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CitAP. IV.-Gospel according to Matthew continued.

Section. * Page,

i. The Sermon upon the Mount—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 . . . . 171

#I. 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,

and taken forcibly by violent men—Another misapplica-

tion of this writer of one of the old prophecies—The au-

thorignorant of the meaning of the sign which Jonah was

to the Ninevites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184

tii. 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—Pa- -

table of the net cast into the sea '................... • 190

iv. 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 euñúchs ‘. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208

V. Parable of the householder hiring lăbourers into his vineyard
—Misapprehension of the writer of Zechariah's meaning in
the words, “an ass and a colt; the foal of an ass"—Para-
ble of the man 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 ............ 209

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

signed for our Lord's making his 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' .... ................ 218.

WII. Subsequent contradictions between this writer and Luke, -

to the conclusion of his Gospel, which infallibly prove

that one of then is fabulous and false . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227

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Section. - - - . . . Page.
VIII, Miracles of Jesus recorded by this writer—Testimony of

the prophecies recorded in this Gospel—Prophecy of
the destruction of Jerusalem • . . . . . . . . . . . . • * * * * * * * * 249

CHAP. W.-Gospel according to Mark.

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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 . . . . . . . . . . . . .” - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 288

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 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 299

Chap. VII.-Of the Epistles.

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FTER 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 contradicB

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