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PREFACE.

The Second Volume of the CRITICA BIBLICA is now before the Public; and it is hoped that the great mass of instructive particulars which it contains will not disappoint the expectations induced by the promises made at the outset of the undertaking.

The Editors trust that the greater part of their volumes consists of materials, the value of which, especially to the biblical student, cannot be questioned ; and that in the portion which is designed to afford enlightened amusement will be found several pieces not devoid of merit. This volume, moreover, contains above one-fourth more in proportion to the former ; while its appearance has not materially suffered by the alteration : but the expence in consequence of this arrangement, together with that incurred by additional embellishments, has been heavy. The publisher hopes, that, having thus given a proof of his earnest intention to render the work more acceptable by improvements in its progress, his endeavours will meet with additional encouragement.

In this volume the Editors have to press upon the notice of their readers the importance of the Chronological Synopsis contained in the Scripture Manual, furnished by a valued correspondent; by the assistance of which, the Christian reader may trace the Historical connection of the Scriptural Books, and thereby, with pleasure to himself, pursue his meditations through the interesting period comprised in the sacred volume,

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the earliest and most venerable record of the human race. Nor can they omit to notice the value of the Bibliographical and Critical Account of the various Editions of the Scriptures, which is indispensable in a work of this kind ; since it affords a constant means of reference to authorities, desirable in critical discussions on the various doubtful texts of the Bible. But while the Editors are confident of having used the utmost diligence to bring together the most useful information, for the benefit of the studious enquirer after divine knowledge, they beg the indulgence of the Public on the imperfections which may appear in their labours. It must be remembered, that to abridge the writings of those who have contributed to the elucidation of Scripture, one must frequently detract from their merits: and out of the multiplicity of excellent works much embarrassment is felt as to what portion shall be first brought forward. The field for illustration and criticism is very wide; and the editors cannot at present see the limits of their labours in this department. It will be observed that an attempt has been made to give, as early as the respective intelligence could be procured,

, a concise view of the proceedings of the different Societies, Native as well as Foreign, for promoting the circulation of the Scriptures; which it is hoped will be acceptable.

To kind and disinterested Correspondents more is due than mere acknowledgements; yet it is hoped they will continue their aid in the accomplishment of the desirable object which this work has in view.

The good offices of the Friends and Subscribers to this work are earnestly entreated, in promoting its circulation to the utmost of their ability. The warmest thanks of the Editors are offered to those few friends who have made such active and disinterested exertions for them ; trusting that the importance of the subject, as well as the serious expences incurred, will be an incentive to further endeavours.

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ILLUSTRATIONS OF SCRIPTURE:

Rock Goat or Ibex ...... 1-8

Houses built on the sand..

49
The Almond tree, an emblem of old age, ib.
Infants sprinkled with salt ........ 50
Property destroyed by Ants.... 50/52
Naphtali ......

145148
Punishment of Adultery by the Jewish
Sanhedrim....

289
Eastern Houses....

337-344
Water of Jealousy

385-388
Ancient attitude at table.... 481-484
Eastern Gardens

485487

SACRED GEOGRAPHY :

(Continued from Vol. I.

P. 395.)

Topography of Jerusalem ...... 8-14

Principal buildings in and about Je-

rusalem.. 52–61. 97–110. 193

--203.241-248.290—296.389/391

Bethlehem.....

433435

SCRIPTURE HISTORY :

Period I. From the Creation to the

Delage ......

15-20

Period II. From the building of Ba-

bel to the Exodus of Israel,. 62468
Period III. From the sojourning of

Israel in the Desert to the establish-
ment of their monarchy in Canaan,

149–154. 204-213
Period IV. From the partition to the

dissolation of the Israelitish king-
dom ..,

..... 251–262
Period V. From the Babylonish cap-

tivity to the conclusion of Pro-
phecy.....

436-443
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE SCRIPTURES:

(Continued from Vol. I. p. 456.)

