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Greswell's Harmony and Disse
each other, and with the vernal equinox. I
sertation, the opinions of the earliest Christi
preceding topics are examined. Dissert. XII
sense of Luke ii. 2, in reference to the census
last dissertation in the first volume treats of t1
Seventy Weeks, and the first part of the chrono
the Apostles; having for its object to complet
Diss. IIII. This subject is pursued in Dis
volume, which is occupied with an examination
of the Acts from the with chapter forwards, i
first series
The second volume contains twenty-two

P
tions. The subject of the first has been mentia
five following mas he briefly stated. II. On
logies. III. pon the Question, Who are
Adenoci of Christ

. IV. On the date of the 1. True Nature and Design of the Ministry of On the Order of the Temptations

. The se
* On the hiatus in the first three Gospels

, be
" the Baptism of Our Saviour and the cominen
nistry in Galilee, and on its supplement by
John. The object of this disquisition is to
ginning his narrative precisely where the othe
left off, St. Jolen conducts it regularly down to

where St. Luke had begun again. To this is
pendix, involving the question of the Computa
Vears, one of which is shewn to have actually
first year of Our Saviour's Ministry. The Big
which is divided into four parts, is designed
preliminary view of Our Lord's ministry down
the third year. The next six Dissertations
devoted to the discussion of particular questiot
posed trajections or anticipations in the severa
next two, in continuation of the subject of Diss.
the supplementary relation of John vii

. xi. 34.
Gospels; and of Luke ix. 51.-xviii. 1 t, to those
Mark. The subjects of the remaining Dissert
lume are: XVII. On the village of Martha and
On the two Dispossessions recorded, Matt. x
XIX. On the notices of time supplied in Luk
the occurrence relating to the Galileans, Luke
On the question concering Divorce, Matt. x
1.2-1XXII. On the Miracles performed

The object of the six consecutive Dissertat
the third volume, is, to harmonize the several
four Gospels, from the time of Our Lord's a.
before the last Passover, to the day of the Asc

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Greswell's Harmony and Dissertations. l'he first three are intended to expound and establish the funda nental principle of the Harmony, which the Author rests upon he truth of the following propositions: 1. That the last three Gospels are regular compositions ; 2. That St. Matthew's Gospel - partly regular and partly irregular; 3. That each Gospel was

ritten in the order in which it stands; and 4. That each of the ater three was immediately supplementary to the prior one. I

the object of the first Dissertation, to confirm these ons by & mode of reasoning which assumes nothing but the cistence of the Gospels themselves : it is entitled, “On the regularity of the Gospels, and on their supplemental relations to each other.' The Second Dissertation is an historical invesgation of the times and the order of the first three Gospels; d the Third treats of the Irregularities of St. Matthew's Gos1, comparing its details with the accounts given in the three ners. The Fourth Dissertation is devoted to ascertaining the ne date of the Passover mentioned John ii. 13, the most carLinal date in the whole of the Gospel history, by ascertaining e sense of John ii. 20. The verification of this date gives occion for three distinct supplementary dissertations, which are led Appendices: No. I. is intended to ascertain the rule by ich Josephus invariably computes the reign of Herod; No. II, confirm the statement which respects the length of the Macean dynasty; and No. III., to shew, that neither the evidence the coin of Herod Antipas, nor the supposed time of the pse before the death of Herod, is inconsistent with the true

of that death as established in No. I. This is followed by omputation and Table of Jewish Passovers and other feasts

, Diss. V. Diss. VI. and VII. have for their object, respect , to reconcile the testimony of St. Luke, as regards the fif h year of Tiberius Cæsar, and the beginning of the govern

of Pontius Pilate, with the cardinal date established in IV. The next determines the interval between the besing of the ministry of John the Baptist and the close of the stry of Jesus Christ; or the whole length of time embraced nem in conjunction, and the duration assignable to each. A ation supplemental to this, proves that the time of the t's imprisonment is not at variance with the history of the ge

of Herod and Herodias. The Ninth Dissertation proo determine the true age of Our Lord at his baptism, by ning the exact import of Luke iii. 23; and the following intended to establish the high probability that the day of tivity was the tenth of the Hebrew month Nisan, coring to the fifth of the Julian April, B.c. 4. An Appennis Dissertation has for its object to prove, that the insti. | the Passover took place s.c. 1560, when, in like man10th of Nisan and the 5th of April coincided both with

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THE

ECLECTIC REVIEW,

FOR JANUARY, 1833.

