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Page 1 St. Luke's Preface or Introduction

1 2 Exordium of St. John

2 3 The Birth of the Baptist foretold in a vision to Zacharias; and the Conception of Elizabeth

5 4 The Annunciation by the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary at Nazareth 8 5 Mary visits Elizabeth 6 Elizabeth bears a son, who is named John; and Zacharias prophesies 12 7 An Angel informs Joseph of the miraculous and immaculate Conception of his Virgin Bride

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From the Birth of the Saviour, 4 years before the Common Æra,

to His Baptism, when approaching the age of 30.

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8 Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem in Judea, where the Holy Child is born 15 9 Legal Genealogy of Jesus Christ :-from Abraham, the legal ancestor of

Jesus, down to Joseph His reputed Father; from Mary, the Mother of
Jesus, up to Adam

16 10 The Infant Saviour is announced to Jewish Shepherds, who pay

Him homage

19 11 The Child is circumcised, and named Jesus. The Song of Simeon upon His

Presentation in the Temple, and the testimony of Anna the Prophetess
concerning Him as the expected Redeemer

20 12 The Eastern Magi seek the new-born King : Herod's conduct on the occasion

22 13 The Flight into Egypt, and Return to Galilee

24 14 Joseph and Mary settle at Nazareth. They go up thence to the Passover

at Jerusalem, where Jesus, at twelve years of age, questions and
replies to the Doctors in the Temple

26 15 John the Baptist preaches and baptizes in the waste country or plain of the Jordan

28 16 John reproves the Pharisees and Sadducees, and instructs the people 30 17 Jesus comes from Nazareth to be baptized by John

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with convenience, be introduced with the Text. They explain collateral points of History, Geography, Usages, &c., an acquaintance with which is often necessary for understanding the Text, and they are always interesting in themselves. These might have been given as introductory matter; but, if read there at all, would detain the reader from the main work, and seem to fall more usefully under notice in connection with the portions of Scripture to which they severally refer*.

Nor,-in the desire to render this Work complete as a Manual of Theology, so far as its character and limits would allow,-has Practical Improvement been forgotten. That, unquestionably, is the great end of all Revelation: And it is the fervent prayer of the Writer of these pages, that all, into whose hands the Work may chance to fall, may derive from it that unspeakable benefit—that by studying more earnestly the vital truths of our Religion, they may know the real value of the soul, as redeemable by a Saviour's blood; and that, laying hold of this one ground of Justification, our only title to Heaven, they may be enabled, by God's grace, to attain to that Sanctification which alone can fit us for it.

The Author desires to add his own heartfelt thanks to Divine Providence, that, with limited means, and in the midst of parochial duties and family avocations, he has been permitted to accomplish this labour of love: he puts it forth under the deepest sense of responsibility-anxious before all other things to do some service, in his vocation and ministry, among his fellow-men, and to become an instrument, however humble, of God's glory in the world.

* Should the reader prefer to see at the outset what is known of the Evangelists and their respective Gospels, the accounts will be found as follows:-St. Matthew, Section XXXV., Note 1. St. Mark, Section CXXII., Note 6. St. Luke, Section I., Note 1. St. John, Section XXX., Note 4.

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Page 1 St. Luke's Preface or Introduction

1 2 Exordium of St. John

2 3 The Birth of the Baptist foretold in a vision to Zacharias; and the Conception of Elizabeth

5 4 The Annunciation by the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary at Nazareth 8 5 Mary visits Elizabeth

10 6 Elizabeth bears a son, who is named John; and Zacharias prophesies 7 An Angel informs Joseph of the miraculous and immaculate Conception of his Virgin Bride

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From the Birth of the Saviour, 4 years before the Common Æra,

to His Baptism, when approaching the age of 30.

8 Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem in Judea, where the Holy Child is born 15 9 Legal Genealogy of Jesus Christ :- from Abraham, the legal ancestor of

Jesus, down to Joseph His reputed Father; from Mary, the Mother of
Jesus, up to Adam

16 10 The Infant Saviour is announced to Jewish Shepherds, who pay Him homage

19 11 The Child is circumcised, and named JESUS. The Song of Simeon upon

His Presentation in the Temple, and the testimony of Anna the Prophetess concerning Him as the expected Redeemer

20 12 The Eastern Magi seek the new-born King: Herod’s conduct on the

occasion 13 The Flight into Egypt, and Return to Galilee

24 14 Joseph and Mary settle at Nazareth. They go up thence to the Passover

at Jerusalem, where Jesus, at twelve years of age, questions and
replies to the Doctors in the Temple

26 15 John the Baptist preaches and baptizes in the waste country or plain of the Jordan

28 16 John reproves the Pharisees and Sadducees, and instructs the people 30 17 Jesus comes from Nazareth to be baptized by John

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Page 18 He is led up of the Spirit into the Wilderness, where he fasts forty days, and is tempted in a threefold manner by the Devil

33 19 John speaks plainly of the Messiah to the Priests and Levites

35 20 John proclaims Jesus as the Lamb of God: Andrew and other of John's Disciples are convinced that Jesus is the Messiah

37 21 The beginning of Miracles at Cana of Galilee

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The First Year of our Lord's Public Ministry, commencing with

the attendance at His First Passover.
YEAR OF JESUS CHRIST 30.—COMMON ÆRA (OR A.D.) 27.

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22 Jesus attends the Passover at Jerusalem, where He commences His public

Ministry with the first purging of the Temple 23 Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, visits Jesus by night 24 The Baptist bears final testimony to Jesus at Ænon 25 The Baptist is imprisoned by Herod Antipas 26 Jesus returns into Galilee to avoid the growing malice of the Rulers : on

His way through Samaria He reveals Himself to a woman of the

country, and afterwards discourses with His Disciples on Spiritual Food 27 Jesus commences the preaching of the Gospel in Galilee; and at Cana

cures with His word a youth lying sick at Capernaum 28 Jesus teaches at Nazareth, and applies to Himself Isaiah's prediction of

the Messiah 29 Jesus dwells at Capernaum 30 The Disciples, Simon and Andrew, James and John, are called to a more

regular attendance; and witness the miraculous draught of fishes 31 Jesus cures a Demoniac in the Synagogue at Capernaum; and heals

Peter's Wife's Mother, and others 32 Jesus retires into the Desert; and afterwards moves about Galilee, teach

ing and healing 33 The miraculous cure of a Leper 34 In curing a paralytic man, Jesus declares His power of forgiving sins 35 St. Matthew is called

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The Second Year of our Lord's Ministry, when He again

attends the Jewish Passover.

YEAR OF JESUS CHRIST 31.—COMMON ÆRA (OR A.D.). 28.

36 Jesus again attends the Passover at Jerusalem, where He cures the

Cripple at Bethesda, and makes a sublime defence of His Character

and Mission before the Jewish Rulers 37 The Disciples pluck ears of corn on a Sabbath-day: Jesus justifies them,

and declares Himself Lord of the Sabbath

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