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Account of the life and Character of the Author, p. v.
seed the land of Canaan for an everlasting possession.
-4. That he would be to him and to them a God in
their generations.-5. That in him all the families of
the earth should be blessed.-6. That in his seed all
the nations of the earth should be blessed.
Sect. 1. Of the ancient Translations of the Scriptures.-
2. Of the English Translations.-3. Of the Prin- Essar VI. On Justification.-Sect. 1. Of Justification,
ciples on which the Translation of the Epistles now as explained by Paul.—2. Of Justification, as explain-
offered to the Public is formed.-4. Of the Prefaces ed by James.-3. Of the Justification of the Heathen.
to each Epistle of the Views of the matters contained -4. Showing, that faith is with propriety made the
in each Chapter, of the Commentaries, and of the
condition of Justification.-5. Of the time when be-
PREFACE.-Sect. 1. Of the time when, and of the person
by whom, the Galatians were converted.—2. Of the
time when this epistle was written.-3. Of the occa-
Essar I. On the Inspiration of the Apostles.-II. On
sion of writing it.—4. Showing, that the decree of the
Council of Jerusalem respected the converted prose-
EPHESIANS, p. 308.
PREFACE.-Sect. 1. Of the introduction of the Christian
PREFACE.-Sect. 1. Of the time when the Christian re- religion into Ephesus.—2. That this Epistle was di-
rected, not to the Laodiceans, but to the Ephesians.-
3. Of the occasion of writing it.-4. Of the persons
for whom it was designed.-5. Of the time and place
of writing it.-6. Of its style.—7. Of the Eleusinian
and other Heathen mysteries alluded to in this Epistle.
PREMONITION, showing that this Translation of the
Apostolical Epistles may justly be called A New
Essay VII. On the Mediation of Christ. -Sect. l. Of
his mediation as a Priest.—%. Proving that he hath
made atonement for sin by his death.-3. Of his me-
PREFACE.- Sect. 1. Of the time of St. Paul's arrival at diation as a Prophet, and as a King.–4. Objections
Corinth.-2. Of the character and manners of the to Christ's mediation as a Priest answered.
the time when it was written.
Preface.-Sect. 1. Of St. Paul's design in writing this PREFACE.-In which the character and manners of the
Epistle.—2. Of the matters contained in the Epistles Colossians are described.-Sect. 1. Showing that Paul
to the Corinthians, and of their usefulness to the church preached in Colosse, Laodicea, and Hierapolis.—2. Of
in every age.—3. or the time and place of writing the the occasion of writing this Epistle.—3. Of the time
Second Epistle to the Corinthians.
GALATIANS, p. 250.
1 THESSALONIANS, p. 397.
it was promised, Sect. 1. That God would greatly bless PREFACE.-Sect. 1. Of the introduction of the Gospel
PREFACE.-Sect. 1. Of the occasion of writing this PREFACE.--Sect. 1. The history of Simon Peter.--2. The
Epistle.-2. Of the time and place of writing it.- authenticity of this Epistle established.—3. Of the pero
3. Showing that none of the apostles thought the day sons to whom it was directed.-4. Of the purpose for
of judgment would happen in their lifetime.-4. of which it was written, and of the matters contained in
the different comings of Christ spoken of in Scrip- it.-5. Of the time and place of writing it.
1 Timothy, p. 436.
PREFACE.-Sect. 1. The authencity of this Epistle esta-
Preface.—Sect. 1. Timothy's history.—2. Of the time blished.2. Of the time when it was written.-3. Of
when this Epistle was written.—3. Of the occasion of the persons to whom it was written.-4. Of the occa-
writing it.-4. Of the use which the church in every sion on which it was written.-5. Of the matters con-
age is to make of the epistles to Timothy and Titus.- tained in it.
5. Showing that the church of the living God is the
pillar and support of the truth; that the church of
Rome is not the church of the living God exclusively
of all other churches; and that its claim to infallibility
PREFACE.-Sect. 1. The history of John.—2. The au-
thenticity of this Epistle established.-3. Of the state
of the church when it was written, and of John's de-
sign in writing it.-4. Of the time and place of writing
it.—5. Of the persons for whom it was designed.
PREFACE.-Sect. 1. Of the time of writing this Epistle.
-2. Of the place where Timothy resided when it was
written to him.-3. Of the occasion of writing it.-
That the truth of the gospel is strongly confirmed
PREFACE.-Sect. 1. Of the authencity of this Epistle.-
2. Of the person to whom it was written.-3. Of John's
design in writing it.—of the Ebionites and Gnostics.
