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of wonders exhibiting their skill, to the amazement of the low-bred miscreants: A lare' one at Rome died a common beggar, by name, Jofeph Labre ; he did in a great measure surprise two of us here, Joshua and Nehemia; you were both present at Rome when he died, on the 16th of April, 1783, declare what you were eye-witnesses to whilst there, that Rabbi Moses knowing the feduction that envelop its votaries of the christian heresy may hold fast to the covenant of circumcision given by Almighty God to our fathers. Joshua & Nehemiah.

Be it known to you, venerable Rabbi, that we were present at Rome. at the cime the beggar, Benedict, Joseph Labre, deceased, the time just mentioned, and were eye witnesses of what pafred, which far superseded the laws of nature; to enter into a narrative would be both tedious and irksome, more especially as we can present you with an accurate history a few days since sent us 'by our friends in London, printed in English, to which we beg to refer. All we will now thereiðre mention shall be ; that we were present for several days, examined the corpse and found it soft, flexible, sound, and uncorrupted, free from any disagreeable smell or sign of putrification, but perfectly elastic as the flesh of a person in health. One extraordinary circumstance we will take notice of: When he was to be shifted he was placed fitting on two benches, one supported him by the shoulders; the corpse as one alive stretched out his hand and laid hold of the bench to support himself. Some of the company willing to

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be convinced whether what appeared marvellous might not proceed from a natural cause, or the effect of mere chance; they therefore inclined the body toward the hand that clinched the bench. This experiment they tried : If the hand and fingers had been no more than simply applied to the bench; if the muscles had not been in a state of extension and real contraction; then when the body was more inclined to the hand that clinched the bench, the hand would naturally follow the motion and inclination of the body, and by its own weight loofen and fall : Instead of which, the hand continued to hold faft, uncil fome one loosened it: this was repeated different times to the fame effect. One of us for a full conviction in a case fo extraordinary, desired that the hand should be difengaged from the bench, and that the body might be seated in its firft pofition, which was done, and to our great amazement, the corpse or body fupported itself by clinching the bench as before, representing the action of a living person. Some time after his hand was loosed, and all present were convinced of the real flexibility of his fingers, and extension and play of the muscles, through the length of the hand that grasped the arm, and to the breaft; the same contractions and play of the muscles were observed as in a person alive, who being inclined to support his body in that posture or disposition, would take hold of what was most proper as a rest. This man died, Wednesday evening, and the time I now mention was the Sunday evening following. We being resolved to be eye-witnesses, spent a


large part of each day, for a month after his. death, near his person, which was not only difficult but dangerous, occasioned by the concourse of people from all parts, to receive their : cures, and some to return thanks for being healed; from which fucceffion of miracles turn ed forth such a prodigious storm of seduction that all the world seemed in a stupor. Silly people, crying out without ceasing, that che dead beggar attested his power with God. This called to our mind the reduction of Israel, we mean that part that fell from the covenant of our fathers and joined in league with their Jeader, Jesus, whom they ftiled Chrift, purely through a reprobate spirit thirsting for novelty, and tu. pernatural knowledge not lawful, or conformable to the state of man.

Aaron & Eleazar. What you advance of the supernatural powers, appertain, and is promised to none but our Messiah and covenant; all pretenders are excluded. The 35th chapter of the prophet Isaiah gives us this assurance : « The wilderness and the folicary place shall be glad for them; and the desart shall rejoice, and blolsom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excelJency of Carmel and Sharon : they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God. Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a feeble heart, be ítrong ; fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.


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Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb, ling; for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the defart. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water, in the habitation of dragons; where each lay shall be grass with reeds and rushes. And an highway fhall be there, and a way, and it shall be called the way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those : the way-faring men, though fools shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs, and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness; and sorrow and fighing shall fee away.” This, with the other prophecies and promises of scripture, would have been fulfilled according to the time marked out by Almighty God, which was when Jesus and several other invaders appeared at the epoch that the christian heresy fixes its date or æra. All other pretenders were crushed in their infancy, but the christian chief by his inimitable magic has laid Israel under infernal fetters which we still wear.

Joshua & Nebemiab. If Israel embarrass herself by claiming supernatural agency, or power of miracles, and other fpiritual invasions on nature, as a divine quality promised, and by which their Mefliah and new law or covenant


Ahall be distinguished or made known ; fuch as Ifaiah points out, and which you have just re. cited, I Given sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, agility to the lame or impotent, and speech to the dumb.” If these be the indubitable marks by which the Meffiah and new law shall be acknowledged and made known, and that the christian society are right in the date of their commencement, which was the time marked for the establishment of the new covenant by the Mefliah. If there are truths that cannot be impeached or controverted, and Jesus their legilator, of the seed of Abraham, tribe of Judah, and lineage of David : If christianity is entitled and priviliged with these marks and supernatural qualities; then the voice of the supreme God has bestowed and granted her his divine documents, which will account for the flourishing ftate of the second covenant, and the wretched condition and deprived state of the first. If so, the Jews of all people on the face of the earth are the most miserable. This we must

grant, that a great part of our nasion joined J lus, and became his disciples; that is, added tienselves to his church presently after his death, through warm persuasive means, confirmed by inconteftible miracles daily and hourly laid before them, openly, publicly, and with he most conspicuous and clear evidence, even the miracle of miracles, and which have been frequent among them until our time, railing the dead, as their leader raised Lazarus after being ceas four days; which enticement ailured the aultitude, and drew the greatest marks of respect



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