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COURSE OF LECTURES,

CONTAININO

A DESCRIPTION AND SYSTEMATIC ARRANGEMENT

OF THE

SEVERAL BRANCHES OF DIVINITY:

ACCOMPANIED WITH

AN ACCOUNT BOTH OF THE PRINCIPAL AUTHORS, AND OF THE PROGRESS, WHICH HAS BEEN MADE AT

DIFFERENT PERIODS,

IN

Theological Learning.

BY

HERBERT MARSH, D. D. F.R.S. & F. A. S.

LORD BISHOP OF PETERBOROUGH,

AND MARGARET

PROFESSOR OF DIVINITY.

PART V.

On the Authenticity of the New Testament.

CAMBRIDGE:

Printed by J. Smith, Printer to the University; AND SOLD BY DEIGHTONS, NICHOLSONS, AND BARRETT, CAMBRIDGE.

AND F. c. & J. RIVINGTON, LONDON.

[Entered at Stationers' Hall.]

CONTENTS.

LECTURE XXIII.

Page The third Branch of Divinity, according to the

system adopted in these Lectures, relates to the Authenticity and Credibility of the Bible. Defnition of these terms. Reasons for making the two subjects, though distinct in themselves, to constitute only one branch of Divinity. Authenticity must be first considered. The Authenticity of the New Testament, the subject of the present, and three following Lectures. Influence of this inquiry of the Divine Origin of Christianity. Authenticity of the New Testament to be proved, both by external, and by internal evidence. The external evidence for the Authenticity of the New Testament to be examined, before the internal. The several parts of which external evidence consists, usually arranged in chronological order. Difficulties attending this arrangement in regard to the New Testament : and the author's reasons for inverting the usual order.

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Testimony of the principal Greek and Latin Fathers

to the Authenticity of the New Testament, beginning with the end of the fourth century, and ascending to the age, which was next to the Apostolic. The Fathers, whose testimony is here produced, are, Jerom, Gregory of Nazianzum, Epiphanius, Athanasius, Eusebius, Origen, Tertullian, Clement of Alexandria, and Irenæus.

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LECTURE XXV.
Result of the inquiries instituted in the preceding

Lecture. Another view may be taken of the sub-
ject, in which it will appear, that we may obtain
a result, which is still more decisive. This result
is obtained by arguing from the statement of Eu-
sebius, respecting those books of the New Testament,
which had been universally received. The argu-
ment applied to the Epistles of St. Paul. The
same argument applied to the four Gospels, the
Acts of the Apostles, and the other books, which
had been universally received. Of the books, which
had not been universally received. Each of these
books considered separately : and their authenticity
confirmed by arguments specially applying to them.
Of the Apostolic Fathers, and the proper mode of
applying their testimony to the authenticity of the
New Testament. Testimony of Papias. Remarks
on Justin Martyr. Conclusion to be drawn from
the external evidence in favour of the New Testa-
ment ...

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