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T} O S T O N :
CROSBY, NICHOLS, AND COMPANY.
NEW YOR K :
CHARLES S. FRANCIS AND COMPANY.
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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1853, by CRosby, NICHOLs, AND CoMPANY., in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

C. A. M. B. R. I D G E :
METCALF AND company, PRINTERs To THE UNIVERSITY.

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THE papers which compose this volume were written in order to give the young people of the author's parish some idea of the course of Divine Revelation through the representative characters of both dispensations. He has tried to state some of the results of his studies of Biblical literature and Church history, without cumbering his pages with philological discussions or scholastic theorizing. He hopes that the vol. ume will be useful enough to justify the request of friends for its publication. If it should be thought useful in the parish or the family library, - if it should assist parents or teachers in explaining to inquiring youth the rise and progress of true religion among men, – or if any earnest seeker should find a single ray of light shining from its pages upon topics quite as often darkened by bigotry as by unbelief, the author's time and trouble will not have been in vain.

It seems as if every man who publishes a book now-a-days should apologize for adding his cup to the general deluge of print. But the very frequency

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