Conclusion, in which the love which John so strongly
inculcates is described.
PREFACE.-Sect. 1. The history of Titus.-2. Of the
introduction of the gospel into Crete.-3. Of Crete,
and of the manners of its inhabitants.—4. Of the time
and place of writing this Epistle.--5. Of the purpose
PREFACE.-Sect. 1. Of the authenticity of this Epistle.-
2. Of the person to whom it was written.-3. Of the
purpose for which it was written, and of the persons
mentioned in it.—4. Of the date of the Second and
PREFACE.—Sect. 1. The history of Philemon.--2. Of
Paul's design in writing this Epistle.--3. Of the use
which is to be made of it.-4. Of the time and place
PREFACE.-Sect. 1. The history of Jude.—2. This Epistle
was written by Jude the apostle.-3. Of the persons
to whom it was written, and of its date.-4. Of the
PREFACE,--Sect. l. That Paul is the author of this
Epistle.-2. Of the people to whom this Epistle was SUPPLEMENT to Essay IV.
written; of the occasion of writing it; and of the lan-
of Scripture.-Sect. 1. Of the method in which lan-
guage was at first formed.--2. Of picture-writing, and
advanced in it.—4. Of the time of writing it.
of its influence in the formation of the primitive lan-
guages.-3. Of the allegorical manner of writing.
Epilogue to St. Paul's Epistles, p. 578.
Of the proper allegory, as set forth in a verbal descrip-
tion. Of the proper allegory, as set forth in a dream,
or in a vision.--4. Of conveying instruction by signi-
ficant actions.--5. Of instruction by actions and events
happening in the ordinary course of things, p. 702.
PREFACE.—Catholic Epistles, why so named.-Sect. 1.
The history of James the writer of this Epistle.—2. Its A HistORY OF THE LIFE OF THE APOSTLE Paul, by
authenticity established.-3. Of the persons to whom whom the Gentiles were converted; to which are
it was directed ; of the time when, and the place where added, PROOFS AND ILLUSTRATIONS, p. 718.
it was written; and of the death of James.--4. Of the
purpose for which this Epistle was written.
JAMES MACKNIGHT, D.D.
Dr. JAMES MACKNIGHT was born on the 17th of Sep- From the Gorbals Mr. MacKnight went to Kilwintember, 1721. His father Mr. William MacKNIGHT, ning, in consequence of an invitation from Mr. Ferousminister at Irvine, was a native of Ireland, where his an- son, then minister of that place, and acted for some time cestors, descended from the family of M‘NAUGHTANE in as his assistant in the charge of the parish. Here he the Highlands of Scotland, had resided for more than a conducted himself with such propriety, that his character century, and where some of his relations still remain. began to be established; and, on the death of Mr. Fisher Mr. William Macknight early displayed very popular at Maybole, he obtained the vacant living there, with the talents as a preacher; and having, it is said, accidentally concurring wish of the heritors and people. Of this officiated in the church of Irvine, some time after the charge, accordingly, he was ordained as minister on the death of the former incumbent, he gave so much satis- 10th of May, 1753. At Maybole Mr. MacKnight confaction to the hearers that he was soon appointed to tinued sixteen years, and discharged the duties of the supply the vacant charge. In this situation he continued pastoral office with such assiduity and kindness, that during life, universally esteemed for genuine piety, purity when he left it, he carried with him the affections and of morals, and integrity of character. He married regret of all his flock. ELIZABETH GEMMIL, daughter of Mr. Gemmil of Dal. It was at Maybole that, amidst his professional ocraith—a small property in the neighbourhood of Kilmar- cupations in a populous charge, Dr. MACKNIGHT comnock, which had been in possession of the same family posed the first and second of his Works. Of the forfor several centuries, and which Dr. Macknight after- mer, indeed, on the Harmony of the Gospels, it appears wards inherited in right of his mother.
from his papers, that the plan had been conceived by him By this marriage Mr. William Macknigut had two so early as the third or fourth year of his attendance at daughters and four sons ; of whom the youngest, and the university, and from that time he began to collect only one now alive, is Thomas MacKnight, Esq. of materials for the publication. The first edition of this Ratho, a gentleman who in early life signalized himself
, book was published in 1756. Although the plan of it during the American war, by the most eminent services differed considerably from that of former Harmonies, in as a loyalist, and who, since his return to his native supposing that the Evangelists have not neglected the orcountry, has long been distinguished by his unusual der of time in the narration of events, the reception it met activity in the prosecution of agricultural improvements with from the most competent judges was so favourable, on the most liberal and extensive scale.
