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Lectures on Scripture Facts

Lectures on Scripture Facts

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jun 18, 2013
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LECTURES O SCRIPTURE FACTSBY REV. WILLIAM BEGO COLLYER, D.D-PREFACEIT would be an unprecedented act, to send into theworld, without a preface, a work of the magnitude of this volume; add 1 am glad to avail myself of the per-mission and of the opportunity which custom notmerely allows, but prescribes, to say something respect-ing the succeeding Lectures, before they are aismissed-o the candor of the public, which could not be saidin the course of their delivery.The history of the publication is simply as follows.It was suggested to me about live years since, in acursory conversation, that it would be a desirablething to produce a confirmation of the facts recordedin the sacred writings, from contemporary historians,so far as these could be obtained; and where the re-moteness of scriptural narrations stretched beyond thechronology of heathen compositions, to adduce suchfragments of antiquity as time has spared to us, so faras they bear any relation to events transpiring at theearliest periods. It was justly observed, that whilemany and successful efforts have been made, and aredaily making, to elucidate and defend the doctrinesand the precepts of Christianity, the fiicts recorded inthe Bible have not been placed in the same advanta-geous point of view. Some have perhaps been deter-red by the toil necessary to collect such testimonies, toselect from the mass evidences which are more prom-inent than others, and to discriminate such portions of heathen records as mingle truth with rable,— to detectand expose the one, and to produce and enforcethe other. It is also probable that not a few have de-clined to adventure upon this plan, because it is so un-like the usual and popular modes of pulpit discussion.Thus while the citadel of revealed religion has been
ably and zealously defended, the out- works have beenabandoned, or at least overlooked; and the postswhere some veterans of old times fought, have, sincetheir removal by death, remained unfilled. Upon re-volving this conversation in my mind, I felt that theremark was important, and I began seriously to think of undertaking the proposed discussion,just so far as itmight be useful to my own congregation, and wouldnot interfere with the other arrangements of my min-isterial labors. My fust object was to discover bywhom the ground had been trodden before me. Iwell recollected that Grotius had expressly set apart aportion of his treatise on the Truth of the ChristianReligion, to the consideration of Foreign Testimonies:and in that useful little volume will be found manyof the authorities produced in the following pages.But Grotius has written in Latin, and is not, therefore,accessible to an Eiiglish reader. He has been trans-lated; but the plan proposed forms a very small partof his production; and the whole work can only beconsidered as an epitome of the Evidences of Chris-tianity, where the principal arguments in its favor areenumerated and stated, but never dilated, and seldommore than barely named. Various have been theproductions which tend to this point, under the sanc-tion of such illustrious names as Prideaux, Lardner,Briant, Stillingfleet, Pearson, Doddridge, and others.Bvit these all enter only into a part of my scheme;they elucidate a particular portion of the sacred writ-ings, or advert in general terms to the stability of thewhole. Above all it appeared to me that there wasyet wanting a work, which might interweave foreigntestimonies to the truth of Scripture history, with thediscussion of the history itself; which might admit gen*eral and important remarks with a selected subject;and which might relieve the barrenness and languorof mere discussion, and of a series of extracts fromheathen writers; by assuming the shape and the ardorof pulpit and popular addresses. Such was the designof the Lectures now submitted to the public, and itwould ill become me to conjecture how far I havesucceeded in filling up the outline. The plan wassketched for the use of my own congregation; anddelivered in my own pulpit. It was afterwards desir-
ed by some, who perhaps thought too favorably of the execution, that it should be brought into a largercircle; and the Lectures were accordingly deliveredduring two winters in London. By the importunityof the same persons, the work is now committed to thepress; and time must decide (while I anxiously waitits decision) whether I have done well or ill in yieldingmy private opinion of the demerits of the execution,to their flattering prepossessions in favor of its utility.Respecting the work itself, I have little to add tothe remarks which will be found to introduce the firstLecture, Using freely different writers, I have alsocandidly acknowledged my obligations to them. Ihave carefully read over, and have endeavored faithful-ly to tranbl-tte the passages produced from antiquity;and separating them from the body of the work, Ihave preserved their original form for the use of thescholar who may choose to hear them speak their ownlanguage, and yet might be unwilling to take the troub-8le to hunt them down through various works, in notesat the end of each Lecture. I have subjoined a list of the names of the principal writers quoted in this work,and have placed over against their names the periodsin which they flourished. The list of errata in thework appears large, but will be found in few instan-ces to affect the sense: the principal errors in it are thesubstitution of one Greek letter for another in variousinstances. I will venture to affirm that its magnitudehas not arisen from my indolence; and the candidReader will know how to make allowance for imper-fections in sendins: out such a volume as the succeed-ing one, especially when the correction of the pressrested with myself alone; and w^as performed amidweekly and daily, public and private, pressing engage^ments.* I expect to de ive much advantage from ourpublic organs of criticism; and to candid criticism, crit-icism such as it ought always to be, willing to allowa merit as well as a defect, to point out a beauty aswell as a fault, I shall always bow with respect, andshall always, be happy to avail myself of its correctionsand of its advice. If I could write a faultless volume,I must possess more than human powers: if I have pro-

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