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PREFATORY NOTE

The writer has already given to the public his studies in the Christian Basileia in a volume entitled “The Kingdom.” He now gives to the public his studies in the Christian Ecclesia in a complemental volume entitled “The Church."

In treating of the Church, the writer presents his subject under three chief aspects: first, the Church as a Primitive Society; secondly, the Church as a Modern Problem; thirdly, the Church as a Divine Ideal.

In discussing the Church as a Primitive Society, the author writes solely from the standpoint of the exegete; he distinctly disclaims writing from the standpoint of the ecclesiastical historian. All he asks is the careful study of the cited Scriptures themselves.

May the Lord of the Kingdom bless this book to the upbuilding of his Church.

G. D. B. PHILADELPHIA, January 1, 1901.

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