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THE

WORKS

OF THE

RIGHT REVEREND FATHER IN GOD

JOHN COSIN,

LORD BISHOP OF DURHAM.

NOW FIRST COLLECTED.

VOLUME THE THIRD.

A SCHOLASTICAL HISTORY OF THE CANON OF THE
HOLY SCRIPTURE.

STOR LIBRAR

NEW-YORK

OXFORD:

JOHN HENRY PARKER.

M DCCC XLIX.

OXFORD:

PRINTED BY I. SHRIMPTON.

PREFACE.

THE "Scholastical History of the Canon of the Holy Scriptures," contained in the present volume, was first published in London, A.D. 1657, during the author's retirement and residence in Paris. It was reprinted in London, A.D. 1672; and again, A.D. 1683. Except in the spelling, these three impressions are precisely alike. The editor has followed the first, comparing it throughout with the second.

In preparing this volume for the press, some difficulties have been met with, arising partly out of the wide range occupied by the numerous writers whose testimonies had to be verified; partly from the author's having derived his extracts, not always from the original works themselves, but apparently very often from summaries and abridgments; and, again, in part also from his frequent practice of abstracting the sense of long original passages, so as to express their meaning in comparatively few words, many of which are probably his own.

In all such cases it has been thought advisable to produce the original passages at length, and (where practicable) with their context: nor, where the work was scarce, or curious, or otherwise of special value, has the editor scrupled to risk the charge of occasional prolixity.

It is a matter of regret, that, in several minor instances, the passages referred to in this work have not been found, owing, perhaps, generally to some mistake in the reference. But, in these cases, it has been thought worth while to produce parallel passages, (where such could be met with,) in order to verify, out of the same author, the particular assertion or argument employed by Bishop Cosin. It should be stated also, that, in a very few instances, our best libraries have failed to supply a single copy of some particular work referred to in this Scholastical History.

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