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A SERIES

OF

CONVERSATIONS AT JERUSALEM

BETWEEN

A PATRIARCH OF THE GREEK CHURCH

AND

A CHIEF RABBI OF THE JEWS,

CONCERNING THE

Malicious Charge against the Jews of using Christian Blood.

BY J. B. LEVINSOHN.

TRANSLATED FROM THE HEBREW AS A TRIBUTE TO THE

MEMORY OF THE MARTYRS AT DAMASCUS,

BY DR. L. LOEWE,

MEMBER OF THE ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND, OF THE ASIATIC
SOCIETY AT PARIS, ORIENTAL LINGUIST TO HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF
SUSSEX, AND AUTHOR OF THE ORIGIN OF THE EGYPTIAN LANGUAGE,"

AND OF "LETTERS FROM THE EAST."

LONDON:

LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, AND LONGMANS.

M.DCCC.XLI.

LONDON: PRINTSD EI VEKTESIMOK AND Co., GREUS HKS, FINSBURY CIRCUS.

BOCOR

13:3 OXFORD

PREFACE.

It is presumed that all well-informed classes of society in this country are, in some degree, acquainted with the late cruel persecution of the Jews at Damascus. That persecution involved a prejudice from which the Jewish people have, at various times during the last six hundred years, suffered much affliction, in all parts of Europe where the progress of civilization and knowledge had been but slow; though it has not existed in any other region, except where Christians had settled whose, enlightenment had not kept pace, as in the recent case of the Christians at Damascus, with that which now happily pervades this division of the world throughout. Thanks be to the Almighty! there is no reason to fear that the frightful prejudice will ever again be entertained in this country, which occupies so prominent a station in all that pertains to wisdom, justice, and humanity; here, at all events, the Israelites are safe ;* it cannot, therefore, be otherwise than a

* The writer's assertions on this head are fully sustained by the magnanimous meeting of so many influential and learned British Christians at the Egyptian Hall, on Friday, July 3, 1840, for the purpose of expressing their sympathy with the Israelites, and their earnest wishes for the success of Sir Moses Montefiore, pre

LONDON: PRINTED BY J. WEKTHEIMER AND CO.,

CIRCUS PLACE, FINSBURY CIRCUS.

BODLL3R

23 NOV 1913 OXFORD

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