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Him, pretend to see objects invisible to man without some revealing light, think it nothing unnatural to suppose our beavenly Father to have given no instruction to His children, neither used any means to raise them when fallen; nay have counted it a fignal token of their freedom of thought to reject that revelation, from whose tradition, however vitiated, they derive their language, &c. they, less model than the a beathens, lay claim to; and self-condemned to make an outcry, like a man with a candle in his hand to direct his steps against the use of light, against tbat, which they themselves allow the benefits of by communicating this traditional information by word of mouth or writing to, and by receiving it from others. Yet as this is no more than was predi&ted, and as this name has been the confusion of that understanding, which imagined it ought not only to think, but also to do many things, contrary to the name of Jesus of NAZARETH, so it may not be without its profit for them to attend to the import of what they are militating against. They that have despised Him may come and bow down themselves at the soles of His feet, as others have, IJ. Ix. 14.
To the Jews this name has a primary respect, and as it is not our province to boast ourselves
a See this proved in Dr. Ellis's knowledge of Diving things, Bifpop Browoe's Limits of the buman underftanding, in Puffendorf, B. 2, c. 3, § 20, Cumberland Orig. p. 451, Clarke's Bayle Le&t. vol. 2, prop. 4 & 7, Lock, B, 2. p, 28, Whitby, Vol. 2, P. 69, 93, Hooker's Eccl. poli. b. 1, 13, Bacon's Advancement, &c. p. 469, 470, and Sopbron, pref. & V. 3.
against them who are the natural branches, however they curse, but to bless them with the delivery of the word of grace to turn them from their iniquities, A&. iii. 26. so they should in a manner becoming lovers of truth examine what claims the authority of their law and prophets, their Talmud, &c. to be the FEARFUL and GLORIOUS NAME, Deut. xxviii. 58. For they may find they are not called on ta have another faith than these had, but to think and act according to them. For they deny not the being of the person bearing this NAME, but His character and mission as the Messiah under this NAME. And here I trust they will see it proved by a fair deduction of the original of the name and its interpretation, that it actually has a place in, and a plain reference to the prefigurations and prophecies, and is therefore a loud appeal to the law and the prophets for the truth of His miffion under it, for the dignity of His person and for the nature of Hı. offices, and so is the matchless name which their forefathers were well acquainted with.
Besides the offences given by the worship of images and the finful lives of many, (though no more proofs againft the divine authority of the Gapel than the people's of old were againt that of the law,) a main reason of there being fo few converts is that fome, contrary to the doctrine of
the b The author of Zemacb says “ Jesus the Nazarene was « born at Beth-Lehen in Judar, a league and a half difans “ from Jerusalem, in the year 3761 from the ation of the of world," (as he calculates) “ and in the 42 (instead of the “ 28th) year of the reign of Cæfar Augußus." And the tefti. mony of Josepbus Ans. L. 18, 4. is well known, a well as uting of Taisus in his Annals, B. 19, 6. 44.
the church univerfalc and to the matter of fact as believed before and since Moses d to Moses Maimonides c and to this d.y, f and to the necessary nature of all revelation, have maintained there was nothing of the Messa cr a future tate in their
« A£t. iii, 24, 13, xxxii. 15, 16, :7, 2, 1 Cor. x. Heb. x. 1 Pet. X. 1, Ignatiu:, Jui. Mart. p. 364, & al. Irenæus, P. 332, 336,-338, Tertullia":, Chryfoftom, Jerom in his Epipla to Poulinus, Arfin, Cyril on 10. C. XXV. 10, &c. Dr. Cafle with the approbation of the Bishops of his day in the dedication to his Lexicon, and others cited in. Sopbron. Whence we have thefu noies on Act. xxvi. in Tyrdal's trim..on of the N. 1. 1525, “We * ought to preach noth: uf Christ but that which is in Mo" Sesond the propi is Thou shalt note that the N. T. is ina a cluc, in the oliv, ar! the old is expounded by the New. " For Christ our javiour and all His apofiles did the same,
confyrmynge ai their preachings and sermons with the SS of " the O, T.”
d Moses knew what he had of God were patterns, Ex. xxv. 9, as Heb. ix. 23, X. 1, &c.
