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TO THE SECOND EDITION.
*** For the usefulness of a . Harmony and Chronological Arrangement of the Gospel History,' the reader is respectfully referred to the Preface accompanying the first edition.
In this edition, there is no alteration in the Harmony of the narratives, nor in the chronological arrangement of events.
The price is reduced, so as to insure a more general benefit; and the following extensive additions have been made :-
First. Complete references to the portions of the gospels composing the HARMONY AND CONTINUOUS History, are given by small figures in the text, preceding the sentence; which references are to be seen at the close of each paragraph.
Section 22, second paragraph, page 41. • The man sick of the palsy healed ;'
And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy, 'which was borne of four. And they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in *nigh unto him, “because of the multitude, they went upon the house top, they uncovered the roof where he was : and when they had broken it up, they "let him down through the tiling with his couch, wherein the sick of the palsy lay, 'into the midst before Jesus. 1° When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son,* l be of good cheer ; thy sins be forgiven thee. i Lu. v. 18. Mk. ii. 3. 3 Lu. v. 18, 9. Mk. ii. 4. 5 Lu. v. 19. 6 Mk. ii. 4.
7 Lu. v. 19. 8 Mk. ii 4. Lu. v. 19. 10 Mk. ii. 5. (* Man,' Lu. v. 20.)
11 Mat, ix. 2.
The above is the complete history, realised from the three gospels. The history as recorded in the three gospels, when brought into juxtaposition appears thus :
Matt. ix. 2. MARK ii. 3–5. LUKE v. 18—20. 2 And, behold, they 3 And they came 18 And, behold, men brought to him unto him, bringing brought in a bed a man
a man which was sick of the palsy, sick of the palsy, taken with a palsy : lying on a bed : which was borne of four.
And they sought means
to bring him in, and
to lay him before him. 4. And when they 19 And when they could not come could not find by
what way they nigh unto him might bring him in for the
because of the press,
multitude, they went
upon the house top, they uncovered the roof where he was: & when
and they had broken it up, they let down the let him down through bed
the tiling with his couch wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
into the midst before.
Jesus. and Jesus seeing 5 When Jesus saw 20 And when he saw their faith, said unto their faith, he said unto their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, the sick of the palsy, Son,
Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thy sins be forgiven thy sins are forgiven thee.. thee.
ANALYSIS OF THE HARMONY. We are indebted for the fullest account at the beginning to Luke, v. 18, who alone introduces men, which in the other gospels is implied: 'And, behold, men brought,' &c.
Mark alone, specifies the number which bare the man, as •Which was borne of four,' Mark ii. 3.
TO THE SECOND EDITION.
Luke more particularly states their anxiety to bring him to Jesus, ver. 18 ‘And they sought means to bring him in,' &c.
Mark, ver. 4, shows by implication the eagerness with which they sought to bring himnigh unto him?
Luke states their perseverance, ver. 19they went upon the house top,' &c. Mark continues the narrative, as in ver. 4– they uncovered the roof where he was ; and when they had
broken it up, they according to Luke, ver. 19, ' let him down through the tiling with his couch.'
Mark fills up in ver. 4, ' wherein the sick of the palsy lay.'
Luke adds, ver. 19, ' into the midst before Jesus.'
The next words, When Jesus saw their faith,' &c., as in Mark, ver. 5, are
but slightly varied from the other two. Matthew, ver. 2, introduces the encouraging words, Son, be of good cheer;' and the words “thy sins be forgiven
thee,' are to be found in all; Luke having are' for 'be.'
SECONDLY. Copious parallel references to every part of God's word are added, which illustrate the sacred text, whether in
historical truth, fulfilment of prophecy, or doctrine,' and every other subject connected with the gospel narrative. These references are at the foot of the page, where the catch-word commences the line; which catch-word is the first word of the
sentence in the text that is illustrated, and may be readily distinguished by the first letter being in italic: see page 29:
And they said, Is not this Joseph's son ? And he said 23 unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. And he said, 24 Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country. But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in 25
The catch-word is sometimes made to embrace several particulars that follow; as, p. 193, "when’-the references included there, will be found to illustrate crown,' “ reed,'" bowed,' and mocked'
The references to the different books given in italic, see page 167, “come;' Zec. xiv. 5; Ac. iii. 19–21; Re. xxii. 12, 20; “throne,' Is. xxxii. 1; Zec. vi. 13; "gathered, separate,' inherit,' are to such prophecies as have yet to be fulfilled.
A further addition—which it is hoped will also be appreciated —is the introduction of the significations of names : as at p. 1, Theophilus— lover of God ;' Herod—'glory of the skin ;' Zacharias--memorial of the Lord;' Aaron—'a teacher;' Elisabeth— oath of my God:' and p. 49, Simon-hearing;' Andrew_strong man ;' James--a supplanter;' &c. &c.
An edition is preparing, illustrated with seven maps, accompanied by a copious index and significations, from Cruden and the best authorities ; serving as notes and illustrations of the Life and Ministry of our blessed Lord, adapted for the use of instructors in private seminaries, heads of families, and teachers in day and Sabbath schools. See advertisement at the end.
HARMONY OF THE HOLY GOSPEL.
ARRANGED IN THE ORDER OF TIME.
COMPREHENDING THE SPACE OF 31 YEARS; VIZ., -FROM
U. c. 748, B. C. 6, TO U. c. 779, A. D. 26.
SECTION 1.-(1) Luke's Preface—(2) The Birth of John the Baptist is foretold to
Zacharias—(3) Conception of John the Baptist. Lukzi, 1–25. No. 1, FORASMUCH as many have taken in hand to 1 Luke i. 1-4.
Jerusalem. set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, even as they 2 delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; it seemed good to me 3 also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, that thou mightest know the certainty of those 4 things wherein thou hast been instructed.
No.2.0. There was in the days of Herod, the king of 5 Luke i. 5–23.
Jerusalem. Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both 8 righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. And they had no 7