Part II COSMOGRAPHY, comprising,

1. Astrography....... 21-25

2. Meteorology

25-29

3. Geography .... 111-121

Part III. THEOLOGY, comprising,

1. Prefatory Introduction.. 214–219

2. The Divine Being...... 297—303

3. Created Beings

...... 303-306
4. Institutions

488-494

5. The Church

494-498

6. Sectaries

498_500

7. Idolatry

500-501

POETRY OF THE HEBREWS:

(Continued from Vol. I. p. 414.)

1. Parallelism of the New Testament,

30—35. 6976. 122-128. 165-170
2. Importance of the Poetical Paral-

..... 230—234

3. Figurative Language 364367

4. Poetic Imagery from Nature 3924401

5.

from common life 453_460

6.

- from Sacred topics 505-510

EDITIONS OF THE SCRIPTURES :

1. Biblia Polyglotta.. 36-40.77-87

269–274. 327-332

2. Biblia Hebraica

402-410

3. Latin Vulgate

265-267

BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS :

Isaiah xl.

88-90

Paul's defence before the Athenian

Judicature
Triumphant song of Deborah and Ba-
rak....

360–363
The Excellent Housewife

522

.... 268

Sonnet on the Third Day

313

-Prov. iii. 13-18

363

Overthrow of Tyre.......

368
The Last Judgment, &c.

410

The Bible

452

The Crucifixion

472
The Curse of Babylon.

474
Hymn. Eph. vi....

520

INTRODUCTION TO THE SCRIPTURES :

(Continued from Vol. I. p. 380.)

The Book of Joshua..... 129-133

Judges...

Orme's Bibliotheca Biblica

369

Calmet's Dictionary, by C. Taylor 369-370
Boys's Tactica Sacra

417424
Thomson's Discourses on the Acts 424-425
Weemse's Christian Synagogue 425-426

475-476

Cruden's Concordance Defended 427-428

Cowherd's Facts in Science and Reli-

gion

476–479

Fletcher's Christ's Victory and
Triumph

479_480
Harris's Natural History of the Bible 525

537
Wemyss's Biblical Gleanings 537_539
DEFENCE OF REVELATION :

Scripture Prophecy 461-471.511-521
MISCELLANIES :
Meditations on the Bible

428

Shuckford's Connection, enquiry re-

lative to it

521

Suggestions for Scripture Tracts 524

BIBLICAL INTELLIGENCE:

England 91--93. 142.284--286.371--373

Ireland

373

France.

93. 286. 374

Netherlands, Switzerland ........ 374

Germany

94. 143. 374

Hesse Darmstadt

Prussia

376

Denmark..

377

Sweden

378
Russia.

96. 378
Malta

143
East Indies

94. 144. 287. 429

Calcutta

379

Bombay

380

Columbo, Java

383

China

96. 383

Turkey

379

South Sea Islands

Egypt.....

96

Africa....

144

Abyssinia

94

175-176

Ruth

279

The Books of Samuel

322-326

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BIBLICAL CRITICISM :

ScriptureQuotations,155-158.220_225

On the use of the Greek Article 159-164

The Three Heavenly Witnesses 226—229

314-317

Salting with Fire...... 226—229. 264

Taking of Jebus by David .. 307-313

Job's reference to a Redeemer 318-321

On the Origin of the three first Gos-

pels

345-359

The purpose for which the New Testa-

ment was written 411–416.4494452

Syriac term, translated Baptism 502—

504

Voces Græco-Barbara Novi Testa-
menti quæ Orienti originem debent

4444448

BIBLICAL GLEANINGS :

177-178. 275-276

......

BIBLICAL PUBLICATIONS:
Faber on the Three Dispensations, 41—

48. 134-139. 179–189

Fry's Lyra Davidis

140

Franks' Hulsean Lectures.... 140. 141

Wells' Sacred Geography, by Taylor,

189—190

Modern Traveller

191

Bulmer's Christian Catechist...... 191

Not Paul but Jesus 234. 240. 280-283

Pitt's Philosophy of Christianity 335-336

Fry's Second Advent of Christ .... 336

America

93. 144. 384

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