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than was adopted by the only two gentlemen who thought proper to make any public attack upon the first edition, by clearly reconciling the several objectionable passages, as the scriptures really exist, without recurring either to any human authority, or to a fanciful transposition of paragraphs, or to hypothetical systems unwarranted by the Gospels themselves; for, by such means, a man of a fertile imagination may possibly frame an ideal history of Jesus, which may comprehend the most incongruous circumstances, as geometricians can contrive to draw a circle of some diameter or other through any three points which lie not in a right line; but, if such modes of interpreting scripture may be allowed, the most ingenious novel-writer will make the ablest commentator;and in removing the difficulties of the evangelical histories, will far surpass the efforts of the most learned doctors of Christendom.
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Page I. General remarks upon the contents of the Evangelical His
·tories, and the historical evidence of their authenticity.. 11 II. The only certain evidence of the truth of any Divine Revelation .......
........ 26 III, Reasons why the testimony of those writers whom the Church
call Orthodox, cannot afford us satisfaction............ 26 TV. Further reasons for not admitting the testimony of the Fa
thers of the Church, of the second and third centuries.. 30 y. Still greater defects in their testimony, derived from the re
ceived maxim of those schools of Philosophy in which
........ 33 VI. Reasons for preferring the Histories of Luke, and making
them the standard of comparison between the Evangelical
Chap. I.--Gospel according to Luke.
rupted with sundry interpolations. The story of the herd
...... 44 II. Interpolations in the Lord's Prayer-Baptism of Jesus
Temptation-And Transfiguration ...... ........ *53 III. One of greater importance in the two first chapters—Some others of less moment ...........
............ *57 CHAP. II.co.Gospel according to Luke continued. 1. Agreement between the internal and external evidence in .
favour of Luke's Histories--Supernatural testimony also
....... 83 II. Miracles recorded in this Gospel ........ ........ 85
* The Sections in the pages marked thus (*), were omitted in the printing; but the fresh paragraph in gach, denotes where they ought to have been inSETELLE
IV. Destruction of Jerusalem—Parable of the mustard-seed and
leaven-Doctrine of atonement-Whether few shall be
- Judge---General want of faith at Christ's coming--Pará..
Why these predictions could not be written astet Jerusa-,.!
observations ....pro...0...1. 13*.......... 118
CHAP. II-Gospel according to Mattheweis
Not written till after. Luke's-Nor_before the second
II. Observation respecting the two first chapters-The Au.
thor's genealogy of Jesus—Its inconsistency with his own
III. Remarks on the history, of John's baptism-The author -
ignorant of the meaning of the kingdom of God-Direct
. Instance of the author's imperfect knowledge of Palestine ,
-Contradiction to Luke-Decapolis-No such country,
CHAP. 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
tions given for fasting-Casting pearls before swine ...: 173 II. Miracle of healing the Centurion's servant of the demons
in the herd of swine-Enumeration of the names of the
......... 184 fil. Remarks on the parables of this writer compared with those
of Luke-Parable of the sower-Ditto of the man who
rable of the net cast into the sea : ....... ......... 192 IV. Cause of the death of John the Baptist-That man is defiled,
not by that which goeth into his mouth, but that which
servants-Different kinds of eunuchs ..... ......1..202 V. Purable of the householder hiring labourers into his vineyard
-Misapprehension of the writer of Zechariah's meaning in
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
inconsistency with that of Luke ......... .........218 VII. Subsequent contradictions between this writer and Luke,
to the conclusion of his Gospel, which infallibly prove that one of them is fabulous and false .....pro....... 297
Page. VIII. Miracles of Jesus recorded by this writer-Testimony of
the prophecies recorded in this Gospel — Prophecy of
CHAP. V.-Gospel according to Mark,
ner of beginning—And contradictory conclusion-
....... 256 II. That the Apostles anointed the sick-they healed with oil
Origin of extreme unction-Jesus curing a person deaf
CHAP. VI. -Gospel according to John.
Contradiction between this writer and Matthew, re-
..... 267 II, The writer's assertion that Jesus by his disciples baptized
more persons than John, before John was cast into pri-
....... 274 III. His contradiction to Luke, in the circumstances which
preceded, accompanied, and followed our Lord's cru-