Art. I. 1. Harmonia Evangelica, sive Quatuor Evangelia Græce pro

Temporis et Rerum Serie in Partes Quinque Distributa. Edidit Edvardus Greswell, A.M. Coll. C. C. Apud Oxon. Socius. 8vo.

pp. 418. Oxon. 1830. 2. Dissertations upon the Principles and Arrangement of a Harmony

of the Gospels. By the Rev. Edward Greswell, M.A., Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. In three Volumes. pp. xxx.,

598; x. 574; vi. 354. Oxford, 1830. WE

E are not entirely responsible for the delay in noticing this

erudite and valuable performance, which, though it has for so long a time passed the press, will probably be new to the greater part of our readers. The volumes issue from the University press; much to the honour of the learned Delegates, to whose readiness in undertaking the publication the Author acknowledges his obligations. But, notwithstanding the high auspices under which they appear, we cannot learn that they have hitherto obtained the share of attention from the public, to which they are intrinsically entitled ; owing, perhaps, to their not having been made known by the usual expedients adopted by London publishers.

The“ Harmonia Evangelica” and the three volumes of Preliminary Dissertations, compose one connected work. In the former, the evangelical history is distributed into five parts, comprising as many chronological divisions : these are subdivided into sections, the text of the Evangelists being arranged in two or more parallel columns. The Dissertations are fifty in number, to which are added some supplementary disquisitions and notes, in eight appendices. Of the object and purpose of these dissertations, which form a connected series, we shall first give an account, taken from the Author's own synopsis.

The first volume comprises thirteen principal Dissertations. VOL. IX.-N.S.

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The first three are intended to expound and establish the fundamental principle of the Harmony, which the Author rests upon the truth of the following propositions : 1. That the last three Gospels are regular compositions; 2. That St. Matthew's Gospel is partly regular and partly irregular ; 3. That each Gospel was written in the order in which it stands; and 4. That each of the later three was immediately supplementary to the prior one. It is the object of the first Dissertation, to confirm these propositions by a mode of reasoning which assumes nothing but the existence of the Gospels themselves: it is entitled, “On the re

gularity of the Gospels, and on their supplemental relations to each other. The Second Dissertation is an historical investigation of the times and the order of the first three Gospels; and the Third treats of the Irregularities of St. Matthew's Gospel, comparing its details with the accounts given in the three others. The Fourth Dissertation is devoted to ascertaining the true date of the Passover mentioned John ii. 13, the most car• dinal date in the whole of the Gospel history', by ascertaining the sense of John ii. 20. The verification of this date gives occasion for three distinct supplementary dissertations, which are styled Appendices: No. I. is intended to ascertain the rule by which Josephus invariably computes the reign of Herod; No. II., to confirm the statement which respects the length of the Maccabean dynasty; and No. III., to shew, that neither the evidence of the coin of Herod Antipas, nor the supposed time of the eclipse before the death of Herod, is inconsistent with the true date of that death as established in No. I. This is followed by a Computation and Table of Jewish Passovers and other feasts, in Diss. V. Diss. VI. and VII. have for their object, respectively, to reconcile the testimony of St. Luke, as regards the fifteenth

year

of Tiberius Cæsar, and the beginning of the government of Pontius Pilate, with the cardinal date established in Diss. IV. The next determines the interval between the be'ginning of the ministry of John the Baptist and the close of the ministry of Jesus Christ; or the whole length of time embraced by them in conjunction, and the duration assignable to each.' A dissertation supplemental to this, proves that the time of the Baptist's imprisonment is not at variance with the history of the marriage of Herod and Herodias. The Ninth Dissertation proposes to determine the true age of Our Lord at his baptism, by ascertaining the exact import of Luke iii. 23; and the following one is intended to establish the high probability that the day of the Nativity was the tenth of the Hebrew month Nisan, corresponding to the fifth of the Julian April, B.c. 4.

An Appendix to this Dissertation has for its object to prove, that the institution of the Passover took place s.c. 1560, when, in like manner, the 10th of Nisan and the 5th of April coincided both with

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