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A

CONFERENCE

Upon the

MIRACLES



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Our Bleffed SAVIOUR;



WHEREIN



All the Objections againft them propoied in
Mr. WOOLS TON'S Six Difeourfes, and leveral
other greater Difficulties, are fully Hated and
confidered : And the Truth of the Chriftian
Religion is evidently proved.



By WILLIAM STEVENSON, M. A.

Prebendary of Sarum, and Retor of Colwal mHerefordJttrf.

I think that GOD bat b fet forth us the jtpojlhs lafl as it tvere appointed ur.tt
Death. For we are made a fprflacle unto the World; both to bagels, and to
Men.' Even unto this frefent hour we both hunger and tbirft ; and are naked \
and are buffeted ; and have no certain dioelling-flace : ar.d ive labour, "working
with cur iwn hands : bling reviled, nvc blcjt t being persecuted, ive fuffer it : be-
ing defamed, <we intreat : ive are made as the jiltb tf the world, and the off"-
fcouring of all things unto this day, I Cor. iv.



LONDON:

Printed for J. and J. KNAPTON, at the Crown in St,
Paul's Church-yard ; and J. WALTHOE, over-againft
the Royal-Exchange in Cornbill. 1730.



ATHENAEUM
CA?;CELLED.
LIBRARY.




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THE

PREFACE.

\EEING the great Truths of the Go-
fpel, and the miraculous Faffs by which
they were confirmed, may be view'd,
andfet) in very different Lights ; there
is reafon to expeff various Anfwers to
the Objections that are made againjl them. So that,
I reckon it needlefs to make any excufe for offering
my Sentiments to the consideration of the Pttblick, af-
ter federal worthy Perfons of greater Learning and
Abilitys bavepubli/ht'Their's. When I undertook to
anfwer Mr. Woolilon'j Objections againjl: our Sa-
viour's Miracles, I did not think myfelf at liberty
to pick out fuch of them as 1 might reckon the moft
Important ; and to pafs over the reft, as too inconfi-
derable to deferve any Notice : but chofe to anfwer
every Objection from Reafon or Scripture^ that he
has urged in his Six Difcourfes. This has made the
Conference longer than it might otherways have
been. But I confeder'd that Perfons of the beft Senfe
often differ in judging of the co?nparative force of
different Objections ; and of the various Anfwers gi-
ven to them. And I was afraid that fome wou'd lay
great Slrefs upon thofe very Cavils that I might neg-
lecl as frivolous. I cannot expect that the new An-
fwers I have offefd to the Dijficultys 'ft a ted in
the following Conference, will be equally approved
of by all : but I may reasonably hope that my en-
deavours to fet fuch import ant Points in the fullejl
A 2 Ligf>t>



iv The PREFACE,

&ght, will be favourably received, and candidly
judged of. I have purfued 'Truth whitherfoever it
fcem'd to guide me : and was of ten led into an un-
beaten Track, even while I followed what appeared
to me the moft obvious and natural way of thinking,
upon every Subject. Ifeldom hadoccafwn to go far-
ther than to the Scripture, for folvingfuch Difficul-
ty s as are founded upon the Scripture-Hiftory. But
j have enter* d into a more particular Examination
of the Miracles objected to, and the fever al Circum-
jlances of them , than Others have done : and have
generally confined m.yfelf to fuch Reafonings and Re-
marks as are grounded on Scripture, Experience,
and undoubted Faffs. Nor have I only anfwer'd all
Mr. W j Objections, and other greater Difficulty*
that naturally occurred in the Progrefs of the De-
bate : I have pointed out the moft convincing Proofs,
and Evidences we have for the Truth of the Chri-*
fiian Religion : and have- happened to inlarge moft
upon fuch Obfervations, as had been overlook 1 1 by
Others. I have likewife occafwnally explained (or
hinted at} the true Sence of fever al miftaken Texts
of Scripture that fell in my way. But I have no
great Names to vouch for any of the Criticifms, ex-
' cept two or three ; which I have afcribed to their
proper Authors. The reft are a Specimen of the
many critical Remarks I have made in ftudying
the Scripture itfelf , without previously confulting
Commentators -, or prepoflefiing my Mind with
their Sentiments. Pmfenfible that, in fame Cafes, I
may feem too pofitive in my Opinion : but- it is only
when I wa s led to it, by very ftrong Appearances of
Truth, in the Explications I have off err* d. I cou'd
eafily have added fuch foffning ExpreJJions, as " I
44 humbly conceive"; "With all due deference
c * to the Judgment of theLearned" ; or the tike i
which have fame fhew (and too of ten a merey/^w)
tf Modefty : but really I think that in our Inquires

concerning



The PREFACE. v

concerning the Sence of Scripture., fubmijjion of Judg-
ment is due only to Truth, Reafon, and Evidence.

