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BIBLE ILLUSTRATIONS.

BY

JOHN KITTO, D.D. F.S.A.,

EDITOR OF THE PICTORIAL BIBLE,'. CYCLOPÆDIA OF BIBLICAL LITERATURE,' ETC.

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MURRAY AND GIBB, EDINBURGH, PRINTERS TO HER MAJESTY'S STATIONERY OFFICE.

PREFACE.

The closing Volume of the entire series of Daily BIBLE ILLUSTRATIONS is now presented to the reader.

The views on which the author has proceeded, and the objects at which he has aimed, have been too often stated to need further explanation. As this, however, is the last opportunity that will be afforded him of alluding to the subject, he may be allowed to say once for all, that, in the execution of this work, it has been his desire to make the new familiar, and to make the familiar new. This has been pronounced by a great authority to be a worthy object of human endeavour. How far-how very far—the author has fallen short of his own aims and purposes, none can know so well as himself: how far he has reached towards them, must be judged by a public from which, during a long intercourse, he has experienced too much indulgence to have any wish to appeal from its decisions.

In the present Volume the historical intimations contained in the Epistles have been carefully gathered up, and interwoven with the leading matter from the Acts of the Apostles. The conclusions exhibited are founded on a critical reading of the sacred text—the special results of which are, whenever necessary or when peculiarly interesting, explained; but are more frequently embodied in the statement or recital, without remark.

Although the author has exercised an independent judgment upon the matters that have come before him in the progress of this work, and has perhaps been favoured by circumstances with some peculiar advantages for the undertaking now completed, he has felt it due to his readers, to the essential useful

* DR. JOHNSON, in Life of Pope.

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