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book, the title of which we give below.* It would make a nice New Year's Gift for our young friends and their companions. We have made enquiries as to the truth of this narrative, and the replies have been quite satisfactory.
What a delightful proof and evidence of the power of Divine grace is afforded in the trials and hopes of Leila Ada! May many of our young readers have grace to follow her, as she followed her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.
I. What shall we do? There is a question which we should be glad to have satisfactorily answered. Here we have such a number of answers—not one too many-and such a number of questions -not one too many—that we cannot possibly put them all into our little book. It would be turned into a catechism at once. What can we do, but just make a selection and beg our young friends to wait the turn of their communications appearing in due time.
The following are selections from the answers to the questions in our November number. “ The Hebrew Boys,” “ A School-boy,” A Friend of the Jews," " A Young Friend of the Jews,” · A. B. C.," “ E. L.,"
“ A. A.," “ A. M. L." and many others, have our best thanks.
* “ Leila Ada, the Jewish Convert. An Authentic Memoir. By Osborn W. Trenery Heighway, 'London ; Partridge and Oakey, Paternoster Row,
II. ANSWERS. 1. The Holy Land was called “the Land of Canaan,” because the Canaanites dwelt there so many centuries.
“ The Land of Israel,” because it was inhabited by the Israelites, or descendants of Israel or Jacob. 6. The Land of Promise,” because it was promised to Abraham and his seed. And “ the Holy Land,” because the land was God's, and it was in a manner sacred to him. The Land was called Palestine from the district of Philistia (which was inhabited by the Philistines), and was originally occupied by the Canaanites, or sons of Canaan. (See Gen. x. 15-18.)
2. Hebron's ancient name was Kirjath-Arba, from Arba,
a great man among the Anakims.” (Josh. xiv. 15.) With it are associated the names of Abraham, who lived here after his separation from Lot, and was buried here with Isaac, Jacob, Rebecca, Leah, and Joseph. Here dwelt king Hoham, who was defeated and slain by Joshua. Here dwelt Caleb, and here David held the sceptre of Judah for seven years.
3. Zerobabel built the Second Temple, but it was afterwards greatly repaired and ornamented by Herod.
4. The glory of the First Temple was inferior to the glory of the Second Temple (Haggai ii. 7—9); for unto the Second Temple the desire of all nations came, and filled it with his glory.
5. Joseph lived in Egypt about ninety-three years, and died at the age of 110.
6. The descendants of Ishmael remain a wonderful instance of the fulfilment of prophecy ; they are now called Arabians, and though the ablest generals have several times penetrated their territory, they have been always repulsed with great loss, nor have they ever been subdued.
7. God tried Abraham's faith
(1) When he denied Sarah to be his wife before Pharaoh.
(2) Before Abimelech.
Isaao. 8. The Patriarchs built altars at Sichem, at Beth-el, at Hebron, on mounts Moriah and Ararat, and at Beth-el and Beer-sheba, for the purpose of offering sacrifices to God.
9. (1) In Esau’s hatred to him.
(2) In Laban's deceiving him; 1. with regard to Rebekah ; and 2. with regard to the cattle.
(3) His children's deceit about Joseph. 10. Joseph gave a remarkable instance of faith, by directing the Israelites to carry his bones up with them when they went up out of Egypt. (Gen. 1. 25.)
III. QUESTIONS. 1. Why are the Jews wanderers among the nations?
2. Where is the earliest mention of Samaria ? By whom was it founded ?
3. Why was the kingdom of Israel divided after Solomon's death ?
4. Why did Jeroboam set up the Golden Calves ?
5. What was the intent of building the Tower of Babel?
6. Why was the Tribe of Levi chosen for the Priesthood ?
7. By whom and how was the land of Canaan, at different times, divided ?
8. By what names is the Dead Sea known in the Scriptures ?
9. Where is Mount Moriah situated, and for what events is it famous ?
10. What large building stands upon Mount Moriah now, and to what purpose is it devoted ?
11. How was the Holy Land divided in the time of our blessed Saviour ?
12. What were the divisions of Galilee ? 13. In what was Galilee specially honoured ? 14. What is meant by Galilee of the nations ?
[The Questions of “A. B. C.” in our next.)
THE PAST AND PRESENT POSITION OF
THE FRENCH JEWS.
(Continued from page 263.) THESE schools are only attended by the children of the poor
and middle classes, whilst those of the rich are generally educated in Roman Catholic establishments. The synagogues are clean and nicely decorated, the copies of the law richly ornamented, and now there is an organ in almost every synagogue, played by a Gentile. The office of the rabbi is a very easy one. He reads every Saturday the prayer for the Emperor, and preaches about four times a year. Once a year, the boys and girls, reaching the age of thirteen, have to repeat to the rabbi, after the afternoon service, the thirteen articles of faith, and give an account
of all the Jewish festivals; after which the rabbi addresses both parents and children. This is called “the first communion.” I asked several Jews the meaning of that term-to what communion they were admitted? The only explanation they could give me was, that it is the same as amongst the Christians; evidently a ceremony copied from the Roman Catholics.
The great difficulty with the French Jew is, not opposition to Christianity, but indifference to religion of any kind. He does not dispute what the missionary says: he listens with politeness, but without feeling any interest in what is said. At St. Etienne I visited a rich Jewish merchant, and was received with every mark of respect. He and his brother listened for above two hours whilst I was expounding to them the scheme of redemption as wrought out by Jesus Christ. When I had finished, they thanked me for the information I had imparted to them. I asked them what they thought on the subject. “As for thinking," they replied, “ that is quite out of the question ; we never think about it at all. It is very nice for those who have a taste for such matters, but we have too much to think about already.” I often meet on Saturday from ten to fifteen Jews, and if there is one that raises any objection, it is always a foreign Jew. This is their general character, whilst there are some who are seriously enquiring their way to Sion; others who have testified that they have found the Gospel to be the power of God unto salvation; and some who have not as yet publicly confessed the Saviour, but who, I believe, will be found in the kingdom of heaven with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
E. B. F.