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A NEW PLEA

FOR THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE TEXT OF THE

THREE HEAVENLY WITNESSES:

OR

PORSON'S LETTERS TO TRAVIS ECLECTICALLY EXAMINED

AND

THE EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL EVIDENCES FOR 1 JOHN V. 7
ECLECTICALLY RE-SURVEYED.

BY THE

REV. CHARLES FORSTER, B.D.

SIX-PREACHER OF CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL, AND RECTOR OF STISTED, ESSEX :
AUTHOR OF

'THE APOSTOLICAL AUTHORITY OF THE EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS.'

'He who has lived to throw light upon a single passage of Scripture, has not
lived in vain.'

SCALIGER.

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LONDON

PRINTED BY SPOTTIS WOODE AND CO.

NEW-STREET SQUARE

To the Illustrious Memories

OF

ARCHBISHOPS WAKE AND SECKER;

OF

BISHOPS BULL AND PEARSON, BEVERIDGE AND ATTERBURY, BARLOW AND HUET, GASTRELL AND HORSLEY, BURGESS AND

MIDDLETON;

AND OF

MILL, BENGEL, AND KNITTEL,

THE FAITHFUL ADVOCATES OF 1 JOHN v. 7,

The Following Pages are reberently Inscribed.

'An hundred MSS. of a book so ancient as the New Testament is a very small number, in comparison with the thousands, and tens of thousands, which are lost here then it is possible, and often highly probable, that the true reading is preserved in only one of the MSS. that are now extant, and not impossible that it is contained in none.' J. D. MICHAËLIS.

'It is good and needful to adhere to this proof-passage, and not to suffer it to be discarded by that superficial criticism which is now so common. Nevertheless this must be done in a regular method. Otherwise more harm than good will result.'

ERNESTI.

PREFACE.

THE SUBJECT of the following Work has lain in the author's mind for more than six and thirty years. Certified by long experience in a similar case, that the great question so long at issue as to the genuineness of 1 John v. 7 could never be set at rest without a far fuller analysis of the Scriptural, and a far deeper investigation of the Patristic, evidences, than had heretofore been thought of, he revolved the subject in his mind from time to time, in the intervals between other and arduous theological labours. The object at heart, viz. a final stand for the authenticity of the text of the three Heavenly Witnesses, thus never was lost sight of; although the execution of the contemplated work was only very partially accomplished. The more immediate cause of the present publication was the shock recently received on reading incidentally in Archdeacon Wordsworth's annotated edition of the Greek New Testament the following paragraph:

The words in question are not received by Griesbach, Scholz, Lachman, Tischendorf. Nor need,

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