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THAT the reader may understand the method according to
which the several texts are disposed in the following Harmony, let him turn to page 188. where about the middle he will find in the fourth column on the margin, the names Mark, Luke, Matthew; and opposite to these names, passages of their several gospels. These passages are included between two short black lines; the intention of which is to signify, that the passages are parallel to each other, and that they are compared together. The first and second lines of the evangelist Mark being printed so as to range with the second and third lines of Luke, and with the second and third lines of Matthew, it signifies that these lines of the several evangelists, contain parallel expressions of the same sentiment, as any one will see by reading them. The third line of Mark being printed so as to range with the first line of Luke, and with the first line of Matthew, it signifies that they also are parallel expressions. The fourth line of Mark being printed so as to range with the fourth line of Luke, and with the fourth line of Matthew, it signifies that they likewise are parallel expressions. With the fourth line of Matthew, this particular comparison ends; as is signified by the short black line drawn below it. And therefore a new comparison of parallel expressions begins in the immediately subsequent passage.
If the reader will cast his eye on the comparison immediately preceding that in pag. 188. which I have been explaining, he will find only one line of Mark's gospel, and that printed so as to range with the third line of Luke immediately above it. This signifies that these two are parallel expressions. And the first and second lines of Luke having nothing corresponding to them in Mark, are therefore singular, and peculiar to Luke.
If the reader will turn his eye upwards to the passage, which, in the same page of the Harmony, immediately precedes the last mentioned comparison, he will find in the fourth marginal co
lumn, between the lines of comparison, the name of Luke only. This signifies that the passage between these lines is singular, and peculiar to Luke; or that there is nothing corresponding to it in the other gospels.
The end of a section is márkéd by the last line of comparison in the section running quite across the page. Thus, p. 188. the section from which the above examples are taken, ends a little from the bottom of the page with Luke iii. 20. as is signified by the line of comparison being drawn quite across the page to the inside margin.
The chapters and verses of the several evangelists to which every passage in this harmony belongs, are distinctly marked in three or four columns on the margin; the chapters for the most part only once in each column, namely, opposite to the passage of that particular evangelist first occurring in the page ; but the versės in their order opposite to the passages as they come in. The first column contains the chapters and verses of Matthew, the second those of Mark, the third those of Luke, and the fourth when it occurs, those of John. For as John does not relate many of the particulars found in the rest, the column peculiar to him is frequently dropt; and the passage of his gospel last mentioned in the Harmony, is marked at the top of the columns with a reference to the page wbere it comes in. See an example at the top of the columns in p. 188. But that the reader may more distinctly understand how the chapters and verses are marked in the marginal columns, let him look to the before mentioned 188th page of the Harmony, about the middle; where, opposite to the name Matthew, in the fourth column, and to the words, 1 indeed bajo tize you with water unto repentance, is found in the first column, the number 11, and at the top of the same column, towards the left hand, the figure 3. to signify that the words I indeed baptize yous,
&c. are the beginning of the 11th verse of the third chapter of Matthew. So likewise opposite to the words of the text which are marked in the fourth column with the name Mark; and which run thus, I indeed have baptized you with water is found in the second marginal column the figure 8; and a little above it in the same column, but towards the left hand, the figuré 1, to signify that these words, I indeed fravé baptized
, you with water; are the beginning of the 8th verse of the first chapter of Mark. The words in the Harmony immediately preceding those last mentioned, viz. There cometh one mightier than I, &c, haying no figure opposite to them, make part of the 7th verse of Mark, as is intimated by a black stroke found in the verse's place in the column of Mark. The design therefore of those black strokes in the columns, is to direct the reader's eye upward to the number of the verse, and with the help of the verses to
enable him, by casting his eye along the column, readily to find the scattered members of any particular evangelist, whose account he chuses to consider separately. A point below a verse in the column signifies, that it is the last verse of that particular chapter ; yet the ending of the chapters is not always thus marked.
In the preface, there is mention-made of three transpositions. These are distinctly pointed out in the Harmony by double lines in the marginal columns of the evangelist to whom these transpositions belong.' Thus, pag. 190. the first transposition is made from Luke, and comes in after chap iv. 4. of that evangelist. Accordingiy it is marked with a double line in the marginal column belonging to Luke. The beginning and ending of the transposition is marked by a black stroke crossing the marginal column at the place where the transposition begins and ends. Also the place from whence the transposition is taken, see p. 191. after Luke iv. 8. is marked in the column of Luke by a cross in this form +, with a reference opposite to it in Italic characters, directing to the page where it is inserted.
To conclude, that the Harmony might not swell to too great a bulk, the singular passages are not printed where they happen to be long, see pag. 192. opposite to John iv. 46. In like manner, if a singular passage makes a complete section, the first line of it only is printed, with a reference signifying where it ends. Thus, p. 185. the first section being a passage peculiar to Luke, the first line of it only with its reference is printed, and the end of the section is marked by the line of comparison which rụns across the page. And so of all the rest.
