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Alexander – Authenticity, Inspiration, & Canonical Authority of Scripture

Evidences of the Authenticity, Inspiration, and Canonical Authority of the Holy Scriptures
By the Rev. Archibald Alexander, D.D.
Prof. of Theology in Theological Seminary at Princeton.
AND SABBATH-SCHOOL WORK, No. 1334 Chestnut Street.

Entered according to the act of Congress in the year 1836, by Archibald Alexander, in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the District of New Jersey.

In this 23 chapter work on Bibliology by Alexander (Presbyterian), he examines various aspects of the Bible (bibliology) including prophecy, inspiration, preservation, etc.


CHAPTER I. The right use of reason in religion 9

CHAPTER II. It is impossible to banish all religion from the world, and if it were possible, it would be the greatest calamity which could befall the human race, 17

CHAPTER III. If Christianity be rejected, there is no other religion which can be substituted in its place, at least no other which will at all answer the purpose for which religion is desirable, 24

CHAPTER IV. Revelation necessary to teach us how to worship God acceptably — the nature and certainty of a future state — and especially, the method by which sinners may obtain salvation, … 34

CHAPTER V. There is nothing improbable or unreasonable in the idea of a revelation from God, and consequently nothing improbable or unreasonable in such a manifest divine interposition, as may he necessary to establish a revelation, 61

CHAPTER VI. Miracles are capable of proof from testimony 65

CHAPTER VII. The Miracles of the Gospel are credible 39

CHAPTER VIII. The rapid and extensive progress of the Gospel, by instruments so few and feeble, is a proof of divine interposition, 118

CHAPTER IX. Prophecies respecting the Jewish nation which have been remarkably fulfilled 130

CHAPTER X. Prophecies relating to Nineveh, Babylon, Tyre, &c, 138

CHAPTER XI. Prophecies respecting Messiah — predictions of Christ respecting the destruction of Jerusalem, 159

CHAPTER XII. No other religion possesses the same kind and degree of evidence as Christianity : and no other miracles are as well attested as those recorded in the Bible, 69

CHAPTER XIII. The Bible contains internal evidence that its origin is divine,. I8t

CHAPTER XIV. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament were written by the inspiration of God ; and this inspiration, however it may be distinguished, was plenary; that is, the writers were under an infallible guidance, both as to ideas and words ; and yet the acquired knowledge, habits, and peculiar dispositions, of the writers, were not superseded 223

CHAPTER XV. The inspiration of the books of the New Testament, 23S A


CHAPTER XVI. The importance of ascertaining the true canon of Holy Scripture, 243

CHAPTER XVII. The care with which the books of the Old Testament were preserved — their canonical authority — the sanction given to these books by the Saviour and his apostles — and the method of ascertaining what books were in the canon at the time of Christ’s advent, 249

CHAPTER XVIII. The books denominated aprocryphal have no just claim to a place among the canonical Scriptures of the Old Testament, 258

CHAPTER XIX. Canon of the New Testament — method of settling it — testimony of the Church — constitution of the canon — whence these books derive their authority — solicitude of early Christians to obtain these books — their care o distinguish them from others — autographs, &c, 266^

CHAPTER XX. Testimonies in favour of the canonical authority of the books of the New Testament, 278

CHAPTER XXI. Canonical authority of Paul’s Epistles, 287 *

CHAPTER XXII. The canonical authority of the seven Catholic epistles, and of the book of Revelation, 295

CHAPTER XXIII. Recapitulation of evidence on the canon of the New Testament, 308

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