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BIBLE REVISION.

BY

MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN REVISION COMMITTEE.

PHILADELPHIA:
AMERICAN SUNDAY-SCHOOL UNION,

No. 1122 CHESTNUT STREET.

NEW YORK: Nos. 8 & 10 BIBLE HOUSE, Astor PLACE.
ST. LOUIS: No. 207 North Sixth STREET.

CHICAGO: No. 73 RANDOLPH ST.

HARVARD
UNIVERSITY
LIBRARY

PREFATORY NOTE.

THESE essays on the various aspects of the AngloAmerican Bible revision now going on, are issued by the American Revision Committee as an explanatory statement to the friends and patrons of the cause, with the distinct understanding that suggestions and statements in regard to any particular changes to be made, express only the individual opinions of the writer, but not the final conclusions of the two Committees, who have not yet finished their work.

PHILIP SCHAFF, NEW YORK, March, 1879.

In behalf of the Committee.

Copyright, by the AMERICAN SUNDAY-SCHOOL UNION, 1879.

ORIGIN OF THIS VOLUME.

In the spring of 1878, Alexander Brown, Esq., Senior Member and Chairman of the Committee of Publication of the American Sunday-School Union, invited to his hospitable mansion in Philadelphia, for the purposes of consultation and impartation of knowledge, a number of gentlemen, clerical and lay, employed or interested in the greatest Biblical enterprise of modern times — the Anglo-American Revision of the Authorized Version of the Holy Scriptures.

Whilst listening to the lucid expositions given by various speakers of the necessity and character of the Revision, the Rev. Edwin W. Rice, Editor of the Periodicals of the American : Sunday-School Union, was impressed with the importance of giving a wide circulation to these expositions; and he therefore addressed to the distinguished President of the American Revision Committee (one of the most comprehensive scholars and greatest Church historians of all times) the following letter:

Office of “THE SUNDAY-SCHOOL WORLD,

PHILADELPHIA, May 18, 1878. TO THE REV. Philip SCHAFF, D.D., L.L.D.

President American Bible Revision Committee. DEAR SIR:- In view of the present deep interest in the . Revision of the English Version of the Bible now in progress, it has been suggested that a fresh statement of the purposes and aim of this work, from some of the Biblical scholars engaged thereon, would remove several misconceptions and undue apprehensions in the public mind respecting its character. Such

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