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ological Seminary , who addressed to Mr . C . a , ' series of controversial
letters , which passed almost immediately through two * editions . " Mr . Stuart , " my friend says , * ' is one of the most learned , able and powerful supporters of what is deemed high orthodoxy /' These letters are very ably reviewed in an interesting publication , entitled " The Christian I > iseiple , " published
at Boston every two months , by Wells and Lilly . My friend adds , " probably there will l ) e more publications in this controversy ; indeed we are promised , perhaps I should say threatened , ¦ w ith a vindication of doctrinal points , in answer to Mr . C , by another
Andover professor . " Dr . H . regrets the personal asperities that too much mingle with this controversy , but hopes and trusts that , " like the storms and tempests that sometimes visit the American region , it may have a salutary tendency , and , dispelling dark and
noxious vapours , may leave the atmosphere niore pure , and let in the light of heaven through a clearer medium . " " We , " he says , " may see this light but partially diffused , yet , with good old Simeon , we may depart in peace ,
encouraged by the assurance that it shall not only shed more of its glories in our own iands , but also enlighten the Gentiles who now sit in darkness , and ultimately spread joy through the whole earth . "
In these sentiments , Mr . Editor , I am certain you will participate , and if vou think the facts to which they relate imiy be unknown to many of your readers , you will , by inserting them in the Repository , greatly oblige CATH . CAPPE .
law , and delivered ^ them up to . fee stoned . Btit those in > the eity mt > st distinguished for their probity a « Mi aecuorate knowledge of the laws ivem grievously offended at * this measure . " ? -
T he ground of the accusation brought against James was assuredly his belief in Jesus as the Messiah . Stephen maintained the same opinion . Ajad they said , " We have heard him speak
blasphemoiis words against Moses aad against God /* Acts vL 11 . We may be assured also that the other persons who suffered with James , suffered for the same reason . Moreover , since the enemies of James insisted that he
transgressed the law in holding forth Jesus as the Saviour , we are to infer that the men whom Josephus represents as most distinguished by their probity and accurate knowledge of , the law , and who were grievously offended at his death , had the same views of
Jesus with the apostle . These were such men as Gamaliel and the priests who became obedient to the faith , Acts vi . 7 . From this passage we may gather , that , in the dispute between the apostles and their adversaries , the terms
Gospel and Christianity were not employed . The sole question between the parties was , which of them rightly understood the laws of Moses . The believers in embracing the gospel , so far from professing a new or exclusive religion , professed only a more
adequate and refined knowledge of the Mosaic law . The writings of Jose - phus , in an eminent degree , illustrate this fact . In his immortal work against Apion he has given , under the title of the law . a beautiful delineation of the
gospel 5 and he asserts that , hi * his time , there was not a place , nor scarcely a family in the whole civilized world where it was not received .
Lardner and some other sagacious critics reject this passage of Josephus as a forgery , and one reason for the rejection is , that it gives an account-of the death of J ^ im ^ s different from that which , through Eusebitis , ( H . E . Lib . ii . C . 23 , ) we have received from He *
gesippus . But the two narratives me perfectly consistent witjh ^ each ? other , only that the Jewish historian ,, in his brevity , has oflflafcteci th& ! partfeulafrs related by the-others Josephus * does not say , as lia ^ feer represents Khn saying , that Ananus had James and
I > r . J \ Jones on the Acvoimt of the Martyrdom > of * JamM ty Jo&ephm . IB
Sir , JOSEPHUS lia ^ given a brief but important account of the manner in which tl ' ie Apostle James was put to death . It is to this effect , A . J . Lib . xx . C . 8 . § 1 : " The younger Ananus , who was made chief priest , was hanghty in his behaviour and
exceedingly daring * . He moreover ranked with the Sadduceea , who surpassed all the Jews in the cruelty of their judicial sentences . Ananus being thus disposed , summons a council of the judges , and biingtng before ft the brother of Jesus , catted Christ , whose tiame \^ as James , with some others , « e accuses them of transgressing the
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1820, page 15, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2484/page/15/