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and Matthew the Publican, and Iscariot who betrayed him. Bartholomew and Nathaniel of John i. 46, are supposed to be the same person, because in the apostolic rolls, John never mentions Bartholomew, and the other Apostles never mention Nathaniel. Again, as Philip and Bartholomew are associated in this, so Nathaniel and Philip came together to see Jesus. This is rendered more probable from the fact that among the Apostles to whom Christ appeared
at the sea of Tiberias, Nathaniel is mentioned. Philip was å native of Bethsaida, but of his life and labours little is recorded in the sacred Scriptures. Matthew the Publican is well known both as an Apostle and an Evangelist of Jesus Christ-a man of some learning, having been a public officer of the revenue.
Eliza. To whom were the names Thaddeus and Lebbeus applied ?
Olympas. To Jude.
William. Of the twelve Apostles three were cousins of our Lord; viz., James, Jude, and Simon Zelotes; two were sons of Zebedee and Salome; and two others were brothers. Five of them seem to have no relationship to the others. They are Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew, and Judas Iscariot.
James. What means Iscariot?
Thomas. Aishkerioth in Hebrew means the city of Kerioth, a city of Judah.
Olympas. Iscariot means strangulation also. Hence Lightfoot and some others think that he was afterwards called by this name because he hung himself; of which there is as much at least to be doubted as to be believed.
Such was the apostolic family. These war
chosen, called, and sent to introduce and establish Christianity.
Can you state to us the peculiarities that were the essential attributes of the Apostles ?
Thomas. There seems to me to have been at least five essential qualifications, without which they could not have answered the high ends of their destiny:
1st. They must have been both eye and earwitnesses of the Lord, and especially of his resurrection; that is, they must have had clear sensible sigas and demonstrations of his resurrection from the dead,
2nd. They must be called, commissioned, and sent by Jesus in person.
3rd. They must have the power of working miracles in attestation of their mission.
4th. They must have, in contradistinction from all other workers of miracles, the power of imparting spiritual gifts to others.
5th. They must also be infallibly inspired with the perfect and complete knowledge of the Christian doctrine, and be able to speak fluently, definitely, and boldly in all the languages of all nations to whom they were sent.
Of all these points there are many proofs in the New Testament: hence they never had, and, in the nature of the case, could have no successors,
“ TAE man Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer to the Lord the yearly sacrifice, and his vow. But Hannah went pot up; for she said to her husband, I will not go up till the child be weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the Lord, and there abide for ever.
So the woman abode, and gave her son suck until she weaned him. And when she weaned him, she took him up with her-and brought him to the house of the Lord in Shiloh ; and the child was young. And the child did minister to the Lord before Eli the priest. And the child Samuel grew before the Lord.” 1 Sam. i. 21—24, and 2 Sam. xi. 21. “To Timothy, dearly beloved son ;without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; greatly desiring to see thee, when I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee,—which dwelt first in my grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise to salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus ;thoroughly furnished to all good works.” 2 Tim. i. 2--5. and 2 Tim. iii. 15, 17. See also Eph. vi. 4.
Thougil the foregoing pages have furnished the readers with many useful suggestions upon the all-important subject of family education, in the Conversations of the Carlton Family, yet the particular duties of the primary department—that of the nursery, do not appear to have been distinctly considered. Now it is in the plastic subjects of this department, that the formative impressions of human character are inlaid. The infant sees, feels, and retains the impressions thus