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A DESCRIPTION OP THE SAVIOUR.

The fallowing Is a translation (says the " Dunedln Tablet") of a letter written by Publlus Lentulus, predeooaßor of Pontius Pilate as Governor of Judea. Tbe original L»Hn is In possession of the Csei^rinl family at Rome : — I have learned, O Ceosar, tbat It la thy wish to know what I will now relate to thee — that that thero (s a man living here of great virtue, named Jesus Christ, who by the people is called a prophet ; acd his deeolples ho!d him for divine, and saj that he Is a Son of God, the Creator of hetven and earth, and of all that are therein and have been made. In troth, O Cso tar, wonderful things are every day performed by this OnrUt ; he ralias the dead to life and heals all maladies by a single word. A man of noble aUture »nd of very beautiful oonntenar.oe, In which luoh majesty resides that tboae who look on him are forced to admire blm. His hair Is the colour of a folly ripe oheitnut, and from his ears down to his shoulders It Is of the colour of the earth, but shining. I (■'parted m the middle of tha forehead, | after the manner of the Nezirenes. His forehead Is smooth and very serene, his faoe free from wrinkle or spot, and with a slight ooloor. The noßtrlla and lips oan not be reasonably fonnd fault with. The beard Is thlok,and, like the hair, not very long and divided In the middle. There is » look of terror In his grave eyes ; the eyes are like the rays of the suo, and It Is Impossible to look him steadily In the faoe on aooount of their brilliancy. When he reproves, he terrifies ; when he admonishes he weeps ; be makes himself loved, and| (a gravely cheerful. It Is said that he was never seen to laugh, but he was seen to weep. His bands and Arms are veiy beautiful, In conversation he is charming, but he seldom engages In It ; and when ho does cocveree be ii very modest of oouutenance Id preseDoa he Is the most beautiful man that could be seen or Imagined, — inst liko bis mother, who Is tbe most bsautlfql young person that was ever beheld la these parti. Bat If thy m»J3sty, O C»iar, desires to see him, as you wrote to me In former letters, make it known unto me, and I will send him to thee at once. In learning he Is an object of wonder to the entire olty of Jerusalem. He never studied at all, and yet ho knowi all Bclecceß. Ho wears sandals and goes bare-headed. Many laugh at seeing htm, but In his presence and when speaking to blm they fear and tremble. It Is said that such a man w»s never seen nor heard In these parts. In truth, at the Hebrews tell me. there never ware henrd suob advices, such sublime doctrine, as this Ohrlst teaches; and many of the Jews hold him for divine, and tb,ey believe In him, while m&ny others accuse blm to me as being oontrary to thy Majesty, O Cspaar I I am very much annoyed by these raallcions Hebrews. It la acknowledged that he has never done barm to anyone, but good , all that know bim and have bad dealings with him, say that they have received from him benefits and health. Bat to tby MBJosty, O Camr, to thy obediecce, lam most devoted. Whatsoever thon oh alt command me will be exeontrd Farewell. From Jerusalem, the seventh IndfoUon, eleventh moon, of tby Majesty the most faithful and most obedient, Publius Lentulus, Governor of Judea.

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A DESCRIPTION OP THE SAVIOUR., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2094, 25 March 1889

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A DESCRIPTION OP THE SAVIOUR. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2094, 25 March 1889

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