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BY MOSES STUART
SECOND EDITION, CORRECTED AND ENLARGED.
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY FLAGG, GOULD, AND NEWMAN.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1833,
BY MOSES STUART,
in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.
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A new edition of the present work has for some time been determined on, in order to meet the calls for it which are often repeated. It may be proper to state in this preface, that, since the publication of the first edition, a work of the like kind and of about the same size has made its appearance in Germany; the author of which is Frederic Bleek, Professor Extraordinarius of Theology in the University of Berlin, at the time of its publication. Prof. Bleek is distinguished for his attainments in the department of sacred criticism. Of his work, however, only the first volume has come to hand, which (like the first part of the present volume) is wholly occupied with an Introduction to the epistle to the Hebrews. The author believes that Apollos (and not Paul) was the author of this epistle; and a great part of his book is occupied in giving the history of opinions among the ancient churches relative to the authorship of the epistle, or in adducing arguments against the Pauline origin of it.
In addition to this work of Bleek, replete with learning, and exhibiting for the most part a commendable degree of moderation and candour, I have received a review of the first edition of my own work, written by the same author since the publication of his own volume, and published in the Universal Literary Gazette at Halle. When Prof. Bleek published the volume just named, he had not seen my work on the same subject. His Review, therefore, which is a long one, exhibits more definitely his opinions in reference to those points in which I differ from him.
In this second edition of my work I have, throughout the first part, had my eye upon the work and review of Prof. Bleek, and have frequently gone into an examination in extenso of his positions. In consequence of this, there has been a very considerable addition made to the present edition.
I should have much preferred to render the work smaller, instead of enlarging it; for I well know, that a majority of readers in our country take less interest in discussions of such a nature as it comprises, than in commentary. But duty to the cause of sacred criticism, and my ob