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yoápwv euphkauey. vel (ut est in Græca Basilii editione') εν τοις παλαιούς των αντιγράφων ευρήκαμεν. Ηinc Hieronymus in commentariis ad Ephes. cap. I. “Quidam (ait) curiosius, quam necesse est, putant ex eo quod Moysi dictum sit: Hæcm dices filiis Israel : Qui est, misit me ; etiam eos qui in Epheso sunt sancti et fideles, essentiæ vocabulo nuncupatos. Alii vere simpliciter, non ad eos qui sunt, sed qui Ephesi sancti et fideles sint, scriptum arbitrantur.” Theodorus Beza in fine notarum in epistolam ad Ephesios suspicatur verba illa èv 'Epłow ideo sublata; quod non tam ad Ephesios ipsos proprie missa fuerit epistola, quam Ephesum, ut ad cæteras Asiaticas ecclesias transmitteretur.

De epistola ad Laodicenses plura habet Jacobus Pamelius", Bellarminus in Recognitione controversiarum suarum, Pontificii in colloquio Ratisbonensi, Baronius', Sixtus Senensis”, commentatores in postremum caput ad Colossenses, Zegerus tum in Epanorthote (ubi ait, non sibi probabile judicari Marcionis judicium) tum in scholiis, Salmeron!, et Beza (ubi uterque ait; male ab Epiphanio citari eam, quæ extat, supposititiam epistolam : cum in ea citata ab Epiphanio sententia non reperiatur, sed in epistola ad Ephesios) Ambrosius Catharinus, Cajetanus, Claudius Guilliaudus, Johannes Gagneus, Erasmus. Quibus adde etiam Theodoritum, Oecumenium, et Chrysostomum.

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k Sic enim citat Candarius in Scholiis ad Ephes. cap. 1. | Pag. 668. lin. 13.

m Exod. cap. 3. n Annot. 259. in lib. 5. Tertulliani adversus Marcionem.

• Anno 60. sect. 12, 13, 14. quem etiam vide de epistola ad Ephesios, anno 59. sect. 19, 20, 21.

P Biblioth. sanct. lib. 2. in Paulo. 9 Pag. 357. lin. 8.

THE

REDUCTION OF EPISCOPACY

UNTO TIIE FORM OF

SYNODICAL GOVERNMENT,

RECEIVED IN THE

ANCIENT CHURCH:

PROPOSED IN THE YEAR 1641,

AS AN EXPEDIENT FOR THE PREVENTION OF THOSE TROUBLES, WHICH

AFTERWARDS DID ARISE ABOUT THE MATTER OF

CHURCH-GOVERNMENT.

TO

THE READER.

The original of this was given me by the most reverend primate, some few years before his death, wrote throughout with his own hand, and of late I have found it subscribed by himself, and Doctor Holsworth, and with a marginal note at the first proposition, which I have also added. If it may now answer the expectation of many pious, and prudent persons, who have desired the publishing of it, as a seasonable preparative to some moderation in the midst of those extremes, which this age abounds with, it will attain the end intended by the author : and it is likely to be more operative, by the great reputation he had, and hath in the hearts of all good men, being far from the least suspicion to be biassed by any private ends, but only aiming at the reducing of order, peace, and unity,

, which God is the author of, and not of confusion. For the recovery of which, it were to be wished, that such as do consent in substantials for matter of doctrine, would consider of some conjunction in point of discipline, that private interests and circumstantials, might not keep them thus far asunder.

N. BERNARD.

Grayes-Inne, Octob. 13th, 1657.

VOL. XII.

MM

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