol. i. p. 243.
accepto, credo, ritu ex eâ regione ex quả oriundi erant, procubuerunt. 9 Harwood's Introduction, vol. ii. pp. 284-289.
Conveniens oratio tam humili adulationi. Livius, lib. xxx. cap. 16. tom. iii. 10 Statham's Indian Recollections, p. 113.
p. 130. edit. Ruddiman.

11 Morier's Second Journey, p. 129. VOL. II.

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