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CONTENTS.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SKETCH OF THE CANONICAL BOOKS OF THE OLD AND

NEW TESTAMENTS.

Preliminary remarks-Definition of the term canonical-Council of

Nice-Commencement of the formation of the Scripture Canon-Books
of Apocryphal New Testament-Definition of apocryphal-Rejecied
Gospels-Council of Trent-Original language of ihe Old Testa-
ment books—Original language of the New Testament-Dates of the
origin of each-Materials on which they were written-Different trans-
lations-Division, into chapters and verses, punctuation, &c.—Present
English version-Elliot's Indian version-Act of justice io the memory
of Tyndall-Concluding remarks.

AND

LECTURE IV.

HISTORICAL, POETIC PROVERBIAL BOOKS, FROM JOSHUA TO THB

SONG OF SOLOMON; WITH A BRIEF NOTICE OF THE APOCRYPHA.
Lost Books-Joshua-Standing still of the sun and moon-Judges

Ruth-Samuel-Witch of Endor-Kings-Widow's oil-cruise-Story

THE PROPHETIC BOOKS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT: WITH AN INQUIRY CON.

CERNING THE NATURE AND EXTENT OF THE GIFT OF PROPHECY.

Division of the Prophecies-Isaiah-Superior style of its literary com-

position--Its critical division-Its authorship-Regarded by some, as

a compilation-Coincidence with second book of Kings and second

book of Chronicles-Remark upon Jeremiah-Ezekiel-Hesitation

of Sanhedrim, aliout receiving ii-Its author said to have written

some other books now lost-Daniel-Prophetic character of his writ-

ings disputed-Brief comment on other prophetic books-General mis.

apprehension of the subject of Prophecy-Practical importance of a

right understanding of itDefinition of prophecy-Scriptural allusions

to it-Mankind still endowed with this gift-Ancient and modern pro-

phecy identical in nature-Jesus, though a great prophet, did not fore.

tell exactly to a day-All things natural to God-Ezekiel's contempo-

raneous knowledge of an event which transpired at a distance-Paral.

lel case of Swedenborg---Other incidents somewhat similar---Myste-

rious connection of the Mind with the material universe---Political

and mechanical prophets, Milton, J. Q. Adams, Oliver Evans---Ancient

prophets doubtless judged partly from observation and experience

They were not infallible--. No evidence in the Bible that prophecy

should be withheld from mankind---Prophets now living, Garrison,

Pierpont, Whittier, Lowell and others--- All Reformers in some degree

prophetically endowed-Sublime passage from Isaiah.

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THE FOUR GOSPELS, AND THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES.
Definition of Gospel-Origin of the title, Saint-When were the Four

Gospels written ?-Their authorship-Acts of the Apostles-Inspira.
tio of the Evangelists Supposed prophecies of Jesus, quoted from
the Old Testament-Alleged miraculous conception of Jesus Mira.
cles ascribed to him-Casting out devils, not impossible now-
Mrs. Fry and Miss Dis-Co-operative agency of faith-Allegorical in-
terpretation of some of the miraculous accounts-Supposed cessation
of miraculous power in the church-Mesmerism-Rationality of some
of the miracles recorded in the Gospels-Some things once deemed
miraculous now explained on natural principles-Jesus would not per-
form miracles where he encountered the opposition of strong unbe-

LECTURE VII.

THE EPISTLES, AND THE BOOK OF REVELATION; WITH BEHARKS

UPON THE APOCRYPHAL NEW TESTAMENT.

Epistles not arranged chronologically-- Uncertainty concerning the several

dates of their origin-Lardner's conjectural table-Character of Paul's

writings-Fifteenth chap. 1 Corinth.-Paul's trance-His belief in a

resurrection of the body-Passage in one of his epistles to Timothy,

concerning inspiration - Epistle to Philemon, and the rascally use made

of it-Epistles of John-Epistle of Jude, fallen angels, &c.—Ques-

tion, whether apostles believed in literal destruction of the earth-

Opinions of Clarke and Wm. Miller-Epistles teach bodily resurrec-

tion of the dead_Apostles expected such an event during their life.

time-Book of Revelation-Nobody can fully explain it-Frequent

occurrence of the number seven-Epistles of doubtful authenticity-

Apocryphal New Testament-Wonderful relations in the Gospel of

Nicodemus-Miracles of Jesus, when he was a child-His general

precocity-Lardner's opinion of the Epistle of Barnabus Other Apoc.

ryphal Writings.Ascension of Isaiah-Remarks on some books of

canonical New Testamenta-Passage in First Epistle of John-Original

language of Matthew Hebrew copy known to have been corrupted

Separation of Apocryphal Writings from those styled canonical-Tes.

timonies of Mosheim and Gieseler---Brief account of the Manicheans,

who believed that the New Testament had been interpolated-De-

liberations at Council of Trent-Inconsistent intolerance of some

Protestants.

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LECTURE VIII.

CONCLUSION.

Reversal of the order of inquiry-King James' Translation Regarded

as imperfect-Remarks of Mr. Balfour-Version sanctioned at Coun-

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