that the author was encouraged to undertake a second Mr. James MacKNIGHT, the subject of this narrative, edition, with considerable improvements and additions. received the rudiments of education at the school of Ir- This edition appeared in 1763. In the same year was vine, and about the age of fourteen was sent to the Uni- also published by Dr. MacKnight another performance versity of Glasgow, where he studied with great appro- of great merit, entitled, The Truth of the Gospel History, bation from his teachers, on account of his diligence and which had been the fruit of the author's studies during proficiency. The notes he then took from the Lectures the interval between the first and second editions of his on Logic and Moral Philosophy, before he was sixteen, Harmony. Its object is, to illustrate and confirm, both still remain among his papers, and afford remarkable in- by argument and by appeal to the testimony of ancient dications of the same acuteness and soundness of judg- authors, what are commonly arranged under the three ment which afterwards characterized his theological great titles of the Internal, the Collateral, and the Direct writings.
Evidences of the Gospel History. Having completed the usual course of academical dis- By these publications Dr. MACKNIGHT soon obtained cipline at Glasgow, Mr. MACKNIGHT went to Leyden, in a high reputation for theological learning. The Uniorder to prosecute the study of theology, to which he versity of Edinburgh conferred on him (among the first had shown an early attachment. While he staid in Hol- who obtained that distinction in Scotland) the degree land, he had an opportunity of procuring many valuable of Doctor of Divinity ; and he was chosen Moderator books written by foreign divines, which afterwards as- of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in sisted his own labours in explaining Scripture. After 1769. During the course of the same year he was his return to Scotland, having received from the Pres- translated to the parochial charge of Jedburgh, in which bytery of Irvine a license to preach the gospel, he was he remained about three years, and where he received chosen to officiate at the Gorbals, near Glasgow; a from his people the most flattering tokens of respect and situation which at that time could be held by a licen- kindness. In 1772 he was elected one of the ministers tiate of the Church, before being ordained to the pastoral of Edinburgh. His first charge was the Parish of Lady function. On this occasion, one of the candidates was Yesters, from which he was translated in 1778 to the old Mr. Robert Henny, afterwards the well known histo- Church, where he continued during the remainder of his rian of Great Britain. It is somewhat remarkable, that life. the same gentlemen who thus happened to be placed in competition with each other at the commencement of life, The lives of the learned commonly offer little else to were at last, after an interval of many years, associated our curiosity, than the simple record of their studies and as colleagues in the charge of the Old Parish Church of writings. This observation, often made, is peculiarly Edinburgh, a connexion which subsisted till the death of applicable in the present instance. After he took up Dr. Henry, in the most cordial habits of friendship and his residence in Edinburgh, there were few occurrences intimacy.
in the life of Dr. MACKNIGit which can be made the
subject of narration. Besides performing the ordinary not unworthy of being told, that it was the result of the duties of the pastoral function, a minister of Edinburgh, unremitting labour of almost thirty years; that notwithin virtue of his office, is much occupied with public standing his numerous professional avocations, the author, meetings on business of various kinds, especially the ma- while composing it, was seldom less than eleven hours nagement of the different charitable foundations which every day employed in study; and that before it came to have long been the boast of the capital of Scotland. the press, the whole manuscript had been written no less Among other objects of such official care is the Fund than five times with his own hand. At the time of pubestablished by Act of Parliament for a Provision to lishing · The New Translation of the Apostolical Episthe Widows and Children of Ministers in the Church tles, with a Commentary and Notes,' Dr. Macksigut of Scotland. As one of the Trustees appointed by the was highly indebted to the patronage of the Duke of Act, he had long taken a leading part in conducting Grafton; and after the work made its appearance, he the business of this charity; and when the growing received the most honourable testimonies of approbation prosperity of the Fund had paved the way for an in- from many of the Bishops and respectable dignitaries of crease of its capital, Dr. Macknight was nominated by the Church of England, as well as from the ablest dithe Trustees, along with the celebrated Dr. WEBSTER, vines of all descriptions. (to whose benevolent exertions this valuable institution After the publication of this work, Dr. MacksiGAT was much indebted for its establishment), as a Commis- considered himself as having accomplished the greatest sioner, to solicit a renewal of the Act of Parliament object of his life; and wishing to enjoy, at the end of his This accordingly was obtained in 1779 ; fixing the capi- days, some relief from the labour of study, he resisted tal at £100,000, and making other alterations for the the repeated solicitations of his friends, who earnestly benefit of the Fund. After the death of Dr. WEBSTER, urged him to undertake the illustration of the book of Dr. MacKniget was appointed joint Collector with Sir the Acts, on the same plan which he had so successfully H. MONCRIEFF WELLWOOD, Bart. ; a colleague whose followed in the explaining the other parts of the New great ability and talents for business peculiarly qualified Testament. But soon after this period, from the want him, as experience has since shown, for the important of their usual exercise, a sensible decline of his faculties, office which he still holds, with the highest credit to him- particularly a failure of his memory, was observed by his self and advantage to the Fund.
