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CONTENTS

LECTURE IV.

HISTORICAL, POETIC AND PROVERBIAL BOOKS, FROM JOSHUA TO THE

SONG OF SOLOMOX; 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

LECTURE Y.

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

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, about receiving i-Its author said to have written

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

ings disputed— Brief cominent on other prophetic books—General mis-

apprehension of the subject of Prophecy-Practical importance of a

right understanding of it-Definition 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---Polítical

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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LECTURE VI.

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-
tion 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. ry and Miss Dix-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 REMARKS

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 namber 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.

Typhal Writings-Ascension of Isaiah-Remarks on some books of

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

Janguage 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.

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

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

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