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Ancients cited by Eusebius, 169; have pronounced it authentic.

Which is also testisied, 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 Origen, 155, who nevertheless speaks in some degree doubtfully; and of the greater part of the Ancients consulted by Eusebius, 170 *.

* See Lardner's Supplement, vol. iii. p. 115—114. »st ed. and Michael's' Introduction to the N. T. Toi. iv. p. 34<—351S. of the learned Mr. Marsh'* translation.

H 4 XX. The XX. The First'Epistle of St. John

IS declared genuine by Papias, &7; Irenæus, 112; Clement of Alexandria, 125; Tertullian, 132; Origen, 155; and by all the Ancients found in Eusebius, I69.

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 Apostle

XXIII. The Epistle of St. Paul to the Etebrews

HAS the express testimony of Clement of Alexandria, 125; Tertullian,

i For the three Epistles of St. John, fee Lardner's Supplement, vol. iii. p. 263—267. 1st edit. And for the two last, Michaelis' Tntroduc. to the N. T. vol. iv. p. 44.1—44.5. of Mr. MarsiY* 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 Epistle of St. James
IS attested by the major part of the

Ancients whom Eusebius quotes 170; to which the concordant testimony of the old Syriac Version adds considerable weightb.

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, 170c.

* See Michaelis' Introduc. to the N. T. vol. iv. p. 308—314. of Mr. Marsh's translation; and Lardaer's Supp. vol. iii. p, 85—91. 1st edit.

« Compare Lardner's Supplement, vol. iii. p. 327 —384. with Michaelis' Introduc. vol. iv. p. 374—395. ef Mr. MarsiVs translation.

CHAP.

CHAP. V.

Of the Revelation of St. John.

THE Revelation of St. John, as it is called, is so much distinguished from all the other writings of the New Testament, both by its contents and style, that we must separate it from them, and investigate its authenticity in a particular inquiry.

SECT. I.

The Contents of this Book.

THE whole book is entirely occupied with the description of three visions which were shewn to the author. First; there appears to him, whilst in a trance (tympnt » wnu^arj)11 One, in human form, surrounded with seven

* Chap, i. io. Comp. chap. iv..».

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; nil 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 shone like the fun in its meridian splendor. This Being dictates to him Epistles to the presidents of the seven Christian communities in Asia. These seven epistles contain many forcible exhortations to zeal in virtue or brotherly-love, and powerful consolations, especially for the martyrs to this virtue. But they are composed almost entirely from passages of the Old Testament and the Gospels.

Afterwards, (second vision)e the author falls into another trance; and fees the Almighty op a majestic throne,

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• Chap, iv—xlx.

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