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Whom did God raise up threatened them with the from time to time?

judgments of God, and foreWhat did the prophets told the coming of the Mesoppose ?

sias. Isaiah was one of the With what did they most eminent of these prothreaten the people ?

phets. There

also What did they foretell? some good kings, who en

Who was one of the most deavoured to abolish idolaeminent of these prophets ? try, as Jehoshaphat, Heze

What did some good kiah, Josiah, and kings endeavour to do? others. But the people Who were they?

continuing (a) in their sins, In what did the people God, after he had long notwithstanding continue ? threatened them and afflict

What did God at last do ed them at sundry times by with the kingdom of Judah ? the neighbouring kings, de

Who besieged Jerusalem? stroyed also the kingdom of
In whose reign?

Judah. Nebuchadnezzar,
Who was Nebuchadnez- king of Babylon, besieged

Jerusalem in the reign of What did Nebuchadnez- Zedekiah, the last king of zar do to the city ?

Judah. He took it, and To what place did he burnt it, with the temple, and carry away the people? carried away the people to

How long after Solomon Babylon, about four hundred had laid the foundation of and twenty years after Solothe temple of Jerusalem, did mon had laid the foundation this happen?

of the temple of Jerusalem, How long before the birth and five hundred and fourof our Lord ?

score years before the birth
of our Lord.

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he go?

Who was Cyrus ?

these seventy years were exUnder whose conduct did pired, the Jews (a) returned they return?

into their own country by For what purpose

the leave of Cyrus, king of By whom were they inter- Persia, under the conduct rupted ?

of Zerobabel, to rebuild the How long was the work temple of Jerusalem. But in delayed?

this they were interrupted by What did Darius com- the neighbouring nations, mand ?

and this work was delayed Who were the prophets to the time of Darius, king that lived at that time? of Persia, who commanded

What did they exhort the that the temple and the serJews to do?

vice of God should be set up Who went some years af- again. The prophets Hagterwards into Judea ?

gai and Zechariah lived at By whose permission did that time, and they exhorted

the Jews to labour in buildWhat did he cause to be ing the temple. Some years done ?

afterwards (6) Nehemiah What did he restore in went into Judea by the perthat city?

mission of king Artaxerxes. What space

of time was He caused the walls of Jeruthere from the rebuilding of

salem to be built, and reJerusalem to the destruction stored order and civil goof that city ?

vernment in that city. How much is seventy

From the rebuilding of (c) weeks of years ?

Jerusalem, in the reign of Why do seventy weeks of Darius, to the destruction of years mean four hundred that city, which happened and ninety years?

after the coming of Jesus A. Because in the prophe- Christ, there were seventy cies a day stands for a year, weeks of years; that is to

say, four hundred and ninety make four hundred and years, according to the preninety.

Who predicted or foretold (a) Dan. ix. 2. Esd. i. this circumstance ?

iv. &c. To whom were the Jews (6) Neh. i. &c. subject after they returned (c) Dan. ix. 24. Matt. into their own country? xxiv. 15. Luke xxi. 2.


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To whom afterwards ?. diction of the prophet

To what were they ex- Daniel. The Jews, being posed ?

returned into their own Which was the last and

country, were for some time most cruel of the persecu- subject to the kings of Pertions ?

sia, and afterwards to the What did king Antiochus kings of Syria. They were do to the temple of Jerusa- exposed to divers perseculem?

tions; whereof the last, and What did he make use of most cruel, was that of king in order to force the Jews to Antiochus (a) who plunderrenounce their religion ? ed and profaned the temple

Where may this be seen? of Jerusalem, and made use

What did Mattathias and of torments in order to force many Jews do in conse- the Jews to renounce their quence of this violence ?

religion, as may be seen in For what purpose were the history of the Maccathey to enter into a cove- bees. This was he that nant ?

forced Mattathias, and many By whose courage and Jews to enter into a coveconduct did they gain many nant together for the previctories ?

servation of their religion Under whose government and liberty. They gained were they after they recover- many victories by the coued their liberty, and had rage, and conduct of Judas again set up the exercise of Maccabeus and Jonathan, their religion?

both sons of Mattathias. Whom did they succeed ? Having recovered their li What title did they take ? berty, and again set up the What are they called ? exercise of their religion,

Under whose dominion they were for a long time did the Jews at last fall ? under the government of the

priests, who succeeded Judas and Jonathan, and took the title of kings. These are they who are called Asmo

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Whom did the Romans the Romans, who made Hemake king over Judea ? rod king over Judea ; and it

Who came into the world was this Herod that reigned while this Herod reigned ? when Jesus Christ came into

the world. CHAPTER VII. Of what do we read an ac- Of the birth of Jesus Christ; count in the 7th chapter ? of his life and death ; his

Where was Christ born ? resurrection, and ascen

Did any thing remarkable sion into heaven. happen at his birth ?

The time in which God Did he quickly make him- had resolved to send bis Son self known to the Jews ? being come, Jesus Christ was At what age did he begin

born in Judea ; and many his ministry?

things fell out, that made his What ceremony did he birth remarkable. Neverthen submit to?

theless, he did not quickly By whom?

make himself known to the Where have we the history Jews ; nor did he begin to of the life of Jesus Christ? exercise his ministry before Which are the three things he was thirty years of

age, principally to be considered and that he had been bapin this history?

tized by John the Baptist, What was the doctrine he his forerunner. We have preached ?

the history of the life of To what did it tend ? Jesus Christ in the Gospel,

What did the miracles and there are three things which he wrought, manifest principally to be considered or show?

in this history, viz. the docWhom did he make it ap- trine of Jesus Christ, his pear by these miracles that miracles, and the holiness he was?

of his life. The doctrine he What was his life?

preached was most holy, and What may we find there- tends only to the glory of in ?

God, and the good of manCan you name any in par

kind. He wrought a great ticular ?

number of miracles, which manifested an infinite power and goodness: by the miracles he has made it appear that he was the Son of God, and that his doctrine !

How long did Jesus live true. His life was perfectly after this manner among the holy, Jews ?

We may find therein an What did they then do to example of all kinds of virhim?

tues, and particularly of an admirable charity and humility, of an extraordinary zeal, and of a perfect indif

ference for the world. At what time did they put Jesus having lived after him to death?

this manner among the Jews, What happened after that?

for about the space of four A. He arose again.

years, they crucified him, On what day?

and put

him to death at the How long after his resur- feast of the passover; but rection did he ascend into

he rose again the third day heaven?

after his death, and forty Where does he sit now?

days after his resurrection he What do you mean by ascended into heaven, where s the right hand of God?” he sits at the right hand of

A. The highest place of God; and from whence he power.

sent the Holy Ghost to his Whom did he send to the

Apostles upon the day of Apostles ?

Pentecost. On what day?

CHAPTER VIII. What do we read an ac- Of the preaching of the aposcount of in the 8th chapter ? tles, and the establishment

Who were the apostles ? of the Christian religion.

A. Twelve disciples cho- The Apostles, having resen by Christ to be his con- ceived the Holy Ghost in stant companions, and sent the city of Jerusalem, began or commissioned by him to to preach the Gospel there, preach the Gospel.

and to confirm their doctrine Where did the Apostles by miracles. At first, they receive the Holy Ghost? preached only in Judea, and

What did they then begin to none but Jews : but God to preach there?

having made known to them, How did they confirm that the Christian religion their doctrine ?

ought to be taught to all Where did they at first men, they went to preach preach, and to whom? the Gospel throughout the


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