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WILL I AM CRAIG, D. D.
Πότε εν παρέςαι ο χρόνος έτος, ώ Σώκρατες και και τις
Plat. Alcib. 2.
περιπατήσει εν τη σκοτία, αλλ' έξω το φως της
Johan. Cap. 3.
GL A S G 0 W,
THE principal design of the follow I say, is to delineate the character | Is Chrift, from the facts recorded in
fory of his life. In the execution of 1 iso, it was thought proper to prefix account of the extraordinary interpofit Providence, recorded in the gospel ; il fio excite the greater attention to the p ubject and design of the effay. This is the firft section. In the two followii vas, a particular explication of the c of Jesus is attempted to be given, fi biftory of his life. Many useful obse bave been made, by different writers. hubject; and the several virtues and | ons, which appeared in the life of Jet been marked. But what these writers kerved, gives us rather a detail of 1 Though beautiful particulars, than and connected view of the whole ch cace. It would appear however fro cords of the gospel, that the chara. tus Christ was formed, in every par on the influence of one great ar | Principle; and that the whole te alte, proceeding from this influeng buted and confiftent thing.-T
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THE principal design of the following ef. 1 say, is to delineate the character of Je. sus Christ, from the facts recorded in the history of his life. In the execution of this defign, it was thought proper to prefix a short account of the extraordinary interpofitions of Providence, recorded in the gospel; in order to excite the greater attention to the principal subject and design of the efsay. This is done in the first section. In the two following sections, a particular explication of the character of Jesus is attempted to be given, from the history of his life. Many useful observations have been made, by different writers, on this subject; and the several virtues and perfections, which appeared in the life of Jesus, have been marked. But what these writers have observed, gives us rather a detail of scattered, though beautiful particulars, than a single and connected view of the whole character at once. It would appear however from the records of the gospel, that the character of Jefus Christ was formed, in every part of it, upon the influence of one great and leading principle: and that the whole tenor of his life, proceeding from this influence, was one united and consistent thing.---To give this
simple and united view, is the design of what is offered in the fecond and third sections. In the last section a few general reflexions on the life of Jesus are subjoined, which, 'tis hoped, will appear to be sufficiently supported by the preceding narrative.
If what is humbly offered to the public in this essay, however far short it may fall, of the dignity and importance of the subject, shall in any degree, contribute to make the character and life of Jesus better understood, and more esteemed: or if it shall induce some others, who have more leisure and capacity, to do greater justice to the subject, the purpose of the publication is obtained.
SECTION 1. ha de extraordinary interpositions of divi: Providence recorded in the history of ]
SECTION II. k the discovery which Jesus gave of his c rater and office, by the miracles which
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