Excerpt from Building the Tombs of the Prophets Was it t like going backward to cover the shame of the fathers with the mantle of atonement? Was it t a just and horable sentiment which prompted them to say - If we had been in the days of our fathers we would t have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets? How then could it be unworthy for them to build the sepulchres of the martyrs whom their fathers slew, and what is the reason of the woe deunced against them by the Son of Man? The crime of the Jews did t consist in sympathy and veneration for the dead, but rather in hatred to the living prophets. They saw how wrong it was in their fathers to persecute and slay the prophets of old, yet they were ready to copy the very crime which they were so prompt to condemn. At that very moment they were thirsting for the blood of a greater than the greatest of the ancient prophets, and plotting to compass his death. Such is the fatal aptitude of those who are quick to detect the sin of others, in blinding themselves to their own. These men were, in reality, only perfecting their fathers' crime, and filling up the measure of that national guilt which the former but commenced. The fathers slew the servants of God, and the children perpetuated their spirit, though assuming to repudiate and condemn their deeds. This was the crime of the Jews of our Lord's time; a crime amplified and refined by the hypocrisy which informed it. The text and the history to which it refers afford a lesson for us as a people. We condemn the Jews whom our Lord rebuked, as they condemned their fathers. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.