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Herod. Felix declares war against Herod and his broter Phasael, the latter of whom proves victorious, and all te attempts of Felix are rendered abortive. A considerabe body of the Jews apply to Mark Antony against Herod an his brother, but without success. Antigonus (the younge son of the late Aristobulus) by the assistance of the Parthians, gains the kingdom of Judea. Hyrcanus and Phasael are taken prisoners and sent to Antigonus, the former of whom has his ears cut off, and the latter puts an end to his own existence. Herod goes to Rome, and by means of Antony and Augustus, obtains from the Senate a grant of the kingdom of Judea. He is opposed by Antigonus, and indifferently assisted by the Romans. He lays siege to Jerusalem, takes Antigonus prisoner, and prevails with Antony to have him put to death.
CHAPTER XVIII.-FROM PAGE 114, TO PAGE 154. Herod, after getting possession of Jerusalem, and the sovereignty of Judea, revenges himself on his enemies. He promotes a person of mean birth to the pontificate, but afterwards deposes him at the instigation of his relations, and places Aristobulus in his stead. Hyrcanus is treated with great respect by the king of Parthia, who gives him his liberty and he returns to Jerusalem. Herod confines Alexandra, the daughter of Hyrcanus, causes Aristobulus, the high-priest, to be drowned, and puts to death his uncle Joseph. He marches with an army to assist Antony against Cesar Octavianus, but, by Antony's orders, he makes war with the Arabians. A dreadful earthquake happens in Judea. The Arabians take advantage of this, and after murdering the Jewish ambassadors, march with great resolution against Herod. A battle ensues, in which Herod proves victorious, and the Arabians are totally reduced. Antony is defeated and killed at the battle of Actium. Herod, fearful that Hyrcanus should supplant him in the sovereignty, causes him to be put to death. He submissively applies to Cæsar, who now assumes the surname of Augustus. He meets with a favorable reception, and is confirmed in the government of Judea, He is greatly perplexed by domestic troubles on his return to Jerusalem. He goes a second time to Cæsar, and on his return puts to death his wife Mariamne. He repents of his conduct, and, from the horrors of his mind is seized with a dangerous disease. On his recovery he rebuilds the temple of Jerusalem, which is the last memorable occurrence previous to the incarnation of Our Blessed Saviour, the Prince of Peace, and Redeemer of Mankind.
CHAPTER I.-FROM PAGE 155, TO PAGE 160. The Prophecy of Noah, relative to the Descendants of his three Sons.
CHAPTER II.-FROM PAGE 160, to PAGE 169. Of the Prophecies concerning Ishmael, the son of Abraham, by his maid Hagar.
CHAPTER III.—FROM PAGE 169, To Page 177. Of the Prophecies concerning Jacob and Esau.
CHAPTER IV.-FROM PAGE 177, TO PAGE 183. Of the Prophecies of Jacob concerning his posterity, but partieularly his son Judah.
CHAPTER V.-FROM PAGE 183, TO PAGE 192. Of the Prophecy of Moses, concerning a Prophet like unto himself.
CHAPTER VI.—FROM Page 192, to PAGE 201. Of the Prophecies of Moses concerning the Jews.
CHAPTER VII.—FROM page 201, to PAGE 223. Containing the Prophecies of Jeremiah, Isaiah, Micah, Ezekiel, and other Prophets, relative to the Jews.
CHAPTER VIII.-FROM PAGE 223, To page 228. Of the Prophecies concerning the ancient city of Ninevah, once the metropolis of the Assyrian empire.
CHAPTER IX.-FROM PAGE 228, TO PAGE 240. The Prophecies concerning the City of Babylon.
CHAPTER X.-FROM PAGE 240, to page 254. Of the Prophecies concerning the City of Tyre.
CHAPTER XI.-FROM PAGE 251, to page 270. Of the Prophecies concerning Egypt.
CHAPTER XII.-FROM PAGE 270, TO PAGE 282. The Prophecies of Daniel, and his Interpretation of the remarkable Dream of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.
CHAPTER XIII.-FROM PAGE 282, TO PAGE 296. Of Daniel's Vision concerning the four great Empires.
CHAPTER XIV. FROM PAGE 296, TO PAGE 305. Daniel's Vision of the Ram and He-Goat.
CHAPTER XV.-FROM Page 305, to page 308. Of the Jewish Ritual, or Ceremonial Law.
CHAPTER I.-FROM PAGE 308, TO PAGE 319. Containing, by way of Introduction, a summary View of the great difference between the law as delivered by Moses and the Prophets, and the Gospel under Christ and his Apostles.
CHAPTER II.-FROM PAGE 319, TO PAO: 332. Presage of the birth of John the Baptist. Salutation of the Blessed Virgin Mary by the angel Gabriel. The Holy Virgin visits her cousin Elizabeth. Birth of John the Baptist. Conception of the Virgin Mary. Augustus Cæsar issues a decrce for a general taxation. Birth of Christ, and his manifestation to the shepherds. His Circumcision and presentation in the temple. His manifestation to the wise men of the east. Herod, king of Judea, seeks to destroy him, but his intentions are frustrated. The flight of Joseph into Egypt. Horrid massacre of the infants at Bethlehem. Death of Herod.