Since upon every Miracle, andfubjecl of Inquiry %
I have happened to fall into a train of Thoughts
that are generally very different from Theirs who
have already anfwer d fome or other of Mr. Ws
Difcourfes ; the Reader will not be furprized to
find, that on fome Points, I have made the fame ob-
vious Remarks that occurred to Others : and, in * * sea. v.
one Inflame, have chanced to exprefs myfelfalmoft pl H5>
in the fame Words that are ufed in the \\ Defence II p,- '7
of the Scripture-Hiftory ; (in Anfwer to Mr. W's
fifth Difcourfe ;) tho' that Defence was publiflft
after this Conference was fent to London. I men-
tion this little Circumjlance, to Jhow, that different
Perfons may happen to make the fame uncommon
Remarks ; and even to exprefs them, very near in
the fame manner ; while Neither borrows from the
Other. This is particularly true with regard to a
very important Reflection, inlarged on in the Clofe
of the Conference ; which wasfini/h't before I faw
Mr. LARDNER'^ judicious " Vindication of our
''.Saviour's three Miracles in raijing the Dead";
or knew any thing of the Quotation from Origen,
prefixt to it ; in which the fame Remark is partly
hinted at. In thofefew Injlances where I have bor-
rowed the Thoughts of Others, I mention them very
briefly ; and, in a marginal Note, refer the Reader
to the Authors themfelves.

I hope none will be offended at the freedom that
the Deift and Sceptick ufe in exprejfmg their Sen-
timents. Seeing it behoved me to give the Confe-
rence fome Shew of Probability ; it was neceffary to
make each Perfon fpeak according to his proper Cha-
ratJer. It cannot be expeffed that a Dzi&fljou'd
always talk like a Chriftian : or that we Jhou'd '
anfwer the Objections of Infidels, without being al-
low' d to propofe them fairly. They who have cbfer-
A 3



vi The PREFACED

ved tie great liberty that the learned Dr. Nichols
took in his Conference with a Theift ; (and the
juft Apology he made for it in his Preface ;) will
own that I have been particularly cautious in this
Point : feeing there are but very few 'Thoughts ei-
ther of the Sceptick, or Deift, exprefs '( in fuch a
manner as to give juft Offence to any judicious Rea-
der. 'The Sceptick doubt's chiefly of the 'Truth of
Revelation ; without being able to determin his
Judgment either way. On common Subjefts, he
thinks and talks like other Men. "The Deift' j Cha-
racter is very fingular. Nor cou'd it be otherways ;
feeing he is Mr. W'j Reprefentative. I wou'd have
given him the Title of an Allegorift, which Mr. W.
feems to affett : hit I cou'd not with the leaft con-
fiftency, or decorum, give any other Appellation than
that of Deift, to one who avowedly rejects, and
even naufeates, the literal Sence (which all the
World knows to be the obvious meaning, or real
Truth) of the Gofpel-Hiftory ; and in the plaineft
'Terms calls our Bleffed Lord, an Importer ; and
his Miracles, mere Cheats, and juggling Tricks.
<Tho' the Deift' * Character refembles Mr. W'j, /
would not be underjlood to infmuate that all Deift s
are of this ft amp. M. represents Mr. \V ". only \
not the Deifts in general. I'm aware that there
are grave, learned, inquifilive, and confederate
Deifts ; as well as fcojfing, ignorant, credulous,
andfuperfcial Ones. But how-much-foever fome of
them are diftinguijh't by their Good-fenfe, their
Learning, and Zeal for what they reckon 'Truth ;
they ftill feem to be influenced by their Prejudices :
and do not examin the Evidence we offer for the
'Truth of Chriftianity, with that Care, Attention,
and Impartiality that they ought. It is chiefly for
the Convifficn of fuch inquifitive, and thoughtful
Deifts ; and to confirm Chriftians in a rational and
well-grounded Belief of the Gofpel, that this Confe-
rence



