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CONTENTS.

LECTURE II.

PAGE 41--86.—NOTES, 87--95.

Gen. i. 1–The province of sense, of reason, and of faith—
Incitements to enquire into the origin of all things—all ages have
attempted it—The several opinions of mankind reduced to Two—
First, that the world was produced by chance—examined on ac-
knowledged principles—refuted by Cicero—Appeal to the human
frame, and the conversion of Galen—Hypothesis of the Egyptians
—a disfigured copy of Moses—hypothesis of modern philosophy-
Second opinion, that the world is eternal—By whom held—Refuted
-by the world's mutability—by philosophical and astronomical
laws—by history—by the arts and sciences—by the origin of na-
tions—Objection raised from some recent discoveries in volcanic
irruptions considered—tradition of the Creation universal—The
Being of a God inferred, and our connection with him exhibited—
Mosaic account of the Creation—Dr. Geddes—Light created—Lon-

inus—Work of the six days—Enquiries answered—respecting pri-
meval light—astronomy—extent of the Creation—the six days—the
information of Moses.

LECTURE III.
PAGE 96-- 136.-NOTES, 137--143.
THE DELU GE.

GEN. v1.1.11-24- 2 PET. III, 5-7.-Ruins—apostacy of man—
progress of vice—antediluvian longevity—Union between the sons
of God and the daughters of men—Grants—State of the world at
the time of the Deluge—Plan of the Lecture—The fact established
—By the general consent of all nations—Testimonies of Abydenus—
Berosus, Lucian—remark of Grotius—By the existence of marine
productions on land—Hypothesis of volcanic irruptions examined—
objections of Buffon and others opposed—Hypotheses of Burnet,
Whiston, M. de la Pryme, and St. Pierre stated—Effected by
Divine interposition—Objections, respecting the ark, America,
infants, and the rainbow, answered—Improvement—appeal to the
last judgment. - --

LECTURE IV.
PAGE 144-182—NOTES, 183-184.

THE DEstruction of BABLE, THE CONFUSION OF LAN-
GUAGE, THE D1s PERs10N of THE PEOPLE, AND THE
ORIG IN OF NATIONS. -

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pity, of gratitude, and of faith—The fear of man impressed upon
brutes, and the law for murder—Noah's failing—his death—genea-
logy of his descendants—his predictions—Nimrod—the original
tongue—Situation of Shinar—Building of Babel—it's design and
form—Imagery of the Bible—Confusion of language, what?–Dis-
persion of the people, how effected —Origin of nations—supposed—
incertain—Ancient testimonies—Fable of the giants—one of the
Sybils—Abydenus—Enquiries—whether the attempt was criminal?—
whether man would have separated without a change of language?—
whether language would have changed without a miracle?—Improve-
ment—Our errors spring from the pride of our hearts—appeal to
Nebuchadnezzar and to Belshazzar—Prosperity often excites rebellion
—There can be no security when God is our enemy. * ,

LECTURE W.
PAGE 186--230.—NOTES, 231--235.

The DESTRUCTION OF SO DOM AND GO MOR.R.A. H.

Gen. xix. 15–26. 2. PET. II. 6.--Domestic scenes of Ge-
hesis—contrasted with profane writers—the patriarchal tents wel-
comed—Abraham introduced—Idolatry of his country—triumphs of
faith—titles of Abraham—his infirmity in Egypt—his memorials of
gratitude—his separation from Lot—the battle of Siddim, and Lot
rescued—Melchisedec-Interview with Jehovah—Religious worship
to be guarded—Domestic contention—Hagar's flight—prediction
respecting Ishmael–Circumcision, and Abraham's name changed—
Three angels visit him—God reveals his designs against Sodom, and
Abraham pleads for it—Two angels visit Lot—Danger threatens the
city in the morning—Lot hastened—is sent to the mountain—objects
—pleads for Zoar—obtains his request—The destruction of Sodom
sudden—how effected—The Dead Sea—Lot's wife—Testimonies of
Tacitus, Philo, Pliny, Diodorus Siculus, Strabo, and Solinus, to this
fact—Modern writers—Evidences remaining on the spot—Represen-
tations of the Bible concerning it's apearance in i. ages—
correspondent features remain—Testimony of Josephus—Changes
supposed to be effected by time, and their immediate causes—The
... improved—Judgments delayed will yet be executed—The
righteous are always safe. -

LECTURE WI.
PAGE 236–274.—NOTES, 275-277,
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.

