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FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS,
PUBLISHED BY DIRECTION OF THE
FOR HER MAJESTY'S STATIONERY OFFICE.
The annunciation of the birth of John the Baptist,
the forerunner of the Saviour, and the annunciation of the birth of the Saviour Christ himself.
FROM LUKE, I.
FORASMUCH as many have taken in hand to set forth a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us; according as they who, from the beginning, were eye-witnesses and ministers of the word, have delivered them to us; it seemed good to me also, having gained exact knowledge of every thing from the very first, to write to thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, that thou mayest know the certainty of those things in which thou hast been instructed.
There was, in the days of Herod the king of Judea, a certain priest, named Zacharias, of the course of Abia,* and his wife was of the daughters
* Of the course of Abia, &c.—By the appointment of David, the descendants of Aaron were divided into twentyfour families, who attended at the temple in rota ion.
Of these families the eighth was Abia, from whom was des ended this Zacharias, who was at this time attending at the t mule in his turn.