The PREFACED vii

rence is publijh't. I have no reafon to fear my be-
ing blamed for Jlating the Deift's Objections fully ;
and representing them in all their force. For, even
the Author of the Defence of the Scripture-Hif-
tory, while he cenfures * the " unbounded Licence * Pref. p. i;
" that every Writer, both in Divinity and Poli-
" ticks ) ajfumes to himself to write what be flea-
" fes" ; doth yet freely and jujlly commend the in-
genious Author of The Trial of the Witnefles,
for his Impartiality. \\ " In which [Trial,] be \ ibid. p. 7.
" fays, there is this Circumjlance that muft re-
" commend it to Mr . Woolfton, as it does to eve-
" ry-body elfe, that the Objections on the fide of
" Infidelity are fet in a much Jlronger Light, than
" that Gentleman knew how to put them himfelf."
I have ufed the fame freedom and candour through-
out the Conference : being refolved not to leave the
leaft room for charging me with Partiality, or Mif-
reprefentation. Mr. W'j Objections are generally
propofed in Ms-own Words. The Deift does not be-
tray his Caufe ; but argues as clofely as he can ;
till the fecret force of Reafon feems to filence him ;
or the hope of more fuccefs in other Points of De-
bate, leads him on to fre/h Objections. But tbo*
Truth, is fuppofed to have fome influence upon his
Mind in points of little moment ; his inveterate
Prejudices prevail over him at la ft. Nor will any
confederate Perfon wonder that Mr. Wj Reprs-
fentative jhou d, in the iffue of the Difpute, appear
too great a Bigot in Infidelity, to be capable of Con-
viction. This is but doing jujlice to his Char a tier.
There are fo few Inftances of People* s being convin-
ced of their Mijlakes about Religion, by difputing in
Converfation, thatjt is not eafy to imagin why a
controverfial Dialogue Jhou'd be expefted to clofe*
with the Conversion of the oppofite Party. Such a , '
Reprefentation can only Jhow (what will feldom be
queftion'd) that the Author thinks well of his Per-
A 4 fonnance \



viii The PREFACED

formance -> and reckons the ftrength of his Argu-
ments almoft irrcfiftible. It feems more natural,
and more agreeable to common Obfervation, to fup-
fofe the adverfe Party in a Debate, rather to have
his Prejudices lejferfd, than quite removed. More
real Succefs than this is feldom feen ; and ought not
to be expected. And therefore, tho* our Sceptick
(whofe Character is fairer, and more confident than
the Deift'-S,) comes to think belter of Our Saviour's
Miracles than he did at firft ; his intire Conver-
fwn is fufpended, till his Objections again ft the
Reafonablenefs of the Chrijlian Doffrine be remo-
ved : which was a fubjeft too momentous and ex-
tenfive to be enter* d upon in the clofe of a long De-
bate. Till I fee what reception this Conference
meets with, I cannot determin whether IJhall in-
gage myfelf any farther in this important Contro-
verfy, concerning the Truth of the Chrijlian- Reve-
lation. At prefent, Pm inclined rather to leave
it intirely to the mannagement of Tbofe eminent
Hands, who have already convinced the World
that they are every-way qualify* d for that weighty
Tajk. It is to be hoped that One or Other of them
will foon publijh fuch a compleat Vindication of Our
Saviour's Do&rine, and the divine Authority of
the Scripture, againft the new Objections of Unbe-
lievers, as will effectually Jlop the Progrefs of thofe
paradoxical Notions, which, with too much Art
and Zeal, have lately been recommended to the
World, under the inconfijlent Character of Chri-



w. s.

Colwal, the iSfh o/Jnnc,
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The




The chief Contents.



SECT. I.

