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EXPOSITION OF THE CREED.
JOHN PEARSON, D.D.
LORD BISHOP OF CHESTER.
REVISED AND CORRECTED
BY THE REV. TEMPLE CHEVALLIER, B.D.
PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS IN THE UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM;
Edited for the Syndics of the University Press.
AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS.
M. DCCC. LIX.
PREFACE OF THE EDITOR.
T seems to be well ascertained that the latest edition of the Exposition of the Creed, to which Bishop Pearson made any additions or alterations, is the third, in folio, 1669. That edition has consequently been here taken as the principal model for the text. I have availed myself, however, of the valuable labours of Dr Burton, in his revision of the text, stating in a note the reading of the third edition, when any deviation from it is made.
The pages of the third edition are printed in the margin; and all the references in the indexes are made to those pages.
To the theological student one of the most valuable parts of the Exposition of the Creed is the rich mine of patristical and general learning contained in the notes. If the passages to which reference is thus made were collected, with the context in which they occur, they would form a complete Catena of the best authorities upon doctrinal points. Even the briefest allusions derived from reading so extensive, and a memory so tenacious as Bishop Pearson's, deserve to be treasured as suggestive of patient investigation and deep thought, and directing the inquirer to the original sources whence information
may be obtained. This consideration will, I trust, be a sufficient excuse for a minuteness of reference in the notes, which, under other circumstances, might be regarded as superfluous.
As regards the quotations from the Fathers and other sources, it may be stated that all have been faithfully verified throughout, and the errors of former editions of this work have been carefully corrected.
In those quotations which differ verbally from the original passages, I have followed Dr Burton's example in adopting the reading of the best editions to which I have had access: and I have noted the very few instances in which the general sense of a passage, and not the exact words, are given. I have, also, supplied several additional Notes, and have given a list of the editions of the several works which have been consulted.
It is to be regretted that Dr Burton has not given a list of the editions, to the volumes and pages of which he has referred. In some instances, and especially in the quotations from St Augustine, I have, however, reprinted those references, together with the references to the editions which I have consulted. Some references have also been taken from Mr Dobson's edition.
I am indebted to the Rev. Henry John Rose, late Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, for a careful collation of the passages from the Rabbinic writings and from the Chaldee paraphrases. All the quotations from the Chaldee and from Jarchi have been compared with Buxtorf's Biblia Rabbinica of Basle,
1618, and with Breithaupt's edition; some passages have been compared with a MS. in the Library of St John's College, Cambridge: and some also with Bomberg's Biblia Rabbinica.
All the Syriac passages, and some of those from the Chaldee Paraphrases, have been compared with Walton's Polyglot.
Some additional notes on these subjects are marked with the initials H. J. R.
My thanks are due also to the Rev. Churchill Babington, Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, for collating many passages in authors not contained in libraries which I could consult.
ESH PARSONAge, Durham,
1 See especially the marginal pages 87, 136.