70 A learned philosopher came into the ball, where Hindus also were present, and three other learned men; a Muselman, a Nazarene, and a Jew: these were summoned, and ranged In opposition to the learned philosopher. The latter opened the dis- cussion in this manner : " The divine mission of '' your prophets has not been proved, for several rea- *' sons: the first is, that whatever the prophet says " ought to be conformable to reason; the second is, '- that he ought to be free from crime, and not hurt- " ful to other beings. But Moses, according to the " opinion of the Jews, was brought up by Pharaoh, "'and yet he caused him by a stratagem to be " drowned in. the waters of the Nile, and listened " not to his repentance. What they say of the " water of the Nile having opened a passage to " Moses, is an error. Nor did he attend to the " repentance of Kariin (liorah),1 but, from cove- 64 tousness of gold, he caused him to be swal- 4i lowed up by the earth. Jesus permitted the kill- 1 According to Richardson's Diet., edit, of F. Johnson: " Kanin is "supposed to be the same person called Korah (Numbers, chap. XVI) i% whom the Muhammedans describe as the cousin of Moses. He is fre- -' quently alluded to by the poets and moralists, not only as being ex- 14 tremely handsome, but as possessed of immense wealth, acquired by his '* skill in chemistry, and the discovery of the philosopher's stone; whilst " his avarice is represented as so remarkable, that his name is prover- ^ bially applied to all misers. They add, that it was on account of his 41 refusal to pay Moses a tithe of his possessions for the public use, that *' the earth opened and swallowed him up."