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[Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Part 6.]

Permit me, oh gentlest of readers, to emit a small yeehaw. If pushed, I might even manage a mini-hallelujah. And definitely a large and stentorian ramen!

I reached the end of that horrible book! This, below, is the final instalment of Bible Defense Of Slavery!

There's still work to be done. When Rustiguzzi, may his bike remain forever upright, catches up with my sudden burst of productivity, there'll be errata to, erm, un-errat. The formatting for the blog version was kind of rough-and-ready; I'll be spending some time tweaking that into something I'd be proud—or at least unashamed—to let the world see, before converting to e-book formats. There's some artwork to apply (a cover-image, and a cleaned up version of the frontispiece), which is currently in Fojap's capable hands.

But the hard slog is done and dusted, may FSM be thanked!

So, okay, the content below…

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And so we come, Gentle Reader, to the publisher's addition to the sixth edition of Bible Defense Of Slavery. It takes a more political stand than the main body of the work, presumably because by the time this edition went to press, the topic of slavery itself, and various grudges against the northern states, had become even more hot button issues. Topics range from (obviously) slavery itself, and the allegedly highly benevolent treatment of slaves, to a proposal to forcibly settle freed slaves in Liberia or elsewhere. (Liberia had been a voluntary destination for some freed slaves since eighteen-twenty, when the American Colonization Society set up a colony there.) (Because, well, blacks are okay when in slavery, and there's 'mutual respect' an' all, but free blacks are economy-draining scum no self respecting white person would want to share a society with. This, possibly, is one of the earliest iterations of 'Send 'em all back…,' a staple of racist and xenophobic rhetoric ever since. There's even a hint of 'I'm not racist but…' about it, for good measure.)

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And so we come, Gentle Reader, to sections Thirteen, Fourteen And Fifteen of the 1851 edition of Josiah Priest's Bible Defence Of Slavery. And we also reach the end of Priest's contribution to the work, though not the end of the book, which contains 'additions' in the form of a piece by the publisher and pamphlets from several other contributors. But this does seem to be a convenient place to pause and take stock.

Firstly, the easy bit. Some advice (which I touched on in a related piece yesterday) for anyone thinking of taking on a similar project.

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And so, Gentle Reader we come to part four of what I've previously referred to as 'that horrible book,' Bible Defence Of Slavery. I highly doubt that you'll be surprised to hear that these three chapters are just as horrible as the preceding nine. So, in an effort to make some kind of not quite so obvious point, let's ignore the subject discussed therein for the nonce, and make a more general point regarding its similarity to modern-day argumentation from some religious quarters.

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Well, I finally admitted to myself that the Christmas break is over and, regardless of my loathing for it, it was time to get back to proofing the OCR of what I've come to call 'that horrible book.' Saying it's not fun would be, Gentle Reader, to pass up a perfect opportunity to use the word 'sickening.'

If you've been reading it so far, all I'll say is, it gets worse over the course of the three chapters reproduced below. Much, much worse. You have been warned. Seriously, I am not joking on this.

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Well, I slogged my way through the next three chapters of Bible Defence Of Slavery. (See the link above, for the first three, plus preamble.)

I could write another long intro, but, frankly, my brain's gone numb. Much of this section involves all those tedious (not to mention overbearingly repetitive—this bloke really did want to drive his point home) Biblical minutiae I mentioned in my Venting post, yesterday and… let's just say it's been a slog.

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I've had cause, over the last couple of months, to link several times to the Open Library's scanned copy of a charming little work; an 1851 edition of Bible Defence Of Slavery. The last time I did so, I downloaded the epub version, thinking it might be a useful work to at least skim, if not read all the way through. No knowledge is wasted in my view, even if it's just accrued for its own sake; not to mention that arguments about whether such defences of slavery are scripturally sound aren't exactly rare, so chances are a little more knowledge of the subject would be of practical use.

But ugh!

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