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OF SETTLING

THE CANONICAL AUTHORITY

OF THE

NEW TESTAMENT.

TO WHICH IS SUBJOINED

A VINDICATION OF THE FORMER PART

OF

ST. MATTHEW'S GOSPEL,

FROM MR. WHISTON'S CHARGE OF DISLOCATIONS.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

BY

THE REV. JEREMIAH JONES.

VOL. I.

OXFORD,

AT THE CLARENDON PRESS.

MDCCCXXVII.

A

DISSERTATION

CONCERNING

THE NECESSITY

OF SETTLING

THE CANON

OF THE

NEW TESTAMENT.

THE design of the following volumes being to establish the canonical authority of the books of the New Testament, I imagined nothing could be a more suitable introduction to the work, than a dissertation concerning the necessity of it. My design is not to make any servile apology for this work's appearance in the world, (every man not only having a right, but being also obliged to do all he can for the interests of Christianity); but only, if it may be, to evidence the absolute necessity of a Christian's employing his utmost diligence, in order to be upon good grounds determined in a question of so great importance as that is, What books are to be received as the word of God?

What I design in this matter shall be comprised under the following observations; viz. I. That the right settling the canonical authority of the

books of the New Testament is attended with very many

and great difficulties. II. That it is a matter of the greatest consequence and im

portance.

VOL. I.

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