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Book 1, Chapter 8: The Credibility of Scripture…

Sections

  1. Secondary helps to establish the credibility of Scripture. I. The arrangement of the sacred volume. II. Its dignity. III. Its truth. IV. Its simplicity. V. Its efficacy.
  2. The majesty conspicuous in the writings of the Prophets.
  3. Special proofs from the Old Testament. I. The antiquity of the Books of Moses.
  4. This antiquity contrasted with the dreams of the Egyptians. II. The majesty of the Books of Moses.
  5. The miracles and prophecies of Moses. A profane objection refuted.
  6. Another profane objection refuted.
  7. The prophecies of Moses as to the sceptre not departing from Judah, and the calling of the Gentiles.
  8. The predictions of other prophets. The destruction of Jerusalem; and the return from the Babylonish captivity. Harmony of the Prophets. The celebrated prophecy of Daniel.
  9. Objection against Moses and the Prophets. Answer to it.
  10. Another objection and answer. Of the wondrous Providence of God in the preservation of the sacred books. The Greek Translation. The carefulness of the Jews.
  11. Special proofs from the New Testament. I. The harmony of the Evangelists, and the sublime simplicity of their writings. II. The majesty of John, Paul, and Peter. III. The calling of the Apostles. IV. The conversion of Paul.
  12. Proofs from Church history. I. Perpetual consent of the Church in receiving and preserving the truth. II. The invincible power of the truth itself. III. Agreement among the godly, not withstanding of their many differences in other respects.
  13. The constancy of the martyrs. Conclusion. Proofs of this description only of use after the certainty of Scripture has been established in the heart by the Holy Spirit.

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