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ON THE

ORIGIN AND CONNECTION

OF THE GOSPELS:

WITH A SYNOPSIS OF THE PARALLEL PASSAGES IN THE

ORIGINAL AND AUTHORISED VERSION,

AND CRITICAL NOTES.

BY

JAMES SMITH, ESQ. OF JORDANHILL, F.R.S. &C.

AUTHOR OF THE “VOYAGE AND SHIPWRECK OF ST PAUL."

“Marci evangelium credebant veteres nihil aliud fuisse quam Petri & roury Mortuote."

- PEARSON, Vindicia Ignatiana.

LIBRARY.

DIVINITY SCHOOLS
HARVARD UNIVERSITY

WILLIAM BLACKWOOD AND SONS

EDINBURGH AND LONDON

MDCCCLIII

TO

MRS SMITH, SEN., OF JORDANHILL,

WHO, IN HER NINETY-NINTH YEAR, WITH UNIMPAIRED FACULTIES,

RETAINS THE WARM AFFECTIONS OF HER YOUTH,

THIS VOLUME IS INSCRIBED BY

HER AFFECTIONATE SON.

CONTENTS.

PAGE

PREFACE,

DISSERTATION ON THE ORIGIN OF THE GOSPELS,

xxi

Literary characteristics of the different Gospels,

ib.

Phenomena of historical agreement,

xxii

Differences in the conditions of agreement between the different Gospels, xxiii

Theories of Hug and Eichhorn,

ib.

Principles upon which the Parallel Passages are arranged in the pre-

sent work,

xxiv

General statement of the proposed theory of the Origin and Connection

of the Gospels,

Such agreements exist in the works of all contemporary historians writ-

ing in a different language from that of the actors of the events

recorded,

xxvi. xxvii

Examples from the newspapers of the day,

ib.

Examples from modern contemporary historians,

ib.

Extent to which the theory proposed can affect the independence of the

evangelists,

xxxii

Great importance of the testimony of St Luke to the authenticity of the

preceding Gospels,

ib.

Objections of Dr Lardner and Mr Horne, to the supposition that any of

the evangelists made use of the works of their predecessors, stated

and answ
swered,

xxxiv

Objections by Bishop Marsh, Mr Alford, and Dr Davidson answered, xxxvii

Theory of oral tradition,

xlvii

Phenomena of tallying,

xlviii

Connection of St Luke's Gospel with that of St John,

ib.

Connection of St Luke's Gospel with St Paul,

li

Preface to St Luke's Gospel,

lii

Proofs that it was written in Judea,

lv

Objections by Dr Davidson, to the supposition that St Luke made use

of Matthew's Gospel, stated and answered,

lvii

Objections by Professor Thiersch,

lviii

Remarks on the genealogies of Matthew and Luke,

ib.

Remarks on the Gospel of Matthew,

lx

Occasion on which it was written,

lxi

Language in which it was written,

ib.

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