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JOINT-TRANSLATOR OF DR. J. T. BECK'S 'PASTORAL THEOLOGY OF THE
My friend and fellow-editor has asked me to write a preface to his book. I think the book will speak for itself. I may say, however, that it is a very impartial outline of what is known as Introduction to the Books of New Testament Scripture. I think that in some instances the author has understated the case for the canonicity of a particular Book. It is characteristic of his fairness that he should anxiously avoid taking the place of a mere advocate.
It seems to me that the perfect lucidity of his style and the fulness of his information will make this a valuable text-book.
A. H. CHARTERIS.
NOTE TO READER
FOR a full statement of the External Evidences for the authorship of the several books, see Prof. Charteris' Canonicity, or Bishop Westcott's History of the New Testament Canon.
Canon (from a Greek word meaning a measuring-rod) was a name applied to Scripture as the rule of faith.
In the chapters on the Gospels no attempt is made to deal with the question of alleged recensions of original documents, as being of too technical and at the same time too conjectural a nature to call for treatment in a work of this kind.
In Scripture References, when the name of the Book is not given, the citations refer to the Book under discussion.
When Scripture is quoted, the words of the Revised Version are given.
R.V. = Revised Version.