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the parts might have been dovetailed together; for there would have been points through which the forgery would manifestly glare. Thus the women, who came to the sepulchre, having ministered to Christ during the exercise of his mission, having attended Him at his crucifixion, careless of the danger to which they exposed themselves, are very naturally seen carrying spices and unguents for the purpose of embalming Him, wailing and weeping at his tomb, and were very appropriately, in return for their great fidelity, the first witnesses of his resurrection.
The emphatic manner, in which Peter's name is mentioned in the account of the resurrection, sent by the women to the disciples, would hardly have been found but in a real history; the evident cause, being that of conveying to him consolation after his denial of Christ; a forgery would not have had this affecting simplicity, but would have been too diffuse and circumstantial. In fact the truth of the resurrection appears in every point of view: the impossibility of bribing the Roman guard, the impossibility that they all could have slept on their duty; or sleeping, that the disciples could have removed the great stone, and stolen the body without awaking them; the careful manner in which the linen garments were placed, in which the body had been wrapped, whereas had the body been stolen, they would have been taken with it, since the danger would have been increased by taking them off it, and arranging them,—are each a separate demonstration, that the resurrection of Jesus must have happened as it is recorded. The confessed unbelief of the disciples, till they were ocularly convinced of the fact, and the separate appearances of Christ, together with the minute account of the conversation on the journey to Emmaus, the necessity of which to their full comprehension of the Scriptures, and to their certainty that in Him the types and prophecies bad been accomplished, is apparent, not forgetting the emphatic mode in which He is said to have appeared to Simon, and the most credible manner of recognition in breaking bread, are severally in such exact harmony with the object, which Christ came to effect, so well calculated to establish their faith, and prepare them for their ministry, that it is impossible that such particulars could have been embodied in a work, which was not genuine, and did not mention genuine events.
The miracle which Christ performed after his resurrection near the lake of Gennesareth, or the sea of Tiberias, in the draught of fishes, was another attestation of his power, in which it has been conjectured, that the fire and coals with fish laid thereon and bread, which the disciples saw on coming to land, were also miraculously produced. This miracle completely proved the identity of Jesus, from its analogy to some which He performed before his crucifixion. Such might have been the intention. When we review the whole of these events, in connection with his visible ascension to heaven at Bethany, where He had raised Lazarus from the dead; when we consider them in connection with the types and prophecies, which had preceded Him, and accurately defined his character and office, nothing is wanting to the evidence, which we receive, that in Him dwelt all the fulness of the Godhead bodily, that He is HE, that liveth and was dead, and behold is alive for evermore, the possessor of the keys of Hades and Death', exalted far above all principalities and powers, the King of kings, and the Lord of lords—the only true God.
The following Questions are proposed for the use
of Candidates for Holy Orders, and Students in Divinity.
GIVE a history of the fall, and mention the first prophetic revelation of a Redeemer.
Show that those chapters containing the history of the fall are not allegorical.
In what respect was Adam a type of Christ?
What did Eve mean, when she said, “I have gotten a man from the Lord ?"
What is the literal meaning of the name Cain? Give a history of the Deluge.
Who were the fathers of Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel ?
Who were Abraham's brothers? Who was Lot? What were the promises made to Abraham?
Explain their import.
How often were they made ? and to whom? Were they afterwards made the subject of frequent allusion?
Who was the first priest, and who the first king recorded in Scripture? were the offices united ? how is this personage typical of Christ ?
Give the names of the twelve patriarchs.
How many books are contained in the Old Testament?
Give their titles.
Who were the Judges? What was the state of Israel in their time? Was Deborah a prophetess in the strictest sense?
How was Ruth related to David ?
By whom were the Chronicles written, and what are they called in the Septuagint? Explain how the same events are narrated in the Chronicles and Isaiah.
Give probable dates to the following events : the Deluge-the call of Abraham-the institution of the Passover—the building of the Temple the destruction of the kingdom of Israel.
Give the names of the kings of Israel and Judah. Give a history of the kingdom of Israel and Judah.
What were the Shekinah, the Urim, and Thummim?
Mention the opinions concerning the latter.