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458

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Provisions made by the Treaty

464

the Study of clallic Au- Punch's Politics,

465

thors,

135

R.

Ode

to Mr. Pitt,

316 scription ,

154

to Lord B***, 4.60 Reasons for serious Candour,
OGDEN on poetical Composition,

311

227

why Lord B*** fhould

on the Crucifixion and be made a public Example,

Refurrection,

ib.

462

Ogilvie's Poems, &c. 239 RefLECTIONS on the domestic

One more Letter to the People Policy proper to be observed at

of England,

462 a Peace,

382

P.

on the Peace, 462

ALLADIUM of Great Britain RELIGIOUS Affections, Treatise
and Jreland,
429 on, by Edwards,

318

PARRY's Differtation on Daniel's Remarks on Chandler's Dif.

70 Weeks,

course on the Sabbath, 316

Philips's Poems, new Edit. 227

on the Proceedings of

PhiloSOPHICAL Transactions, two Courts Martial, $10

Vol. LII Part I. 327 REPLY to Heathcote's Letter,

Concluded,

385

419 REQUEST, a Poem,

Pickard's three Discourses on REVERIE, a Novel,

471
Family Religion,

80 REVIEW of the Evils in the Li.

Poem on new beautifying the Sta- nen Manufactory of Ireland,

tue of K. Charles Il. in the

155

Royal Exchange, 224

of Mr. Pitt's Administra-

POEMS, the Chimney - sweeper tion,

474

and Laundress, &c. 225 Riland's Instructions for receive

Collection of, by Scotch ing the Word of God,

233

Gentlemen, Vol. U. 226 Roe's Observations on Tythes,

POETICAL Miscellany, 390

considered,

506

477 a Night,

POLITICAL Analysis of the War, Rousseau's Emile, 152

312

Translated, 212

Considerations, 384

Contrat Sucial, 449

Pooke's Address to the King, 158

Concluded,
Port on the Hydrocele, 117

500
Potter's Observations on the Royal Favourite, a Poem, 460

present State of Music, &c. 224 Rules for bad Horsemen, 315

PRELIMINARIES of Peace, En. for the Preservation of

quiry into,

386 Health,

457

full and clear Dife Ruther Forth's second Letter

cuffion of,

463 to Kennicott,

79

PRELIMINARY Articles of Peace,

S.

478

CHOMBERG's Abridgment

316 Van Swieten's Commenta-
PROPHESY of Merlin, 383 ries,

367

PROVIDENCE, a Poem, 394

Scott's
230

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Scott's Hymn to Repentance, Taylor's Scheme of Scrip'ure
226 Divinity,

254
SELECT Poems from Gesner, 393 THOUGHTS, fome cool, on the
SENTIMENTS of an impartial present State of Affairs, 385

Member of Parliament, 464 Tilal of the Roman Catholics
SERAPHICAL young Shepherd, of Ireland,

508
235 TRUE - born Englishman's un-

SERMONS, by Pickard,

80 malked Battery,

465

by Coyte,

ib. True Briton,

223

by Shirley, 231 True Whig displayed, 508
by Gibbons, 317 TURBILLY's Discourse on the
by Welt,

363

Culture of waste Lands, .218
by Bradbury, 456
SERMONS, Single,

80

160

237 Vaux-Hall Gardens, Description

of,

154

478 VENERONI's compleat Italian

SHARPE, Gregory, his second Master improved,

477

Argument in Defence of Chrif. Vice-Roy, a Poem,

75

tianity,

View of the present State of pub-

John, his Introduction

lic Affairs,

464

to Arichmetic,

154

Voltaire,

his Remarks on the

HERIDAN on the Difficulties of affecting Case of Mr. John Ca-
the English Language, 69 las,
his Lectures on Elo. Vulgar Decisions,

312

cution,

W.

,

Pitt,

281

316

SHIPWRECK, a Poem, 192 WANDSWORTH Epistle in Meire,
SHIRLEY's twelve Sermons, 231

223
SOCRATES, Xenophon's Memoirs Water-Baptifm, Neceflity of, 80
ot, translated by Mrs. Fielding, WATKINSON'S Elay on Econo-

171
my, 3d Edition,

219

Sophia, a Novel, by Mrs. Len- WAR BURTON'S Doctrine of

Grace,

nox,

37

369

SPANISH Settlements in the Weita

Concluded, 399

Indies, Description of, 387 WEDDING Day, a Poem, 391

Speech without Doors, 384 Wellers, Capt. his method of

SPRING, a Pastoral,

393

converfing at a Distance,

ST. PIERRE's political Annals, West's Mathematics, 65

154

Serinons,

STORCKE's supplemental Treatise White's Account of the Appli.

on Hemlock,

395

cation of Sponge in curing

SWIFT, two additional Volumes

Hæmorrhages,

77
of his Works,

271

Narrative relating to a

Paper in the Philosophical

T.

Tjansactions,

228

ABLET, or Picture of hu. WHYTT's physiological Eflays,
man Life,
73 new Edition,

THE

201

--- Concluded; WAles's Ode to Mr. Pilt

T

T HE:

MONTHLY REVIEW,

For JULY, 1762.

Conclusion of Dr. Sharpe's second Argument in Defence of Chrif

tianity. See Review for April last.

THE Argument from Prophecy, to prove that Jesus is the

Chrift, is certainly of great importance, and ought to be treated with the most exact attention to its genuine evidence, and the most impartial and unbiased disposition to submit to its weight and influence. When any predition relating to persons, or other events in very distant periods, which are evidently contingent, appears to be literally fulfilled, the objectors to the authority of the revelation in which the affurance is exhibited, must be filenced if they are not convinced; and, though they may ftill persist in their infults and mifrepresentations, must become the objects of pity or contempt with all competent judges of the Argument *. How far Dr.

