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the ancients, not only to these Arabians, but also to some in- CHAP. habitants in Africk, and Sarmatia or Scythia, who followed VI. the like roving manner of life.
Lastly, by the Galatians mentioned in 1 Macc. viii. 2. are 17. to be understood, not the same Galatians, to whom St. Paul latians and
mo. Do of the Gawrote one of his Epistles, and who lived in the Lesser Asia, Spain. but the European Galatæ, or Galatians, called by the Latins Galli ; and the greatest part of whose country is now-a-days inhabited by the French : the rest being inhabited by those in the Netherlands, and Germany on the south and west of the Rhine, as also by those of Lorrain, Switzerland, and Savoy. For the boundaries of Galatia, or old Gaul, were, besides the fea, the river Rhine, and the Varus, and the Pyrenean mountains ; which last separated it from Spain, mentioned here by the writer of this history, as conquered by the Romans, as well as the country of the Galatians.
And thus I have gone through the history of the Maccabees, and so through all the historical books, making up, or appertaining to, the Old Testament.
KINGS OF JUDAH AND ISRAEL, And such other more remarkable Particulars, as occurred
within the Reigns of the said Kings, and are mentioned in the Books of Samuel, of Kings, and the other following Books of the Old Testament,
N the Chronological Account, belonging to the first volume, 1 of this Historical Geography of the Old Testament, (p. 351.) it has been observed, that in fixing the chronology of such particulars, as are mentioned in the sacred History between the Exodus (or the Israelites going out of Egypt) and Solomon's beginning to build the Temple, we must be guided by 1 Kings vi. 1. where we are expressly told, that from the Exodus to the beginning to build Solomon's Temple, were four hundred and fourscore years. Agreeably hereunto it has been also there observed, that reckoning backwards from the beginning to build Solomon's Temple, and deducting from four hundred and eighty (which, the forecited sacred text tells us, fell in with the fourth year of Solomon's reign) the three foregoing years of Solomon's reign, and the forty years of . David's reign, and likewise the forty years of Saul's reign; it will follow, that the last year of the Judges, or the year before the first of Saul's reign, must fall in with the three hundred and ninty-sixth year after the Exodus. And because it is also highly probable (as has been before observed, vol. i. VOL. II.