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THE OLD TESTAMENT:
BEARING ON CHRISTIAN FAITH AND PRACTICE.
BY THE REV.
ROBERT BAKER GIRDLESTONE, M. A.
AUTHOR OF THE ANATOMY OF SCEPTICISM' AND OF DIES IRE,
OR THE JUDGMENT OF THE GREAT DAY VIEWED IX
THE LIGHT OF SCRIPTURE AXD CONSCIENCE.'
Voces sunt finite; res autem infinitæ.
LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO.
Whoso is armed with the Text, the same is a right Pastor, and my best advice and counsel is, that we draw water out of the true Fountain ; that is, diligently to read in the Bible. He is a learned Divine that is well grounded in the Text; for one text and sentence out of the Bible is of far more esteem and value than many writings and glosses, which neither are strong, sound, nor armour of proof.'
THE WORK now presented to the public was begun eight years ago, amidst the pressure of a curate's life in a large parish, and has been completed in evening hours after days spent in still more arduous employments. Nothing but a conviction of the importance of the subject, and a belief that no one had attempted a systematic investigation of it, justified one who has neither profound scholarship, nor a ready pen, in undertaking the task. He cannot help hoping that the work thus imperfectly sketched out may be taken up and carried on hereafter by more accomplished hands.
In selecting subjects, it was hard to know where to stop; but the leading topics of religious thought have been the same in all ages of the Church ; and the writer's aim has been to investigate the usage of the terms in which these subjects were originally brought before the human mind by the Great Author of our being. Whilst admitting the importance of studying the writings of the Early Fathers, and the works of English and foreign divines of various schools, the writer holds that the pious, diligent, and accurate study of the Sacred Text is the appointed means of obtaining a wise and practical understanding of the Truth, both as it regards the