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IN THE WORDS OF THE AUTHORIZED VERSION,
IN PARALLEL COLUMNS,
HAVING MARGINAL REFERENCES, AND OCCASIONAL NOTES;
GEOGRAPHICALLY LOCALIZED IN AN ACCOMPANYING CHART OF
OUR LORD'S LIFE AND MINISTRY:
ESPECIALLY ADAPTED TO ASSIST
PUBLIC EXAMINERS, BIBLE CLASS TEACHERS, AND CATECHISTS.
AUTHOR OF THE SYSTEM OF GRADUATED SIMULTANEOUS INSTRUCTION;'
CHRIST AN EXAMPLE FOR THE YOUNG, ETC., ETC.
“We should not only teach the doctrines of Christ; but we should contemplate
“The Gospel History presents TRUTH to us in a living form and lively example,
THOMAS VARTY, EDUCATIONAL DEPOSITORY, 31, STRAND.
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It is a good omen for the right training of our youthful population, that the portion of God's word now becoming increasingly attractive, is the GOSPEL HISTORY OF THE LIFE AND MINISTRY OF OUR DIVINE REDEEMER; and, with this increased attention to the EVANGELICAL HISTORIES, it is gratifying to perceive the dawning acknowledgment of the value of A HARMONY OF THE GOSPEL NARRATIVES OF THE FOUR EVANGELISTS, arranged in juxta-position, and in Chronological order; and that the Geographical structure of the same is receiving more regard.
In ac nce with this movement of public opinion, we propose this republication of “A HARMONY OF THE FOUR EVANGELISTS,” according to Greswell's arrangement, in such a portable form, and at such a price, as shall place it within reach of all who are anxious for a systematic acquaintance with, and the better understanding of the words and works of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The importance of an arrangement of the GOSPEL NARRATIVES in juxtaposition, whereby the minutest supplemental relation of each verse and word may be seen, is conspicuous, if we consider the omissions of learned and good men on the one hand; and the perversions of ignorant and wicked men on the other, who intentionally exhibit portions of the Inspired Histories, in comparison, to please the scoffer with seeming discrepancies. As an example of the former, it may be remarked
In the Diatessaron of the Rev. Dr. White, and in the English translation—a book extensively used at both universities—there is omitted in the history of The Baptism of our Lord, as given by Matthew, Mark, and Luke, the fact recorded by Luke, that our Lord, on that occasion, prayed ; which omission is the more to be deplored, as in the subsequent history of that event, the efficacy of prayer, evidenced by the consequent opening of the heavens—the descent of the Holy Ghost--and the voice of God the Father, acknowledging Jesus as God the Son, is lost sight of. Through this omission, tutors, when using that book, cannot present this fact to the young as an example for imitation. The same omission is observable in Sermons on the Life of Christ,' by the late Rev. Henry Blunt. In the next Section also, in the Diatessaron, (* The Temptations of Jesus,') the fact of the purpose for which he was led into the wilderness is entirely overlooked : viz., “to be tempted of the devil ;" see Matthew iv. 1 : thus keeping a fact in our Saviour's History out of sight, which might be used as a beautiful illustration of that portion of the excellent form of prayer given by our blessed Lord himself, “ lead us not into temptation.” This omission subjects the narrative to be read, in the Diatessaron, as though the Temptation was an accident in our Lord's history.
Against the disingenuousness of the infidel and scoffer, we have more reason to be on our guard. His object is to undermine our faith in the inspiration of the Holy Scriptures. Take, as an example, the miraculous feeding of the five thousand, and of the four thousand. The miracle of feeding the five thousand is recorded by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Johnsee Sect. 40, pp. 48–51; the miracle of feeding the four thousand is recorded by Matthew and Mark only—see Sect. 46, p. 56. Matthew and Mark record both miracles; Luke and John notice only that of the feeding of the five thousand.
In an infidel publication, pretending to prove that “ contradictions, absurdities, and immoralities,” exist in the Bible, the author, in his blindness and perversity, thus tortures the Gospel Narratives of the miraculous feeding of the multitudes.
LUKE ix. 13,.4,.6,.7. 34 And Jesus saith unto them, How 13 But he said unto them, Give ye many loaves have ye? And they said, them to eat. And they said, We have Seven, and a few little fishes.
no more but five loaves and two fishes; 36 And he took the seven loaves and except we should go and buy meat for
all this people. the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake
14 For they were about five thousand them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
men. And he said to his disciples, Make
them sit down by fifties in a company. 37 And they did all eat, and were
16 Then he took the five loaves and filled : and they took up of the broken the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, meat that was left seven baskets full.
he blessed them, and brake, and gave to
the disciples to set before the multitude. 38 And they that did eat were four 17 And they did eat, and were all filled : thousand men, beside women and chil- and there was taken up of fragments that dren.
remained to them twelve baskets. The discrepancies which that author desires to make appear, are:1. Matthew states, they had seven loaves. | 1. Luke as plainly states, there were 2. Matthew states, they had a few little five. fishes.
2. Luke as plainly, that there were too. 3. Matthew states, that "they took up 3. Luke as plainly, that “there was tak
of the broken meat that was left seven en up of fragments that remained to baskets full."
them twelve baskets." 4. Matthew states, “they that did eat 4. Luke as plainly states, “they were
were four thousand men, beside wo- about five thousand men."-See ver. men and children."
14. These different statements he calls “ * gross contradictions, that strike at the root of the pretended Divine origin of the whole.” And truly the