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LET THE SWEET SAVOUR OF JEHOVAH OUR GOD BE UPON US,
AND THE WORK WE TAKE IN HAND DIRECT FOR US ;
THE WORK WE TAKE IN HAND DO THOU DIRECT!

PSAL. XC. 17. BISHOP HORSLEY'S VERSION.

IF I HAVE DONE WELL AND AS IS FITTING THE STORY, IT IS THAT WHICH

I DESIRED ; BUT IF SLENDERLY AND MEANLY, IT IS THAT WHICH I

COULD ATTAIN UNTO.

MACCABEES XV. 38.

DIRECTIONS TO THE BINDER.

ORDER FOR PLACING THE ENGRAVINGS AND MAPS.

ER$10.

The Fac-Simile of the Biblia Pauperum, to face the Title Page of

Vol. II. Plate I. The Fac-Simile of the Codex Vaticanus to face Vol. II. page

76 II. Codex Cottonianus of the book of Genesis, to face page 78 III. Codex Cottonjanus, Ilarleianus, &c.

85 IV. Codex Bezæ

86 V. Fac-Similes of the Codex Rescriptus, discovered at Milan,

and of the Codex Argenteo-Purpureus at Vienna ... 94 VI. Codex Rescriptus of St. Matthew's Gospel ...

95 VIL. Fac-Simile of a MS. of the Acts of the Apostles

97 VIII. Codex Ebnerianus

110 The Lord's Prayer in Javanese

279 IX. Map of Palestine, with the Divisions into Tribes, to face the

Title Page of Vol. III.
X. Map of Judaea, adapted to the Gospel History, to face Vol.

III. page 14.
XI. Map of the Journeyings of the Israelites, to face the Title

Page of Vol. IV.
XII. Map of the Travels of the Apostles, to face Vol. IV.

page
301.
XIII. Fac-Simile of the Codex Montfortianus, and of the Com-

plutensian Polyglott, to face Vol IV. page 436.

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INTRODUCTION

TO THE

CRITICAL STUDY AND KNOWLEDGE

OF

THE HOLY SCRIPTURES.

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ON THE GENUINENESS, AUTHENTICITY INSPIRATION,

ETC. OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES.

CHAPTER 1.

ON THE NECESSITY, ETC. OF A DIVINE REVELATION.
I. Revelation defined. -- II. A divine revelation, possible. -- II. And

probable. — IV. Its necessity shewn from the state of moral and re-
ligious knowledge among the antients. --V. And also from the
actual state of religion and morals among the modern heathen na-
tions. - VI. Refutation of the objection, that philosophy and right
reason are sufficient to instruct men in their duty. – VII. On the
possible means of affording a revelation,
THAT there now is, and that for more than three thousand years
there has been, in the world, a separate people called the Jews, who
are distinguished by peculiar customs, and profess a peculiar religion :
- Further, that there now is, and that for more than eighteen cen-
turies there has existed, in the world, a religion called the CHRISTIAN;
and that its professors, as well as the Jews, appeal to certain books,
by them accounted sacred, as the basis on which their religion is
founded :— These are Facts which no one can controvert.

I. The volume, to which Jews and Christians thus respectively appeal is termed the BIBLE, that is, THE BOOK, by way of eminence. It comprises a great number of different narratives and compositions, written by several persons, at distant periods, in different languages, and on various subjects. Yet all of these, collectively, claim to be a

VOL. 1.

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