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या पानाचे मुद्रितशोधन झालेले नाही

सामान्यविवेचन व दिग्दर्शन. २५ It is not necessary however, to discuss, here, ali the controverted points of this question; for even if Ophir should be proved to be in Arabia, the names for apes and peacocks, would still point to Sanskrit, and could have been brought to Ophir from no other country but India. These names as found in the Old Testament, are by all competent Hebrew Seholars admitted not to be of Semitic growth. They are foreign words in Hebrew, and they do not receive any light either from the dialects of Arabia, including the Hemiyaritic inscriptions, or from the languages spoken on the Mozambique Coast of Africa, where according to some authorities, Ophir was situated. Some of these names have been traced back to Sanskrit and to the languages spolken on the Malabar Coast of the Delchan; and though it must be admitted that as foreign words they have suffered considerable corruption in the mouths of ignorant sailors, yet, allowing the same latitude of phonetic change, it has been impossible to trace them back to any other family of speech' If, therefore, there could seem to exist any stringent evidence that Ophir was a mere entrepót, not in India but in Arabia, the spreading of Sanskrit names to Arabia before they reached Palestine would only serve to incaease the antiguity of Sanskrit, as spoken in these parts of India from whence alone the natural products of her language and of her soil could have been exported. And if we consider that there is no other language which can claim these names as her own—that there is no country in which all the articles brought by the fleet of Ezion-geber, whether frem Ophir, or elsewhere, are indeginous—that sandal-wood,