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IN THE ORIGINAL GREEK :
CHR. WORDSWORTH, D.D.
CANON OF WESTMINSTER.
PART III.-ST. PAUL'S EPISTLES.
RIVINGTONS, WATERLOO PLACE.
Introduction to the Two Epistles to the Corinthians .
ORDER OF THE EPISTLES OF ST. PAUL
AS ARRANGED IN THIS EDITION '.
ORDER OF THE EPISTLES OF ST. PAUL IN THIS EDITION AND IN OTHER
1 The Text of these Epistles, arranged in chronological order, and printed in the same type as the present Volume, may be had separately; as specified in the Advertisement at the end.
SOME explanation may be required of the reasons which have led to the adoption of the order in which the Epistles of St. Paul are arranged in the present Edition.
That order is designed to be chronological; in other words, the Epistles are placed according to the time in which they appear to have been written.
Let it be premised, however, that this arrangement does not imply any disparagement of the order in which they are usually disposed in other editions of the Original, and in the English Authorized Version of the Holy Bible.
That order has its appropriate uses. It has been received for many centuries in
not therefore be disturbed without much consequent embarrassment.
common order, another arrangement may not also be provided for private use?
The order commonly received, it is well known, is not chronological.
The Epistle to the Romans, which there stands first, was written after the Epistles to the Galatians and to the Corinthians; and it is generally acknowledged, that the two Epistles to the Thessalonians, which are placed in the common order among the last, were the first Epistles written by St. Paul.
Various and conflicting opinions have been given concerning the reasons which produced the common arrangement
Some ancient writers supposed, that it was caused by considerations of the comparative proficiency of those persons to whom the Epistles were addressed'. Others conjectured that it arose from regard to the importance of the Cities to which the Epistles were respectively sent, or to the length and copiousness of the Epistles themselves?
The last opinion seems to be most probable :.
The order commonly received is not, however, precisely that in which the Epistles are found in the most ancient Manuscripts. In very early copies of collections of St. Paul's Epistles, the Epistle to the Hebrews was placed between the Epistles to the
? So Primasius, Præfat. in Epistolas Pauli (p. 416 of Vol. 68 of Migne's Patrologia), “ Movet quosdam, quare Romanorum Epistola in primo sit posita, cùm eam posteà scriptam ratio manifestet. Unde intelligendum est, ita omnes Epistolas ordinatas, ut prima poneretur, quæ ad inferiores (qu. infirmiores ?) fuerat destinata, et per singulas Epistolas gradatim ad perfectiores veniretur.”
* See Theodoret, Præfat. in Epist. S. Paul. p. 8, Vol. iii. ed. Hal. 1771.
* And has been adopted by Dr. Mill, Prolog. N. T. num. 237; and by Dr. Lardner, History, Vol. iii. p. 457, ed. Lond. 1815.