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COURSE OF LECTURES,
A DESCRIPTION AND SYSTEMATIC ARRANGEMENT
SEVERAL BRANCHES OF DIVINITY:
AN ACCOUNT BOTH OF THE PRINCIPAL AUTHORS, AND OF THE PROGRESS, WHICH HAS BEEN MADE AT
HERBERT MARSH, D. D. F.R.S. & F. A. S.
LORD BISHOP OF PETERBOROUGH,
PROFESSOR OF DIVINITY.
On the Authenticity of the New Testament.
Printed by J. Smith, Printer to the University; AND SOLD BY DEIGHTONS, NICHOLSONS, AND BARRETT, CAMBRIDGE.
AND F. c. & J. RIVINGTON, LONDON.
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.
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.
Lecture. Another view may be taken of the sub-