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ing never so much as suspected of heresy, or of unsound doctrine, in this important article. The case is simply this: If I believe, as I do most firmly believe, that, in the radical sense, the Hebrew title of Deity,, implies relation, agency, covenanting,' &c. I am not only justified in saying, but I am compelled to say, that the THREE IN Je'HOVAH ARE ALEIM;' whereas, from the defectiveness of the English language, fixed beyond all possible remedy, I neither can, nor do venture to say, THAT THE THREE IN THE LORD ARE GODS; and it will prove, in any critic, both unfriendly and unjust, to attempt to blacken the character of these Letters by any such unmerited imputation. To be called Tritheist, if sos be permitted to stand, in all respects, for Aleim, I am so far from being ashamed, that in common with those, who have embraced the same sentiments on this important subject, I accept of the designation as a mark of distinction from those who differ in sentiment from us. These men, to be consistent, must and do value themselves on being denominated THEISTS, a term which, according to their own confession, is only applicable to Jews, to CHRISTIANS, and Mahometans; (a goodly conjunction)-but which, notwithstanding their philosophical declamation, is a term, in my estimation, no less degrading to the true Christian, than the term TRITHEIST can be in their estimation. On the other hand, where Oog' is used for JEHOVAH,' as it frequently is, with all my suspected inclination to he

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resy, I am restrained by the idiom of the Hebrew tongue, as the original channel of divine revelation, from falling into the ungrammatical blunder of affixing the number THREE' to a word which has no plural.

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LETTER XX.

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IT is upon the acknowledged importance of the august title JEHOVAH,' the proper, the peculiar, the incommunicable name of the TRUE, the ONLY SUPREME BEING, assumed by himself, and revealed to man for his learning,' that not only my train of reasoning, in the foregoing pages, is founded, but that any distinct conception depends, which the weak intellect of man can form, on the interesting subject of the DIVINE NATURE. Neither the Greek, the Latin, nor the English language, possesses a term of synonimous import to the Hebrew term JEHOVAH, or expressive of that import. For these languages possess no term, applied to Deity, but what is equally applicable, and is constantly applied, to false objects of worship, in com

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mon with the true object. So far from this being the case with the title JEHOVAH,' it is this very title which distinguishes and marks the superiority of the true God, in every instance where an idol is contrasted with him; while to none of the three languages, in which the translation of Scripture is familiar to us, is any such power of distinction given. Thus, in that awful transaction between Moses and Pharaoh king of Egypt, both the force of Moses' first address, and the pertinency of Pharaoh's answer, are, in our translation, much obscured, not to say wholly kept out of sight. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Let my people go. 'And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord? I know 'not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go'.' Because of this language, Pharaoh has been branded with the name of Atheist; but that he deserved this title, does not at all appear from the original history. Pharaoh had Aleim' of his own, although he knew not the Aleim' of Israel, particularly under the designation of JEHOVAH, whereon the Jewish lawgiver lays the stress of his commission : 'thus saith JEHOVAH, the ALEIM of Israel.' Nay Pharaoh himself, after repeated humiliations, in the course of that great contest, is brought to acknowledge that he had sinned against JEHOVAH, YOUR Aleim.' Wherefore he adds, Entreat Jehovah, YOUR, Aleim, for me."

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Many are the places in the Old Testament, in which, if we carry with us this distinctive sense of the title JEHOVAH,' we shall discover an irresistible strength of emphasis; concealed, if not altogether buried, under the common acceptation of the title LORD,' as synonimous with GOD.' Thus, in that exclamation of the people, on occasion of Elijah's victory over the priests of Baal, JEHOVAH, He is the ALEIM; JEHOVAH, He is the ALEIM '.'

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The question which, on weighing all these circumstances, naturally suggests itself, is this; What, under the patriarchal and legal dispensations, was the design of the name JEHOVAH' being the 'incommunicable title of the true God, (to speak in common language), of him, whose name A

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with which this compound designation of the true God is connected, we discover not even a hint or implication of those peculiarities, which christian language has latterly ascribed to him; such as, 'eternal generation,' procession, subordination,' &c. And even where, in the sacred pages at large, we meet with any expressions which seem to import any such peculiarities, we wrest the Scriptures, if we do not account for them, and proceed to reconcile them to the ancient standard of truth, viz. Moses and the Prophets,' by means of that ŒECONOMY,' already treated of. Yet, even of that œconomy,' so necessary to this salutary purpose, the main foundation rests upon the signification of Jehovah,' and of its adjunct Aleim;' and, upon the distinction which, at the same time, subsists between them: the one denoting essence, the other expressing relation; and that not relation in the abstract, but of a particular quality, as agreeing,'' en

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However strange such a quality as this may appear to some calling themselves christians, the more polite heathens seem to have entertained a kind of notion of some such thing in Deity. This appears very distinctly from the Greeks having their Zus opx, and the Latins having their Jupiter Fade'rator,' their sworn,' or covenanting God. Nay, more appositely still to this sense of Aleim,' we find the eccle

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