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Πότε εν παρέσαι ο χρόνος έτος, ώ Σώκρατες και και τις

ο παιδεύσων ; ήδισα γαρ άν μοι δοκω ιδεαν τυτον τον
άνθρωπον τις εσιν.

Plat. Alcib. 2.

Εγώ ειμι το φως το κόσμο και ακολουθών εμοί, και μη

περιπατήσει εν τη σκοτία, αλλ' έξει το φως της
ζωης.

Johan. Cap. 8.

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PRINTED BY ROBERT & ANDREW COULIS.
SOLD AT EDINBURGH BY J. BALFOUR AND J.
DICKSON, AT LONDON BY T. CADELL,

M.DCC.LXVII.

THE principal design of the follow

fay, is to delineate the character Is Carilt, from the facts recorded in tury of his life. In the execution of $a, it was thought proper to prefix xonat of the extraordinary interpofit Providence, recorded in the gospel ; i na excite the greater attention to the p biect and design of the effay. This is the firft fection. In the two followii us, a particular explication of the Jesus is attempted to be given, fi itory of his life. Many useful obf

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say, is to delineate the character of Jesus Christ, from the facts recorded in the history of his life. In the execution of this defign, it was thought proper to prefix a short account of the extraordinary interpofitions of Providence, recorded in the gospel ; in order to excite the greater attention to the principal subject and design of the essay. This is done in the first section. In the two following sections, a particular explication of the character of Jesus is attempted to be given, from the history of his life. Many useful obfervations have been made, by different writers, on this subject; and the several virtues and perfections, which appeared in the life of Jesus, have been marked. But what these writers have obferved, gives us rather a detail of scattered, though beautiful particulars, than a fingle and connected view of the whole character at once. It would appear however from the records of the gospel, that the character of Jefus Christ was formed, in every part of it, upon the influence of one great and leading principle: and that the whole tenor of his life, proceeding from this influence, was one united and consistent thing.--To give this

simple and united view, is the design of what is offered in the second and third sections. In the last section a few general reflexions on the life of Jesus are subjoined, which, 'tis hoped, will appear to be sufficiently supported by the preceding narrative.

If what is humbly offered to the public in this essay, however far short it may fall, of the dignity and importance of the subject, shall in any degree, contribute to make the character and life of Jesus better understood, and more esteemed: or if it shall induce some others, who have more leisure and capacity, to do greater justice to the subject, the purpose of the publication is obtained.

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