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THE

GOSPELS INTERWOVEN:

3 Karratibe of our Lord's Earthly Ministry;

COMPILED AS FAR AS POSSIBLE

VERBATIM FROM THE ACCOUNTS OF THE FOUR

EVANGELISTS:

WITH

SOME EXPLANATIONS OF THEIR APPARENT DISCREPANCIES.

BY

E. YATES.

LONDON:
MORGAN, CHASE, & SCOTT, 38, LUDGATE HILL.

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THERE are so many “Harmonies of the Gospels” published that it seems almost necessary to apologise for offering another. My apology is shortly this:

All the Harmonies that I have seen or can hear of are either more or less paraphrases of the Sacred History; in other words, a translation of Divine Writings into human, or else arrangements of the contents of the four Gospels in parallel columns. In the first, as it must be in such a case, the translation is so inferior to the original, that one feels as it were offended while one reads. Besides, in such a paraphrase, much must be put in to connect the narratives together, and much omitted in the way of details too small apparently to be translated, and yet adding much to the story-picture set before us; and after all the style is so different from the book itself, that it often seems to hinder more than it helps. In the second kind, one is often confused by the differences in the accounts being made so much the more conspicuous without any explanation; and while we perceive that difference is not necessarily contradiction, yet the effort to reconcile them breaks the threads of the story in one's own mind, and mars the profit of the reading.

Then the bulk and consequent expensiveness of most of these books put them beyond the reach of many who would be very glad of some help in the study of the Scriptures : and to many again their very learnedness makes them the more puzzling.

person, nor is

I am not myself by any means a

learned

my book meant for such; but I have so often wished to meet with such a work as this, and so often heard also of others wishing the same, that at last, in dependence upon Him who alone giveth learning to the learned, and who sometimes " ordaineth wisdom out of the mouth of babes” in Christ, by making use of those who seem humanly the most unfitted to be the means of good in His hand, I have myself attempted to do the work which I would fain have found accomplished by some other person.

Years, and much illness, and quiet study of the precious Word have only made me love that Word more and more ; and still the more I search it the more I find the saying true, that Holy Scripture is its own best interpreter. Yet one has not always the time, nor have invalids always the strength, to seek out the passages which illustrate each other; nor the power to discern the solution of the many apparent discrepancies which, when fairly examined, are no discrepancies at all. And again the searching itself, and the turning from one place to another, often seems to break the story into fragments, instead of joining all into one harmonious whole. And yet some such help is often very desirable for us unlearned people, for many a time we hurt our feet with stumbling at some imaginary difficulty which farther searching, if we knew how, would put wholly out of our way.

May it please Him who hath caused all Holy Scripture to be written for our learning, “ in whom is no darkness at all," and who hath revealed His Gospel “unto babes,” to accept and bless this labour of love, that it may be a help to some of His 6 little children."

August, 1870.

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