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Cuap. IV.-Gospel according to Matthew continued.

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Section.

Page.
1. The Sermon upon the Mouni-Improbable that it was de-

livered at such time and place --Its assertion respecting
the Law contradictory to the Prophets of both Covenants
-That the Lord's Prayer was taught at this time, incon-
sistent with Luke's History-Inconsistency of the direc-

tions given for fasting-Casting pearls before swine .... 12

ÍI. Miracle of healing the Centurion's servant-Of the demons

in the herd of swine-Enumeration of the names of the

twelve Apostles--Kingdom of Heaven suffering violence,

ånd taken forcibly by violent men-Another misapplica-

tion of this writer of one of the old prophecies--The qu.

thor ignorant of the meaning of the sign which Jonah was

to the Ninevites

184

III. Remarks on the parables of this writer compared with those

of Luke Parable of the sower-Ditto of the man who

sowed good seed in his field-Two ditto transcribed from

Luke-Ditto of the merchant seeking goodly pearls-Pae

table of thè nét cast into the sea

192

İy. Cause of the death of John the Baptist-That man is defiled,

not by that which goeth into his mouth, but that which

cometh out-Parable of the king that took account of his

servants--Different kinds of eunuchs

V. Parable of the householder hiring labourers into his vineyard

? - Misapprehension of the writer of Zechariah's meaning in

the words; "an ass and a colt; the foal of an ass"-Part-

ble of the máń who had two sons—Parable of the house-

holder who planted a vineyard and let it out-Parable of

the king who made a marriage for his son

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VI. Inconsistency of this writer with Luke, in the time as-

signed før our Lord's 'making bis pathetic ejaculation
over Jerusalein-Parable of the ten virgins--Ditto of the
talents--

This writer's description of the day of judgment

-History of the institution of the Lord's Supper, and its

inconsistency with that of Luke'

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VII. Subsequent contradictions between this writer and Luke,

to the conclusion of his Gospel,' which infallibly prove

that one of thein is fabulous and false ...

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Section.

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VIII. Miracles of Jesus recorded by this writer-Testimony of

the prophecies recorded in this Gospel-Prophecy of
the destruction of Jerusalem

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CHAP, VI.=Gospel according to John.

I. Remarks on the style in which this Gospel is written

Contradiction between this writer and Matthew, re-

specting John the Baptist- This writer's inconsistency

with Luke in his account of the first disciples of Jesus,

änd of their motives for following him-Similar incon-

sistency respecting our Lord's driving the traders out

of the temple

267

II. The writer's assertion that Jesus by his disciples baptized
more persons than John, before John was cast into pri-

-The discourse of Jesus with the woman of Sa-
mariaAssertion of our Lord, that other men labour-
ed, and that his disciples reaped the fruits of their
labour-The writer's confused account of the feasts of
the Jews-His ignorance that one of the Apostles was
the brother of Jesus-Inconsistency of this writer's ac-
count of the places of aur Lord's residence with that

given us by Luke

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III. His contradiction to Luke, in the circumstances which

preceded, accompanied, and followed our Lord's cru-

cifixion

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IV. Miracles and extraordinary acts of our Saviour, peculiar to

this writer-The changing water into wine-Healing the

nobleman's son at Capernaum--Miraculous efficacy of the

pool of Bethesda-Story of the woman taken in adultery-

Giving sight to a man born blind-The resurrection of

Lazarus

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V. Nothing in this Gospel that can be deemed a prophecy, but

a few short sentences which seem to refer to futurity

“ Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it

up"_That the hour would come when men should neither
worship God in the mountain of Samaria, nor yet at Je-
rusalem—That the Jews, though they would not receive
him coming in his father's name, would receive another
Messiah, who should come in his own name-Our Lord's
assertion, that if a man keep his saying, he shall never
see death-His promise to his disciples of divine inspira-
tion after his death-His assertion, that his disciples
should be immediately scattered, every one to his own
home, and should leave him alone

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Chap. VII. Of the Epistles.

I. Reasons for extending this disquisition to several of the

Epistles-Epistle to the Romans

.... 305

II. The Epistle to the Ephesians—And to the Colossians .... 312
III. The Epistle to the Philippians-To Titus And to Phi-
lemon

...... 314

IV. The Epistle to the Hebrews And the Epistle of James 321

V. The first Epistle of Peter—Second Epistle of Peter-And

the Epistle of Jude

329

VI. The three Epistles attributed to the Apostle John-The

want of that internal testimony of the spirit of prophecy
in all these Epistles, which accompanies Paul's Epistles

to the Corinthians, Galatians, Thessalonians, and Timothy 332
VII. Reasons for objecting to the Epistles to the seven Churches

of Asia, introduced into the Book of the Apocalypse.... 336

CONCLUSION

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AFTER so many writers, some of them

of great erudition and distinguished abilities, in almost all ages of what is called the Christian Church, have undertaken to harmonize and shew the perfect agreement of the four generally received Evangelists, and to reconcile all the seeming differences in both the facts and order of their several narrations; it will undoubtedly appear the highest degree of presumptuous arrogance to attempt now at last to demonstrate, that so much learned and ingenious labour hath been bestowed in vain. Yet after all that hath been said and written upon the subject, those Evangelical histories contain such gross, irreconcileable contradic

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