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TABLE OF CONTENTS.

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CHAPTER I. On the Necessity, &c. of a Divine Revelation

CHAPTER II. On the Genuineness and Authenticity of the

Books of the Old and New Testaments

Sect. I. Genuineness and Authenticity of the Old Testament ibid.

Sect. II. Genuineness and Authenticity of the New Test-
ament

7

Sect. III. On the uncorrupted preservation of the Books of

the Old and New Testaments

CHAPTER III. On the Credibility of the Old and New Test-

aments

12

Sect. I. Direct Evidences of the Credibility of the Old and

New Testaments

- ibid.

Sect. II. Testimonies to the Credibility of the Old and New

Testaments, from Natural and Civil History

17

1. Testimonies from Natural and Civil History to the Credibility of the
Old Testament

ibid.

| 2. Testimonies of Profane Writers to the credibility of the New Test.

22

$ 3. Collateral Testimonies to the Truth of the Facts recorded in the

Scriptures, from antient Coins, Medals, and Marbles

24

CHAPTER IV. All the Books of the Old and New Testaments

are of Divine Authority, and their Authors are divinely

inspired

28

Sect. I. Preliminary Considerations

ibid.

Sect. II. The Miracles related in the Old and New Test-

aments are Proofs, that the Scriptures were given by Inspir-

ation of God

29

Sect. III. On Prophecy

45

Class I. Prophecies relating to the Jewish Nation in particular

47

Class II. Prophecies relating to the Nations or Empires that were neigh-

bouring to the Jews

Class II1. Prophecies directly announcing the Messiah

51

Class IV. Prophecies by Jesus Christ and his Apostles

Refutation of various Objections against Prophecy

54

CHAPTER V. Internal Evidences of the Inspiration of the Scrip-

tures

58

Sect. I. The System of Doctrine and the Moral Precepts,

which are delivered in the Scriptures, are so excellent and

so perfectly holy, that the persons, who published them to

the World, must have derived them from a purer and more

exalted Source than their own Meditations -

ibid.
102

PACE

59

13. Account of English Versions

106

CHAPTER III. On the Manuscripts of the Bible

· 110

Sect. I. On the Hebrew Manuscripts of the Old Testament ibid.

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CHAPTER I. On the Sense of Scripture

135

Sect. I. On the Meaning of Words

ibid.

Sect. II. Rules for Investigating the Meaning of Words in

general

141

Sect. III. On the Subsidiary Means for ascertaining the Sense

of Scripture.—Direct Testimonies for ascertaining the Usus

Loquendi

143

1. The Testimony of Contemporary Writers

ibid.

2. Antient Versions

118

$ 3. Scholiast and Glossographers

150

4. The Testimony of Foreigners who have acquired a Language

151

Sect. IV. Indirect Testimonies for ascertaining the Usus

Loquendi.

152

1. Of the Context

ibid.

2. Of the Subject Matter

155

3. Of the Scope.

156

4. On the Analogy of Languages

5. On the Analogy of Faith

160

6. On the Assistance to be derived from Jewish Writings in the Inter.

pretation of the Scriptures

164

$ 7. On the Assistance to be derived from the Writings of the Greek

Fathers in the Interpretation of the Scriptures

166

8. Historical Circumstances

168

$9. On Commentators

172

CHAPTER II. On the Special Interpretation of Scripture

174

Sect. I. On the Interpretation of the Figurative Language of

Scripture

- ibid.

1. General Observations on the Interpretation of Tropes and Figures 175

2. On the Interpretation of the Metonymies occurring in Scripture 178

3 On the Interpretation of Scripture Metaphors and Allegories

4. On the Interpretation of Scripture Parables

5. On Scripture Proverbs

$ 6. Concluding Observations on the Figurative Language of Scripture.

187

CHAPTER III. On the Interpretation of the Poetical Parts of

Scripture

189

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