HE Introduction. Page i

Offalfe Wtt> and mif apply d Ridicule. 5

No Wit in fooling with Scripture-phrafes. 6
How far the Tejlimony of the Evangelifis is ad-
mitted in the prffent Debate. 8
A Dijlin&ion betwixt the Truth of a Faff, and the Miracu-
loufnefs of it. 9
O/Chrift 's driving tie Bayers and Sellers from the Temple. 1 1
Mr. Ws Cavils again ft this A&ion conjldsr'd. 1 2
Of his cajting the Devils out of the Madmen, And permitting
them to enter into the Herd of Swine. 1 6
The Gadarenes were more humant than Mr. W. 20
In what Seme it is true) that no Chains cou*d hold the
Demoniack. 2 1
His faying his Name was Legion, is no Proof that there
were feme Thoufands of Devils in him. ibid.
"The Govdnefs and J-uftce of Jefus in this Action vindicated. 24
He only permitted the Dejtruction of the Swine. 25
Thisy and his driving the Traders out of the Temple^ were.
Actions that rnujl have been rather popular, than crimi-
nal, ftmong the Jews. 28
Of Jefus's Transfiguration upon the Mount. 30
Had the bright Cloud that apptar'd been natural, that cou'd
not leflen the Miracle. 32
A natural Cloud muft have intercepted the Sun's Rays. 3 >
The iJefign and UJeof this Miracle explain' d. $6
It cou'd not be a mere Vifion of Peter's. 38
The Supposition of Magick leads to abfolute Scepticifm. 40
The fame divine'Voice that was heard on the Mount by three
Apoftles, WAS heard by the Multitude, in a Valley. 42
Mr. Ws Ohjeffions confirm the Credibility of the Evangelijh
Ternary. 45

SECT. II.

O/Chrift'j curing a Woman of an Ifiue of Blood. p. 44.

W~hy the Evangelijls did not always chufc to record bis greatcfi:

Miracles. ibid.

The



The CONTENTS.

The Woman's Diftemper was incurable. p. 46

How it might lajt more than twelve Years : 47

And yst not be fo bad as to Under her from coming to
Jefus. 49

It is impoffible to account for tie immediate Cure of chroni-
cal Difeafes, by the Power of Imagination. 5
Faith was not always required in the Difeafed : and is feldom
mention d in the Gofpels. 52
Jefus wrought ene miraculous Cure upon an Enemy. ibid.
Of his curing the Woman that was bowed-together. 58
Tis doubtful whether fie was actually pfjfefs't by the Devil. 6l
A particular Description of her Cafe woud have been ufelefs. 6 z
She did not expett to be cured. 64.
No pojjible Account of Chriji's piracies con* A have prevented
the endlefs Ca v i 1 s of litfdels . 6 7
Of JefusV Difcourfe with the Woman of Samaria. 68
JM.r. Ws licentious Inveftive on this Subject is intolerable. 6$
There is no reafon to reckon this Interview ^ among Jefus'j
Miracles. 70
Why the Samaritans of Sychar received him, and his Difci-
ples hofpitably, tho' there was no intercourfe between the
Jews, and Samaritans. 71
Jefus readily ovvn'd his being the Meffiah, on all proper
Occasions. 74

SECT. III.

Of Jefus's blafting the Fig-free. p. 7 5

It had a manifeft Reference to a foregoing Parable concerning

the DeJIruttwn of the Jews : 76

Inhere being a furprizjng coincidence of Time, Perfons, &c.

betwixt the Parable, ar.d the Miracle. 77

Typical Atfions, and prophetick Signs, were often ufed in other

Eajtern Natigns, as well as among the Jews. 78

The great Patience and Abjlemioufnefs of Jefus fiown. 84.
What is meant by the time oFFigs. 87

Probably the Fig-tree grew on the Common ; and had no

Owner. Sp

// it had one ; Jefus had an undoubted Authority to blaji it. 90
l\'lr. Ws Objection points again ji Providence itfelf. yz

The ALfn'fdity of fufpe&ing Fraud in this Cafe. 95

The Poflibility of Fraud or Mijlake, is no Argument againjl

the Cre'dibility of weli-atteftc'd Faffs. 96

But r.ll Sufpidon of Fraud here, is incredible. y~]

Tie Account of this Miracle, not parabolical. 99

Clinrt'j- Promife of giving a miraculous Po-wer to his Apojlles

was Ji riff ly verify'd. loi

They



The CONTENT s.

They might not always have that height of miraculous Faith
thttt ivas necejfary to remove Mountains. p. 104

Of Jefus' jcwrag the Lame-Man at Bethefda. 105

Mr. Ws Character of Jefus, and bis Power of healing Dif-
eafes, is equally fpitejul and abfurd. 107

'Tis uncertain leow long the lame Man lay at the "Pool. I IO
But his Patience might be both prudent and neceffary. Ill

The Silence of Jofcphus, as to the Cures at Bethefda, ac-
counted for, 112,
"They might be wrought in a natural way. 115
No occajion for an Angel to trouble the Waters* 114
A Mefleuger from the Temple might do it, t,y letting-down
the bloody Water of the Sacrifices, into the Pool, &C. 1 1 7
'Why one P erf on only was cured at a time. 1 18
It is doubtful whether Jefus cured only the lame Man. 124
Several Reafons for jingling out him from the reft. ibid.
The true Dejtgn of Jefus'j Miracles. 125
There is no Contradiction betwixt St. John, and the other
Evangel ijls. 129

S E C T. IV.

