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IN THIS COLLATION the Gospel of St. Matthew has been accepted as the STANDARD to which the other three Evangelists are adjusted ; not only as being reputed to be the Primitive Gospel, and to have been written by the hand of that Apostle ; but, because, in a Work which is not intended merely as a Concordance, but as the UNITED TEXT to assist a Student in forming his own tenets in consistency with the supreme authority of the Gospels, it was necessary to preserve one Evangelist in the original order, with which every passage in the other three might be compared. The texts of St. Mark, of St. Luke, and of St. John are disarranged only so far as necessary to exhibit the extent of their parallelism with St. Matthew ; And reference is given to the Page at which every displaced passage may be read in the order of its own Gospel. Such corresponding, or additional, or dissimilar portions as could not be so brought into juxta-position, are referred to by notes in the margin, or in the blank spaces of the text.
An Index to the chapters and verses of each Evangelist precedes the Gospels. A Compendium of the leading Texts of each of them, and a Synopsis of Miracles, are subjoined.
The Collation has been made from that Edition of the New Testament printed at the Clarendon Press, Oxford, by Collingwood and Co., A.D. 1821.
M. for St. Matthew.
Mk. for St. Mark.
L. for St. Luke.
J. for St. John.
For a Summary of what is known of the early history of the Gospels, the Inquirer may refer to
Paley's Evidences of Christianity,
Chap. X. P. 104 to 187.
THE PARALLEL GOSPELS.
GENERAL INDEX TO THE CHAPTERS AND VERSES.