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particular Cave, is, that after the Children of Ifrael were poffeffed of the Land of Canaan, we do not read that any body ever desir'd to be bury'd in that Cave; surely, because every Part of the Land being then become a Pledge of God's Grace, there was no more occasion for the particular Burying-place bought by Abrabam.
Our Author next inquires, into the Signi. fication of the Word Eévol Strangers, for whom St. Matthew tells us the Priests boughe the Potters-field for a Burying-ground a. Com: mentators do not agree who chefe Strangers were ; the common Opinion is, that they were Jews by Religion, tho? Strangers in Judea : Others think they were Heathens, and this is Mr. Holtius's Opinion ; he observes that tho, the Word Çevas signifies any Stranger, yet Pris used by the Authors ofthe New Testament, particularly for the Heathens, as it appears, says he, from that Passage of St. Paul, who says, (Eph. ii. 12.) that the Ephesians were Strangers from the Covenant of Promise. But I'll beg leave to observe, that the Apostle not fpeaking here of Strangers in general, but of Strangers from the Covenant of Promise, it doth not follow from thence, that the word Strangers, where it stands absolutely and without any. addition to determine its Signification, denotes a Heathen ; nay, if any body will be at the pains of consulting all the Places of the New Testament, where the Word Eivos occurs , he will find that except in the above-mention'd Paffage, it signifies no where a Heathen in op
position Matth. xxvii, 7. See Matth. XXV. 35, 38,43,44. . xxvii. 7. A&t. xvii. 18, 21. Rom. xvi. 23. Heb. xi. 13 vii.g. Pet. iv. 12. 3 Joh. Su
position to a Believer, but always what we call
for for Heathens, as it was to take care of the burying of them, that had been executed for their Crimes. But here we must observe, that Mr. Holtius has been a little too hasty, and did not carefully confider the Text of $t Matthew, who fays.. indeed, that the Chief Priests [Evubúnior neborns, that is took counsel; or considered among themselves, but has not a Word of their relating the Affair to the Senate. To the fourth, Objection may be answered, that there might have been already Burying places for Strangers, which being not sufficient; the Number of Strangers increasing daily, the Priests thought fit to buy anoilier Piece of Ground for the same purpose. :
WE come now to the Mysteries, our Au. thor finds in the Priests buying in the Land of Promise a Burying-place for Strangers, that is, in his Opinion, for Heathens. By this, says he, was fignified, Firsts. That the Heathens were shortly to become Believers, for Unbe. lievers were deny'd ai Burying-place in the Land of Canaan. Secondly, This was a Sign, that they should be Partakers of all the Blesa fings of Abrabam. Thirdly, This Buryingplace was bought for the Heathens, and was not their Property; and doth not this plainly intimate, that the Heathens were always to be Strangers in the Land of Canaan, buc Citizens of Heaven? This then was to them a fure Proof of a Re. furrection from the Dead..;" .. i !!..). • The second Differtation is intitled Ecclefia Cbriftus, The Church Cbrist; and is a sort of a Paraphrase on the eighth Pfalm. Mr. Holtius intends to Thew, that the Subject Matter of this Pfalm is the Church, i but with Christ at the Pri i viss OJ Siret in Head
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Head of it. Every Sentence of that Pfalm is
low the same Way to rid themselves of the Difi ficulties they find in the profàne Authors. : The third Differtation bears the Title of Remuneratio Apostolica, The Apojlles Reward. Here our Author undertakes to explain the eleventh Chapter of Zachariab; this Chapter, says he, contains a Prophecy very hard to understand, especially where it speaks of the Price, for which the Lord was sold, and which by St, Matthew is apply'd to Christ's being sold by Judas. Yet Mr. Holtius doch not doubt, but he may explain this Chapter in such a Manner, as to make it easy to the meanest Capacity. He looks upon the whole as a Vision of the Prophet ; the Shepherd, says he, who, by Jebon vab's Command, seems to feed the Flock of Slaughter, is not the Son of God, as many have thought, but Zachariab himself, who fancy'd he had transacted the whole Affair, as he here relates it. And no body, says our Author, cani doubt, but by this emblematical Prophecy, God intended to forewarn the Jews, of what Should happen to them, how difficult foever it be to know, what these things were. But Mr. Holtius, who is very clear-sighted, discovers here several Marks or Characters, which enable him to ascertain the precise Time, when this Prophecy was accomplish'd.
The first Mark, is the Destruction of the Temple, under the Emblem of Libanum, and of the City, by Fire ; which Deftruction was soon to happen, and to be followed by the O. verthrow of the whole Common-wealth, (Verse 1-3.) The same Destruction is spoken of in Verse the sixth, where it is further intimated, that the Jews Phould be destroy'd by their