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that our Lord was constantly with her during the years preparatory to his entering on his ministry". She was present at the performance of his first miracle. And at the concluding scene of his life, we view her at the foot of the cross; when our Saviour, though in the agony of suffering, gave a proof of his filial affection, by committing her to the care of his beloved disciple. "And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home '.'


Q. Is there any thing worthy of notice in the name Mary?

A. Mary is a name common to many. To the mother of James and Joses; to the wife of Cleophas; to the sister of Lazarus, &c.*. Still, seeing that Mary is the same with Miriam', (the

wish, that he may come to the conclusion, that St. Matthew reckoned his genealogy by the male line (that of Joseph) to satisfy the Jews; St. Luke by the female line (that of Mary, from whom our Saviour actually sprang,) for the use and edification of the Gentiles. St. Chrysostom has some useful observations on this subject, Homil. ii. in Matt. cap. 1.

b Luke ii. 41. 42. 51. Matt. ii. 14. 20. 23. iii. 13. iv. 13. John ii. i. xix. 27.

Matt. xxvii. 56. Mark xv. 40. Luke xix. 25. John xi. 1. 1 Exod. xv. 20. The Hebrew D Mirjam, and Syriac D Marjam, are translated Mapiau by the LXX. The final μ however, not being a Greek termination, it was necessary, in order to adopt the word into that language, either to add to it,


daughter of Amram, and sister of Moses and Aaron,) just as Joshua is the same with Jesus", it is worthy of remark, that as the first Mary was a participator in the glorious work of saving the Israelites from Egyptian bondage, so was the second Mary singled out and made instrumental in the salvation of mankind from a worse than Egyptian bondage, the dominion of sin and Satan".

Q. What should be the feeling of our minds on reviewing the Scripture doctrine contained in this third article of the Creed?

A. We should pour forth our devoutest aspirations of thanksgiving to the eternal Son of God for his ineffable goodness in willingly taking upon himself the painful and humiliating office of appearing on earth, under the most aggravating circumstances of degradation and suffering, to ransom us from the penalty of eternal death : that thus, by his overwhelming sorrows, we might have joy beyond measure and without end. "The many mansions of heaven," says Bishop Hall," were at his disposal; the earth was his, and the fulness of it; yet he suffered

as Josephus has done, making it Mapiapun; or to withdraw a letter, when it became Mapia. Vide Pearson's Notes on the Creed, vol. ii. art. iii. p. 198.

☐ Vide p. 86 of this work.

"Micah vi. 4.

himself to be destitute of a mean cottage, and complained not. How should we learn both to want and to abound, from him, who abounding with the glory and riches of heaven, wanted a lodging at his first welcome to the earth"."

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Suffered under Pontius Pilate.

Q. WHAT knowledge have we of the sufferings of Christ?

A. We have the most ample information, derived from the writings of the four Evangelists.

Q. Did Christ really suffer, as the Evangelists represent him to have done?

A. In the former article we shewed that he was liable to suffering, by proving that he really took our nature upon him. Believing therefore as we do, in the authenticity of the sacred records, and in the veracity of the sacred historians, no reasonable doubt can be entertained on that head.

Passus est Dei Filius non putativè sed verè, omnia quæ Scriptura testatur, i. e. esuriem, sitim, lassitudinem, dolorem, mortem, et cætera hujusmodi. Secundum illud passus est quod pati poterat, id est, non secundum illam substantiam quæ

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A CATECHETICAL EXPOSITION, &c. 181 Q. But is it so clear that the Gospels purporting to have been written by our Lord's disciples, are really the works of the persons whose names they bear?

A. We have every reason to trust to their genuineness, that we have to believe we possess the works of Cicero, Cæsar, or any other ancient author. But not only so, the supreme importance of the subject treated of by the Evange

assumpsit, sed secundum illam, quæ assumpta est. Ipse enim Dei Filius, secundum suam Deitatem impassibilis est ut Pater, incomprehensibilis ut Pater, invisibilis ut Pater, inconvertibilis ut Pater. Et quamvis propria persona Filii, id est, Dei Verbum suscepit passibilem hominem, ita tamen ejus habitatione secundum suam substantiam deitas verbi nihil passa est, ut tota Trinitas, quam impassibilem confiteri necesse est. Mortuus est ergo Dei Filius secundum Scripturas, juxta illud quod mori poterat. Symb. Explan. ad Damasum. Int. Op. Hieronymi. tom. iv. p. 44; with which compare Wall's Infant Baptism, part i. chap. xix. p. 252.

We ask, says Paley, no more for our books than we allow to other books in some sort similar to ours. We do not deny the genuineness of the Koran; we admit that the History of Apollonius Tyanæus, purporting to be written by Philostratus, was really written by Philostratus. Paley's Evidences, vol. i. p. 163. Rennell on Scepticism, chap. i. "The Christian believes," &c.

Ου παρ' ημιν γε μονοις τοις την του χριστου προσηγορίαν έχουσιν, μέγα το της πιστεως εστιν αξιωμα, άλλα γαρ και πάντα τα ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ τελούμενα, και τα υπο των αλλοτρίων της εκκλησίας τη πίστει τελείται. St. Cyril. Catech. v. b. Vide quoque Huetii Demonstratio Evang......


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