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Book I: Chapter 26

Author: John Milton

Source: A Treatise on Christian Doctrine, Compiled from the Holy Scriptures Alone, vol. 2 (Boston: 1825).

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See page 260, note 5.


'Melchisedec... incited to do so, first, by the secret providence of God, intending him for a type of Christ and his priesthood.' The likeliest means to remove Hirelings out of the Church. Prose Works, III. 357.


'It cannot be unknown by what expressions the holy apostle St. Paul spares not to explain to us the nature and condition of the law, calling those ordinances, which were the chief and essential office of the priests, the elements and rudiments of the world, both weak and beggarly.' Reason of Church Government urged against Prelaty. Prose Works, I. 91. 'St. Paul comprehends both kinds alike, that is to say, both ceremony and circumstance, under one and the same contemptuous name of 'weak and beggarly rudiments'. Treatise of Civil Power in Ecclesiastical Causes, IV. 338.


..... Therefore shall not Moses, though of God

Highly belov'd, being but the minister

Of law, his people into Canaan Lead;

But Joshua, whom the Gentiles Jesus call,

His name and office bearing, who shall quell

The adversary serpent, and bring back

Through the world's wilderness long-wander'd man

Safe to eternal Paradise of rest. Paradise Lost, XII. 307.

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