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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
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 ?
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 ?