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PRINTED FOR F. C. AND J. ŘIVINGTON,
Booksellers to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge,

NO. 62, sr. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD,
1. AND NO. 3, WATERLOO-PLACE, PALL-MALL.

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INTRODUCTION.

In the sacred Scriptures there are distinguishaable these two general parts, a Doctrinal and an Historical By the Doctrinal part are uu. derstood those instructions, which teach us what we are to believe and practise, in order to our eternal salvation. By the Historical part is meant the account given us of transactions and events; either in reference to nations, especially that of the Jews; or in reference to single persons, as Abraham, David, &c. but above all, our Lord and Saviour JESUS CHRIST, the author and finisher of our faith. Heh, xii. 2.

Of these two parts of Scripture, the Doctrinal, being of infinitely the highest concern, requires therefore our far greater study and application. However this hinders not, but that we may, and very commendably too, spend soine time and thoughts on the Historical

part of Scripture; it being but reasonable to think, that what the wisdom of God has judged fit to make part of his word, we may judge fit to make part of our study.

This being certain in general, it will easily le granted, that amongst all the historical passages of Scripture, circumstances. appertaining to the history of our blessed Saviour challenge the first place in our studious, thoughts and enquiries. And as Geography is acknowledged to be one eve of History in general, so

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