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Besides a connected view of our Blessed Sa. viour's History, this volume contains a select detail of illustrative particulars. The division into chapters, regards the several periods of the Divine Sojourn in the flesh; presenting opportunities, for suitably introducing Prophetical evidence, of our Lord's identity as the true and only Messiah ;-the rise, and peculiar opinions of the various Jewish sects, alike inimical to each other, and to His sacred ministry ;-the origin and design of the different feasts He attended at Jerusalem ; together with the celebrity, and downfall of both city and temple; once, the favoured place of the Divine ministrations, and the glory and wonder of the whole earth :-also, some of the horrible facts attending the destruction of the whole Jewish polity, marking with terrible and signal verity, our Lord's emphatic prophecy.

An Historical, Geographical, and Explanatory feature pervades the whole work, in the form of note, to render Palestine both familiar and important to the reader; particularly distinguishing

those places, so greatly honoured by our Saviour's attentions and visits ;-to give passing notices of the Romans, to whom the Jewish nation was then tributary ;-particulars of curious Jewish manners and customs;—an account of the Sybils, tracing the origin of their information given concerning Christ ;-interspersed with choice Sacred Poetry, bearing on the different subjects introduced.

To those persons engaged as Sunday School Teachers, wishing to pursue opportunities of research in Scriptural information—thereby, to render more efficient their truly useful office—the following pages will afford assistance. How desirable to impart to the young mind, the meaning of particular words and phrases that occur in reading the New Testament. Such knowledge is indispensable, whether it respects children or adults, in order to understand much that is delivered from the pulpit; which otherwise, must inevitably pass by unheeded : for where ignorance of these first principles prevail,

comparatively little good is to be expected by the set discourses of the Minister of Religion. Every person then, engaged in aiding our invaluable Sunday School institutions, does in a sense Feed the flock of God; and in proportion as they are well taught, depend the firmness—the durability, and the prosperity of CHRISTIAN TRUTH, in our highly-favoured country.

Therefore, as a help for those who have to teach others; and also to supply an interesting Religious volume for the generality of readers; the “Sacred Records” are presented in an enlarged form, a second time to the Public; in humble dependance, that the Almighty Teacher, the fountain, and foundation, of all wisdom, and knowledge, will render the work useful, and crown it with His Blessing

J. S.

December, 1835.

INDEX.

A.

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Augustus shuts up the temple of Janus, 1, note.

his determination to tax the empire, 6.
decree subserves God's purposes, 7.
his declaration on hearing of Herod's cruelty, 19, note.

refuses the title of Lord on hearing of Christ, do.
Angels rejoice at the birth of Christ, 9.

good and bad ones, their employment, 189, note.
one of them appears to Christ in the garden, 344.

declare Christ's resurrection, 396, 399.
Andrew and John follow Him, 59.
Alms-giving, no ground to merit heaven, 239, note.
Asses, some particulars of, in reference to Christ's riding, 273, note.
Abomination of desolation, 302, note.
Apostles, Peter, Andrew, James, and John called, 87.

meaning of the term, 109.
the twelve chosen,-import of their names, 109, 110,

111, 112.
sent forth to preach, 152.
return with an account of their success, 156.
murmur at Christ's discourse, 163.
depressed with sorrow on hearing of His expected suf..

ferings, 187, 256, 330, 333.
expect a temporal kingdom, 257.
their contention, who should be greatest, 188, 335.
triumphantly shout, on their Master's entry to Jerusa-

lem, 274.
Philip and Andrew conduct the Greeks to Him, 277.
two sent to prepare the Passover, 330.

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Apostles, questioned by Jesus of their wants while preaching, 336.

mention two swords for defence, 336.
their sorrow and silence mildly reproved, 337.
consult on Christ's words, 338.
sleep in the garden, instead of watching, 344.
ask to defend themselves with the sword, 346.
all forsake their Master, 347.
and others, under a dismal cloud of sorrow, 385.
two hasten to Jerusalem to tell of His resurrection, 403.
several remain unbelieving, 403.
assembled privately together, when Jesus appears, 403,
commission of, 405, note.
leave Judea for Galilee, 407.
their last question to Christ respecting a temporal king-

dom, 407.
Ash-wednesday (day of ashes,) 315, note.
Adjuration, what it means, 349, note.
Arimathea, 381, note.

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Bethlehem, 6, note.
Baptism of Christ by John, 46.
Bethabara, 52, note.
Bethsaida, 53, note.
Books of Old Testament, &c., 83, note.
Bethesda, pool of, 100, note.
Bethany, 254, note.
Bartimeus, cured of blindness, 260.
Bethphage, 273, note.
Blasphemy of Infidels answered, 273, note.
Blessings of the poor,-their value, &c. 242, note.
Bottles, their kinds, 145, note.
Barrabbas, a murderer, preferred to Christ, 362, 366.
Beauty (personal) of Christ, 417.

C.

HAP. I.-A.D. 1: AUGUSTUS ROMAN EMPEROR.
Christ, his birth, 7.

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