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THE

VERACITY

OF THE

GOSPELS & ACTS OF THE APOSTLES,

ARGUED FROM THE

UNDESIGNED COINCIDENCES

TO BE FOUND IN THEM, WHEN COMPARED

1. WITH EACH OTHER,—AND 2. WITH JOSEPHUS.

BY THE REV. J. J. BLUNT,
Follow of St. John's College, Cambridge, (Eng.); and author of Vestiges of

Ancient Manners and Customs in Italy and Sicily.

FIRST AMERICAN EDITION.

BOSTON:
PUBLISHED BY PERKINS & MARVIN,

114, Washinglon Street.

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1829.

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PREFACE.

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The following pages consist, in part, of the substance of two Sermons which I had last year occasion to deliver from the University Pulpit in Cambridge, the one in English, the other in Latin, exhibiting Undesigned Coincidences between the several writings of the Evangelists, or between those writings and Josephus. The materials, which might be considered supplementary to Lardner and Paley, I had collected, from time to time, as independent arguments for the Veracity of the Gospels and Acts, without any determinate purpose in so doing, beyond my own immediate satisfaction. Thoughts which have been thus progressively accumulating, I cannot now always trace to their beginnings, however I may desire it. But an attentive perusal of the New Testament, and of the Jewish Historian, has furnished me with nearly all of them. At the same time, it is possible that a hint from a commentator may have suggested one ; that another I may have met with, originally applied to a different purpose, though here made subservient to the Evidences; that a third may, without my recollecting it, have been already urged under a similar form, and for the same object. Yet much which was strictly my own, I have carefully suppressed, where I found that I had been anticipated; and what I have retained, I believe to be, in the

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