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p. 1-4. Prophecies one of the strongest proofs of revelation ; p. 1.
A history of prophecy desired by Lord Bacon: p. 1. The consequence plain from the believing of prophecies to the believing of revelation ; p. 2. The objection that the prophecies were written after the events, groundless, and betrays great ignorance, or something worse; p. 2. The truth of prophecy may be proved by instances of things fulfilling at this very time; p. 3. The evidence drawn from prophecy, a growing evidence; p. 3. Miracles the great proofs of Revelation to the first ages, Prophecies to the last; p. 4. The necessity to which infidels are reduced, either to renounce their senses, or to admit the truth of revelation ; p. 4. Most of the principal prophecies of fcripture will be comprehended in this work, as well as several of the most material transactions in history; p. 4.
Prophees the great pecy, a growi, P.
. . p: -5—21.;. i Very few prophecies till Noah; p. 5. Noah's drunken- .
ness, and the behaviour of his sons thereupon ; p. 6. In consequence of their different behaviour he was enabled to foretel the different fortunes of their families; p. 7. The prophecy; p. 7. Not to be understood of particular peifons, but of whole nations; p. 8. The curse upon Canaan, a curfe upon the Canaanites for their wickedness; p. 8. The wickedness of the * Canaanites very great; p. 9. The curse particularly implies the subjection of the descendents of Canaan to the descendents of Shem and Japheth; p. 10, 11. The completion of this shown from the time of Joshua to this day ; p. 11, A different reading proposed of Ham the father of Canaan instead of Canaan; p. 12, 13. The curse in this larger sense also shown to be fulfilled from the earliest times to the present; p: 13, 14. The pronrise to Shem of the Lord being his Gode liow fulfilled ; p. 14. The promise of inlargement to Japheth, an allusion to his nanie ; p. 15. How fulfilled: both in former and later times ; p. 16. The following clause, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem, capable of two senses, and in both punctually fulfilled; p. 16; 17. Conclusion ; p. 17. A mistake of Mr. Mede corrected; p. 18. Lord Bolingbroke censured for his indecent reflections on this prophecy; p. 18, 19. His igporance about the Codex Alexandrinus; p. 19. His blunder about the Roman hiftorians; p. 19. His fneer about believers refuted; p. 20. Condemned by himself; p. 20. Had great talents, but misapplied them; p. 21. .
THE PROPHECIES CONCERNING ISHMAEL.
Abraham favored with feveral revelations; p. 21. Those
concerning Ithmael or the Ithmaelites; p. 22. The promife of a numerous pofterity, how fulfilled; p. 22. The promise of twelve princes, how fulfilled; p. 23. The promise of a great nation, how fulfilled; p. 23. The laying that he fhould be a wild man, how fulfilled; p. 94.' The faying that his hand should be againft ereiy man, and every man's hand against him, how fulfilled; p. 25. The faying that he should dwell in the presence of all his brethren, how fulfilled; p. 26. The Illimaelites or Arabians have from first to last maintained their independency; p. 27. Against. the Egyptians and Affyrians; p. 27. Against the Persians; p. 27. Against Alexander and his fücceffors; p. 28, 29. Against the Romans; p. 29, 30. Their state under Mohanimed, and since his time, and now under the Turks; p. 31, 32. Dr. Shaw's account of them ; p. 32. Bp. Pococke's; p. 33. And Mr. Hanway's; p. 33. Conclusion ; p. 34. Wonderful that they should retain the fame manners for fo many ages; p. 35. More wonderful, that they should fill remain a free people; p. 35, 36. The Jews and Arabs in fome respects resemble each other ; p. 36, 37.
THE PROPHECIES CONCERNING JACOB AND Esau.
HE PRO PHECIES CONCERNIN
p. 37–49. More propliecies concerning the posterity of Isaac than
of lihmael; p. 37. The promise of the blessed feed, how fulfilled; p. 37, 38. The promise of the land of Canaan, how fulfilled ; p. 38. The promise of a
numerous posterity, how fulfilled; p. 38, 39. The
Comprehend several particulars ; p. 40. I. The fà-
ing of the people bé, capable of three different con-
The gift of prophecy not always confined to the chosen
feed, or to good men; p. 66, 67. Balaam both a