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A TABLE of OFFICES and CONDITIONS of MEN. PATRIARCHS, or Fathers of Families, | Prophets, anciently called Seers, who

such as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and his sons.

Judges, temporary supreme Governors, immediately appointed by God over the children of Israel. Kings, and they either of the whole nation, or, after the falling off of the ten tribes, of Judah or Israel. Elders, Senators of the LXX, or San

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Publicans, or Tax-gatherers. Centurions, Captains of an hundred men. ECCLESIASTICAL OFFICERS, or SECTS of MEN. High Priests, who only might enter the Holy of Holies. Second Priests, or Sagan, who supplied the high priest's office, in case he were disabled.

High Priests for the War, set apart for the occasion of an expedition. Priests, Levites of the sons of Aaron, divided into twenty-four ranks, each rank serving weekly in the temple. Levites, of the tribe of Levi, but not of Aaron's family; of these were three orders, Gershonites, Kohathites, Merarites, several sons of Levi. Nethinims, inferior servants to the Priests and Levites (not of their tribe) to draw water, and cleave wood, &c.

foretold future events, and denounced God's judgements.

Children of the Prophets, their disciples or scholars.

Wise Men, called so in imitation of the Eastern Magi, or Gentile Philosophers. Scribes, writers, and expounders of the


Disputers, that raised and determined questions out of the law.

Rabbies or Doctors, Teachers of Israel. Libertines, freed men of Rome, who,

being Jews or Proselytes, had a synagogue or oratory for themselves. Gaulonites, or Galileans, who pretended it unlawful to obey an heathen Herodians, who shaped their religion to magistrate. the times, and particularly flattered Herod.

Epicureans, who placed all happiness. Stoics, who denied the liberty of the in pleasure. will, and pretended all events were determined by fatal necessity. Simon Magus, author of the heresy of the Gnostics, who taught that men, however vicious their practice was, should be saved by their knowledge. Nicolaitanes, the disciples of Nicolas,

one of the first seven Deacons, who taught the community of wives. Nazarites, who under a vow abstained from wine, &c.

Nazarenes, Jews professing Christianity. Zelots, Sicarii, or murderers, who under pretence of the law,thought themselves authorised to commit any outrage. Pharisees, separatists, who upon the opinion of their own godliness, despised all others. Sadducees, who denied the resurrection of the dead, angels, and spirits. Samaritans, mongrel professors, partly

Heathen, partly Jews, the offspring of the Assyrians sent to Samaria. Apostles, Missionaries, or persons sent; they who were sent by our Saviour from their number were called The Twelve. Bishops, Successors of the Apostles in the government of the church. Deacons, Officers chosen by the Apostles to take care of the poor.

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