non by Origen and Clemens Alexandrinus, the only two Fathers who have made use of it: it was never read in any of the Christian Churches till the time of Jerome, and then only in fome few among the Apocryphal Scriptures; it contains several things which are absolutely false, of which I have produced ten instances; it contains a great number of trilling, filly, and idle things, and is not in the Syriack Version. This I have endeavoured to prove ; all which laid together, does (I think) afford us as much evidence as can be expected in things of this fort, that the high opinions, which many learned men have entertained of this Epistle, are groundless, and that it is not to be looked upon either as a sacred book, or any thing like a sacred book of the New Testament.

I have nothing farther to add concerning this Epistle, unless it be to conjecture, that, because only Clemens Alexandrinus and Origen have cited it, it was forged at Alexandria ; and because there are so many pious frauds in it, that it was the forgery of some such person as corrupted the books of the Sibyls, and that it was written about the middle of the second century,




A ABGARUS, King of Edeffa,

his Epistle to Christ, with Christ's Answer, 2. An account of it by Eufebius and Ephraem Syrus, 4,6. thought spurious by several learned men, 7, n. and proved so by six several argu

ments, 10. AHMED-IBN-IDRIS, a Mahometan

writer, says, the Gospel of our Saviour's Infancy was used by some Christians, as the other four

Gospels, 167, n. ASTERIUS, a writer of the fourth century,

his account of the brazen statue of our Saviour, erected by the woman, whom he cured

of the issue of blood, 26, n. ATHANASIUS, his account of a · picture of Christ, presented by

Nicodemus to Gamaliel, 26, n. AUSTIN, cites the Epistles of Paul

and Seneca, 62. highly commends Seneca, 74, n. he entertained a prodigious veneration for reliques, 256. makes mention of Thecla, 390.


logy for the Quakers, &c.- noted,

403. BARNABAS, the Epistle of, cited

by antient Fathers, generally esteemed by the learned as genuine, and adjudged by some of cqual authority with the books of the Canon, 412. The testimonies of the antients, 413. and sentiments of the moderns, concerning it, 422. This Epistle proved to be wrote by an original Gentile, 432. A remark on 1 Pet. iv. 3. p. 433. it was wrote after the destruction of Jerufalem, 436. Barnabas was one of the 70 Disciples, 436. Explication of Jolin xxi. 21. and Matt. xvi. 28. p. 438. This Epistle is Apocryphal, because not found in any Catalogue of the sacred books of the New Tela tament, 440. nor cited by the primitive Christians as Scripture, 440. nor read by them as the word of God. 443. one part con


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tradicts another, 444. it contains things which are falle, 445, Three visible mistakes in it produced and detected, 448. Five instances of things trilling and filly, 454.

It is Apocryphal, because not in the Syriack Version, &c. 461. A conjecture, that it was forged at Alexandria by some person that corrupted the books of the Sibyls, about the middle of the second century,

462. BARONIUS rejects the Epistles of

Paul and Seneca, as fpurious, 77, n. esteems the history of Paul

and Thecla, as genuine, 392, n. BELLARMINE rejects the Epistles

of Paul and Seneca, as fpurious,

77, n. BERNARD, Dr. his opinion of Bar

nabas's Epistle, 427. his assertion that it was read in the churches, together with Canonical books,

refuted, 443, n. Beza, his opinion on John ii. 11.


ceans among the forgeries of the Manichees, 49, n. rejects the Epistles of Paul and Seneca as fpurious, 77, n. his opinion of the Epistle of Barnabas, 428, n. Ex

position of John xxi. 21. p. 438, CEDRENUs, his account of the seal,

which Chritt affixed to his Epi

stle to Abgarus, 7, n. CELIBACY, its octrine confirmed

out of the Acts of Paul and

Thecla, 392, n. CHARDIN, Sir John, his account

of the Gospel of the infancy of Christ, in an Armenian legend,

232. CHEMNITI US censures the Epistles

of Christ and Abgarus as spurious, 8, n. his judgment on John ii. 17. p. 238, n. condemns for fpurious the accounts of our Saviour's infancy, 241, n. proves that there was no adoration of fered to the Virgin Mary, till the fourth or fifth century, 254, n. nor reliques known to the primitive Christians, 255, n. A merry story of his concerning the latter,

