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(without typos) from the publisher. 1862. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... I.' HISTORY OF THE RESEARCHES INTO THE SACRED WRITINGS AND
RELIGION OF THE PARSEES FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES DOWN TO THE
PRESENT. 1.--THE REPORTS OF THE GREEKS, ROMANS, ARMENIANS, AND
MOHAMMEDANS. In this chapter I intend to give a brief outline of
the gradual acquaintance of the western nations with the
Zoroastrian religion, (now professed only by the small Parsee
community in India, and by a very insignificant portion which
remained in the ancient fatherland in Persia, ) and principally to
trace the history of the scientific researches attempted in Europe
into the original records of this ancient creed, where the true
doctrine of the great Zoroaster and his successors, buried for
thousands of years, is to be found. To the whole ancient world
Zoroaster's lore was better known by the name of the doctrine of
the Magi, which denomination was commonly applied to the priests of
India, Persia, and Babylonia. The earliest mention of them is made
in the Prophet Jeremiah (39, 3), who enumerated among the retinue
of king Nebuchadnezzar at his entry into Jerusalem, the " Chief of
the Magi" (rab mag in Hebrew), from which statement we may
distinctly gather, that the Magi exercised a great influence at the
court of Babylonia 600 years B. C. They were, however, foreigners,
and are not to be confounded with the indigenous priests. In the
Old Testament no account of this religion is given; only once
(Ezekiel VIII., 16,17) it is hinted at.* The Persians, whose only
priests the Magi appear to have been, however, are never spoken of
as adherents to idolatry. The Persian kings, chiefly Cyrus, (called
Koresh in Hebrew, Kurush in the cuneiform inscriptions) favored the
Jews. In Isaiah this great king is called "the anointed of the Lord
(mashialch in Hebrew 45, 1, ), the shepherd who car...
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