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*#*/« #»/o Æ/w, and he laid his Hands on every one of them, and healed them. e Nay, such is the Modesty of the Evangelijls, in regard to our Saviour's Miracles, that we have some reason to presume, they certainly knew of more Persons, by him restor'd to Life again, than they have particularly named: For, when St. Matthew relates his Answer to John's Disciples, who were sent to enquire concerning him, f the Blind receive their Sight, the Lame walk, and the Dead are raised; 'tis plain, that, by mentioning the Dead in the plural Number, he had the Knowledge of more than one, tho' he has given us a particular History of the Ruler of the Synagogue's Daughter only. For what And indeed, considering the vast Ex
thc^do tent of their Subject:> and ^tended Bre.
it. vity of their Books, in order to make
them more useful to People of all Ranks and Capacities, it was absolutely necessary for them to omit several things, which must have occurr'd to their Remembrance. The whole four Gospels, bound together, make not a large Volume, but each singly is a very small Book; and yet, besides the Miracles of our Saviour, attended, as they are, with
the the Circumstances of Place and Time, the Names of the Persons, and the Occasions of their being wrought; they have, in these short Pieces, inserted an Account of the wonderful manner of our Saviour's Birth, the Dangers of his Infancy, the miraculous Appearances of divine Providence in his Favour, and his Removals, and Journeyings from one Place and Country to another. They have recorded the Substance of his Doctrine in plain Terms; have set down many Parables spoken by him, together with his Explanations; and given us a full Account of the Mission of his twelve Apostles, and the other seventy Disciples. The Cavils and Questions of the Pharisees, Sadducees, and the Herodians, together with his Answers and Solutions, the Observations and Reflections of the People, his publick Discourses before all, arid his private Instructions to his Disciples; his Predictions of his own Sufferings, of the Destruction of Jerusalem, and many other Events; a long and particular Account of his Persecution, Condemnation, and Crucifixion, as also of his Resurrection, and Ascension; not to mention the History of the Birth, Preaching, Baptism, and Sufferings of John the Z 3 Baptist,
* Lardner's Vind. of three Miracles, p. 7« ''JMattb.
Baptist, his Forerunner, are all compriz'd in one short Volume: and therefore, having such plenty of Matter before them, they were obliged to be silent, as to some Matters, after they had related others of the like Nature, in order to reserve room for such important Events, as were essential parts of their History; lest they Ihonld proceed to such a length and prolixity, as they had determin'd to avoid. And hence it is easy to suppose, in behalf of the three former Evangelists, that when they came to a certain Period in their History of the Ministry of yefas, and obscrv'd they had given a sufficient Account of his Doctrine and Miracles, being to reserve a Space for his last Sufferings, and Resurrection, they thought proper to pass over in Silence what ever happen'd between that Period, and the time of his last Journey to Jerusalem. Why the Now, whoever looks into % these three thr e first Evangelists with any due Attention, will
re£int"'find> that> fr0m ttle time when OUr Sa"
so Laza- viour returned into the Coasts of Judea *"'• beyond Jondan, which (as h St. John tells us) was loon after the Feast of the Dedication, (and that was always observ'd
8 Compare Matth. xix. ver. i, 2. with ver. 17. and Mark x. ver. 1. with ver. 32.
* John x. 12.
in Winter) to the time of his last going up to Jerusalem, a little before Easier, they make no mention at all of any Journeys or Movings from thence; and yet from this Country (according to St. John's Account) it was, that Jesus afterwards came up to Bethany, and raised Lazarus, and then ' went into the Country near the Wilderness, into a City called Ephraim, and there continued with his Disciples. And therefore, since these Evangelists, for the avoidance of Prolixity, thought not proper to take notice of what pafs'd in this Interval of Time, they could not (with any Justness or Propriety) introduce into their Gospels an Account of the Resurrection of Lazarus.
But there is a farther Reason, which k some learned Men have given us, for their Silence in this respect. They tell us, that (according to an ancient Tradition) Lazarus lived thirty Tears after his being raised from the dead, and that, the latest of these Evangeli/ls, writing but fifteen Years after our Lord's Ascension, they might "think it a needless matter, to mention a Miracle concerning a Person, living so near Jerusalem, whenothe Fame of it was so great, and so many Witnesses living to attest it: nor can Z 4 they
1 John xi. 54, * Grotius and Wbitby on John xii.
they suppose, but that, in point of Prudence, the Evangelijis declined mentioning this Story, for fear of exasperating the Jews, and giving their Rage and Malice a fresh Provocation to cut off Lazarus. However this be, 'tis not improbable (what the generality of Commentators tell us) that St. John, observing the Method of the,former Evangelists, and in what Particulars they had made an Omission, might, at the Request of the Asian Bishops, undertake to supply their Defects. gVjisno And indeed, whoever will give himObjecti- self the trouble to compare his History
gainst W*tn ^at °f tne °£^er F-WMgdiftj, W*H
St! John, find this Notion in a great measure verify'd. For, (not to mention any other Particulars of this sort) y the Miracles of our Saviour, (recorded by St.. John) antecedent to his Resurrection, are in all but eight, i. His turning Water into Wine at the Marriage in Cana of Galilee. a. His telling the Samaritan Woman the Secrets of her Life. 3. His healing the Nobleman's Son at Capernaum, 4. His curing the lame Man at the Pool of Bethesda. 5. His feeding five thousand Mpn with five Barley-Loaves and two Fishes. 6. His walking upon the Water, and calming a Storm at Sea, y. His
giving 'Defence osScript. Hist. p. 64.