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7//.E design and principal authors of Gospel Harmonies. The design os the following treatise.

Chap. n.

Mr. Whiftoris proof considered. The question thereupon stated. Mr. Whiftons first argument, viz. that St. Matthew designed to observe the order of time, answered. St. Luke's words, chap. i. i. do not prove that either of the Gospels we now receive, were intended according to the order of time.


The writers of the Gospel-history did not intend or observe the order of time in their writings. This proved particularly of St. Luke, byseveral instances. The phrase, write in order, Luc, i. x. discussed.


in a great measure its testimony to the truth of Christianity. The Evangelists did not fee one another's Gospels.


If it be allowed, that St. Mark did epitomize St. Matthew, if will hot follow that our present copies of St. Matthew are misplaced, and contrary to the order originally intended by the Evangelist.


The particular branches of St. Matthew's Gospel, which Mr. Whistonsupposes misplaced. Four propositions for the discovering the true order of time in the Gospel-history. Several of those branches, which Mr. Whifton supposes misplaced, are so far from that, that they are in the exacl order of time, in which they came to past. Instances of this produced.


None of those branches, which are not according to the order of time, in this part of St. Matthew's Gospel, are misplaced. Tins evidenced by consideringseveral of them.


Mr. Wliistoris method of accounting for the disorder he supposes in this part of St. Matthew's Gospel, viz. that St. Matthew Wrote it on small pieces of paper; that these were confusedly put together by those, who did not perfectly understand the true series of the history. Mr. Toinard of the fame epinion. The improbability of 4ty proposed to be

shewn Jhewn from the antient way of writing. The most antient methods considered.


That St. Matthew did not write his Gospel on small pieces of paperf proved by a large differ tation on the manner, in which the antients wrote their books. The ordinary method was to write upon large skins, which were fastened together, and rolled up. This the practice of the Jews long before, and in our Saviours time. The words opened and closed the book, Luke iv. 17> aof discussed. The words, bring the parchments, a Tim. iv. 13. considered. It does mt appear that the Jews made tfe of paper, or any other material besides that mentioned, to write the4r hooks upon.


Mr. Whistoris strange supposition, of St. Matthew's writing this part of his Go/pel on small pieces of paper, confuted from the consideration of their number and unequal fixe. A table of them, by which it appears, that they were at least twenty in number, of very different fixes. Some contained several chapters, others but a few verses, others but one verse. The improbability of St. Matthew's writing thus. Thestze of the parchment rolls, on which the Jews wrote.


Mr. Whistons observation, that our present Greek copies of this Gospel, are a translation out of Hebrew, and for that reason more liable to the disorder

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