c He says the meaning of Prov. xxv, 11, where the words of the prophets spoken according to the two respects are compared to an apple of gold in silver net-work, is that the exterior sense of « such word is good and precious as silver, but that the interior “ is yet much more excellent, as gold, to build up them that be“ lieve in the sublime mysteries of faith.” See the whole as cited from Raymund Martin's Pugio fidei in Sophron, p. 791.
f For in their Talmud in Berachotb, c. 5, we have this affera tion, The BLESSED God gave to us the forms of the taber“ nacle and fanctuary and all their furniture, the candle tick, “ table, and altars for ("JU SJ'71'30's
) LEZIUR IM SECHUM] “ delineating pi&turing forms or figures, in order to make us un“ derstand superior or more excellent trụths (379 MEM] from < them.” And Calvin owns, “ that what was figuratively reis
presented in the Mosaic facrifices is exhibited in CHRIST, the arcbetype of the figures." In H. RIT
ceremonial or history. Positions that render it is possible to prove them obliged by their law to receive Jesus for the CHRIST, but such as lay their authors open to the Jews just reproach for their ignorance of their national belief,& nay of the methods taken by Christ and His apostles to convert them. For He says for a specimen of the weapons we should use, There is one that accuseth you, even Moses in whom ye truft, Job. V. 45, HE WROTE OF ME, ver. 46. — they have Moses and the prophets; let them hear THEM, Luk. xvi. 29. Nay fo full was their evidence thought that He says, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though ONE ROSE from the dead, ver. 31; which their infidelity after His resurrection was about to give a ftrong demonAtration of. Hence to the first converted Jews we find Him opening the SS, what was written is the law of Moses and the prophets and in the psalms concerning Him, and opening their understanding that they might understand the SS, and saying THUS or so it is written, and so or in LIKE manner it behoved CHRIST to suffer and to rise from the dead, &c. Luk. xxiv. 44, 45, 46, - and these apor Atles thus enlightened insisting in their fermons
& How contrary this is to the JEWISH creed is plain from their 10 articles and Menafleb Ben Israel, 1. 3, C. 2,
“ It is “ certain not only from the books of Moses but the propbets “ that the resurrection will be connected with the coming of the “ Messiah," he says in his Epis. dedicatory “ We worship
one God, and after the difficulties of this life look for a “ better.” In ded. to l. 3, wbich we have in common -" For « all love to rise again who with pious fouls have worhipped 61' the Gor of ABRAHAM, &c.”
on this spiritual sense of the letter, and proving it pointed out the Jesus they'preached so clearly, that myriads were converted, and the others confounded, A&t. ix. 22.
Upon their own principles then the issue is put in this little work, and the like good effects may be the result of the Jews finding that we continue witnessing to this day both to small and great none other things than what tbe prophets and Moses said horld come Aa. xxvi. 2t. For I perceive from my conversation with some of them that they have no other way to evade this argument than by commencing unbelievers, proving the connection between the faith of bis writings, and that of the words of Jesus, as affirmed Job. v. 46. IF YE HAD BELIEVED Moses, YE WOULD HAVE BELIEVED ME, FOR HB: WROTE OP Me, But IF YE BELIEVE NOT HLS WRITINGS HOW SHALL YE Believe My WORDS? 47. the latter is an impossible cafe, as the former is a necessary consequence. And indeed if it can be proved that the
† Abrevanel de cap. fid. c. 14. says “ The coming of the “ Messiah is set forth in the law, the propbets and Hagiograpbi “ (Folh. Judg. Sam. Cbron. &c, for our master Moses, and all «s the prophets bear witness of Him, and they who have spoken
by the Holy Ghost do all agree, foretel and speak of king " Messiah.” - Indeed their writings are full of assertions of this kind. And if we exclude ebese, bow or about what the law, &c. prophecied until John, as affirmed Mar. xi. 13, I am at 2 loss to know. - Nay the laft Rabbi says in Nifomatb Chajim, P. 39, “ the resurrection of the dead is one of the capital articles “ of our law, and he, who says it is not to be proved from the w law, is an heretic and paft cure, and has no part in the world « to come."