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CCLXVI. The Epistle of Jude.-- Jude 1-25 . . . . 801
CCLXVII. The Revelation of St. John the Divine.-Rev. i.--xxi. . 803
INDEX OF REFERENCE.
The following Index of Reference will direct the reader to the Section
appropriate to the Second Lesson of the day.
2 xi. xii.
The New Testament Narrative.
SECT. 1.- Introductory.--Luke i, 1–4.
The canon of the New Testament consists of twenty-seven books, which were written by eight different authors, all of whom were contemporary with our Saviour. These books were written at different times, and at places remote from each other; and when the latest of them were published, the Gospel had been preached and churches founded in many parts of Asia, Europe, and Africa. Different churches at first received different books, according to their situation and circumstances; their canons were gradually enlarged, and it was not long, though the precise time is not known, before the same, or very nearly the same, books were acknowledged by the Christians of all countries.
The word rendered “Gospel” signifies in Greek authors any joyful tidings, and is exactly answerable to our English word, which is derived from the Saxon. The doctrine of salva