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New Testament Series

St. Matthew

St. Mark
An Epistle to Hebrews
The Wisdom of St. James
The General Epistles of St. Peter
The General Epistle of St. Jude

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A SERIES OF WORKS FROM THE SACRED SCRIPTURES PRESENTED

IN MODERN LITERARY FORM

ST. MATTHEW AND ST. MARK

AND

THE GENERAL EPISTLES

EDITED, WITH AN INTRODUCTION AND NOTES

BY

RICHARD G. MOULTON, M.A. (CAMB.), PH.D. (PENN.)
PROFESSOR OF LITERATURE IN ENGLISH IN THE

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

New York
THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

LONDON: MACMILLAN & CO., LTD.

All rights reserved

5193

.1999

v.19

COPYRIGHT, 1898,

BY THE MACMILLAN COMPANY.

Set up and electrotyped January, 1898. Reprinted August,
1898 ; July, 1899.

Norwood Press
J. S. Cushing & Co. - Berwick & Smith

Norwood Mass. U.S.A.

INTRODUCTION

THE series of books which make up the New Testament group themselves into a clear and interesting unity.

The Acts and Sayings of Jesus

(Gospels)
The Acts of the Apostles
The Sayings of the Apostles (or Epistles)
The Prophetic Vision of the New Testament

This last, by its revival of the form and matter of ancient prophecy in application to the Christian dispensation, makes a link binding together the Old Testament and the New. The gospels, moreover, are for their age a sacred history like the historic books of the Old Testament; and the epistles, like portions of The Chronicles, may be regarded as documents illustrative of the history. But such a description of them would obviously be inadequate. Indeed, it is extremely difficult to fit the gospels into any literary classification : from the point of view of literature,

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