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FOUR CENTURIES OF SILENCE;

OR,

FROM MALACHI TO CHRIST.

BY THE

REV. R. A. REDFORD, M.A., LL.B.,

PROFESSOR OF SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY AND APOLOGETICS, NEW COLLEGE, LONDON ;
AUTHOR OF THE CHRISTIAN'S PLEA AGAINST MODERN UNBELIEF,”

STUDIES IN THE BOOK OF JONAH, ETC. ETC.

LONDON:

JAMES NISBET & CO., 21 BERNERS STREET.

MDCCCLXXXV.

95.6.5

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PREFACE.

THE
HE aim of this volume, it will be understood

from the title, is to characterise a period, rather than to set forth a history. The author has no claim to be regarded as having thrown any new light, by independent researches, on questions, some of which are involved in much obscurity. But he has brought together, within a limited space, a number of facts, which will serve to confirm the faith of those who accept the authority of Scripture, while they illustrate the wonderful method of Divine Providence, in preparing the way for the higher revelations of Christianity.

Too little attention has been given by the students of revelation to the deeply interesting subjects briefly sketched in these pages. The author has been led by this consideration to write these chapters, which appeared as separate papers in a monthly periodical. He publishes them now, in a collected form, in the hope that they will open the way, in some minds, to a deeper study of the state of the Jewish Church during the long period intervening between the Old and New Testaments. He is not without the conviction that such a study will do much to promote the cause of Truth. The whole question of revelation is one of profound and momentous interest in the present day. It is one which

1 The Homiletic Magazine.

which will never be firmly and finally settled on any other than an historical basis.

PUTNEY, July 13, 1885.

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