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A. D. 4o., the"Grecians, preach- cles along with their Dočtrine,
21. And the hand of the Lord was with
that abundance of them believed and were baptized.
them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the
23. Who when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the
24. For he was a good mun, and full of the holy Ghost, and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.
won upon all that knew him.
25. Then departed
25. And perceiving that a great
he had continued, preaching about the Parts of Syria A. D. 42. and Cilicia, for three Years after his first Arrival, *-v-" (Chap. ix. 31 & 32.)
28. And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and fignified by the spirit, that there
28. One of which, called Agabus, foretold, That about two Years after, there should be a dreadful Famine raging through almost
* Ver. 26. xenolia at xeriavos, called Christians. That the Word xonoassaal, signifies the same as I have paraphrased it, is not only highly probable from the Circumstances of the Thing, but from what the Reader may see in Gregory's Notes, and in Dr. Stanhope on Epist. for St. Barnabai's Day. But it is much worth remarking what a very learned Person hath lately observed, wiz. That the Converts, who now took the Title of Chrisfian; upon themselves, were (most probably) of the Gentile Part. The believing jews still adhering to the Law, and affe&ting to be still called jew: ; not willing so much as to admit the Gentile Converts (that refused to submit to Circumcision) into their Synagogues and Assemblies. Whereupon these said Converts, relinquishing their Gentilism, and being neither willing, nor permitted to be stiled Jews, went by the Name of Christians. See Boh MER's Dissert, juris Eccles. Antiq. Diffort. Cap. viii. 2. See also Mr. Benson's His?, of the first planting Chris?, Relig, Vol. I. Pag. 241.