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Necessity and advantages of re-examining the
subject - - - - - - - - pages 9, 10.
strongly stated, by Bishop Newton - - 11
cularly as Histories of the Controversy concern-
the Messiah - - - - - - - - 13, 14.
Heaven was at hand, founded on the Prophecy
of Daniel - - - - - - - • 15, 16.
very general, when Jesus appeared-proved by
Dr. Sykes-Bishop Chandler-Dr. White, and
ing the coming of the Messiah, different from
Dr. Lardner - - - - - - 22 to 25.
give the Jews just ideas of the nature of his
vely to the Sto the Jewn and the
Importance of considering the Gospels as Histories
of these facts - - - - - pages 25 to 28.
of the Jews concerning the nature of the Mes-
large - - - - - - - - - - - 29.
not excusively to the Disciples. Dr. Camp-
and Dr. Ellis, in his knowledge of divine things
ture - - - - - - - - - - 34, &c.
Jewish Nation - - - - - - - 39, 40.
priety, as to the Jews - - - - - - 41.
nounce the approach of the Messiah's King-
sidered--a proof of the genuine authenticity
of the History - - - - - - 43 to 53.
the great difficulties the Disciples were to meet
The Writers, from whom it has been the Author's misfortune to differ, are many of them numbered among the Dead, and are therefore unable to defend themselves but there are Those still living whose Learning and Abilities are equally respectable, and who are equally competent to detect any Errors into which he may have inadvertently fallen. From them he neither asks, nor expects any other quarter than what a candid and ingenuous Opponent will always be ready to give : And he is confident they will not, unnecessarily, wound the feelings of one, who has been ardently solicitous to establish, on the most solid basis, the credit of the Christian Religion, from a firm conviction, if full justice is , done to it, that it is worthy of all Acceptation.
The Author begs leave to add, that his first object having been to endeavor to understand the New Testament himself; if he hath succeeded in obtaining a more accurate knowledge of it, than those who have gone before him; it is not owing to superior advantages of situation; still less, to superior learning and abilities. Indeed he cannot help considering it as one considerable argument in favor of Christianity, that it requires, not so much, a superior depth of learning, as an attentive perusal of it as an History, and particularly, as an History of the great Controversy between Jesus