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that it affords leisure for study; and I desire to remind the Clergy, that at the time of their ordination they solemnly promise to be “ diligent in reading of the Holy Scriptures, and in such studies as help to the knowledge of the same.” Without such diligence they cannot support the dignity of the clerical character, “ be ready to give an answer to every one that asketh theni a reason of the hope that is in them,”- or be qualified “ to maintain true religion, and to banish and drive away all erroneous and strange doctrines contrary to God's Word.” There never was a period when professional learning was more requisite in the Clergy than at present, or when they were more loudly called upon to inculcate and enforce the genuine doctrines and duties of the Gospel,
I shall subjoin a list of books (a), which every Clergyman ought to possess; and it is greatly to be wished that the purchase of them
should (a) In the former Editions of this Work, I added the prices of these books; but in the present Edition it has been recommended to me to omit the prices, as they are continually varying, and may be always known by application to a bookseller. It may be right to mention, that the whole may be purchased for about seventy-five pounds.
should be considered as a necessary part of the expences of the education of a person designed for our holy profession. It will be remembered that I am not describing the Library of a learned Divine, but of a respectable and useful Parish Priest.
I shall divide these books into four classes; the first, containing such as relate to the Exposition of the Old and New Testaments; the second, such as serve to establish the Divine Authority of the Scriptures; the third, such as explain the Doctrines and Discipline of the Church of England, and the Duties of its Ministers; and the fourth, Miscellaneous, including Sermons and Ecclesiastical History.
CLASS THE FIRST.
BIBLE, with marginal references, 8vo.
ment, 6 vols. folio, or 7 vols. 4to. Doddridge's Family Expositor, 6 vols. 8vo. Pool's Synopsis, 5 vols. folio.
Collier's Sacred Interpreter, 2 vols. 8vo.
CLASS THE SECOND.
Stillingfleet's Origines Sacræ, 2 vols. 8vo.
Horæ Paulinæ, 8vo.
Natural Theology, 8vo. Jenkin on the Certainty and Reasonableness of Chris.
tianity, 2 vols. 8vo. Maltby's Illustrations, 8vo. Leland on the Adv. and Nec. of Revelation, 2 vols. 8vo. Leland's View of Deistical Writers, 2 vols. 8vo. Butler's Analogy, 8vo. Campbell on Miracles, 2 vols. 8vo. Newton on the Prophecies, 2 vols. 8vo. Kett’s History the Interpreter of Prophecy, 2 vols. 8vo. Leland on the Divine Authority of the Old and New Testaments, 2 vols. 8vo.
CLASS THE THIRD.
Exposition of the 39 Articles, Svo.
Pastoral Care, 8vo.
8vo. Shepherd on Do
Appendix to Do, 2 vols. 8vo.
CLASS THE FOURTH.
When the ancient Fathers of the Christian Church,
mentioned in the following Work, lived. Barnabas Clement of Rome
Contemporaries of the Apostles. Ignatius Polycarp Papias
116 Justin Martyr
140 Dionysius of Corinth
181 Clement of Alexandria
200 Minutius Felix
233 Dionysius of Alexandria
248 Novatus, or Novatian
306 Alexander of Alexandria
326 Cyril of Jerusalem