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Old and New Testaments;
THE MARGINAL READINGS :
I COPIOUS AND ORIGINAL SELECTION OF REFERENCES
TO PARALLEL AND ILLUSTRATIVE PASSAGES.
EXHIBITED IN A MANNER HITHERTO UNATTEMPTED.
STEREOTYPED BY HENRY WALLIS AND L. ROBY...CONCORD, N. H.
PUBLISHED BY C. WELLS AND CO.
Luther Roby.... Printer.
PREFACE TO THE ENGLISH VERSION
CB92 1843 w
OCT 19 1931
now appears, is altogether dif- the larger Bibles, are placed in the
as ferent from any thing which has be- margin of the text ; by which they fore been given to the Public, but its are rendered liable to be cut in bind. originality will be found pre-emi- ing, or worn away by use, or bound nently to consist in a laborious and so into the back of the book as not entirely new Sclection and Arrange- to be easily read. ment of References, which it has On all these accounts, it has long been endeavoured faithfully to ex-appeared exceedingly desirable, that hibit the Scripture as its own Expo- a NEw Bible, of convenient size for sitor.
the Pocket, original in its plan, purThe greatness of the advantages pose, and erecution, should be pubthat must accrue to a sincere and lished ; in which a MORE APPROPRIdiligent reader of the Sacred Pages, ATE and ACCURATE selection, adaptafrom having constantly before him tion, and arrangement of References a reference to similar and illustra- might be introduced ; both for tho tive passages, carefully investigated, assistance of Private Readers, and and suitably applied, must be obvious to facilitate the ready examination to every one ; and has been well un- and quotation of passages, which derstood by many pious and able the Preacher,or the Biblical Student, men, to whose diligent and useful may have an immediate occasion to labours the Public is unspeakably cite, or to consult. indebted.
Convenience and utility were, how References, however, have hitherto ever, to be equally consulted in all been printed, almost exclusively, in the parts of the undertaking. 18 the margins of Bibles of a large size; the size of the book were too large, and the benefit resulting from them or the page too crowded, so as to has, in consequence,been very much be made wearisome to the eye, its restricted ; the only small Bible with convenience would be lessened; and References in the English Language, if, in the limits which these conbeing that published by Mr. Canne. siderations imposed, great care were The defects of which are many; for not employed in examining and apthough he was a diligent student of plying the References, its utiliy the Scriptures, and his work was at would, in a great degree, be dethat time eminently serviceable, yet, stroyed. On mature deliberation, as he was not in possession of those therefore, it appeared best to adopt helps, for the accomplishment of the the plan here presented to the notice task which he had undertaken, that of the Public; in which the Marginal are now afforded by many valuable Readings and References are all coneditions and comments, which have tained in a MIDDLE COLUMN, between been printed different languages two of text ; and the number introsince his time ; and being, there- duced is suflicient, except in a few fore, under the necessity of relying pages only, completely to fill that chiefly on his own industry ; it is not column. surprising that he should have been The Chronology is always placed less successful than he would other at the top of this middle column, wise have been. His reterences are where it denotes the Date of the often only remotely applicable : he writing or transaction contained in seems frequently to have been guided the text, at the beginning of the more by similarity of expression than page.
by illustration : the errors in the let- The Marginal Readings contain $
ter-press are nr:merous: many of the in the folio and qnarto Bibles are O Marginal Readings are omitted: the introduced ; the idioms of the orig Chronology is altogether left out: Inal languages which are preserves