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THE

AUTHENTICITY,

UNCORRUPTED PRESERVATION,

AND

CREDIBILITY

OF THE

NEW TESTAMENT.

GODFREY LESS,
LATE PROFESSOR IN THE UNIVERSITY OF GOTTINGEN, &c.

TRANSLATED FROM

THE LAST EDITION OF THE GERMAN.

BY

ROGER KINGDON, WM.
or 37. JOHN'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR F. C. AND J. RIVINGTON, NO. 62, ST. PAUL's

CHURCH-YARD; J. HATCHARD, No. 190, PICCADILLY;
DEIGHTON, AND NICHOLSON, CAMBRIDGE; AND COOKE,
HANWELL, AND PARKER, OXFORD;
By Bye and Law, St. John's Square, Clerkenwell.

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. TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE.

THE fubject of the work now offered to the public in an English translation is an examination of the following questions: Whether the books of the New Testament were really written by the persons to whom they are ascribed; Whether they have descended to us perfectly uncorrupted in all essential matters, as they left the hands of their authors; And, lastly, Whether they contain a narration of events which did actually take place.

That this inquiry is of the greatest consequence, and demands our most impartial attention, will be evident from these considerations: That if we cannot answer the above questions in the affirmative, then is the Christián Religion a cunningly devised fable:--but, on the contrary, if in result of the examination, it should be found that the New Testament is both genuine and authentic, then it

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