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THE DESTROYER OF WEEDS, THISTLES AND THORNS, IS A BENEFACTOR

WHETHER HE SOWETH GRAIN OR NOT

PRICE 35 CENTS

The oniy complete and authorized edition

NEW YORK
C. P. FARRELL, PUBLISHER
117 EAST 21ST STREET

1912

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TO

MRS. SUE. M. FARRELL,

IN LAW MY SISTER,

AND IN FACT MY FRIEND,

THIS VOLUME,

AS A TOKEN OF RESPECT AND LOVE

IS DEDICATED.

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PREFACE.

F

VOR many years I have regarded the Pentateuch

simply as a record of a barbarous people, in which are found a great number of the ceremonies of savagery, many absurd and unjust laws, and thousands of ideas inconsistent with known and demonstrated facts. To me it seemed almost a crime to teach that this record was written by inspired men; that slavery, polygamy, wars of extermination were right, and that there was a time when men could win the approbation of infinite Intelligence, Justice, and Mercy, by violating maidens and by butchering babes. To me it seemed more reasonable that savage men had made these laws; and I endeavored in a lecture, entitled “Some Mistakes of Moses," to point out some of the errors,

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