258. CHRIST, an Epistle under his name

to an Arabian King, translated out of Syriack into Greek, and preserved in the writings of Eusebius, 2, n. 4. An account of the feal (consisting of seven Hebrew letters) which he used, &c. 7, n. These Epistles, esteemed by leveral learned men, spurious and Apocryphal, 8, n. and proved by several arguments to be so, 9. the main objection concerning it answered, 18. A conjecture, that the history of these Epistles is an interpolation into the works of Eusebius, with several argu. ments to support it, 19. A fragment concerning Christ's picture, which he sent to Abgarus, taken out of the Orthodoxographa, 22. A relation of a miracle wrought by it, 23, n. The story of this picture was common among the writers of the sixth and following centuries, ibid.

A digression out of Monsieur Durant, coule



An exa

CANTERBURY, present Archbi

shop of, demonstrates the story
and Epistles of Christ and Abga-
rus to be spurious, 9, 11. his opi.
nion concerning St. Paul's Epi.
Ale to the Laodiceans, refuted,
42. his sentiments of the Epittle
of Barnabas, 428, n.
mination of his vindication of the
Allegories, contained in that E-

pistle, &c. 458. CASAUBON, a mistake of his con

cerning the Arabick translation of Mark iii. 21. corrected by De Dieu, 242. his opinion concerning the Acts of Pilate, 333, n. he censures the Epistle of Barnabas, and the primitive Fathers, for quoting, and too frequently making ute of, the Sibylline

books, 461, n. Cave, Dr. his opinion concerning

the history of the Epistles of Christ and Abgarus, 8, n.

He reckons the Epistle to the Laodi

'futed, 440.

dicts it, 4424

cerning four pictures of Christ, miracles ascribed to his infancy, made during his life on earth, forgeries and lies, 245, n. He 24. A prayer of his (probably entertained a great veneration for a Mahometan forgery) different reliques, 256. cites the Acts of from that in the Gospels, 27. Pilate, 330, n. mentions the Acts proved (purious, 29, n.

of Paul and Thecla, 391, n. Christ's Infancy, the Gospel of, CLARKE, Dr. S. his opinion of

published and translated by Mr. Barnabas's Epistle, 429, n. re-
Henry Sike, at Utrecht, in 1697,
p. 166. Another under the name Clemens ALEXANDRINUS, his
of Thomas, out of Cotelerius's testimonies concerning Barna-
notes on the Constitutions of the bas's Epistle, 413. His copies
Apostles, who printed it out of a corrupted, and Barnabas inserted
Ms. in the French King's li-

for Clemens Romanus, 419. he
brary, 221. These seem to be had too high an opinion of Bar-
originally the same, 226. The nabas's Epistle, 441. yet contra-
antient Gospel of Thomas dif-
ferent from this of the Infancy Le Clerc, Mr. cenfures, the story
of Christ, 227. They are men and Epistles of Christ and Ab.
tioned by the antients as two di gärus for fpurious, 9, n. His
ftinet books, &c. 228. Christ's opinion upon the text, Col. iv,
Infancy a forgery of the Gnuf 16. refuted, 41. his opinioni con-
ticks, ibid. received by the Mar cerning the Acts of Pilate, 334,
cosians in the second century, n. concerning Barnabas's Epistle,
229; known to Mahomet, and 430.
made use of by the compilers of Cocus condemns, ás fpurious, the
the Alcoran, 230, contained in whole story and Epistle of Christ
the Legends of the Persians, 232, to Abgarus, 8, n. rejects the
n. They are Apocryphal, and Epistles of Paul and Seneca, 77.
not received by the antient Christ COLLINS, Dr. his observation on
ians, 235. The design of them John ii. 1. p. 238, n.
false, ibid. proved froin Scrip.

COLLYRIDIANI, whence so named, ture, and the universal filerice of 253 the first Christian writers, 236. COTELERIUS, his fragment of the and from St. John's Gospel, ch. Infancy of Christ, 221. His opi. ii. 11. p. 237. That text criti nion of Barnabas's Epiftle, 426. cally discussed, 238. Intimations LA CRoze, Monsieur, cites a fyin Scripture, that Christ wrought

nod, held in the diocese of Anga. no miracles in his infancy, 241. mala, in the mountains of MalaThis positively afferted by several bar, A. D. 1599, which conFathers, 243, n. These Gospels demns the Gospels of Christ's Inproved Apocryphal from the tri fancy, &c. 167, n. 258, n. His fing stories, and many falsities in opinion of those Gospels,-ibid. n. them contained, 246. because Cross, the practice of signing with, they contain things later than the by whom first mentioned, 348, time in which they pretend to be 406. written, 251. because of the pro

CYPRIAN makes mention of The. digious respect paid by them to

cla, 389. the Virgin Mary, 252. The

D opinions of Dr. Mill, Mr. La Croze, and the author, concern. Darius Comes, in an Epifle to ing these Gospels, 258, t.