The following is a SCHEME of that part of the HARMONY which com
prehends the two transpositions. It consists of three columns only, John being dropt, because he does not mention the particulars transposed. In the first column, the facts mentioned by Matthew are represented in the order wherein he has related them ; in the second, the facts mentioned by Mark are represented in the order which they hold in his history; in the third, the facts mentioned by Luke are represented in his order. The corresponding facts in the several gospels are distinguished by their being placed opposite to each other. The facts transposed into their true place, are printed in Italic letters, to signify that they are transposed. But the numbers which mark the order wherein they are related by the evangelists, are added at the end ; and the reader, by looking to these numbers, will find the places which they actually hold in the gospels.
Luke's order. i John Baptist's trinistry. 1. John Baptist's ministry. 1. John Baptist's ministıy. 2. Jesus is baptized. 2 Jesus is baptized.
2. Jesus is baptized. 3. Jesus is tempred. 3. Jesus is tempted.
3. Jesus is tempted. 4. Jesus goes to Nazareth.
4. Jesus goeth to Nazareth. 4. Jesus goes to Nazareth $ je suis settles at Capernaum
5 Jesus settles at Capernaum. 6. Four disciples are called. 6. Four disciples are called. 7. Sermon on the mount 8. The first leper is cured. 9. A centurion's son is cuted.
10. An unclean spirit is cast out. 10. An unclean spirit is cast out. 11. Peter's wife's mother iscured. 1 1. Peter'swife's mother is cured. 11. Peter's wife's motheris cured.
12. Fishes are caught by miracle. 13. The second leper is cured. 13. The second leper is cured. 14 The storm at sea, and the Ċ 14. The storm at sea, and the [ 14. The storm at sea, and tie cure of the demoniacs
curc of the demoniucs (30), i cure of the demoniacs (30) 15. The paralytic is cured. 15. The paralytic is cured. 15. The paralytic is cured. 10. Matthew is called, and the 18. Marthew is called, and the 16. Matthew is called. disciples are vindicated.
disciples are vindicated. 17. The woman that had the flux :
17. The woman that had the 17. The woman tbat bad the of blood, -Jairus's daughter. Aur of blood.- Jairus's flux of blood.
Jairu's daughter (31).
daughter (31) 28. Two blind men are cured, and a devil is dispossessed.
19. Ears of corn plucked, and 19. Ears of corn plucked, and
the withered handcured (27)) the withered hand cured ( 27) 23. Twelve apostles are chosen. 20. Twelve apostles are cboxi
21. Sermon on the plain.
22. A centurion's slave is cured. 23. Apostles receive instructions.
24. Widow of Nain's son cored. 25. The Baptist sends messengers
25. The Baptist sends messengers to Christ,
to Christ. 26. Jesus dines with Simon the
Pharisee. 27. Ears of corn are plucked, and 27. Ears ofoornare plucked, and ( 27, Earsofcornare plucked and
the withered hand is cured. the witbered hand is cured( 19) (the witheredband is cur edt 1) 28. Calumny of the Pharisees 28. Calumny of the Pharisees. 29 Parab.és of the sower, &c. 29. Parables of the sower, &c. 29. Parables of the sower, &c.
30. The storm at sea, and the 7 30. The storm at sea, and the
cure of the demoniacs (14). cure of the demoniacs(14.) 3r. The woman that had the 31.
The woman that had the flux of blood – Jairus's
flux of blood.- Jairus's daughter (17).
J 32 Jesus goeth to Nazareth. 32. Je:us goeth to Nazareth. 33. The apostles are sent out. 33. The apostles are sent oat.
TO U R G OS P E L S.
Sect. 1. The reasons which induced Luke to write
Forasmuch as many have taken in hand,
&c. to verse 5.
Sect. 2. The divinity of Christ is asserted. 1 i John
In the beginning was the Word, and
the Word, &c. to verse 6.
There was in the days of Herod the
king, &c. to verse 26.
Mary in Nazareth. 1
And in the sixth month the angel, &c.
to verse 57.
Sect. 5. John is born and circulncised in Hebron. 571 Lukel Now Elizabeth's full time came, &c.
to the end, Sect.6. Te genealogy of Jesus by his father Joseph. Mat.
The book of the generation of Jesus
Christ, &c. to verse 18.
Sect. 7. An angel appears to Yoseph in Nazareth. 18
Mat. Now the birth (or rather conception)
of Jesus, &c. to the end. Sect. 8. Yesus is born in Bethlehem, in the days of
the taxing. 2 1 Luke And it came to pass in those days, &c.
to verse 8. Sect. 9. Angels appear to the shepherds of Bethle
Luke! And there were in the same country 201
shepherds, &c. to verse 21. Sect. 10. Jesus is circumcised and named in Bethle.
hem. He is presented in the temple. 211
Lukel And when eight days were accom39
plished, &c. to verse 40. VOL.I.