The sentiments of the celebrated Mr. Anthony Collins upon this topic may, with propriety, be referred to upon this occasion : " If the proofs of Chriltianity from the Old Tettament are valid proofs, then is Cuisianity strongly and invincibly establithed on its true foundations. Because a prooi drawn from an inspiRED }}ok is perfectly conclufile ; and prophe ies delivered in an in!pired book, are, when fulfilled, such as may be juftiy deemed fure and demonitra. tive proofs. ---Prophecies fulfiled icem the mel proper of all arguments to evince the truth of a revelation, which is designed to be universally promulgated to men. For a man, fr example who has the Old Testament put into his hands, i hich contains pr phecies, and the New Testameri, which contains their completions, and is once fatisfied, as he may be with the greatest cafe, that the Old Tehment exifted before the New, may have a complete, internal, divise demonftration oi che truth of Christianity, without long and lab ricus inquiries." Discourse of le Grounds and healin, of the Chrijin Relie 8:0", Elit. 1721, p. 26, 27, 29, 30. VOL. XXVII.

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Sharpe hath succeeded in the discution of this subject, we leave to the judgment of such as-are qualified to decide upon it; and shall now proceed to give a farther account of the work.

In the sixth Chapter he considers the distinctive charaéicrs of the two l efects in Malachi ili. 1. the Mellenger who was to prepare the way, and the Lord, even the Meitenger of the covenant. The million and character of John the Baptist, the foreirunner of the Lord of Life, are reprefented with particulrattention, because his history is a proper introduciion to that of Jesus ; his office was preparatory to that of our Lord's, and he bare record that Jesus was the Sun of God. The time of John's appearance, as diftinguished by the name of Elijah, the Tishbite, or the CONVERTER, or RESTORER; and of the Lord, the Medienger of the Covenant, in whom the Jews, in the days of Malachi, delighted, was to precede the final destruction of Jerusalem. Malachi prophesied under the second temple, after the return of the Jews from their captivity; hence it is evident, that his prediction of the coming of a great person cannot be interpreted of Zerubbabel, or any of the Leaders of Israel out of their captivity: and a variety of circumstances fix the time for the completion of the prophecy to the time when John the Baptist and our Lord appeared – The Delight of the Jews, the Messenger, the Covenant, and the great and dreadful Day of the Lord, are circumstances which ascertain the time to be prior to the fiege of Jerusalem, and the consequent subversion of the civil and religious constitution of the Jews. The birth of John was extraordinary, and distinguished, like that of Jesus, by miracles; which contributed to the great end of his mifiion, setting a lustre upon him, and exciting a suitable expectation concerning hin: which was the more necessary, because he was to prepare the way of the Lord, and to make him manifeft unto Israel. John hath the name of two Prophets given him,-MY MESSENGER : The original word is Malachi, the name of the Prophet, who describes him as the fore-runner, as one sent to prepare the

He is also called by the name of Elijah the Prophet ; and both appellations are expressive of the character and office of him who was to be sent. Elijah fignifies the power of God, which was as remarkably fhewn in the person, appearance, life, and character of John, as of that other prophet who lived in the days of Ahab. The first and second Elias were very much alike in austerity and sufferings, and calling men to repentance; both led abstemious and auftere lives, and dwelt in deserts. John, though he did

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no miracle, was filled with the Holy Spirit, and instructed from above how to discern the Meffiah. He know from the old Prophets that the Meflenger of the Covenant, the Lord whom he had made manifest to Ifrael, was to do many extraordinary things; and as he was in prison, and could not be an eye-witness of the miracles of our Lord, to give his disciples the fullest conviction, he sent two of them to ask of Jesus himself, “ Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?" Our Lord, who well understood the design of this message, resers John to the miracles of which they had authentic evidence,which our Saviour justly calls a greater witness than that of John. John had been witness to the descent of the Spirit upon Jesus, but the RESIDENCE of that Spirit was to be proved by the miracles which Jesus continued to work, and of which lohn, when in prison, could not be an evidence. Though he had heard a voice from heaven, proclaiming Jesus to be the beloved Son of God; yet, to complete the character of the Meilich, it was necessary that he should accomplish all that had been said of him by the Prophets. And nothing could be more natural than for John, who found himself de CREASING, to enquire whether Jesus ENCREASED; whether the spirit REMAINED upon him, and enabled him to accomplish the glorious works foretold of Mefliah in the Old Scriptures? And if we carefully examine Luke iv. I, 14. Dr. Sharpe's observations upon this circumstance, the continued refidence of the Spirit, will receive fome additional illustrations. If we reflect upon the number of the people who followed John, and were baptized by him, and the regard they expressed for him toth before and after his death, and yet no fect produced in consequence of such belief and baptism, it will, as Dr. Sharpe apprehends, afford a very good argument in favour of the fuperior power, dignity, character, and office of Jesus. And John's excellent character, even amongst the Jews themselves, is such an argument in proof of his integrity, as will make it more reasonable to admit than reject the testimony he gave, that Jesus IS THE SON OF GOD.

Dr. Sharpe, in the seventh Chapter, enters into an accurate discussion of the predictions relating to the birth and character, life and deaih of the Messiah, as given by Isaiah, Chap. lii. 13-15. liii. which he justly styles a most celebrated oracle, exhibiting to us, as in a mirror, his humiliation, sufferings, interceson, death, and glorious exaltation. In the various circumstances of his life an example to his followers, and to all the world, of every virtue, every precept which he de

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