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SECT. V. Agriculture of Judea.-Time of ploughing; form of their plough;
the ox goud; their manner of sowing; diseases of grain ; blasting or blight;
hoar frost; thunder showers; caterpillar; locusts; harvest in Judea.
The barley harvest; wheat harvest; manner of reaping by pulling up; cut-
ting with a sickle; harvest a season of joy; sheaves, but no shocks in Judea ;
threshing the grain by a staff; fail; feet of cattle; the drag; the wain with
iron wheels or teeth : winnowing by the shovel and fan ; threshing floors in
airy situations; straw used as fodder; grain preserved in earthen jars, or
LEARNING OF THE JEWS.
Jewish Manner of Writing.
on the mountains of Faran, in the wilderness of Sinai; in the plain of Mum-
Various disputes have arisen as to the origin of writing. Some supposing that it was of divine original, and never known till the time of Moses; and others, that it was known long prior to him. But, in a matter of such high antiquity, it is impossible to come at certainty. It would seem, however, from the perfection of Moses' style, that it was known before; unless we conclude, that God not only wrote the law on two tables of stone; but that the Holy Spirit enabled Moses to write the Pentateuch in a language till that time only spoken, but never committed to writing; and consequently, that the five books of Moses are remarkable, VOL. II.