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Siva Mahimnastava, by Sushpadanta. 
Meghadiita, with Mallinatha's glos^. 
Parthiva Piijana, (prayers to Mahadfrva.) 
At Indore : Vishnu Sahasra Nama. 
Siva Mahimnastava. 

Pantcharatna, (extracts from the Vedas, etc.) 
Samadrika, (on chiromancy.) 
Also, at Benares : The Saraswata Grammar. 

At Benares, lias also appeared the Tatwa Samasa, the 
original source of the doctrines of the Sankhya school of 
Hindu philosophy. This is edited, with a translation, by 
Dr. Ballantyne, of the Benares College. Prof. Hall, how- 
ever, informs us that he had " had the good fortune, within 
a few days, to discover a second MS., from which Dr. Bal- 
lantyne will probably prepare a sheet of various readings, 
additions, and corrections." It will be remembered that 
Colebrooke refers to this work in his Essays on the Philoso- 
phy of the Hindus, with a doubt whether the text was 
extant, or not.* 



JEWS IN CHINA. 



By a communication from Dr. E. C. Bridgman, dated 
Shanghai, Jan. 18, 1851, it appears that eight Hebrew man- 
uscripts have been brought to that place from Kaifung-fu, in 
the province of Honan, six of them being sections xiii. 
xxiii. xxx. xxxvii. xlvii. liii. of the Mosaic Law, as usually 
divided by the Jews, and the other two containing parts of 
the Jewish liturgy. The travellers, two native Christians, 
who brought the manuscripts, are said to confirm the earlier 
accounts concerning the Jews in Kaifung-fu, and to furnish 
also some additional particulars. 

It has been suggested that these Jews, as they have been 
separated from their brethren for a long period, may be of 
the ten tribes, and that their manuscripts for the same reason 

* See Colebrooke'9 Miscellaneous Essays, Vol. i. p. 233. — Comm. of Publ. 



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may be Ante-Masoretic, a circumstance which would give 
them great value. There is a tradition also that they have 
the two books of Maccabees, and perhaps other apocryphal 
books, in the original Hebrew, the existence of which has 
been a matter of great uncertainty. These points will soon 
be determined. 

In any case it is interesting to observe their general iden- 
tity of character with their western brethren, praying like 
them towards Jerusalem, the city of the great king ; their 
great tenacity of life, having been on the eve of extinction 
for two hundred and fifty years ; and the wonderful manner 
in which, after having been an object of unavailing research 
to the learned of Europe for several centuries, they have 
now become accessible, by a political change in the exter- 
nal relations of China.