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BS 2575

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1857, by

JOHN J. OWEN, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of

New York.

JOHN F. TROW,
PRINTER, STEREOTYPER, AND ELECTROTYPER,

377 & 379 Broadway,

New York.

PREFACE.

THE series to which the present volume belongs, is designed to embrace the four Gospels and the Acts, to be followed by a Greek edition of the same portion of the New Testament, for the use of those who are acquainted with the original language. The remaining volumes will be issued without any further delay, than may result from the official labors of the author, which leave but a small portion of daily time or strength for extra labors of this kind.

The text of this volume is an exact reprint of the recent emendation of the American Bible Society, which approaches, perhaps, as near to the standard of accuracy as any edition of the English Bible extant.

In preparing the Commentary, I have derived much valuable assistance from Doddridge, Bloomfield, Alford, Meyer, Stier, Trench, Drummond, Stuart, Barnes and others, whose works are so well known and accessible to the student of God's Word. Especially does the commentary of Olshausen, now in process of republication by Messrs. Sheldon, Blakeman & Co., deserve particular mention, as constituting a vast storehouse of valuable criticism on the New Testament, mingled it is true with much that savors of German vagueness and mysticism, yet furnishing the most complete apparatus for the study of that portion of the sacred word, which has hitherto been given to the religious public. The works of Trench and Drummond, republished, the former by Messrs. Appletons, the latter by Messrs. Carters of this city, are so well known and appreciated, as to require in this connection no special notice. To Dr. Robinson's English Harmony of the Gos

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