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Associate Professor of Sacred Literature in the Theol. Seminary at Andover.




Codman press....Flagg & Gould.



District Clerk's Office. Be it remembered, that on the 18th day of September, A. D. 1827, and in the fifty second year of the Independence of the United States of America, Moses Stuart, of the said district, has deposited in this Office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as author, in the words following, to rit: “A Commentary on the epistle to the llebrews. In two volumes. By Moses Stuart, Associate Professor of Sacred Literature in the Theol. Seminary at Andover.” 'In confornity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, “ An Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned :” and also to an act entitled, · An act supplementary to an act, entitled, An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts and books. to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned ; and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engra. ving and etching historical and other prints."

Clerk of the District JOHN W. DAVIS

of Massachusetts.

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The origin of the following work must be ascribed to the duties, which my present occupation calls upon me to perform. As the time spent in the study of the Scriptures, at this Seminary, has not allowed me to lecture upon all the epistles of Paul, it has been my custom to select those, which appeared to be the most difficult, and in some respects the most instructive and important. These are the epistles to the Romans and to the Hebrews. In respect to the latter epistle, many serious exegetical difficulties occur, to remove which, much time and extensive study are necessary. But the greatest difficulty of all arises from the fact, that this epistle is anonymous, and that the Pauline origin of it has been more or less doubted or disputed, every since the latter part of the second century, if not still earlier. This subject I have deemed to be very interesting and important; and I have endeavoured, while discharging my duty of lecturing upon the epistle, to throw what light I could upon the dark places of its literature.

Experience however has taught me, that lectures could communicate to students but a very limited and incompetent view of the disputed ground, in regard to the origin of the epistle to the Hebrews. The exceedingly numerous quotations, and appeals to writers ancient and modern, which it was necessary to make, and the almost endless references to the Scriptures, which apposite illustration and argument required, rendered it impossible that a mere lecturer should communicate, or his hearer acquire and retain, any thing like an adequate view of the whole subject.

What was true of the literary introduction to the epistle, was also found to be true, in respect to many of the most important exegetical difficulties, connected with the interpretation of it. The young student, by the mere repetition or delivery of any lecture Ypon them, (however particular or plain it might be in view of an



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