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BY LOWTH, BLAYNEY, NEWCOME, WINTLE, HORSLEY, ETC.
IN FIVE VOLUMES.
VOL. III.- EZEKIEL.
BY WILLIAM NEWCOME, D.D., BISHOP OF WATERFORD.
A New Edition.
R. GRIFFIN & CO., GLASGOW; AND
I most gratefully acknowledge the important helps which I have received in my attempt to explain the prophet Ezekiel; as they will stamp on the following work its principal value. His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury very obligingly allowed me a transcript of Archbishop Secker's valuable notes, from the manuscripts bequeathed to the Lambeth library ; and likewise of that judicious writer's dissertation on the vision of the temple, which is inserted in its proper place. Dr. Woide, of the British Museum, deserves to be as well known for his courtesy in furnishing assistance to editors, as for the literary productions with which he has favoured the public. To this eminent scholar I am indebted for copying Archbishop Secker's remarks; for collations of a ' Coptic version supposed to be of the second century, and of the Pachomian manuscript of the Septuagint version, ascribed to the tenth or eleventh century; for an English translation of the very learned J. D. Michaelis's annotations, subjoined to his German version of the bible ; and for a curious extract relating to Ezekiel, translated from Professor Eichhorn's 2 introduction to the Old Testament, written also in the German language, and highly esteemed in that country. Learned notes on Ezekiel were also transmitted to me by the Rev. Mr. Henry Dimock, my worthy contemporary at Pembroke College in the University of Oxford.
It is uncertain whether Ezekiel calls himself a 3 priest, or the son of a priest. * Josephus says that he was carried to Babylon in his
i See Bishop Lowth's preface to Isaiah, p. lxvii. ? Leipsic. 1783. 8vo.
3 Ezek. i. 4. The construction in the original is doubtful. The word of Jehovah came expressly unto Exekiel the son of Buzi the priest. Here the word priest may be construed with Ezekiel, according to the Greek, the Vulgate, and our English version; or with Buzi, according to the points in the Arabic. The former construction is favoured by the close of Isai. xxxvii. 2. 4 Ant. x. vi. 3. See 2 Chron. xxxvi. 5, 6.