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ASTOR, LENOX AND
TILDEN FOUNDATIONS.

R 1900.

This inestimable work was written by President Edwards in 1739, in a series of sermons preached at Northampton, and left by him in manuscript ai his death, which occurred in 1758. In 1773, his son,

the

younger President Edwards, committed the manuscript to Rev. Dr. JOHN ERS KINE, of Edinburgh, who reduced it from the form of sermons to that of a continued treatise, and published it in 1774.

This edition is a reprint from the standard edition of Edwards' Works now generally circulated in Great Britain and the United States, and has been compared throughout with the first American edition, published at Worcester in 1808. Some additional improvements have been made in the language and form of the sub divisions, and a new table of contents prepared; with the omission (indicated by * *) of a few lines alluding to points on which evangelical christians differ.

tion forty years by miracle-further predictions of

Christ by Balaam and Moses-piety of the young.

er generation in the wilderness-establishment in

Canaan-stated worship of the tabernacle-the

land preserved while the males go up to worship

-the church preserved during their frequent apos-

tasies, and when subdued by enemies-Christ ap-

pears in the form of human nature-beginning of

a succession of prophets, and school of the prophets, 77

Chap. V. FROM DAVID TO THE BABYLONISH CAPTIVITY-

David, the ancestor of Christ, anointed-his life

wonderfully preserved-canon of Scripture en-

larged by Samuel-David foreshows Christ in

songs—is exalted to the throne-city of Jerusalem

chosen, a type of Christ-covenant of grace re-

newed with David—whole promised land possess-

ed—Jewish worship perfected-canon enlarged

by Nathan and Gad-the kingdom preserved in

the line of Christ's legal ancestors-building of

the temple-Jewish church risen to its highest

glory-its decline till Christ came-additions to

canon of Scripture-true religion upheld, book of

the law kept, and tribe of Judah preserved, amid

great apostasies and convulsions—succession of

eminent prophets,

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CHAP. VI. FROM THE CAPTIVITY TO Christ-a period

much the subject of prophecy, and one of great re-

volutions-captivity in Babylon-cures the Jews

of idolatry--glory of the Jewish dispensation lost ,

effects of their dispersion-additions to canon of

Scripture by Ezekiel and Daniel-return of the

Jews—further additions to the canon—the minis-

try of Ezra-copies of the law multiplied-canon

of Old Testament completed and sealed-destruc-

tion of the Persian empire and establishment of

the Grecian-the Septuagint-preservation of the

church--destruction of the Grecian, and establish-

ment of the Roman empire-prevalence of learn-

ing and philosophy-Roman empire settled in

peace,

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