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BEOGRAPHICAL and HISTORICAL Account of the Places mentioned, or referred to, in the Books of the New Testament, which follow after
the Four Gospels.
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cilic S our blessed Saviour came to be ? a light to lighten the St. Paul in a 1 Gentiles, as well as to be the glory of his (once more more special
manner the copaculiar) people, the children of Israel ; so the principal instru- Apoftle of
ent made use of by our Saviour to spread the light of his
ospel through the Gentile world, was St. Paul ; who thereTenire expressly styles himself b the Apostle of the Gentiles, and
fills us, that God was e mighty in him towards the Gentiles, lamely, d to make them obedient by word and deed, through
PART mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the spirit of God; II. 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 Chrift. Indeed the two greatest parts of the sacred
com books, which make up the New Testament besides the Golmoft all the pels, are either Epistles writren by this great Apostle, or else places men.
d 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, ment out of 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 any 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.
• Atts xxviii. 31.
f Epiphan. Hæref. xxvii. p. 51. Chryf. de Laud. Paul. Cyril. Ca. tech. xvii. p. 457.
& Theod: in Tim. et Pfalm. Athan, ad Dracont.
CHAP. CH A P. I.
Of St Paul's Travels from his leaving Jerusalem to go to Da
mascus, till his first return to Jerusalem, after his Converfion.
CT. Paul having (as himself a acquaints us) been bred up, 1. N
"St. Paul after the strictest feet of the Jewish religion, a Pharisee, goes from was very zealous for the Mofaical Law, and consequently Jerufalem
to Damasa against the Gospel of Christ, as a doctrine looked upon by cus. kim 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 accordingly 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 fynagogue, 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 b 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 commission 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.
· A&s xxvi. 5, 9, &c.
Acts xxvi. 11.