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159 were deemed satisfactory. In 1671, a version was printed at Rome under the auspices of Urban vm. It was prepared at the request of several oriental churches, but was found to follow the Vulgate too implicitly, and was, moreover, written in inelegant Arabic. In 1816, a version, prepared by Sabat, whose history has excited so much attention, was printed at Calcutta, and was intended for the use of intelligent Mohammedans. Though it has been reprinted, it has never been very acceptable. The case seems to be, that any version in classical Arabic is rejected because thought impiously to copy the Koran, while versions made in vernacular Arabic are deemed vulgar. A new version is now in progress,

under the care of Dr. Mill and Mr. Cureton.

The New Testament has also been twice printed in Carshun--that is, in Arabic with Syrian characters, chiefly for the use of the Syrian churches.

The history of the Amharic version illustrates the care of God over the interests of his church. The French consul of Cairo, in 1810, M. Asselin de Cherville, was anxious to provide a version of Scripture in the Amharic. After years of fruitless inquiry, he was directed to an old man, named Abu Rumi, whom he found to be a thorough scholar, having been the companion of Bruce, and the tutor of sir William Jones. For ten years this old man and the consul met twice a week, till the whole version was completed. The version thus prepared

160 INDL-EUROPLAN LANGUAGES. was offered to the king of France, to the empero of Russia, and to the pope, but none seemed disposed to buy it. At length the attention of the British and Foreign Bible Society was called to it. They effected the purchase, and have found the manuscript so satisfactory, that it has superseded earlier versions of para of Scripture, and has been received FitL prea thankfulness by the people. Two of three editions of it have been published.

II.-INDO-EUROPEAN FAMILY. A DI PERSIAN BRANCE: The following and three other dialects.

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254.262..10.000 E. Jacob, H. Persia,

Martyn, Glen 7,000,000. Pushton 251.2829_2532 2,000 Leyden, Seram- Affghans,

pore Missories. 5,000,000. Belochi. 2001.15.2. Dot

Bel. known

2,000,000. Kurdish . 1827. 1882.

Bishop Sheyris Kurdistan, printed

800,000. Ossilinian 18242

Talgusidse Caucasus, printed

35,000. Armenian: Cent. y. 1666 Miesrob, Isaac,) Armenia,

5,000,000. 324.. 1847 >50,000 Zohrab and Const. and

Dittrich Erzeroom.

INDO-EUROPEAN LANGUAGES.

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INDO-EUROPEAN FAMILY (continued.) TEUTONIC BRANCH :--The following and twelve other Dialects.

(GERMANIC.)

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Dutch
Cent. XVI.

715,000 Various . Ilolland. 1628.. 1634

3,000,000. Flemish 1300.. 1-472, 75,350

Belgium, 1475

2,000,000. TEUTONIC BRANCH--(SCANDINAVIAN :) The following and

nine others. Icelandic. 11539 . 1584 . 1614 15,500 Gotshalksen, / Iceland,

etc.

36,000. Swedish. 1526 . 1541 . 1542 513,000 Andreas, Sweden,

Petri

3,100,000. Danish 1524.. 1550 117,000 Mikkelsen, Denmark

Pedersen & Norway,

3,600,000.

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Faroese

1817.. Acts, Luke

1,500 Schræter,

Lyngbye

Feroe Isl.

7,000.

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INDO-EUROPEAN LANGUAGES.

INDO-EUROPEAN FAMILY (continued.) SANSCRIT BRANCH:-The following and seventeen others.

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Hindustani 1739. 1758. 1824 113,000 (Schultz, Martyn, India,

Buyers, Baptist 100,000,000

Missionary
Hindi 1811.. 1826.

Chamberlain, Ind. Upper
Carey, Bowley Province,

32,000,000

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INDO-EUROPEAN FAMILY (continued.)

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Maldivian Int.

Dr. Leyden

Maldive

Islands. LANGUAGES OF THE DECCAN, probably not of Sanscrit origin :

The following and nine others. Tamul 1714.. 1824. | 105,000 Zeigaub, Carnatic,

Schultz, Fabr.. Ceylon,

Rhenius 8,000,000. Telinga 1727.. 1819. 33,000 Schu., Seram Telinga,

pore, Desgranges 10,000,000. Carnatic 1800.. 1822.

Serampore Carnatic,

Missionaries. 7,000,000. Tulu 1844

400 Ammann, Canara
Greiner

80,000. Malayalim 1813, etc. 82,500 Spring, Bailey. | Malabar,

etc., 2,100,000

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