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p. 1-4. Prophecies one of the strongest proofs of revelation ; p. 1.

A history of prophecy desired by Lord Bacon: p. 1. The consequence plain from the believing of prophecies to the believing of revelation; p. 2. The objection that the prophecies were written after the events, groundless, and betrays great ignorance, or something worse; p. 2. The truth of prophecy may be proved by instances of things fulfilling at this very time; p. 3. The evidence drawn from prophecy, a growing evidence; p. 3. Miracles the great proofs of Revelation to the first ages, Prophecies to the last; p. 4. The necessity to which infidels are reduced, either to renounce their senses, or to admit the truth of revelation ; p. 4. Most of the principal prophecies of fcripture will be comprehended in this work, as well as several of the moft material transactions in history; p. 4.

DISSERTATION I.

Noah's PROPHECY.

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p:-5-21. Very few prophecics till Noah; p. 5. Noah's drunken- .

nefs, and the behaviour of his sons thereupon ; p. 6. In consequence of their different behaviour he was enabled to foretel the different fortunes of their families; p. 7. The prophecy; p. 7. Not to be understood of particular peifons, but of whole nations; p. 8. The curse upon Canaan, a curse upon the Canaanites for their wickedness; p. 8. The wickedness of the * Canaanites very great; p. 9. The curse particularly implies the subjection of the defcendents of Canaan to the descendents of Shem and Japheth; p. 10, 11. The completion of this shown from the time of Joshua to this day; p. 11, A different reading proposed of Ham the father of Canaan infteåd of Canaan; p. 12, 13. The curse in this larger sense also shown to be fulfilled from the earliest times to the present; p: 13, 14. The pronrise to Shem of the Lord being his God, how fulfilled; p. 14. The promise of inlargement to Japheth, an allusion to his name ; p. 15. How fulfilled both in former and later times ; p. 16. The following clause, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem, capable of two fenfes, and in both punctually fulfilled; p. 16; 17. Conclusion; p. 17. A mistake of Mr. Mede corrected; p. 18. Lord Bolingbroke censured for his indecent reflections on this prophecy; p. 18, 19. His ignorance about the Codex Alexandrinus; p. 19.

His blunder about the Roman hiftorians; p. 19. His fneer about believers refuted; p. 20. Condemned by himself; p. 20. Had great talents, but misapplied them; p. 21.

DISSERTATION II.

THE PROPHECIES CONCERNING ISHMAEL.

p. 21—37. Abraham favored with feveral revelations; p. 21. Those

concerning Ithmael or the Ithmaelites; p. 22. The promife of a numerous pofterity, how fulfilled; p. 22. The promise of twelvę princes, how fulfilled; p. 23. The promise of a great nation, how fulfilled; p. 23. The faying that he fhould be a wild man, how fulfilled; p. 94. The faying that his hand should be againft'every man, and every man's hand against him, how fulfilled'; p. 25. The faying that he should dwell in the presence of all his brethren, how fulfilled; p. 26. The Illimaelites or Arabians have from first to last maintained their independency; p. 27. Against the Egyptians and Affyrians; p. 27. Against the Persians; p. 27. Against Alexander and his fücceffors; p. 28, 29. Against the Roinans; p. 29, 30. Their state under Mohammed, and since his time, and now under the Turks; p. 31, 32. Dr. Shaw's account of them ; p. 32. Bp. Pococke's; p. 33. And Mr. Hanway's; p. 33. Conclusion; p. 34. Wonderful that they thould retain the fame manners for fo many ages ; . p. 35. More wonderful, that they should still remain a free people; p. 35, 36. The Jews and Arabs in some respects resemble each other ; p. 36, 37.

DISSERTATION III.

THE PROPHECIES CONCERNING JACOB AND Esau.

p. 37–49. More prophecies concerning the posterity of Isaac than

of lihmael; p. 37. The promise of the blcfied seed, how fulfilled; p. 37, 38. The promise of the land of Canaan, how fulfilled ; p. 38. The promise of a

numerous

numerous pofterity, how fulfilled; p. 38, 39. The promises concerning Efau and Jacob; p. 39. Not verified in themselves, but in their posterity; p. 40. Camprehend several particulars; p. 40. I. The families of Efau and Jacob two different people and nations; p. 41, 42. II. The family of the elder subject to that of the younger; p. 42, 43. III. In situation and other temporal advantages much alike; p. 43– 45. IV. The elder branch delighted more in war and violence, but subdued by the younger; p. 45, 46. V. The elder at one tiine shook off the dominion of the younger ; p. 46, 47. VI. In all fpiritual gifts and graces the younger superior, and the happy instrument of conveying the blessing to all nations; p. 47, 48. Conclusion; p. 48. The prophecies fulfilled in the utter destruction of the Edomites; p. 49.

DISSERTATION IV.

JACOB'S PROPHECIES CONCERNING HIS SONS,

PARTICULARLY JUDAH.

p. 49–66. An opinion of great antiquity, that the soul near death

grew prophetic; p. 49, 50. Jacob upon his deathbed foretold his fons what should befall them in the last days, the meaning of that phrase; p. 51. Jacob bequeaths the temporal blessing to all his fons, the fpiritual to Judah; p. 52. The prophecies concerning several tribes, how fulfilled; p. 52, 53. The temporal blessing, how fulfilled to Judah; p. 53, 54. The fpiritual blessing; p. 54. I. An explanation of the words and meaning of the prophecy; p. 55–60. The scepter shall not depart from Judah, explained ; p. 55. Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, explained; p. 56, 57. Shiloh in all the various fenfes of the word Mown to be the Meffiah ; p. 57, 58. Le Clerc's singular interpretation ; p. 58, 59. Jews as well as Chriftians have by Shiloh generally understood the Messiah ; p. 59. And unto him shall the gathering of the people be, capable of three different constructions; p. 59, 60. II. The completion of the prophecy; p. 60-66. Judah hereby constituted a tribe or body politic, and fo continued till the coming of the Meiliah and the destruction of Jerufalem: p. 60-62. The latter clause fulfilled in the first fenfe, and the people gathered to Judah; p. 62, 63. Fulfilled in the second fense, and the people gathered to the Messiah ; p. 64. Fulfilled in the last sense, and the people gathered to the Meffiah before the scepter's departure; p. 64, 65. The prophecy with regard to Benjamin fulfilled; p. 65. Conclusion that Jesus is the Messiah ; p. 65, 66,

DISSERTATION V.

BALAAM'S PROPHECIES.

A cere

p. 66-90. The gift of prophecy not always confined to the chosen

seed, or to good men; p. 66, 67. Balaam both a heathen and an immoral man; p. 67, 68. mony among the heathens to curse their enemies; p. 68. The story of Balaam's ass considered; p. 6870. A proper sign to Balaam, and the prophecies render the miracle more credible; p. 70. The stile of his prophecies beautiful; p. 71. His prophecy of the fingular character of the Jewish nation, how fulfilled even to this day; p. 71-73. His prophecy of their victories much the same as Jacob's and Ifaac's;

His prophecy of a king higher than Agag, how fulfilled; p. 73-75. His preface to his latter prophecies explained; p. 75, 76. His prophecy of a star and fcepter to smite the princes of Moab, how fulfilled by David; p. 76. Who meant by the fons of Sheth; p. 76, 77, His prophecy against the Edomites, how fulfilled by David; p. 78. This prophecy of the star and the scepter applied by inost Jewith and Chriftian writers to the Melliah; p. 79, 80.

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