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SETTLING THE CANON
CHAP. I. The letter of Abgarus to Christ, with Christ's answer to Abgarus in Greek and English. The accounts of the ancients, viz. Eusebius, Ephraem Syrus, fc. relating to them. The sentiments of modern writers concerning them. They have been rejected by most, but esteemed as genuine by several
learned men in England. No. I. The Epistle of Jesus Christ to Abgarus, king of
Edessa, THAT there were formerly several writings ascribed to our Saviour, as well as his apostles, I have observed in the preceding volume, (viz. Part II. Chap. XIV. XV.) Those are all lost, but were undoubtedly spurious and supposititious pieces, as I have there largely endeavoured to prove. But besides these, there is now extant a letter under the name of Christ to an Arabian king, which, translated out of Syriac into Greek, is preserved in the writings of Eusebius a. It has been esteemed by many learned men after Eusebius to be truly genuine, and consequently must be one of the most valuable and ancient monuments of the Christian religion. It deserves
a Hist. Eccl. 1. 1. c. 13.