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myself , and which , therefore ,. I h > pe he wilt not be offended with me for saving myself the trouble of setting ; down .
Why should what immediately follows a literal account of our Lord ' s fast , and is expressed in language apparently as literal and as free from figure , be understood as a parable f What business can we conceive a parable to have in that situation ? Our Lord was
in the wilderness and had not begun his ministry , when those events , of what kind soever they were , whether external or internal as far as they regarded the person
of Christ , took place , the account of which is supposed by the Dr . to be cloathed in the language of parable . The reasons assigned by our Lord himself or by commentators for his speaking to the
multitudes in parables , are not applicable to the occasion before us . The first reporter of the temptation had no doctrine to illustrate , no lesson to teach , which , on account of its being obnoxious
to the persons for whose benefit it was intended , required to be wrapped up in figurative or allegorical terms , nor any prediction to deliver in such terms , lest com .
-municated in a plain arid undisguised manner it should excite evil passions , and prompt to the \ i £ e of violence ; but a direct ,
QUERY CONCERNING A MS . OF MR . OROV ^ S .
To the Editor of the Monthly Repository .
July 10 . SIR , I have good authority for saying that I believe that the Rev * Henry Grove dissenting minister of Taunton ^ left behind him a
MS . on the doctrine of the Trinity or Unity of G (* d . Where is it ? and why was it not published with his other works ? Perhaps , some of vour readers will be able
to answer tkese queries . Q *
clear and unvarnished narrative to give of simple facts just as they happened : such , at least , I conceive , every reader must expect to find in those parts of the gospels where the several accounts of the temptation are introduced ; and nothing in the connection is calculated to lead to a different ex « pectation . Without better evidence , therefore , than has hi . therto come before me , I must rank myself in the number of those who do not discover the
existence of a parable , where the Dr . thought he had found one , and accordingly reject his scheme . Olearius ' s hypothesis so far coincides with the vulgar one , as to make the temptation an outward transaction , and is , therefore , liable to many of the principal objections brought against that h ypothesis by'MivF . ' and ably shown to be unanswerable . In my apprehension , it is also attended with some peculiar difficulties ^ which do not admit of rational solutions . Whether those difficulties occurred to the mind of the inventor and were considered
by him , it is not in my power to ascertain , having never been so happy as to meet with his work , which so able a writer as Rosenmiiller seems to regard as adapted to afford the theological inquirer full satisfaction .
( T « be concluded in our next . )
400 Query concerning a MS . of Mr . Grove ' s .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1810, page 400, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2407/page/24/