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OF THE WHOLE
CONTINUATION OF THE JEWISH AFFAIRS,
AND AN ACCOUNT OF THE
CHIEF PROPHECIES THAT RELATE TO HIM :
represented in a way of
ILLUSTRATED WITH VARIOUS
REMARKS ON THE HISTORY AND THE RELIGION
and on the
WRITINGS OF THE JEWS;
BY I. WATTS, D.D.
THE TWENTY-SEVENTH EDITION ;
CAREFULLY REVISED AND CORRECTED.
ORXE, & BROWN; HARVEY & DARTON; LACKINGTON & co ;
Shewing the Design of such a short View of
Scripture History, and the Advantages of it. The Holy Scripture is divided into two books, which are commonly called the Old Testament and the New. And as each of these books contains several articles or propositions which God had revealed to men for the direction of their faith and practice in the successive ages of the world ; so there are several histories also contained in them, or narratives of the lives and deaths of men, of the affairs of nations, and especially of the transactions of God with mankind.
Some knowledge of these historical matters is necessary and useful, in order to obtain a more clear and full acquaintance with the principles of our holy religion, as well as to assist and engage us in the practice of it by way of motive. It is the history all along which introduces the peculiar doctrines and duties ; and all the latter revelations of the mind and will of God, relating to religion, have some connection with the dependence upon the events which went before.
The very Gospel of Christ consists partly in the history of his life and death; nor can the other parts of it, namely, the doctrines and duties, be so well understood without some knowledge of the law of Moses,
the cere. monies of the Jews, the religion of the Patriarchs, and the transactions of God with Adam, the first father of all mankind.
The great and blessed God at one single view surveys all his own works and designs, from the beginning to the end of them; and every part of his grand scheme stands in a delightful harmony with the rest. He has ordained all his more early dealings with men in such a manner,