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Author of "Suggestive and Homiletic Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans,"

The Evangelists and the Mishna," foc.

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LONDON:
RICHARD D. DICKINSON,

FARRINGDON STREET.

18 7 6.

1876.

!01.Ñ . 201(15)

TO THE
MINISTERS OF EVERY DENOMINATION

WHO PREACH
JESUS CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED;

AND TO

HIS TRIED AND FAITHFUL FOLLOWERS OF EVERY NAME,

THIS VOLUME

IS RESPECTFULLY AND AFFECTIONATELY

INSCRIBED.

PREFACE.

M HE following work was originally intended to form part of Dr. Van

- Doren’s “Suggestive and Homiletic Commentary on the Old and New Testaments;" and consequently to be accompanied with critical notes similar to those in the Author's Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, already published in connection with that series. That undertaking, however, having been given up by Dr. Van Doren, it was proposed to the writer by the Editors of the “Homiletical Commentary on the Books of the Old and New Testaments” to reconstruct and adapt his work, so that it might be admitted as part of their series. The object of the Editors of the “Homiletical Commentary,” however, was rather to aid in the use of existing commentaries than to produce a new one, intending their series to contain as little as possible of what might be found in other expositions. The writer is deeply conscious of the many imperfections adhering to his work; he has, however, made it his endeavour, as far as he was able, to carry out the object of the Editors; and, at the same time, to prepare an expository and homiletical work on what is acknowledged to be one of the most difficult books of the Bible, which may, by the Divine blessing, be useful both to ordinary readers of the Word and to those who have to minister to others.

In the preparation of his work the Author has availed himself of all the critical and practical aids within his reach, in order that it might exhibit the results of the studies of the most eminent Biblical scholars and expositors of the Word up to the present time. He is sorry that,

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