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ABBREVIATED SYNOPSIS

OF

The Four Gospels;

WHEREIN

ALL THE PASSAGES ARE COLLATED;

AND EVERY EVENT OR SAYING, RECORDED BY ANY ONE

OR MORE OF THE EVANGELISTS, IS BRIEFLY NOTED.

The whole so arranged as to lay before the eye at one view the
chapter and verse of the several Gospels in which any

given passage is contained.

London:

PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR ;
AND 90LD BY R. HUNTER, ST. PAUL'S CHURCHYARD,

AND OTHER BOOKSELLERS,

1820.

Printed by Richard and Arthur. Taylor, $hue-Lane.

PREFACE.

The following Synopsis was composed by the Author, for bis own use; and owes its, publication to his belief that it may be found useful to all readers of the NEW TESTAMENT.

The Evangelists have not all recorded the same events or sayings; nor are those related by more than one, related by each in the same order.

Every reader must be desirous of referring from any one of the four to the others concerning very, many (if not almost all) of the passages contained in them: while from the different arrangements of the several histories, such reference is by no means easy.

There are, it is true, some editions of the New Testament, containing marginal references which afford a partial assistance in this particular ; but wbich are imperfectly adequate to the purpose: neither does any large portion of readers find them in the books they possess.

The design of this Synopsis is to facilitate the required reference; and the plan is as follows:

Every passage in the Gospels (or at least the subject of every passage) is noted in an abbreviated form; and against it, in the appropriated column, are set down the chapter and verse in which it is contained. A chronological order has been observed as far as it could be contrived : but, to maintain it uniformly, is entirely impossible; as must be evident to any person who considers the subject. The author's first plan was to abide by the order of narration in the gospel of Matthew; and to set against each verse noted in the first column, the chapter and verse in which the parallel passage is to be found in the other gospels: but then, although a person reading the book of Matthew would be able to find in the first column the passage he wanted, and thence to refer to the several books of the other Evangelists, yet, in reading any of the other books, he would have no regular place in any column in which he should at once look for the passage he wanted.

This facility could not otherwise be effected, than by preserving in each several column the regular succession of chapter and verse: and this arrangement caused a great deal of repetition. Such repetition, however, it is hoped, will not be found in any considerable degree inconvenient or objectionable : the book is not intended for reading, but for reference : not on any occasion to be a substitute for the New Testament, but to lie by its side and enable the reader to compare the narration of one of the

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