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Whom did God raise up threatened them with the from time to time?

judgments of God, and forem What did the prophets told the coming of the Mes. oppose ?

sias. Isaiah was one of the With what did they most eminent of these prothreaten the people?

phets. There were also What did they foretell? some good kings, who en

Who was one of the most deavoured to abolish idolaeminent of these prophets ? try, as Jehoshaphat, Heze

What did some good kiah, Josiah, and some kings endeavour to do? others. But the people Who were they?

continuing (a) in their sins, In what did the people God, after he had long notwithstanding continue? threatened them and afflict

What did God at last do ed them at sundry times by with the kingdom of Judah? the neighbouring kings, de

Who besieged Jerusalem? stroyed also the kingdom of In whose reign?

Judah. Nebuchadnezzar, Who was Nebuchadnez- king of Babylon, besieged zar ?

Jerusalem in the reign of What did Nebuchadnez- Zedekiah, the last king of zár do to the city ?

Judah. He took it, and To what place did he burnt it, with the temple, and carry away the people ? carried away the people to

How long after Solomon Babylon, about four hundred had laid the foundation of and twenty years after Solothe temple of Jerusalem, did mon had laid the foundation this happen?

of the temple of Jerusalem, How long before the birth and five hundred and fourof our Lord ?

score years before the birth

of our Lord. CHAPTER VI.

CHAPTER VI. During what time did the Of the time between the Capcircumstances mentioned in tivity of Babylon and Jesus the 6th chapter happen? Christ.

How long did the Baby• The Babylonish captivity lonish captivity last? lasted seventy years, as the

Who foretold it would ? prophet Jeremiah had fore

When the seventy years told (6) it should. When were expired, to what place did the Jews return ?

(a) 2 Kings xxv. By whose leave ?

(6) Jer. xxv. 11, 12.

Who was Cyrus?

these seventy years were exUnder whose conduct did pired, the Jews (a) returned they return?

into their own country by For what purpose ? the leave of Cyrus, king of

By whom were they inter- Persia, under the conduct rupted ?

of Zorobabel, to rebuild the How long was the work temple of Jerusalem. But in delayed?

this they were interrupted What did Darius com by the neighbouring nations, mand ?

and this work was delayed Who were the prophets to the time of Darius, king that lived at that time? of Persia, who commanded

What did they exhort the that the temple and the serJews to do?

vice of God should be set up Who went some years af- again. The prophets Hagterwards into Judea ?

gai and Zechariah lived at By whose permission did that time, and they exhorted he go?

the Jews to labour in buildWhat did he cause to be ing the temple. Some years done?

afterwards (6) Nehemiah . What did he restore in went into Judea by the perthat city ?

mission of king Artaxerxes. What space of time was He caused the walls of Jethere from the rebuilding of rusalem to be built, and Jerusalem to the destruction restored order and civil goof that city ?

vernment in that city. How much is seventy From the rebuilding of (c) weeks of years ?

Jerusalem, in the reign of Why do seventy weeks of Darius, to the destruction of years mean four hundred that city, which happened and ninety years ? voors?

after the coming of Jesus 1. Because in the pro- Christ, there were seventy phecies a day stands for a weeks of years; that is to year, and seventy times se- say, four hundred and ninety ven make four hundred and years, according to the preninety.

Who predicted or fore- (a) Dan. ix. 2. Esd. i. told this circumstance? iv. v. &c.

To whom were the Jews (6) Neh. i. &c. subject after they returned c) Dan. ix. 24. Matt. into their own country? xxiv. 15. Luke xxi. 2.

posed ?

