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I conclude by saying, that as the object of this publication is, to lead the student in divine prophecy by a safer course than he has hitherto been led, to the interpretation of a very important but difficult book of sacred Scripture, I regret that it has not been sooner and better accomplished.
A CONCISE REVIEW
OF THE EVIDENCE FOR THE AUTHENTICITY AND DIVINE
The Apocalypse ;
'A VINDICATION OF IT FROM THE OBJECTIONS OF THE LATE
PROFESSOR J. D. MICHAELIS
I have already mentioned, that this work was undertaken at the suggestion of the Bishop of Durham, and that his lordship had kindly consented to give some directions as to the best mode of conducting it. Among these was a proposal, " that a concise abridgement of the preliminary Dissertation should precede the annotations; more especially, as it successfully controverts the opinions of Michaelis, whose work is generally recommended to young students, and carries with it a high authority.
Michaelis's Introduction to the New Testament first appeared in the English language under the translation of a distinguished critic and divine,' who had accompanied one half of it with valuable notes, correcting the errors of his author ; but the remainder, containing in its last chapter an elaborate attack on the scriptural authenticity of the Apocalypse, had not yet received the benefit of any such comment.
The character of the German Professor for deep learning and acute criticism was such, as to justify an alarm, that his objections to the Apocalypse, if unrefuted, would obtain an extensive influence.
1 Herbert Marsh, B. D., now Lord Bishop of Peterborough, and Margaret Professor of Divinity in the University of Cambridge.