Austin, seems to refer to the let-
CHRYSOSTOM asserts, the first mi. ters of Christ and Abgarus, 7,

racle wrought by Christ was in
Cana of Galilee, and calls the De Dieu corrects a mistake of Ca.



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faubon in the Arabick transla 389. His testimonies concern-

tion of Mark iii. 21. p. 242, n. ing the Epistle of Barnabas, 420.
DODWELL, Mr. his opinion of the
Epistle of Barabas, and of Her-

mes, 427, n.
DURANT, Monsieur, A digreffion FABER, TANAQUILLUS, his opi-

out of him concerning feveral nion concerning the Acts of Pi.
pictures of Christ, made during

late, 333, n.
his life on earth, 24.

FABRICIUS, Mr. his censure on

the story and Epistles of Christ

and Abgarus, 9, n.

He was of

opinion, that the Epistle to the
EACHARD, Mr. rejects the Epistles Laodiceans was stolen out of the

of Paul and Seneca as fpurious, Epistle to the Philippians, 48, n.
77, n. his opinion of Barnabas's

rejects the Epistles of Paul and
Epistles, 429, 11.

Seneca as fpurious, 77, n.

EPHRAEM SYRUS mentions the

collection of the sentiments of
Epistles of Abgarus to Christ, Protestants and Papists, concern-
and Christ's answer,

ing the Protevangelion, 164. He
EPIPHANIUS, a' notorious error in

takes the Gospel of Thomas for
our present copies of him con-

the Infancy of Christ, 167, n.
cerning Marcion's Evangeliúm

His opinion of the Acts of Pilate,
and Apoftolicon, 38, n. He e-

steemed the miracles of Christ's

FELL, Bishop, his sentiments con-
infancy to be fables, 244. A cerning Barnabas’s Epistle, 426,
relation from him about some

n. His vindication of the allego-
silly women, who first facrificed

ries, contained in that Epistle,
to the Virgin Mary, 252. His examined, &c.

account of Thecla, 390,
ERASMUS, his opinion that the

Epistle to the Laodiceans was
Itolen out of the Epistle to the Gelasius rejects, as Apocryphal
Colossians, 48, n. He attempts and fpurious, the Epistle under
to prove the Epistle spurious from the name of Chrift to Abgarus,
its stile, 48.

7, n. and also the Gospel of
Estius condemns for spurious, the Thomas, and the book of Christ's

accounts of the miracles wrought Infancy, 228. declares the Acts
by Christ

his infancy, 240, n. of Paul and Thecla Apocryphal,
EUAGRIUS confirms a story of the 388, n.

city of Edesfa, that it should never Grabe, Dr. his arguments for the
be taken, &c. 7, n. relates a Epistle of Christ to Abgaris, 8,
furprising miracle wrought by He esteems the history of
Christ's picture, which he sent to Paul and Thecla as true and ge-
Abgarus, 23.

nuine, 392. contradicts himself,
EUSEBIUS cites an Epistle of our

Saviour to an Arabian king, 2, GREGORY NAZIANZEN makes

A character of Eusebius by mention of the Acts of Paul and
Scaliger, and others, 18. He says

Thecla, 391, n.
he saw a brass ftatue of our Savi. Grotius is of opinion with Ter-
our at Cæsarea Philippi, 25. as tullian, that the Epistle, now in-
also the pictures of Peter and Paul,

titled to the Ephesians, was for-
ibid. He appeals to the Acts of merly intitled to the Laodiceans,
Pilate, 331, n.

Three citations 38, n. refuted, 41. His observa
out of him, proving those Acts to ation on the text John ii. 11. p.
be Pagan forgeries, 338. A short 238. His arguments about the
account from him of Thecla, Acts of Pilate, 333, n.



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