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to constitute it a lying wonder; for all the various miracles of God, recorded in the Scriptures of the old and new covenant, were performed in the presence of eye-witnesses to the truth of them, the case of Zacharias perhaps alone excepted, whose miraculous dumbness however (was an irrefragable testimony of his miraculous vision in the temple. God never requires from his creatures faith in his miracles, without giving them competent vouchers for the truth of them.
It is highly improbable, that God should seem as it were to fix an indirect stigma on his own institution of marriage, the original of so many blessings to mankind, by withholding from the husband, Joseph, the privilege of becoming the father of your Messiah, and yet grant to his wife Mary, the privilege of becoming his mother. There is no warrant from your prophecies for the belief of this improbability, those divine Scriptures, which testify Jesus to be the Messiah, and present the
only clue, which can safely guide both Jews and Christians through the otherwise intricate labyrinth of Christian knowledge, and the sole infallible criterion whereby to distinguish between genuine and spurious Gospels. Both the parents of Jesus, Joseph and Mary, are said to be of the house and s lineage of David;' but, when it is farther expressly said, that he, the Christ, was of • the feed of David ;' it is impossible to suppose, that the feed of a man descended from his royal progenitor was unconcerned in begetting him.
Besides, when the people of Nazareth, where Jesus had been brought up, expressing their astonishment, 'said, is not this Joseph's son ?' Luke iv. 22. it is remarkable, he did not disavow Joseph for his father, whereas, if Jesus had been conscious he was not the son of Joseph, it cannot, I think, be doubted, that he would have embraced this opportunity of rectifying the error of the Nazarenes in this matter.
I cannot close this long supplement without declaring, that though your conversion, my Jewish friends, as a people, depend greatly on proving, that an husband of the feed of David, was as much concerned in begetting Jesus, your Messiah, as a wife so descended was in bearing him, and that the merely maternal origin of Christ is an hypothesis, which militates as well against common-sense, as against your divine prophecies ; yet I judge my free exposure of the futility of the various hypotheses of Athanasians, Arians and Socinians, is very consistent with the most extensive Christian charity for their persons. In short, I would desire to be considered as a Christian philanthropist; and all the harm I wish to them, or to any fect of Christians, Jews, Mohammedans, Deists, and Pagans, is, that some more able man than myself may arise, who Thall treat the only true manhood of Jesus with more critical acumen, than falls to my share, and set it in a still more striking point of view, than I have placed it. Let such a man, if he deem my example worthy of his imitation, follow it, and may success attend him !
My undissembled good-will to the respective advocates of Athanafianism, Arianism, and Socinianism, induces me to hope, that some of all among them will reflect, that the more rational a Christian's faith is, the more moral will naturally be his practise; and that a man's fins are not impu. table to the rationality of his faith, but to his own unhappy choice to be enllaved by his tyrant passions, rather than governed by the sober dictates of his understanding, which cannot but approve of the moral precepts of the Gospel. On the performance of these depends the fulfilment of that glorious hope of eternal life and happiness, which an all-merciful God has given to men by Jesus Christ; and whereof he . hath given assurance, or offered faith, • unto all men, in that he hath raised him * from the dead.' Acts xvii. 31. The resurrection of Jesus being a pledge and earnest of our own.
My My heart's wish, o house of Israel, is your conversion to the faith, that Jesus was your Messiah, and my prayer to God is, to prosper, if it be his holy will, these my well-meant endeavours to be instrumental in accomplishing it. "To him, your Jeho• vah, the king, eternal, immortal, invisible, • the only wise, good, 'God, be glory,
through Jesus,' the · Christ,' or Messiah, • for ever.'
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ERRA T'A. Page 16, line 11, for Socianinism, read Socinianism; p.20,1. 13, af. ter crucified put a note of interrogation ; p. 26, 1. 17, for pedentetim, read pedetentim; p. 29; 1. 19. for diabolical, read diabolical ; p. 44., 1. 12, for Bethelem, read Bethlehem; p. 70, 1, 16. the t in the is inverted; p. 82, 1. 10. for supphition read supposition; p. 86, 1. 3, from the bottom, for the read the ; p. 94.1. . for father read father; p. 105, line 2-3, for Athathanafion read Athanafian ; l. 2, from the bottom, for on, read an; p. iso, l. 3. from the bottom, for defiurétion read destruction ; p. 123, 1. 5, from the bottom, dele a; p. 140, 1. 1, for, d, read dom ; p. 145. 1. 12, dele as well ; p. 174, l. 1, for singdom read kingdom; p. 176, 1.7, from the bottom, add of; p. 196, 1. 9, from the bottom, for fig.tree read fig-trees; p. 214,1. I, before berz, add be ; p. 223, l. 2. for sanits read saints ; p. 232, l. 3, from the bottom, after Omar dele the comma; p. 238.1. 5. for Ebonites read Ebionites.
OCT 10 1916