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Ancients cited by Eusebius, 169; have pronounced it authentic.
Which is also teftified, apparently, by Tertullian, 128. XVIII. The First Epistle of St. Peter
IS attested by Papias, 87; Irenæus, 112; Clement of Alexandria, 125; Tertullian, 132; Origen, 155; and by all the Ancients found in Eusebius, 169.
To these may be added, perhaps, Polycarp, 82. XIX. The Second Epistle of St. Peter
HAS the evidence of Origeni, 155, who nevertheless speaks in fome degree doubtfully; and of the greater part of the Ancients consulted by Eu. febius, 1702
2 See Lardner's Supplement, vol. iii. p. 319924. ist ed. and Michaelis' Introduction to the N. T. vol. iv. P. 340–355. of the learned Mr. Marsh's tranflation.
XX. The First«Epistle of St. John
IS declared genuine by Papias, 87 ; Irenæus, 112 ; Clement of Alexandria, 125; Tertullian, 132 ; Origen, 155; and by all the Ancients found in Eusebius, 169. XXI. XXII. The Second and Third,
Epistles of St. John. ORIGEN, 155 ; and many of the Ancients, 169, doubted of the authenticity of the second and third Epistles of St. John. But the majority of voices, 170, pronounced them genuine works of this Apoftle? XXIII. The Epistle of St. Paul to the
Hebrews . HAS the express testimony of Clement of Alexandria, 125; Tertullian,
For the three Epistles of St. John, see Lardner's Supplement, vol. iii. p. 263-267. Ist edit. And for the two last, Michaelis' Introduce to the N. T. vol. iv. p. 442-445. of Mr. Marsh's translation.
132; and of all the primitive writers, noticed by Eusebius, 169.
To these may be added Clement of Rome, 51; and Justin Martyr, 101.
XXIV. The Epifle of St. James
IS attested by the major part of the Ancients whom Eufebius quotes 170; to which the concordant teftimony of the old Syriac Version adds confiderable weight
XXV. The Epistle of St. Jude
IS asserted to be genuine by Clement of Alexandria, 125; Tertullian 132; Origen, 155; and by the greater part of the Ancients noticed by Eusebius, 170.
. See Michaelis' Introduc. to the N. T. vol. iv. p. 308-314. of Mr. Marsh's translation ; and Lardder's Supp. vol. iii. 'p, 85–91. ist edit. .
e Compare Lardner's Supplement, vol. iii. p. 327 -384. with Michaelis' Introduc. voliv. p. 374-395. of Mr. Marsh's translation,
THE Revelation of St. John, as it is called, is fo much distinguished from all the other writings of the New Teftament, both by its contents and style, that we must separate it from them, and investigate its authenticity in a particular inquiry.
SECT. 1. .
The Contents of this Book. THE whole book is entirely occupied with the description of three yifions which were fhewn to the author. First; there appears to him, whilft in a trance (Egeroun Ev TVEUJATI) One, in human form, furrounded with seven
Chap. i. 10. Comp. chap. iv..2.
candlesticks, , candlesticks, clad in a long robe, and girt with a golden girdle; his head and hair were white as wool, or as snow, and his eyes like flames of fire; his feet like molten metal, and his voice like the noise of a rapid torrent; in his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and his countenance fhone like the fun in its meridian splendor. This Being dictates to him Epiftles to the prefidents of the feven Chriftian communities in Asia. Thefe feven epiftles contain many forcible exhortations to zeal in virtue or brotherly-love, and powerful confolations, especially for the martyrs to this virtue. But they are compofed almost entirely from paffages of the Old Teftament and the Gospels.