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Entered according to Act of Congress, in 1841, by CHARLES S. FRANCIS, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Southern District of New-York.




THESE "Scenes," it is thought proper to say, are purely fictitious, with no foundation whatever in historical fact, except where an obvious agreement will be found with the Scriptures. Wherever the story deviates from the straight course of the New Testament record, it is to be taken as imaginary — illustrative merely of the period chosen.

For the part assigned to Herod there is a show of authority; and it will be found to conflict with the conjecture of those who, to meet the difficulty presented by Luke, xv. 1, suppose the Tetrarch to have been absent from his dominions during all the early part of our Saviour's ministry, engaged in a war with the King of Arabia.

In respect to Scripture antiquities no more

has been attempted than not to do them violence. Geographical and Topographical details will be found to agree essentially with the best authorities.

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