0/JefusV curing the Blind- Man. p. 132

The Means that were ufedcoud not cure his Blindnefs. 137
Reafons offer d, to juflify the ufe of thefe means. 138

// they had contributed fomething towards his Cure, it mujl
fill have been miraculous. 142

The Pharifees did not objeci to the Miraculoufnefs of it. 147
Bathing in Si loam might prevent the return of his Blind-
mfs. 153

0/JefusV turning Water into Wine, at Cana. 154

There we find all the Appearances of an orderly Feaft. 15^
The Prefence of Jefus might draw much Company thither: 159
And the Wine be made, chiefly to refrejl) his thirjty Fol-
lowers. I (Jo
The Bride-groom's Provision might fall foort without Ex-
cefs. 1 64
The Qitantity that Jefus produced was not too great. 1 65
His Anfwer to his Mother, was a juji and feafonable Re-
proof. 1 6~i
"Fraud i this Miracle was alfolutely impracticable. 172
A Remark upon the comparative Greatnefs of Miracles. 175
Creating Wine, without Water, was needlefs. j -jfi
It coud not have prevented the cavilling of Infidels. 177
The chief Deflgn of this Miracle explain J. 179
No other con d have been more proper and feafonable^ j 80
Why the Jews called Jefus a fVine-biber. l8z

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The CONTENTS.

Of bis healing the Paralytick. p. 183

Mr. W*J charge againjl it is attended with Incredibility s. 1 84.
It is abfurd to fuppcfe the Croud at the Door wou'd make
room for the Paralytick and his Bearers. 186

For, none of them cou'd then hope to fee him cured. i 89

Why his Bearers cou'd not wait till Jefus came out. 190

What is meant by breaking-up wduncovering the Roof. 195
They might have ajftflance from the Maihr of the Houje. 196
If Jefus bad cured the Paralytick on the top of the Houfe, of
at the Door, the Pharifees cou'd not have feen the Mira-
cle. 198
He previoujly appeal'd to itj as a Proof of his Miffion. 201
This Miracle difplay'd his divine Wifdom and Power. 201

SECT. V.

Of Jefus'j raijing Jairus'j Daughter, the Widow of Nain*
Son y and Lazarus, from the Dead. p. 204

His other Miracles jhow'd he -was able to raife the Dead. 20 J
Mr. Ws grand Objection, drawn from the Silence of Mat-
thew, Mark, and Luke, as to Lazarus'/ Refurretfion,
confiderd. 206

They all emitted feveral other Jtupendous Miracles. 209

Such Omijfions were owing to Inattention. 210

I'D this Failing all Men are dayly fubjeff. 211

The Reafons why the Holy-Spirit permitted each of the Evan-
geitjls to emit federal important Miracles. 2 1 J

The unlikclyhood of fuch Omijfions can be no Argument a~
gainf positive Evidence. z 1 8

The raifing o/Laxarus, and Others, is a Proof of the Soul's
Immortality , and Exigence in afeparate State. 220

Which Truth is equally demonstrable from Reafon : 221

It being impojfthle to reproduce the fame Condons-power. 223
Self-a&ivity cannot exifl in an. inert, di-iljible Subjetf. 224
Were the Soul extended, it muft {iill be immortal. 225
Thoje three whom Jefus raifed were as fit as any. 128

The Ruler's Daughter cou'd not be in a Swoon. 2J2

In Scripture Death is often called Sleep. ibid.

Jefus only turned the People out of the Room. 1J5

They were jlill Witnefles of the Miracle. 236

Wky he charged the Parents not to divulge it. 238

The Widow of Nain cou'd not bury her only Son, till fie was
fare of his being Dead. 242

There cou'd be no Mijlake in this Cafe : 244

Nor a Pojjibility of Craft, or Collufion. 24?

The Inconfiftencys that attend the Sui>pojttion of Fraud in Jc-
fusV Miracles. 248

The



The CONTENTS.

The Partiality of Infidels juftly complain' 4 of. p. 251

Lazarus cou'd not counterfeit Sicknefs and Death, without its
being di [covered. 25 2.