To whom afterwards ? diction of the prophet DaTo what were they ex- niel. The Jews, being re

turned into their own counWhich was the last and try, were for some time most cruel of the persecu- subject to the kings of Pertions ?

sia, and afterwards to the What did king Antiochus kings of Syria. They were do to the temple of Jerusa- exposed to divers perseculem?

tions ; whereof the last, and What did he make use of most cruel, was that of king in order to force the Jews to Antiochus (a), who plunderrenounce their religion? ed and profaned the temple

Where may this be seen? of Jerusalem, and made use

What did Mattathias and of torments in order to force many Jews do in conse the Jews to renounce their quence of this violence ? religion, as may be seen in

For what purpose were the history of the Maccathey to enter into a cove- bees. This was he that nant ?

forced Mattathias, and many By whose courage and Jews to enter into a coveconduct did they gain many nant together for the previctories?

servation of their religion Under whose government and liberty. They gained were they after they reco- many victories by the couvered their liberty, and had rage and conduct of Judas again set up the exercise of Maccabeus and Jonathan, their religion?

both sons of Mattathias. Whom did they succeed? Having recovered their liWhat title did they take? berty, and again set up the What are they called ? exercise of their religion,

Under whose dominion they were for a long time did the Jews at last fall ? under the government of the

priests, who succeeded Judas and Jonathan, and took the title of kings. These are they who are called Asmoneans. At last, the Jews fell under the dominion of

(a) 1 Mac, i. 2 Mac, v. vi. vii.

Whom did the Romans the Romans, who made Hemake king over Judea ? rod king over Judea ; and it

Who came into the world was this Herod that reigned while this Herod reigned ? when Jesus Christ came into

the world. CHAPTER VII.

CHAPTER VII. Of what do we read an Of the birth of Jesus Christ ; account in the 7th chapter of his life and death ; his

Where was Christ born ? resurrection, and ascension Did any thing remarkable

into heaven. happen at his birth?

The time in which God Did he quickly make him had resolved to send his Son self known to the Jews ? being come, Jesus Christ was

At what age did he begin born in Judea ; and many his ministry?

things fell out, that made his What ceremony did he birth remarkable. Neverthen submit to?

theless, he did not quickly By whom?

make himself known to the Where have we the his Jews; nor did he begin to tory of the life of Jesus exercise his ministry before Christ?

he was thirty years of age, Which are the three things and that he had been bapprincipally to be considered tized by John the Baptist, in this history?

his forerunner. We have What was the doctrine he the history of the life of preached ?

Jesus Christ in the Gospel, To what did it tend? and there are three things

What did the miracles principally to be considered which he wrought, manifest in this history, viz. the docor show?

trine of Jesus Christ, his Whom did he make it ap- miracles, and the holiness pear by these miracles that of his life. The doctrine he he was?

preached was most holy, and What was his life? tends only to the glory of

What may we find there God, and the good of manin ?

kind. He wrought a great Can you name any in par number of miracles, which ticular ?

manifested an infinite power and goodness : by the miracles he has made it appear, that he was the Son of God, and that his doctrine was

How long did Jesus live true. His life was perfectly after this manner among the holy. Jews?

We may find therein an What did they then do to example of all kinds of virhim?

tues, and particularly of an admirable charity and humility, of an extraordinary zeal, and of a perfect indif

ference for the world. At what time did they put Jesus having lived after him to death?

this manner among the Jews, What happened after that? for about the space of four A. He arose again. years, they crucified him, On what day?

and put him to death at the How long after his resur- feast of the passover; but rection did he ascend into he rose again the third day heaven?

· after his death, and forty Where does he sit now? days after his resurrection

What do you mean by he ascended into heaven, " the right hand of God ?" where he sits at the right

A. The highest place of hand of God; and from power.

whence he sent the Holy Whom did he send to the Ghost to his Apostles upon Apostles ?

the day of Pentecost. On what day? CHAPTER VIII.

CHAPTER VIII. What do we read an ac. Of the preaching of the aposcount of in the 8th chapter? tles, and the establishment

Who were the apostles ? of the Christian religion.

A. Twelve disciples cho The Apostles, having resen by Christ to be his con- ceived the Holy Ghost in stant companions, and sent the city of Jerusalem, began or commissioned by him to to preach the Gospel there, preach the Gospel.

and to confirm their doctrine Where did the Apostles by miracles. At first, they receive the Holy Ghost ? preached only in Judea, and

What did they then begin to none but Jews : but God to preach there?

having made known to them, How did they confirm that the Christian religion their doctrine ?

ought to be taught to all Where did they at first men, they went to preach preach, and to whom? the Gospel throughout the

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