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Distinction between Primary and Secondary senses

• Page 117, &c.

Mr. Kett the Advocate of a double meaning of this

Prophecy.-Double meanings injurious to Chris-


121, 122.

A remarkable quotation from Mr. Richards’s

Bampton Lectures, upon this subject 122.
Dr. Benson, the strenuous Advocate for the Unity

of sense of Scripture-thinks the discourse con-
cerning the destruction of Jerusalem ends with
verse 35. His opinion erroneous

123, 124.
Remarkable passage of Bishop Ne

of Bishop Newton, upon
expression of that day and hour-his incon-

sistency upon this head

125, 126.

Mr. Thomas's opinion, stated, and proved to be


126, &c.

Mr. King's opinion, in his Morsels of Criticism,
stated and considered

128, 129.
Collateral evidence of the true meaning of the

xxivth of Matthew, and particularly of the ex-
pression - Of that day and hour, &c. drawn

from our Lord's Answer to the Question of the

Pharisees-When the Kingdom of God should


The Question of the Pharisees relates to the same

subject with those of the Disciples, in Matthew

xxiv. and the parallel chapters 132, 133,

Comparison of Matthew xxiv. and Luke xvii. with




133 to 139.

New interpretations of Matthew xxv. proposed

for Consideration

The Tryal of Jesus considered, with reference to his

coming in Clouds---meaning of that expression

fully ascertained

146, &c.


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The Writers, from whom it has been the Author's misfortune to differ, are many of them numbered among the Dead, and are therefore unable to defend themselves--but there are Those still living whose Learning and Abilities are equally respectable, and who are equally competent to detect any Errors into which he may have inadvertently fallen. From them he neither asks, nor expects any other quarter than what a candid and ingenuous Opponent will always be ready to give : And he is confident they will not, unnecessarily, wound the feelings of one, who has been ardently solicitous to establish, on the most solid basis, the credit of the Christian Religion, from a firm conviction, if full justice is done to it, that it is worthy of all Acceptation.

The Author begs leave to add, that his first object having been to endeavor to understand the New Testament himself; if he hath succeeded in obtaining a more accurate knowledge of it, than those who have gone before him; it is not owing to superior advantages of situation; still less, to superior learning and abilities. Indeed he cannot help considering it as one considerable argument iti favor of Christianity, that it requires, not so much, a superior depth of learning, as an attentive perusal of it as an History, and particularly, as an History of the great Controversy between Jesus


and the Jews, concerning the true nature of the Messiah's Character. Viewing it in this light, discoveries have gradually been made by him, of which he had no conception, particularly with respect to St. Paul's Man of Sin, and the Antichrist of St. John. And he is firmly persuaded, that if the same plan is faithfully pursued; it will be followed by discoveries, still more important and satisfactory!

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