family. This fact is a striking instance of the analogy The line of conduct which Dr. MACKNIGHT pursued between the powers of the body and those of the mind, with regard to the points of ecclesiastical policy that both of which suffer by inaction; and it furnishes a usehave long divided the members of the Church of Scot- ful caution to those who have been long habituated to land, was different from what might have been presumed, any regular exertion of mind, against the once desisting in consequence of the first impressions on these topics entirely from its usual efforts; since the effect, in the which, it is probable, he had received from his father. course of nature, is not only to create languor, but to But after mature deliberation, with that manliness and hasten the progress of debility and failure. self-decision which marked his character, he adopted the As yet, however, Dr. MacKnight's bodily vigour principles that were to regulate his future conduct in the seemed to be but little impaired. In early life he was Church Courts; and, throughout life, he acted steadily afflicted with frequent headachs ; but after he had on that system of ecclesiastical policy which, for many reached the age of thirty, they seldom returned ; and he years past, has guided the decisions of the General As- afforded a singular instance of a sedentary life long consembly. At the same time, he firmly resisted whatever tinued, with hardly any of those complaints which it appeared to him as any infringement on the constitutional usually induces. This uninterrupted enjoyment of health law or practice of the Church; and accordingly, when he owed, under Providence, to a naturally robust make, some of his friends seemed to wish for the abolition of and a constitution of body uncommonly sound and vi. calls, as an unnecessary form in the settlement of mi- gorous; along with regular habits of temperance, and of nisters, he moved and carried a resolution of the As- taking exercise, which he did by walking nearly three sembly, 1782 (relative to certain overtures on the sub- hours every day. ject, then under the discussion of the house), “ Declaring, Having finished the task he had prescribed to himThat the moderation of a call in settling ministers, is self as an author, he mingled frequently in the society of agreeable to the immemorial and constitutional practice his friends, from which, at intervals, he had always reof this Church; and that it ought to be continued :” a ceived much enjoyment; and long retained the same resolution which was afterwards converted into a De- cheerfulness of temper for which, at the hours of relaxaclaratory Act, and printed as such in the proceedings of tion from severe study, he had been remarkable, when the Assembly for that year.
in the company of those whom he esteemed. Even after Of Dr. MACKNIGHT it may in general on this head be the symptoms of his decline were become visible, his nacorded, that no member of the Church to which he be- tural sagacity and strength of judgment, as well as his longed ever, perhaps, entertained more just or profound extensive and familiar knowledge of the Scriptures, were views respecting the great fundamental principles of her still to be discerned in his conversation and public apconstitution and laws, or concerning tho nature and dis- pearances ; and so habitual was bis anxiety to discharge tinctive powers of her several judicatories ; and that in his duty, that he insisted on officiating for a considerable relation to the business which usually occupies the Ge- time after his friends had wished him to withdraw from neral Assembly, either in its judicative or in its legislative public labour. It was not, indeed, without much encapacity, he always formed a clear, sound, and decisive treaty, that he at last consented to accept the services of judgment. On this account he was often consulted by an assistant. the leading members of that Court; and, on several im- At this period of his life it was peculiarly fortunate portant occasions, his professional advice and assistance for him, that in Dr. Grieve, who became his colleague were of essential service to the magistrates of Edinburgh, after the death of Dr. Hury, he found a companion of with regard to the ecclesiastical arrangements of the city. the most amiable manners, and a friend of distinguished
But what chiefly engaged his mind, and occupied his worth and respectability, from whom he experienced time, after he became a minister of Edinburgh, was the every office of attention and kindness. When he was at execution of his last and greatest work, on the Aposto- length no longer able to prosecute his favourite studies, the lical Epistles; which was published in 1795, in four judicious opinions, and extensive information of his very volumes quarto. Respecting this work it is perhaps accomplished and learned colleague, frequently afforded