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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Jeb’usites (3 syl.),
 
in Dryden’s satire of Absalóm and Achitophel, stands for the Roman Catholics; so called because England was Roman Catholic before the Reformation, and Jerusalem was called Jebus before the time of David.   1
   In this poem, the Jebusites are the Catholics, and the Levites the dissenting clergy:   2
       
“Succeeding times did equal folly call,
Believing nothing, or believing all.
The Egyptian rites the Jebusites embraced,
When gods were recommended by their taste.”
       
[Transubstantiation.]
       
Dryden: Absalom and Achitophel, Part i. 117–123.
 


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