Selections from Bayle's Dictionary

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the making of waxen images and the study of Astrology, as two things one whereof is the proof of the other; and then all of a sudden he tells us, that as soon as Cosmo began to write Almanacks, he left off distributing those images to the loose courtiers: in which there is a contradiction and a wrong argument. Though a man writes Almanacks, he may be still a cheat with respect to those images. The Mercure Français does not at all agree with Garasse about all the fictitious names prefixed to Ruggeri's Almanacks. Compare the words of the Jesuit with these:62 "From the year 1604 he wrote Almanacks every year, some under the name of Querberus, others under the name of Vannerus and the Weeping Pilgrim of Savoy, which he adorned with verses or sentences out of the best Latin Poets and Orators."]

Sarah , sister and wife of Abraham,A was his faithful companion in all his travels.

A [That is so clear from the XXth chapter of Genesis, that were it not for the ill habit contracted by some, of sacrificing the natural sense of the words of Scripture to the least difficulties that arise, there could not be two different opinions about the matter. Let us take right the circumstances of the fact. Abraham being come into the country of the Philistines, made Sarah pass there for his sister. Whereupon Abimelech taking her to be a maid, or a widow, so that nothing could hinder him from making her one of his wives, caused her to be brought to him. But knowing by revelation that she was Abraham's wife, he restored her, complaining of their lies, which had exposed him to great mischief. I say, their lies; for, on the one side, Abraham had said of his wife, "she is my sister"; and Sarah had said of her husband, "he is my brother." Abraham excused himself, in the first place, on

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Merc. Français, Tom.iv, pag.46.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • Editorial Notes xxxiii
  • ABDAS 3
  • ADAM 8
  • ANABAPTISTS 26
  • AUGUSTIN 49
  • BERNARD 77
  • CASTILE 83
  • CONSTANCE 93
  • DAVID 96
  • Hobbes 125
  • JAPAN 142
  • KNUZEN 153
  • MANICHEES 157
  • POQUELIN 183
  • PYRRHO 202
  • REMOND 225
  • RUGGERI 241
  • SARAH 262
  • SPINOZA 291
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