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THE Second Volume of the CRITICA BIBLICA is now before the Public; and it is hoped that the great mass of instructive particulars which it contains will not disappoint the expectations induced by the promises made at the outset of the undertaking.
The Editors trust that the greater part of their volumes consists of materials, the value of which, especially to the biblical student, cannot be questioned; and that in the portion which is designed to afford enlightened amusement will be found several pieces not devoid of merit. This volume, moreover, contains above one-fourth more in proportion to the former; while its appearance has not materially suffered by the alteration but the expence in consequence of this arrangement, together with that incurred by additional embellishments, has been heavy. The publisher hopes, that, having thus given a proof of his earnest intention to render the work more acceptable by improvements in its progress, his endeavours will meet with additional encouragement.
In this volume the Editors have to press upon the notice of their readers the importance of the Chronological Synopsis contained in the Scripture Manual, furnished by a valued correspondent; by the assistance of which, the Christian reader may trace the Historical connection of the Scriptural Books, and thereby, with pleasure to himself, pursue his meditations through the interesting period comprised in the sacred volume,
the earliest and most venerable record of the human race. Nor
To kind and disinterested Correspondents more is due than mere acknowledgements; yet it is hoped they will continue their aid in the accomplishment of the desirable object which this work has in view.
The good offices of the Friends and Subscribers to this work are earnestly entreated, in promoting its circulation to the utmost of their ability. The warmest thanks of the Editors are offered to those few friends who have made such active and disinterested exertions for them; trusting that the importance of the subject, as well as the serious expences incurred, will be an incentive to further endeavours.