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THE APOSTLE.

BY THE

REV. WILLIAM M. TAYLOR, D.D.,

MINISTER OF THE BROADWAY TABERNACLE, NEW YORK CITY;

I OF

"DAVID KING OF ISRAEL" AND I THE PROPHET."

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LONDON:

SAMPSON LOW, MARSTON, SEARLE, & RIVINGTON,

CROWN BUILDINGS, 18S FLEEt StREEt.
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PREFACE

IN the volume now presented to the public, the author has attempted to do for a prominent New Testament character what he has done in former works for such Old Testament worthies as David and Elijah.

There are many treatises—some of them of surpassing excellence—on the life of Paul; yet few have undertaken to set forth in order the incidents and lessons of the history of Peter; and in looking for a subject from the Christian Scriptures, the author was led mainly by that fact to the selection of the Apostle of the Circumcision.

As he has prosecuted his "work, he has grown in his love of the warm-hearted, impulsive, and often blundering apostle, and in his appreciation of the incalculable service rendered by him to the Church and to the world.

He has looked at Peter as a brother man, having the same infirmities as the rest of us; and he has sought to bring from his errors, as well as from his excellencies, lessons that may be helpful to Christians generally amidst the trials and temptations of modern life.

It has been a joy to him to find that he has had to keep close company with the Master, in order to do justice to the disciple; and his prayer is, that every reader may be stimulated and strengthened by his words.

New York, December, 1876.

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