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INSPIRATION, CANON, AND INTERPRETATION

CONSIDERED AND ILLUSTRATED.

BY BRADFORD K. PEIRCE, D.D.

“ Open thou mine eyes,
That I may behold wondrous things out of thy law."

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NEW YORK:
P H I L L L P S & H U N T.

CINCINNATI:
HITCHCOCK & WALDEN.

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1868, by

CARLTON & PORTER,

in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the

Southern District of New York.

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PREFACE.

THE
NHE writer of this volume has sought to place in

the hands of young students, and interpreters of the Bible who are not familiar with the original tongues in which the Holy Scriptures were written, or favored with an easy access to the treasures of sacred criticism which are constantly accumulating, such evidences of the authenticity, genuineness, and general purity of the English version of the Old and New Testaments, arising out of its history and the searching examinations to which it has been submitted, that they may open it with confidence to discover in its revelations the mind of the Spirit. He has sought, also, to set forth and illustrate the nature of its inspiration, the most obvious preliminary studies and preparations for a safe interpretation of its contents, and the most important rules for the guidance of the interpreter in his work. The writer has not proposed fully to enter upon the argument on which rests the confirmed judgment of evangelical Christians upon

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