CHAPTER XIII - ORIENTAL STUDIES  pp. 162-170

ORIENTAL STUDIES

By Christopher Wordsworth

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Arabicae linguae professor eras ibit in desertum.

Edm. Castell (1669).

At this point some information relative to the study of the arch-science Divinity might have been expected to follow our account of Humanity and Morality.

This, however, has been postponed for another occasion, if it shall ever arise, when it is proposed to put together some collections on the kindred topic of Religious Life at the English Universities in the Eighteenth Century.

Nevertheless we here subjoin a few notes upon the study not of arabic only but of hebrew, as that may be considered simply as a branch of philology, though its literature is theological.

Some additional information, kindly communicated by Mr Bensly, will be found in the concluding chapter of this volume.

In the seventeenth century our English schools and universities were by no means behindhand in the study of hebrew. It was well done that the drudgery of learning the alphabet and grammar should be got over while the memory was young: and some traces of that system still linger at King's College Camb., and, if not now at Westminster, at the other London schools, and at King Edward VIth's school; Bury St Edmunds.

There were even among the juniors at Cambridge in 1654, many (as Barrow quaintly said) who could have understood Adam when he gave names to all things.

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