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Ch. iv. 17.] Exercitations

by John Lightfoot
Ch. iv. 17.] Exercitations upon the Acts. 47 too, as that when it shows that  they said among them-selves, This is the heir, & c., it may intimate, that the chief of the Jews, who condemned and crucified the Lord Jesus, knew him to have been the Messiah ? To proceed in the historian,  Εφάνη αυτοΐς τρίτψ έχων ήμέραν πάλιν ζων ׳ He appeared to them ( his disciples), having revived the third day. Let us but consult Matt. xxviii. 13— 15, and see if there can be any doubt whether the priests and fathers of the Sanhedrim were not convinced and persuaded that Jesus had indeed arose from the dead, when they did, so knowingly and industriously, devise a tale to elude his resurrection. Thus far, therefore, Josephus ( if it was he indeed that was the author of that passage) hath uttered nothing but what the rulers themselves were conscious of, if they would have spoken out: but what is added in him, των Θειων προφητών ταντα και άλλα μύρια Θαυμάσια περϊ αυτού είρηκότων the divine prophets having said these, and a thousand other wonderful things of him, this, I confess, is so noble and ingenuous an acknowledgment of Jesus, that I would hardly expect it from Josephus, and much less from any of his countrymen. But, however, be this passage Josephuss own or not, yet, III. That which we assert seems confirmed by that of John xi. 47, 48 ; The chief priests and Pharisees said,  What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. If we let him thus alone the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation. Who does not here see that they that speak this had their eye upon that of Daniel ix. 26, 27 ; where the prophet discourseth about the Messiah,  that he shall be cut off; that he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease; that the people of the prince that shall come [ i. e. the Romans] shall destroy the city and sanctuary? Whence it may very probably be argued, that they, both from the agreement of times and from the miracles and doctrine of Jesus, did more than suspect that this was the Messiah of whom the prophet had there discoursed, and that they were in great doubt what to do with him.  This man doth many miracles, and demonstrates himself to be the Messiah; and what shall we do ? To cut off the Messiah would be a horrid thing: and yet, on the other hand, if we should suffer him, he Chapter Home

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Ch. iv. 17.] Exercitations upon the Acts. 47 too, as that when it shows that \\" they said among them-selves, This is the heir,\\" & c., it may intimate, that the chief of the Jews, who condemned and crucified the Lord Jesus, knew him to have been the Messiah ? To proceed in the historian, ' Εφάνη αυτοΐς τρίτψ έχων ήμέραν πάλιν ζων ׳ He appeared to them ( his disciples), having revived the third day. Let us but consult Matt. xxviii. 13— 15, and see if there can be any doubt whether the priests and fathers of the Sanhedrim were not convinced and persuaded that Jesus had indeed arose from the dead, when they did, so knowingly and industriously, devise a tale to elude his resurrection. Thus far, therefore, Josephus ( if it was he indeed that was the author of that passage) hath uttered nothing but what the rulers themselves were conscious of, if they would have spoken out: but what is added in him, των Θειων προφητών ταντα και άλλα μύρια Θαυμάσια περϊ αυτού είρηκότων the divine prophets having said these, and a thousand other wonderful things of him, this, I confess, is so noble and ingenuous an acknowledgment of Jesus, that I would hardly expect it from Josephus, and much less from any of his countrymen. But, however, be this passage Josephus's own or not, yet, III. That which we assert seems confirmed by that of John xi. 47, 48 ; The chief priests and Pharisees said, \\" What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. If we let him thus alone the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.\\" Who does not here see that they that speak this had their eye upon that of Daniel ix. 26, 27 ; where the prophet discourseth about the Messiah, \\" that he shall be cut off; that he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease; that the people of the prince that shall come [ i. e. the Romans] shall destroy the city and sanctuary?\\" Whence it may very probably be argued, that they, both from the agreement of times and from the miracles and doctrine of Jesus, did more than suspect that this was the Messiah of whom the prophet had there discoursed, and that they were in great doubt what to do with him. \\" This man doth many miracles, and demonstrates himself to be the Messiah; and what shall we do ? To cut off the Messiah would be a horrid thing: and yet, on the other hand, if we should suffer him, he << Chapter >> Home
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