All the Circumstances of his Refurre&ion confirm the Truth
of It. 254

Many convincing Proofs of Jefus'/ being endued with divine
Knowledge. 257

No room for fufpetfing Fraud in the raijtng of Lazarus. 2<?O
Jefus'j Grief and Tears vindicated- 261

CompaJJion towards Enemys is an heroick Difyoption. 161

The weeping of Alexander and Caefar was moft unman-
ly* 264
Why Jefus called Lazarus forth, with a loud Voice. 265
How he came out with his Feet bound* 269
It was needlefs fir ft to take the Napkin frem his Face. 27 I
None'of the Spectators quejtisn'd the Truth of the Miracle. 275
Why it enraged the Chief-Priefs : 274
And led them to refolve on killing &0//.>Jefus, rfwdLazarus. 275
Prudence obliged Jefus to retire for a- while. 276
His undaunted Courage when the time of his Death ap-
proach* t. 277
Several Injlances of People's not being convinced, or awed by
u r. doubted Miracles. 2/8
The Cruelty and Perfections of the Papifts exceed the Jewifh
againjl Chrift. 280
The Jews fufpe&ed no Fraud in the Refurreftion of Laza-
rus. . 284
Fear of the People made the Chief-Priefts fecretly/e/w, and
haftily examin y try y and crucify Jefus ; all in the fpace of
16 Hours. 286
Their Officers and Dependents were the People who cry'd out
to have him crucify d. 287
The Multitude were convinced of his Innocence. 2.88
Mr. W'j Contradictions in cenfuring the Evangeliflf. 289
Their Char.i&er vindicated. 2pO
Mar.y inconjiftent Abfurdities in fufpefting the Apoftles of
Fraud. ibid.
Luke'j Veracity and Candour unquejiionable. 291
The Evangelijis agree ; and each futyorts the Other's Cre-
dit. 293

SECT. VI.

The Refurreftion of Jefus fulflfd an exprefs Prophecy : and
was neceffary for that Reafon only. p. 295

/* was not wanted to give a fufficient Tejlimony to bis Mif-
fiori. 296

But



The CONTENTS.

But was defignd chiefly for his Honour and Reward, p, ip?
lie cou'd net dejlre his Difciples to Jleal bis Body. 299

Nor cou'd they have comply' d with fuch a wild Projeff. 3 CI
His foretelling his Refurre&ion is a frong Proof of his Inte-
grity. 3 oa
"The charge of Enthufiafm inconjiftent with the Suppoptien of

Fraud. 303

All Snfpicion of Fraud is quite incredible : 3 5

And contrary to the Character and Conduct of the Apoflles. 306
Moral impoflibility explained by -proper Inftances : 39
And an Impofture among the Apojlles proved to be impojji-

ble. 310

Mahomet'/ was wry promijing and advantagious. 311

"The Conduct of Jefus and his Apojlles was the reverfe of

his. 312.

Had they been Cheats, they cou'd not have pretended to disbelieve

bis Refurre&ion at fir ft. 315

A new Explication of the laft Error being worfe than the

firft. 3 1 5

~Mr. W'j Inference from the Rabbi's Criticifm, a mere Blun-
der. 316
Sealing the Stone cou'd be of no ufe. 3 1 8
Jefus afted by an Authority far fuperior to Pilate'j. 3 19
After his Death he cou'd not know of the Chief-Priejl's fealing

the Stone, &c. 320

('This Supposition not contrary to Scripture, or Reafon.} 321
Had he kaown it, he ought not to have regarded their arbitrary

AS. 32?

It tou'd not bs defign d as a check upon th* Almighty. 3 24

// Jefus had waited for the coming of the Chief- Priefls, they

woud havs murder' d him again, either in the Sepulchre^

or under the Forms of Law. 325

His Body after the Refurreclion was not invulnerable. 326
// was inconjiftent with God's Honour to comply with their

demand of having Jefus again put in their Power : i bid.
And as abfurd to expect it, as that he Jbould come down from

the Crofs. 327

His being refcued from their Malice was as necejfary as his

Refnrre&ion. 328

He rofe exactly on the third Day, as he foretold. 329

''Tis incredible thai the Apojlles Jbou'd fleal away his Body

while it was guarded. 331

'fhe Behaviour of Pilate and his Soldiers Jbowt that the Watch

b.zd no Encouragement to connive at any Fraud. ibid.
17'0* the Watch was bribed to tell a Lye, they cou'd not have

bcsn corrupted to be unfaithful, when pofied upen Duty : 334



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