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THE RIGHT REVEREND
JOHN LAW, D.D.
LORD BISHOP OF KILLALLA AND ACHONRY,
AS A TESTIMONY OF ESTEEM
FOR HIS VIRTUES AND LEARNING,
AND OF GRATITUDE
FOR THE LONG AND FAITHFUL FRIENDSHIP,
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THE AUTHOR HAS BEEN HONOURED
THIS ATTEMPT TO CONFIRM THE EVIDENCE
OF THE CHRISTIAN HISTORY,
BY HIS AFFECTIONATE
AND MOST OBLIGED SERVANT,
Scripture History of St. Paul
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EXPOSITION OF THE ARGUMENT.
HE volume of Christian scriptures
contains thirteen letters purporting to be written by St. Paul; it contains also a book, which amongst other things, profeffes to deliver the history, or rather memoirs of the history, of this same person. B
Ву By, affuming the genuineness of the letters, we may prove the substantial truth of the history; or, by assuming the truth of the history, we may argue strongly in support of the genuineness of the letters. But I affume neither one nor the other. The reader is at liberty to suppose these writings to have been lately discovered in the library of the Escurial, and to come to our hands destitute of any extrinsic or collateral evidence whatever ; and the argument I am about to offer is calculated to shew, that a comparison of the different writings would, even under these circumstances, afford good reason to' believe the persons and transactions to have been real, the letters authentic, and the narration in the main to be
Agreement or conformity between letters bearing the name of an ancient author, and a received history of that author's life, does not necessarily establish the credit of either : because,
1. The history may, like Middleton's Life of Cicero, or Jortin's Life of Erafmus, have been 'wholly, or in part, compiled