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AND THEIR

PARALLELS IN OTHER RELIGIONS:

BEING A COMPARISON OF THE

Old and New Testament Myths and Miracles

WITH

THOSE OF HEATHEN NATIONS OF ANTIQUITY,

CONSIDERING ALSO

THEIR ORIGIN AND MEANING.

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WITH NUMEROUS ILLUSTRATIOVS.

"The same thing which is now called CHRISTIAN RELIGION, existed among the
Ancients. They have begun to call Christian, the true religion which existed before."

-Sr. AUGUSTIN.

"Our love for what is old, our reverence for what our fathers used, makes us keep
still in the church, and on the very aliar cloths, symbols which would excite the smile of
an Oriental, and lead him to wonder why we send missionaries to his land, while cherish-
ing his faith in ours."-JAMES Bonwick.

NEW YORK :
J. W. BOUTON, 706 BROADWAY.

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INTRODUCTION.

The idea of publishing the work here presented did not suggest itself until a large portion of the material it contains had been accumulated for the private use and personal gratification of the author. In pursuing the study of the Bible Myths, facts pertaining thereto, in a condensed form, seemed to be greatly needed, and nowhere to be found. Widely scattered through hundreds of ancient and modern volumes, most of the contents of this book may indeed be found; but any previous attempt to trace exclusively the myths and legends of the Old and New Testament to their origin, published as a separate work, is not known to the writer of this. Many able writers have shown our so-called Sacred Scriptures to be unhistorical, and have pronounced them largely legendary, but have there left the matter, evidently aware of the great extent of the subject lying beyond. As Thomas Scott remarks, in his English Life of Jesus: How these narratives (i. e., the New Testament narratives), unhistorical as they have been shown to be, came into existence, it is not our business to explain; and once again, at the end of the task, as at the beginning and throughout, we must emphatically disclaim the obligation.” To pursue the subject from the point at which it is abandoned by this and many other distinguished writers, has been the labor of the author of this volume for a number of years. The result of

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