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THE REV. HENRY BURGESS, LL.D., Pu.D.,
No. XI.—OCTOBER, 1857.
BIBLICAL REVISION.-The Gospel of St. John.
GREAT thanks are due to the five clergymen who have put forth the revised translation of the gospel according to St. John, to which we briefly called attention in a former number.a The question, so freely mooted of late, as to the completeness and sufficiency of our Authorized Version, is thus met by a practical answer. We are enabled, thus far at least, to attach to that question its real weight and value. We may compare together the old and the new ; and few perhaps will hesitate as to the conclusion, that the old is better.
Now this result, if we arrive at it, is attained to by a very safe and satisfactory course. We have a portion of Scripture most wisely chosen for the purpose of direct comparison. Those who have undertaken its re-translation are eminently qualified for the task. The principle upon which it has been carried out is simple and unexceptionable.
I. The gospel by St. John has been chosen with great wisdom. It is long enough to supply a fair and adequate test; and yet it lies within so small a compass that it may be very easily
a The Gospel according to St. John, after the Authorized Version. Newly compared with the original Greek, and vised by five Clergymen :--John Barrow, D.D.; George Moberly, D.C.L.; Henry Alford, B.D.; William G. Humphrey, B.D.; Charles J. Ellicott, M.A. London: John W. Parker and Son. Royal 8vo, pp. 80. (April, 1857.)
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