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BOOK OF JOB;
ARRANGED IN HISTORICAL & CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER,
IN SUCH MANNER
THAT THE BOOKS AND CHAPTERS MAY BE READ AS ONE CONNECTED HISTORY,
REV. GEORGE TOWNSEND, D.D.
CANON OF DURHAM ;
" According to the present state of learning in many of its branches, and in none more than in that of Religion, we seem to be busied in shaking the leaves of the tree of knowledge, and making a stir among them, instead of reposing beneath its shade, or gathering its fruit; which last are the satisfactions of other and better studies, such as bring the substance of Divine Truth and its use more nearly together.”
Preface to Davison's Inquiry into the Origin and Intent of Primitive Sacrifice.
IN TWO VOLUMES.
THREE reasons compel me to request the subscribers, and readers of these humble labours, to consider the first division of my work completed with this Sixth Part, and Second Volume, which is terminated with the death of Moses, and the conclusion of the Pentateuch. The first is, that increasing years, and the failure of sight, forbid me to hope that I shall be able to proceed through the whole Bible on the enlarged scale of the present Commentary. The second is, that I am anxious to go on to the New Testament—to finish my Commentary on that part of Divine revelation, and to publish it, not in serial parts, but when it is completed. The third is, my wish to redeem my promise, and present to the world the last and third volume of my work on Ecclesiastical and Civil History; in which I trust to submit to the Catholic Church, as the results of my studies of its history, the development of a plan, system, or foundation, on which may be built the hope of the removal of that greatest curse, which now afflicts mankind, the disunion of the believers in the religion of Jesus Christ. The progress I have already made in this present work on the Arrangement of the Bible, and the completion of the two first volumes