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AUTHORIZED ENGLISH VERSION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
AS PRINTED IN
BAGSTER'S POLYGLOTT BIBLE,
THE SAME COPIOUS AND ORIGINAL SELECTION OF REFERENCES TO PARALLEL
AND ILLUSTRATIVE PASSAGES,
AND SIMILARLY PRINTED IN A CENTRE COLUMN.
THE TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE,
A RICH AND COPIOUS ASSEMBLAGE OF
MORE THAN 500,000 PARALLEL PASSAGES
FROM CANNE, BROWN, BLAYNEY, SCOTT, AND OTHERS,
WITH NUMEROUS ILLUSTRATIVE NOTES.
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THE ENGLISH VERSION
THE Plan of this POLYGLOTT BIBLE displays an arrangement in a FOLIO size with eight Various Languages at one view on the same opening, or, in eight distinct Pocket Volumes, of which this is one; or, of any two of the Languages combined in one Pocket Volume.
or bound so into the back of the book as not to be easily read.
On all these accounts, it has long appeared exceedingly desirable, that a NEW Bible of convenient size for the Pocket, original in its plan, purpose, and execution, should be published, in which a MORE APPROPRIATE and ACCURATE selection, adaptation, and arrangement of References might be introduced; both for the assistance of Private Readers, and to facilitate the ready examination and quotation of passages, which the Preacher, or the Biblical Student, may have an immediate occasion to cite, or to consult. And no opportunity to supply this desideratum seemed more suitable, as the English language is of necessity a part of the present plan, for diffusing the Original Text, and its most important Versions.
Convenience and utility were, however, to be equally consulted in all the parts of the undertaking. If the size of the book were too large, or the page too crowded, so as to be made wearisome to the eye, its convenience would be lessened; and if, in the limits which these considerations imposed, great care were not employed in examining and applying the References, its utility would, in a great degree, he destroyed. On mature deliberation, therefore, it appeared best to adopt the plan here presented to the notice of the Public; in which the Marginal Readings and References are all contained in a MIDDLE COLUMN, between two of text; and the number introduced is sufficient, except in a few pages only, completely to fill that column.
The Chronology is always placed at the top of this middle column, where it denotes the Date of the writing or transaction contained in the text, at the beginning of the page.
The Marginal Readings contained in the folio and quarto Bibles are all introduced; the idioms of the original languages which are preserved in many of them, and also the various senses of particular words or phrases, being in inost instances instructive, and in all worthy to be known. But it has not been thought necessary, in giving these readings, to insert such words as are repeated in the text, and which would therefore have fruitlessly occupied a portion of the space allotted to references.
It became an important consideration in what way each part could be employed, so as to make it, is either mode of Publication, most useful in promoting the design of the whole, namely, the attainment of Languages, and the advancement of Scriptural Knowledge. Not only, therefore, is the form in which the English Volume now appears der different from any thing which has When given to the Public, but its origi Mary will be found pre-eminently to conSR laborious and entirely new Selection rangement of References, in which it has been endeavoured faithfully to exhibit the Scpture as its own Expositor.
The greatness of the advantages that must accrue to a sincere and diligent reader of the Sacred Pages, from having constantly before ha reference to similar and illustrative Peres, carefully investigated, and suitdieplied, must be obvious to every e and has been well understood by many and able men, to whose diligent and Labours the Public is unspeakably References, however, have hitherto been printed, almost exclusively, in the margins of Babies of a large size; and the benefit reat them has, in consequence, been Terestricted,-the only small Bible
Referees, in the English Language, bat published by Mr. Canne, the defects of which are many: for though he as a diligent student of the Scriptures, and Wors was at that time eminently serviceget, as he was not in possession of those
the accomplishment of the task ach be bad undertaken, that are now afred by many valuable editions and comats, which have been printed in different ares since his time; and being, thereunder the necessity of relying chiefly own industry, it is not surprising that *ould have been less successful thau he d otherwise bave been. His references ten only remotely applicable: he seems atly to have been guided more by Enty of expression, than by illustra
the errors in the letter-press are nuus;-many of the Marginal Readings
itted:-the Chronology is altogether out-and all the References in this, as helarger Bibles, are placed in the margin text; by which they are rendered liable cut in binding, or worn away by use, The Languages that the large volume contains are Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Italian, Spanish, French, , and German. Each language is also printed of a pocket size and separately sold. The Reader
The Various Readings are referred to by letters of the Greek alphabet, placed immedi. ately before the words for which they are to be substituted; and the References by Italic letters, which are placed above the line, and generally after the first or second word of a verse, or clause of a verse, when they are intended to illustrate the whole of that verse or clause; but when the principal