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Necessity and advantages of re-examining the

subject - - - - - - - - pages 9, 10.
Present imperfect, state of Scripture Criticism,

strongly stated, by Bishop Newton - - 11
The Study of the Gospels as Histories, and parti-

cularly as Histories of the Controversy concern-
ing the true nature of the Messiah's Character,
neglected - ... - - - - - 11, 12.
The coming of Christ the subject of Prophecy
1. from the earliest Ages - -. - - : 13.
Prophecy of Daniel concerning the coming of

the Messiah - - - - - - - - 13, 14.
Excellent remarks, by Mr. Richards, on Moses's
... prediction concerning the coming of the Mes-
v siah. Note - - - - - - - - 14, 15,
The language of our Lord, that the Kingdom of

Heaven was at hand, founded on the Prophecy

of Daniel - - - - - - - • 15, 16.
The attention this language excited . . 16.
This language scrupulously adhered to, through
: out the Ministry of Jesus - - - - - ibid.
The expectation of the coming of the Messiah,

very general, when Jesus appeared-proved by

Dr. Sykes-Bishop Chandler-Dr. White, and
· Mr. Richards--and among Antient Writers, by
· Josephus Tacitus, and Suetonius. Acknow-
i ledged, likewise, by the Atheistical Volney 17--20,
Nature of the expectations of the Jews concern-

ing the coming of the Messiah, different from
his real Character-proved by Dr. White and

Dr. Lardner - - - - - - 22 to 25.
The manner in which Jesus conducted himself to

give the Jews just ideas of the nature of his
Character - - - - - - 25 to 28.

Importance

vely to the Sto the Jewn and the

Importance of considering the Gospels as Histories

of these facts - - - - - pages 25 to 28.
The Beatitudes intended to correct the prejudices

of the Jews concerning the nature of the Mes-
siah's Character-addressed to the Jews at

large - - - - - - - - - - - 29.
View of the Beatitudes - - - - - 30 to 34.
The expressions the Salt of the Earth and the
Light of the World applied to the Jews, at large

not excusively to the Disciples. Dr. Camp-
• bell's judicious remarks on it - - 34 to 38.
The importance of the situation of the Jews as a
· Nation strikingly displayed by Dr. John Leland

and Dr. Ellis, in his knowledge of divine things
. from Revelation-not from Reason and na-

ture - - - - - - - - - - 34, &c.
Christianity designed to purify the Morality of the

Jewish Nation - - - - - - - 39, 40.
Excellence of the Gospel Morality stated by Mr.
· Graves, in his vindication of Christ and his
: Apostles from the charge of Enthusiasm - 40.
Beatitudes applicable to none, with so much pro-

priety, as to the Jews - - - - - - 41.
The Disciples invested with a Commission to an-

nounce the approach of the Messiah's King-
dom . - - - - - - - - - - 43.
The language of Jesus, upon that occasion con-

sidered--a proof of the genuine authenticity

of the History - - - - - - 43 to 53.
Firmness and Integrity of Jesus in representing

the great difficulties the Disciples were to meet
: with in the execution of their Commission ibid.
John the Baptist's Message and our Lord's Answer
considered - - - - ... - - 55 to, 58.

Jesus's

Mr. Mede acknowledges that his Interpretation of

the phrase, coming in the clouds of Heaven, is

attended with a difficulty he cannot get over.

:. Note . . . . . . . . . . page 150.

The present Bishop of London interprets the

phrase of the destruction of Jerusalem. 151.

The Resurrection of Jesus revives the hopes, in

the minds of his Disciples, of his erecting a

temporal Kingdom , . . . . . . 153.

Jesus's Answer to their Question, considered.

: The Bishop of Landaff and Mr. Thomas appear

· to have mistaken its meaning . , 154, 155.

Change of language of the Disciples, after Jesus

· had ascended into Heaven . . . . . 155.

Remarks upon the evidences of the Resurrection,

and upon the peculiarity of the situation of the

Disciples upon the removal of Jesus, and of the

extreme improbability of their succeeding, if his

Religion had been an Imposture , 156 to 162.

Quotations from Dr. Beattie and Mr. Maltby upon

this subject . . . . . . . . 1ộo, &c.

Summary of the Scripture Doctrine of the coming

of Christ, so far as Christ himself was con

cerned . . . . . . . . . . 162, &c.

Mr. Henry Taylor's remarkable statement con-

cerning the Controversy between Mr. Gibbon

and his Adversaries . . . . . . . 165.

Mr. Gibbon's Charge against the Apostles, as

having predicted the Second coming of Christ

in their own time, considered . . . 166

The Bishop of Landaff's Opinion, that their hay-

· ing taught such a Doctrine does not affect their

Character, as the Apostles of Christ, stated and

considered..iiipages 167, 168.

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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

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