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"Entered, according to Act of Congress, November 24, in the year 1831, by John P. HAVEN, in the Office of the Clerk of the Southern District of New York."
The present work was originally undertaken with the design merely of remedying some defects in the plan and execution of a former publication of the author entitled, “Scripture Questions designed principally for Adult Bible Classes,” defects arising in great measure from the paucity of critical and other helps to which his situation gave him access. Being enabled to enter upon the task of revision and emendation with a more ample apparatus, he was soon admonished, by the growing mass of annotations which accumulated under the of the necessity either of restricting himself to very slight alterations in the published volume, or of entirely re-modelling the original plan, and constructing, upon a much larger scale, an entirely new work. He resolved upon the latter. The fruits of that resolution are now presented to the public. In the prosecution of the plan adopted the author has availed himself of every aid within his reach which could be made to contribute to his main purpose, viz. the clear, simple, precise explication of the written oracles of God.
This object evidently could not be attained without giving to the work a character predominantly critical. But an apology on this score can scarcely be necessary at this day, when the claims of sacred philology are beginning to be so highly and duly appreciated by the enlightened friends of the Bible ; when it is so generally felt that the grand aim of the scrip
tural commentator should be to fix, with the most absolute precision, the exact mind of the Spirit’ in his own word ; and when it is so well understood that this can be done only by a familiar acquaintance with the original in its verbal and idiomatic peculiarities, its parallel usages, and its archæological illustrations. In all these respects it is hoped that the present volume may be found not unworthy of the copious sources of exegetic elucidation which have been pressed into the work of its preparation. Of these the Ancient Versions contained in the invaluable London Polyglot of Walton have been found by far the most important, and their frequent citation in abbreviated terms renders necessary the following
The Greek Version of the Septuagint.
The Samaritan do.
The Arabic do. Of all these Versions, their authors, character, age, value, &c., the biblical student will find a full account in Horne's Intro duction.'
As it respects the pronunciation of Hebrew words given in the present work in English letters, it may be remarked that
â has the sound of a in hull.
that of oo in moon.
j that of y in the beginning of a word. New-YORK, January 1, 1831.
LIST OF CRITICAL AND OTHER WORKS EMPLOYED IN THE
PREPARATION OF THE ENSUING NOTES.