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all these, or as many as can be obtained, would not render the present work either useless or unimportant.
This Testament, being designed principally as a text book, or for the benefit of young students, (particularly those designed for the work of the ministry) contains nothing but what has been thought indispensable. We have not inserted many notes, as they would have either exceeded our limits, or else made the work too expensive.
That this work may meet with all the encouragement it merits, be the means of exciting people to a closer attention to the sacred scriptures, and, through the blessing of God, be a comfort and consolation to the ransomed millions who have been too long kept in superstitious darkness and ignorance, in regard to the universality of the free favour of God, even that God who hath saved us and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and favour, which was bestowed on us in Christ Jesus before the ancient dispensations, but which hath now been made manifest by the coming of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and incorruption to light, by the gospel; and that it may afford the youth of our land who are looking forward to the work of the ministry, a more easy access to the most correct reading of the sacred text, without its being blended with a language with which they are equally unacquainted, and for which they will now have no use - In a word, that this work may be instrumental, in the hand of God, of correcting some of the monstrous errors that now exist in the Christian church, and of establishing the truth of that gospel which was preached to Abraham, is the sincere prayer, and will be the best reward, of the public's
ABNER KNEELAND. Philadelphia, April 1, 1822.
An account of the times when, and places where, the Books of
the New Testament were severally written, according to Dr. Lardner's plan. Supplement to the Credibility, &c. vol. i page 4.
BOOKS. Matthew Mark Luke John Acts of the Apostles Romans 1 Corinthians 2 Corinthians Galatians Ephesians Philippians Colossians 1 Thessalonians 2 Thessalonians 1 Timothy 2 Timothy Titus Philemon Hebrews James 1 and 2 Peter 1 John 2 and 3 John Jude Revelation
Judea, or near it
A. D. About
64 63 or 64
63 or 64 About February
58 The beginning of 56 About October 57
52 or 53 About April
61 Before the end of 62 Before the end of 62
56 About May
61 Before the end of 56 Before the end of 62 In the spring of 63
61 or 62
DISPUTED BOOKS: Concerning which, Dr. Lardner says, that they should be
allowed to be publicly read in Christian assemblies, for the edification of the people'; but not to be alleged as affording alone sufficient proof of any doctrine.- Lardner's Hist. of Apostles and Evang. vol. i. p. 30.
EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS
To the English only, of the Greek and English
IT was at first designed and intented by the editor, * that this translation of the New Testament should have been always accompanied by the Greek; so that no dispute might ever arise, in any part of the world, (on account of any supposed incorrectness of the translation,) without having the means at hand whereby it might be settled at once, by any one capable of judging; and that those who are unable to controvert, should be awed into silence, (or else acquiescence,) by seeing directly before their eyes the original Greek; and that too from a copy acknowledged to be the most correct of any extant. But, from the earnest entreaty of some of his friends, and for the sake of accommodating many common readers, (to whom the Greek can be of little or no service, and who are unable to be at the additional expense,) the editor has deviated from his original plan: and even after the foregoing preface was in type, the word always (in the sentence referred to in the note below,) was expunged, and the word also inserted in its stead ; so that we are permitted to publish the translation by itself, without violating a pledge which was intended to have been given to the public.
The editor has been more willing to comply with this request in consequence of finding that his proposals for the Greek and English Testament, were made really lower than could well have been afforded : this he did as an encouragement to many readers, particularly young students, to make themselves acquainted, not only with the English, but also with the Greek of the New Testament. Now, by publishing the translation separately, and making use of the same composition of type, there has been a considerable saving of expense; by which we are enabled to keep the Greek and English at the price first intended, and at the same time offer this translation cheaper than what it otherwise could have been afforded. We have at the same time
* See page vii.
published an edition of the Greek, by itself, in the same way; so as to accomodate those who may wish to make use of it, and yet prefer a different translation. It is designed to keep all three of these Testaments, viz. the Greek of Griesbach, the Greek and English, and the English alone, constantly in market; and booksellers may be supplied with them, at a discount of 33 per cent. from the retail prices ; or at 25 per cent. discount, with an agreement to take back at all times what may remain unsold. These terms are considered very favourable, both to booksellers, and to the public; and, during the life of the editor, will be faithfully performed by the public's
Flight to Egypt
Return from Egypt
tried and overcometh ib. walks on the sea
heals Peter's mother-in-law 35 foretells his death and resur-
has dominion over the
is transfigured on the moun-
casts out demons
shows that John came in the
calls Matthew the publican ib. expels a demon
an epitome of his conduct ib. teaches to forgive injuries ib.
treats on divorce and celibacy 53
defends his disciples' con-
speaks of a reward to his fol-
heals a withered hand 41 Parable of the labourers
speaks of blasphemy ib
42 gives sight to two blind men 56
his entrance into Jerusalem ib.