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SACRED AND PROFANE
HISTORY OF THE WORLD
CREATION OF THE WORLD
DISSOLUTION OF THE ASSYRIAN EMPIRE,
At the Death of Sardanapalus ;
SAMUEL SHUCKFORD, D.D.
IN FOUR VOLUMES-VOL. II.
REVISED, CORRECTED, AND GREATLY IMPROVED,
BY JAMES CREIGHTON, BA.
ILLUSTRATED WITH A NEW AND CORRECT SET OF MAPS AND PLAN
Baron of Lynn-Regis, Knight of the Most
Noble Order of the Garter, one of the Lords of his Majesty's most Honourable Privy Council, and Principal Secretary of State, &c. &c.
MY LORD, YOUR Lordship’s condescension, in permitting me to beg your patronage of what I now offer to the world, will not be surprising to those who have the honour to know your Lordship; for they agree in testifying your inclination to countenance and protect any clergyman, who endeavours to apply him, self to studies suitable to his profession.
The design of my attempt is to vindicate the truth of revealed religion, as far as the history of the times I treat of, gives me opportunity. It is suggested by some writers, that there are questions to be made, “about .the-antiquity, authority, inspiration, and per
fection of the books both of the Old and New "Testament, and about the morality, religious
doctrijes; and other notions contained in them; about the harmony of the parts of those books to one another, and their contradiction to profane history, and about the miracles reported in them.” I have brought down the enquiry from the beginning; I have examined, I hope, with the greatest freedom; and if even my imperfect endeavours should evidence, as far as I have gone, that there is nothing unreasonable or contradictory in the Scriptures; what might be done upon this subject, if some great band would treat it, and compose a work worthy of your Lordship's acceptance and protection ?
The licentiousness of some modern writers would bring a lasting reproach upon