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been mostly re-written, and generally much extended.

The third part was not originally intended to comprise part of the publication; the idea suggested itself to the author's mind while the sheets of the preceding parts were passing through the press; and it was conceived that a few pages might be written upon the topics which it embraces, in perfect accordance with the original design of the work, and, indeed, that such an addition was necessary to the completion of an elementary scripture manual.

Upon reviewing what he has here presented to the christian public, the author finds that he has great need to propitiate its indulgence, for many imperfections both in the plan and details of the work. It will be of no avail to say that most of it has been written in haste, amidst many and pressing avocations, because he has vountarily chosen to give it publication.

However, as there is no other work of the kind extant-referring particularly to the first part he hopes that it will be received

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with that indulgence which has hitherto been extended to his efforts for promoting a knowledge of the sacred writings.

Islington,

March 18th, 1830.

CONTENTS.

A BIBLIOGRAPHICAL

PART I.

AND CRITICAL

OF THE ENGLISH BIBLE. .

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ACCOUNT

CHAP. I.-OF THE EARLY ENGLISH VERSIONS :-
Anglo-Saxon Versions.- Wycliffe's Translation.
Tyndal's Bible.-Coverdale's Bible. Matthews'
Bible. Cranmer's Bible.-Geneva Bible.-The
Bishops' Bible. - General Observations on these
Translations and Editions, particularly on that of
Tyndal

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CHAP. II.-OF THE MEANS EMPLOYED IN PREPAR-

ING THE AUTHORISED VERSION OF THE ENGLISH
BIBLE

This Translation undertaken by order of King James.
-Competency of the Translators.-State of He-
brew and Oriental Learning at the period of the
undertaking.-Rules prescribed to the Translators.
-Their Mode of Proceeding

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