GEN, XL1x.22-26. Acts vii. 9-16–Intervening history slightly
touched—Sacrifice of Isaac-Death of Sarah—Subsequent events
enumerated—Joseph's history commences with his mother's death—
aud at an interesting age—Jacob's partiality, and it's effects upon his
sons—Joseph's dreams—His brethren remove from home—Joseph
visits them—progress of sin in their bosoms, and they resolve to say
him—Reuben's interference—Joseph assumed nothing in consequence
of his father's partiality—He is sold, and his coat dyed in blood–
Jacob's auxiety and despair-Joseph in Egypt, and in temptation
—Joseph in prison, and his acquaintance with Pharaoh's chief
butler and baker—The chief butler's ingratitude—Pharaoh's dreams
—Joseph's elevation—Justin's remarkable testimony—Joseph's bre-
thren visit Egypt, and know him not—Simeon bound—They return
dismayed—Benjamin brought into Egypt—on their second return

njamin is arrested—Judah pleads for his brother—Joseph dis-
covers himself—Retrospection—They tell their father of his pros-
perity–Jacob and Joseph mect—Their after-feelings supposed—
Jacob introduced to Pharaoh–Israel dies—Joseph's mourning—He
returns to fulfil his duties in Egypt—and dies also-Concluding Re-
marks on Genesis—It relates facts in which we are concerned, and
which revelation must necessarily contain—Moses is the author of
it—The connection between it, and the succeeding books, is inse-
parable—The historian writes like a man convinced of the truth
of that which he advances—The difference between the style of
Genesis, and that of his other writings, noticed and accounted for.

LECTURE VIII.

PAGE 308-345-NOTES, 346--354.

THE SLAVERY AND DELIVER ANCE OF ISRAEL IN EGYPT.

Gen. xv. 18, 14. Acts v11. S5, 36.—The Bible recalls past
events—Man always man—his information confined to the past and
the present—he knows nothing of the future—Commencement of
Exodus—Subject proposed, and it's arrangement stated—Changes
effected in a few years—How much often depends upon an individual
—Ravages of time impressively pourtrayed by the o writer—
Multiplication of Israel—Their bondage—Children slain–Birth of
Moses and his exposure—He is rescued by Pharaoh's daughter—her
blindness to the future Education of Moses—Difference between man
and man in talents, in literature, in rank of life, and in piety—Silence
of Moses respecting the first 40 years of his life—He slays the Egyp-
tian—and flies—He marries Zipporah—He approaches the burning bush-
his commission opens--he meets the Magicians before Pharaoh-General

LECTURE IX.

PAGE 355--389.-NOTES, 390, 391.

Joshua xxiv. 2–13.−Reason is to the mind what the eye is to

the body, and Revelation is to reason what light is to the eye—the

one is the organ—the other the medium—Revelation necessary to

elucidate Nature and Providence—and to develope futurity—The Sub-

ject stated in it's extent, and arranged according to the Scripture

history—Character of the Israelites—They murmur for water—Man-

na and quails sent—a fresh supply of water—Two events distinguish-

ed—They subdue Amalek—The Law given—Contrast between Sinai

and Calvary—The Golden Calf—The spies bring an evil report of

Canaan—A general enumeration of succeeding events—and the death

of Moses—a tribute to his memory—Joshua succeeds him, and the

situation of Israel stated—They pass Jordan—The fall of Jericho—

and the fulfilment of Joshua's curse—A shower of stones, and the

sun and moon stand still—Foreign testimonies—Positive evidence

from the most ancient writers to the history at large—from Aristo-

bulus, the Orphic verses, Strabo, Juvenal, Diodorus Siculus, Pliny,

Tacitus, Calcidius, Hermippas, and the Poets in general—Testimo-

ny of Manetho to the antiquity of these events—Circumstantial evi-

dences—Publicity of the Law—adherence of the Jews to it—it's

perfection—impossibility of ..". also of the miracles
of the journey—Customs of the Jews, perpetuated to this hour, re-

fer to these events—Reason for the reservation of the Canaanites—

aspect of the whole to the Messiah—Objections—that the conduct

of the Israelites was immoral—that it was cruel—that the instru-

ments used to punish these nations were improper—refuted—Im-

provement—the harmony and success of the designs of God con-

trasted with human fluctuations—he presides in the councils of princes

—It is pleasant to see the gradual developement of his plans—it

will be delightful in heaven to review the whole.

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