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FROM THE ORIGINAL GREEK,
OF ALL THE
A COMMENTARY, AND NOTES,
PHILOLOGICAL, CRITICAL, EXPLANATORY, AND PRACTICAL.
TO WHICH IS ADDED,
A HISTORY OF THE LIFE OF THE APOSTLE PAUL.
BY JAMES MACKNIGHT, D.D.
AUTHOR OF A HARMONY OF THE GOSPELS, &c.
PREFACE.... Sect. I. That Paul is the author of this epistle....II. Of the people
PREFACE..... Sect. I. The history of Simon Peter..... II. The authenticity
OF ST. PAUL'S
EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS.
THE authenticity of the epistle to the Hebrews having been disputed, both in ancient and modern times, it will be necessary, before other matters are introduced, to state fairly, and to examine impartially, the arguments on each side of the question, that we may know where the greatest weight of evidence lieth. This is the more necessary, not only because the chief doctrines of the gospel are more expressly asserted and more fully explained in the epistle to the Hebrews, than in any other of the inspired writings; but because these doctrines are confirmed in that epistle, by testimonies brought from the writing of Moses and the prophets. Wherefore, if the authenticity of the epistle to the Hebrews is established, and it is shewed to be the production of an inspired apostle, the peculiar doctrines of the gospel, being confirmed therein by the Jewish as well as by the Christian revelation, they will appear in so clear a light, that the controversies concerning them, which have so long divided the church, ceasing, greater unity of faith and love, it is to be hoped, will at length take place, than hath hitherto subsisted among the disciples of Christ.
Of the Author of the Epistle to the Hebrews.
Although the writer of the epistle to the Hebrews hath in no part of it introduced his own name, we are certain, that the