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8. What does the bible begin with, and what is that

portion called ? 9. What are the books of the Pentateuch called ? 10. What does Genesis mean, and what does it con

tain ? 11. What period of time does the book of Genesis

comprise ? 12. What is the next book to Genesis ? 13. What does the word Exodus mean? 14. What period of time does it comprise, and what

events does it relate ? 15. What are the three remaining books of the Penta

teuch called ? 16. What do they chiefly describe, and what do you

particularly remark of the book of Deuteronomy? 17. Name the five books which follow immediately

after those of the Pentateuch ? 18. What do they chiefly relate to, and what length of

period of the history of the Jews do they com

prise ? 19. What is the most prominent and instructive part

of this history? 20. Tell me what the books of Ezra and Nehemiah

contain ? 21. When was the name of Jews first applied to the

Israelites ? 22. Who were Ezra and Nehemiah ? 23. What general remarks have you

to make upon the books of Ruth and Esther ?

Who was Job, whose name the next book bears ? 24. What lessons do we learn from this book ? 25. Who were the Psalms written by ?

26. What is their object?

27. Who were the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes 28.

written by, and what means Ecclesiastes ? What do these books contain ?

29. What further remark have

the 30. book of Ecclesiastes ? We next come to the prophetical books ; tell me 31. 43. What are the writings comprised under the name

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how they are divided ? What was their object, and who were the persons 32.

called prophets ? In what countries were the prophecies delivered ? 33. Give me the general character of these writings.

34. What book follows the prophecies, and what does 35.

it contain ? What does the word gospel mean? how many gos- 36.

pels are there, who were they written by, and

what do they chiefly relate ? Do the four gospels agree in their relations ? 37. State some of the principal facts recorded in the 38.

gospels. What is contained in the Acts of the Apostles ? 39. Who were the epistles written by, and to whom 40.

were they addressed ? What do they contain ?

41. What is the Apocalypse, or Revelation of St. John? 42.

of Apocrypha ? 44. Why are they so called ? 15. Now that we have gone in a cursory way through

the books contained in the bible, which we humbly believe to be true, why should it be thought necessary to bring forward proofs of their au

thenticity ? 46. What would in general be thought a sufficient

proof of the truth of the facts recorded in the

bible ? 47. How do you propose to prove that the matters of

fact recorded of Jesus Christ, or of Moses, be

true ? 48. Enumerate the marks which you mention in the

first of those two rules, as necessary to establish

the truth of the facts recorded. 49. Give some example to illustrate the first of these

marks. 50. But might not the fact have been invented, and

asserted to be true in after ages, when the men of that generation, in which it was said to have

been done, were gone by ? 51. You have stated above, according to the second

rule, that these four marks must meet when the facts recorded are true; do they therefore meet in those recorded of Moses and of Jesus Christ?

But why should not the five books of Moses have 52.

been written soine ages after he lived ? But let us suppose, for an instant, that these things 53.

had been practised prior or before this alleged forgery, and that the Jews were made to believe that they practised them in memory of such and

such occurrences as were then invented ? Produce a familiar instance to prove that such a 54.

forgery could not have been imposed upon any

nation. Do the four marks, of which we have spoken, in 55.

what regarded Moses, also attach themselves to the history of our Saviour, and to the religion

he established on earth ? How are the matters of fact, on the contrary, re- 56.

ported of Mahomet and the heathen deities sup

ported by those marks ? Do you mean to say, that when these four marks 57.

are wanting, the facts recorded must be false ? What further marks, over and above the four 58.

former, appertain more especially to the Chris

tian dispensation ? What particular remark have you to make on the 59.

fifth mark ? Mention some of the general prophecies in the

60. Old Testament, which constitute the sixth

mark, regarding the coming of our Saviour. Are there not some striking coincidences between 61.

some of the prophecies in the Old Testament

and the facts mentioned respecting our Saviour

in the New ? 62. Did not our Saviour himself predict many events

which have come to pass ? 63. What is the peculiarity to be observed in the

seventh mark over the pretended predictions of

the heathen oracles ? 64. Of what nature were the types by which our Sa

viour was prefigured ? 63. Give me some instances of both those types. 66. You have said that the eighth and last mark makes

it impossible for the relators or hearers of the facts recorded of Jesus Christ to believe them, if false, without supposing an universal deception of the senses of mankind; how do you prove this mark to be conclusive of the truth of Christianity ?

PART II.

67. We now proceed to the second part of our subject,

namely, the sacred history of the world from the creation to the coming of our Saviour; what

length of time does that include ? 68. What portion of that period elapsed from the crea

tion to the deluge ?

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