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17. And it came to pass, that after three days, Paul called the chief of the Jews to. gether. And when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
18. Who when they had examined me, would have let me
21. And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judea concerning thee, neither any
21. They told him, They had A. D. 63:
no Information nor Complaints from judaea against him, either by Writing or Word of Mouth.
will give them a better Reception than you have done.
30 & 31. In the mean while Paul was permitted (though yet a Prisoner) to dwell in his own hired House, where he entertained, and, with the utmost Freedom, preach'd the Christian Religion to all Sorts of People, both jews and Gentiles.
29. And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.
30. And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,
31. Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ,
with all confidence, no man forbidding him.
WHERE for E to a due Understanding of the far greater Part of these sacred Writings, the principal Thing requisite is, an Insight into the Grounds of the Controversies therein handled, and the Persons that broached and spread the false Notions therein opposed and confuted. The two Epistles to the Romans and Galatians are, for the Main, written upon one and the same Occafion, and levelled at the same erroneous Doctrines; for which Reason, I intend this for a sufficient PREF Ace to them both. The Sum of the Case is this:
BE for E the Coming of CHRIST, the jews being the only People in Covenant with God, and his proper Church; they, instead of an humble Thankfulness for such a Privilege and Favour, proudly look’d upon themselves to have the only Right and Title to it for ever. All other Nations of the World they contemn’d and despised, as utterly unworthy of any Divine Privilege, Favour, Providence, or Protećtion. Their Mosiah they expected to be a glorious temporal Prince, who should raise their Church and Nation to an Excess of external Greatness and Splendor, and become the Wonder and Amazement, but not the Saviour of the Gentile World. These Notions were so rooted in them before, and at our Sav Iou R's Time, that his very Apostles, in a great Measure, retained them after his Death, until St. Peter was convinced of the contrary, by an express Revelation in Aïs X. The jews that did embrace the Faith of the Gospel, had ftill such a Reverence for their Ceremonial Law, that they would not endure to converse with a Gentile-Christian that was not circumcised. But the College of Apostles, all fully convinced by St. Peter's Case with Cornelius, do