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SCRIP TURK ILLUSTRATIONS.-No. 833. Gisit. xuil. 39.—" The Egyptians would not cat bread with the Hebrews, for that U an abomination to the Egyptians." The Egyptians bad long been exposed to the ravages of the wandering tribes. and held them in the greatest abhorrence. The above passage serves to explain a circumstance which has been the cause of much controversy among the com- mentators,—the reason why the descendants o. Abraham were named Hebrews. Some assert that they were thus called from Heber, one of their ancestors, an untenable hypothesis, as there is no circumstance recorded respecting Heber. which would entitle him to give his name to a tribe; others, with more probability, derive the name frain a Hebrew verb, which signifies 44 to pass over but they restrict the allusion to Abraham's having passed over" the Euphrates, when he came from the land of his fathers to dwell ia Canaan. But since tb., word Hebrew signifies a Pastenger," it is evident that it may be received as a designation of the wan- during mJ paatornl life of the ttrty Partfrifcrch. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were "dwellers in tents," not inhabitants of cities; the Egyp- tians bad no cause for hating the descendants of Heber, or the offspring of any one who had come from beyond the Euphrates, but they had every reason to detest No or wanderers, and the very name of Hebrew intimated that than so called led a wandefiug life,

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