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EXPLANATORY AND PRACTICAL,

ON

THE GOSPELS :

DESIGNED FOR

SABBATII SCHOOL TEACHERS AND BIBLE CLASSES.

BY

REV. ALBERT BARNES.

CAREFULLY REVISED BY

REV. SAMUEL GREEN,

AUTHOR OP TIE "BIBLICAL AND THEOLOGICAL DICTIONARY."

LONDON:

BENJAMIN L. GREEN, 62, PATERNOSTER ROW.

M.DCCC.LI.

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PREFACE.

In the preparation of the following Notes, free use has been made of all the helps within the reach of the author. The works from which most assistance has been derived are, Walton's Polyglott; the Critici Sacri, particularly the notes of Grotius; Lightfoot's Works; Macknight and Newcome's Harmony of the Gospels; Jahn's Archæology; Horne's Introduction; Doddridge's Family Expositor; Calmet's Dictionary; Campbell on the Gospels; the Commentaries of Kuinoel, Rosenmüller, Clarke, and Henry; Tittman's Meletemata Sacra on John; the Sacred Geography of Wells, and that prepared for the American Sunday School Union, by Messrs. J. and J. W. Alexander. The object has been to express, in as few words as possible, the real meaning of the gospels :— the results of a critical study of them, rather than the process by which these results were reached.

This work is designed to occupy a place, which is supposed to be unappropriated, in attempts to explain the New Testament. It was my wish to present to Sunday-school teachers a plain and simple explanation of the more common difficulties of the book which it is their province to teach. This wish has given character to the work. If it should occur to any one that more minute explanations of words, phrases, and customs, have been attempted than might seem to them desirable, it will be recollected that many Sunday-school teachers have little access to means of information, and that no small part of their

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