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GEOGRAPHICAL and HISTORICAL ACCOUNT of the Places mentioned, or referred to, in the Books of the New Testament, which follow after

the Four Gospels.

nel

THE INTRODUCTION.

manner the

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S our blessed Saviour came to be * a light to lighten the St. Paul in a
Gentiles, as well as to be the glory of his (once more

more special peculiar) people, the children of Israel ; so the principal instru- Apoftle of ment made use of by our Saviour to spread the light of his the Gen

. Gospel through the Gentile world, was St. Paul ; who therefore expressly styles himself b the Apostle of the Gentiles, and tells us, that God was e mighty in him towards the Gentiles, namely, d to make them obedient by word and deed, through

a Luke ii. 32.

Rom. xi. 13

c Gal. ii. 8.

Rom. xv. 18, 19.

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PART mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the spirit of God;

so that from Jerusalem and round about unto Illyricum, and after that in Rome, and, according to the received opinion of the

ancients, in Spain', and even in Britain 8 itself, he preached the St. Paul's Gospel of Christ. Indeed the two greatest parts of the sacred prehend al-" books, which make up the New Testament besides the Gofmoft all the pels, are either Epistles writren by this great Apostle, or else tioned in the accounts of his travels and voyages, the relation of these being New Testa- what takes up the greatest part of the facred book, intitled, the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles. For this reason, to describe the

travels and voyages of St. Paul, is much the same as to give a geographical account of the places mentioned in the other books of the New Testament, besides the four Gospels. As for those few places which occur in the said books of the New Testament, and yet relate not to the history of St. Paul's travels and voyages ; they shall however be taken notice of where it shall be most proper, so that in this treatise shall be comprised a full account of all such places as are to be found in of the books of the New Testament that follow after the Gospels, and have not been described before in the former Part as being likewise mentioned in the Gospels.

any

¢ Axts xxviii. 31.

* Epiphan. Hæref. xxvii. p. 51. Chryf. de Laud. Paul. Cyril. Ca. tech. xvii. p. 457.

Theod: in Tim. et Pfalm. Athan, ad Dracont.

CHAP.

CHAP. I.

Of St Paul's Travels from his leaving Jerusalem to go to Da

mascus, till his first return to Jerusalem, after his Converfron.

1. St. Paul * goes from

St. Paul, baving (as bimfelii acquaints us) been bred up,

after the stricteft feet of the Jewish religion, a Pharisee, was very zealous for the Mofaical Law, and consequently Jerusalem against the Gospel of Christ, as a doctrine looked upon by cus. him to be set up in opposition to the Law. Hereupon he thought with himself, that he ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth ; which he accorda ingly did in Jerusalem, shutting up many Christians in prifon, having received authority from the chief priests so to do. And when they were put to death, he gave his voice against them, and punished them frequently in every synagogue, and even compelled them to blaspheme, by speaking against or disowning of Christ. Nay, so exceedingly mad was St. Paul against such as professed themselves to be the disciples of Christ, that he persecuted them even unto 6 strange cities, lying without the bounds of Judea. For the Jewish Sanhedrim, or chief council, not only had power of seizing and scourging offenders against their law within their own country, but, by the connivance and favour of the Romans, might send into other countries, where there were any fynagogues that acknowledged a dependance in religious matters upon the forementioned council at Jerusalem, to apprehend them. Accordingly St. Paul was sent to Damascus, with authority and commiffion from the chief priests, to fetch up what Christians he could find there, that they might be arraigned and sentenced at Jerusalem. But God had designed him from A. D. 35.

to Damafa

à A&s xxvi. 5, 9, &c.

b Atts xxvi. 11.

hence.

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