CHAPTER III-FROM PAGE 332, TO PAGE 844. Joseph returns out of Egypt, and takes up his residence at Nazareth in Galilee. Archelaus, who succeeds Herod in the government of Judea, is deposed by the emperor Augustus. Our Blessed Saviour, at twelve years of age, is found disputing with the doctors in the temple. Death of Augustus Cæsar. The preaching of John the Baptist, and the manner of his life. Baptism of Christ, and visible descent of the Holy Ghost on that occasion. Commencement of our Saviour's ministry. His temptation in the wilderness. His first miracle of turning water into wine at the marriage feast.
CHAPTER IV.-FROM PAGE 844, TO PAGE 360. Our Blessed Saviour goes to Capernaum, and from thence to Jerusalem. Removes the public abuse and profanation of the temple. Discourses with Nicodemus, a principal person of the Sanhedrim. Baptizes in Judea. John the Baptist is thrown into prison. Our Saviour instructs a poor woman of Samaria. Miraculously cures the son of a Nobleman. Goes to Nazareth, but being ill-treated by the people, removes to Capernaum. The wonderful draught of fishes. Our Saviour performs many astonishing cures in Galilee and other parts. He calls Matthew, a rich publican, to be - VOL. iii.
one of his disciples, who immediately leaves his employment, and afterwards becomes an Apostle and Evangelist.
CHAPTER V.-FROM PAGE 360, TO PAGE 375. Our Blessed Lord goes to Jerusalem, and performs a miraculous cure at the pool of Bethesda. He reproves the Jews for their superstition, in condemning the performance of necessary works on the Sabbath-day. Vindicates his disciples for eating ears of corn on the Sabbath, and himself for curing a man on the same day, of a withered hand. The Pharisees conspire against his life; upon which he retires with his disciples towards the sea-side, and, in his way, cures a great number of diseased people. He chuses his twelve apostles, and preaches to a numerous audience his excellent and well-know sermon on the Mount.
CHAPTER VI.-FROM PAGE 375, to PAGE 396. Our Blessed Lord goes to Capernaum, and heals the servant of a Roman Centurion. He raises to life a widow's son. Passes great encomiums on John the Baptist. Absolves a woman from her sins. Cures a demoniac at Capernaum, and reproves the Pharisees. Instructs the multitude in parables. Cures a woman of a bloody flux. Restores the daughter of Jairus to life, and performs other great miracles. Goes to Nazareth, and is ill-treated by the people. Sends out his Apostles, and gives them their commission. The death of John the Baptist,
CHAPTER VII.-FROM PAGE 396, TO PAGE 411. Our Blessed Lord, after hearing of the death of John the Baptist, retires to the desert of Bethsaida, where he adds to the confirmation of his mission and doctrine by performing a most astonishing miracle. The people, struck with his distinguished power, propose raising him to the earthly dignity of king. Peter, by means of his Blessed Master, performs a miracle, by walking on the surface of the sea. Our Lord preaches to the people in the synagogue at Capernaum concerning spiritual food, in order to improve the miracle wrought in the desert of Bethsaida. He reprimands the Pharisees for their superstition. Continues to display his power and benevolence in relieving several distressed objects. Reasons with the Pharisees and Sadducees, and cautions his disciples to avoid their errors and fallacies. Cures a blind man at Bethsaida, and makes trial of his apostles' faith. Delegates a special power to Peter. He informs them of his future sufferings, and is afterwards transfigured on the Mount,
CHAPTER VIII.-FROM PAGE 411, to PAGE 434. Our Blessed Lord cures a youth who was dreadfully tormented with an evil spirit. He foretels his death to his disciples, to whom he recommends humility and forgiveness of injuries. Conforms to the custom of the country by paying the tribute, which he raises by a miracle. Refuses to destroy the city of Samaria, which would not receive him in his journey to Jerusalem. Harangues the multitude at the Feast of Tabernacles. Exempts the woman taken in adultery from the punishment annexed by the Jews to that crime. Preaches to the people the mysteries of Christianity, and promises eternal life to his disciples. Prefers Mary's choice, and both teaches and encourages his disciples to pray. Inveighs against the Scribes and Pharisees. Preaches against Covetousness, and exhorts the people to Watchfulness, a preparation for death and judgment, and for a timely repentance,
CHAPTER IX.-FROM PAGE 434, TO PAGE 459. Our Lord removes the complaint of a woman who had been deformed eighteen years, and confutes the ruler of the synagogue. Goes to Jerusalem, and there gives sight to a man, who had been born blind. The Pharisees endeavor to destroy the force of this miracle, and for that purpose strictly examine the person relieved, who boldly asserting it was Christ that had performed it, they excommunicate him from the synagogue. Our Lord shews the Pharisees to be false guides, and himself the true one; and, upon asserting his divinity, is in danger of being stoned. He leaves Jerusalem, and retires to Bethabara. Explains to the people the great difficulty of attaining salvation. Is warned to depart the country, in order to escape the resentment of Herod. Predicts the fate of the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Cures a man of the dropsy, recommends humility, and represents the different success of the Gospel. Informs the people what qualifications are necessary for them to become Christians, and vindicates his own conduct in conversing sometimes with sinners. Shews the manner in which we are to employ our riches, and the miserable consequence of uncharitableness. Reminds his disciples of several duties, especially of humility, and cautions them against being deluded by false prophets.
CHAPTER X.-FROM PAGE 459, TO PAGE 478. Our Lord leaves Galilee, and, crossing the river Jordan, enters Perea, where he cures great numbers of people afflicted with various disorders. He kindly receives the little