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i and would have sacrificed to them, had not the apostles,

with clothes rent, run in anoag them, and assured them that they were men like themselves Seoa after there come Jews from Antioch and leouium,

who excite the people against them. Paul is by the 2 Car. i. furios multitude staged, and drawn out of the eity as 24 dead; but whilst the disciples stand about him, ke

riseth up, and the next day departs with Barnabas to

· Derbe. xi. 2. . Je this year, perhaps at this very time, Paul was

carght up into the third leares, and heard unspeakable words, fourteen years before he wrote his second

lepistle to the Corinthians 2 Tim. i. About this time, Timothy, though a child, with his 2,5. : mother Eunice, and his grandmother Lois, embrace

the Christian faith preached by Paul 52. Acts, w. Certain Judaizing Christians come from Judea to

Antioch, and teach that the Gentiles ought to be ein comeised, and observe the lar of Moses; these Paul and Barnabas oppose, and a council is held by the I apostles and others at Jerusalem, to determine this I controversy. The deerees of the synod are sent to

the churebes 53. 36. ! Paul and Barnabas thinking to visit the churches

together, fall at strife, and part asunder; Barnabas and Mark go into Cyprus, Paul and Silas into Syria

and Cilicia. xvi. 1 Paul, coming to Derbe, finds there Timothy, whom

(because his mother was a believing Jew, though his father a Gentile) he causeth to be eireumeised. and takes him along with him. He is by a vision ad monished to go into Macedonia. Coming to Philippi, the chief city of that part of Macedonia, he converts Lydia; casteth out of a certaia maid-servant a spirit of divination, whose master, losing a considerable gain thereby, brings Paul and Silas before the magistrates; these cause them to be whipped and imprisoned; but at midnight, Paul and Silas praying and singing psalms, the doors of the prison fly open, and their bonds are loosed : the gaoler, ready to kill himself, is converted to the faith, and baptized the same night, with his whole family. Next day the magistrates

come themselves, and pray them to depart the city. 54. xvii. From Philippi Paul takes his journey through Am

phipolis and Apollonia, and comes to Thessalonica, where he finds a synagogue of the Jews; there he preacheth three sabbath days; some believe, others persecute him. Leaving Thessalonica, he comes to Berea, and soon after arrives at Athens, disputes with the philosophers, and declares unto them thal

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KNOWN GOD, whom they had ignorantly worshipped. He converts Dionysius the Arevpagite, and

thence passeth to Corinth. Acts,xviii. Paul at Corinth meets with Aquila and Priscilla,

not long before banished Rome by the decree of | Claudius. Here he continues a year and six months, and thence writes to the Thessalonians.

Paul is accused by the Jews, and brought before Gallio, pro-consul of Achaia, who refuseth to be judge in a controversy about religion, and so drives them away from the judgment-seat.

Paul departs from Corinth, and passeth to Ephesus; thence he sets out toward Jerusalem, that he may be at the feast; he lands al Cæsarea, goes down to Antioch, and comes into the regions of Galatia and

Phrygia, confirming the disciples in all those places. 1 xix. Paul returns to Ephesus, disputes daily in the school

of Tyrannus, and continues preaching there, and the parts thereabouts.

He writes his epistle to the Galatians.

At Ephesus, Demetrius a silversmith, jealous of his gain, raiseth a tumult against Paul, which is appeased

by the town-clerk. 1 Cor. i. ! . About this time a schism ariseth in the church of

11. Corinth,which causeth Paul (now in or about Ephesus) xvi. 8. to write his first epistle to the Corinthians. Acts, xx. Paul departs froin Ephesus, and comes into Mace

2 Cor. donia, and gathers a contribution for the relief of the vii, 1, 2,6, saints at Jerusalem. 19.

The apostle having learnt from Titus the success

of his first, writes now his second epistle to the Co1 Cor. xvi. rinthians ; out of Macedonia he goes into Greece, and 5. comes to Corinth, where he writes bis epistle to the

Romans. Acts, xx. Paul purposing to go directly froin thence into 3, 4, Syria, that he may carry the collections to Jerusalem,

the Jews lay wait for him; he, understanding this, thinks it best to return into Macedonia the same way he came, and thence to pass into Asia.

After the days of unleavened bread, Paul sails from Philippi, and comes to Troas; there he restores Eutychus to life. Having passed through several cities of Greece, he arrives at Miletus ; from thence he sends to call the elders of the church of Ephesus, whom he

earnestly exhorts to the performance of their duty. xxi. Paul comes to Jerusalem, is apprehended in the

temple, and secured in the castle; he claimeth the privilege of a Roman, and escapeth scourging.

Paul pleadeth his cause before Ananias, the high

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forty Jews had bound themselves, under a curse, neither to eat nor drink till they had killed him, sends him to Felix, the governor of the province, by whom he

is imprisoned at Cæsarea. xxiv. Paul is accused before Felix by Tertullus, the orator.

Felix goes out of his office; and, to gratify the Jews, leaves Paul in prison. Porcius Festus succeeds bim

in the government. 62. xxv. The Jews come to Cæsarea, and accuse Paul be

fore Festus. He answereth for hiinself, and appeals unto Cæsar. King Agrippa comes to Cæsarea, and Festus opens the whole matter to him.

Paul makes his defence in the presense of Agrippa, who thereby is almost persuaded to be a Christian; and the whole company pronounce him innocent.

Paul comes to Rome, is a prisoner at large, and preacheth there two years.

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Here ends the History of the Acts of the Apostles,
written by S. Luke, S. Paul's beloved Companion in
his Travels.
S. Paul from Rome writes his epistles,

To the Philippians,
To Philemon,
To the Colossians,

To the Ephesians. 65. Heb. xii.l.

About the latter end of this year, S. Paul is set at 24 liberty ; and a little before his departure out of Italy

into Asia, he writes his epistle to the Hebrews. Tit. i. 5. He preacheth the Gospel in the isle of Crete, and

leaves Titus there to set things in order, and ordain
elders in every city.

S. Paul writes his epistles,
To Timothy I.
To Titus.
To Timothy II.

About this time the epistles of S. Peter, S. John,

and S. Jude, seem to be written. Eus. Hist. S. Peter and S. Paul are said to have suffered Ec. 1. 2. martyrdom at Rome towards the latter end of Nero's

c. 24. | reign. Luke, xix. This year Jerusalem (according to Christ's pro43, 44. phecy) is besieged, taken, sacked, and burnt by

Titus; 1,100,000 of the Jews perish, 97,000 are taken prisoners ; besides an innumerable company that in other places of Judea kill themselves, or perish through famine, banishment, and other miseries.

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before CHRIST 96.

S. Jolin is banished into the isle of Patmos by Domitian, and there receives and writes his Revelation.

After the death of Domitian, S. Paul returns to Ephesus, and at the request of the church writes his Gospel


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