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THE

EPISTLES OF ST. PAUL

TO

THE EPHESIANS, THE COLOSSIANS, AND PHILEMON.

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THE

EPISTLES OF ST. PAUL

ΤΟ

THE EPHESIANS, THE COLOSSIANS,

AND PHILEMON:

WITH INTRODUCTIONS AND NOTES,

AND AN ESSAY ON THE TRACES OF FOREIGN ELEMENTS IN THE

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LONDON R. CLAY, SON, AND TAYLOR, PRINTERS,

PREAD STREET HILL,

PREFACE.

The chief object which I have had in view in preparing this volume has been to draw attention to the subjectmatter of the Epistles to the Ephesians and Colossians. The theology of St. Paul is here stated with a largeness which adapts it, I conceive, in a special manner to the inquiries of the present time. Whether Creation has any centre and ground; whether human life has any

! key and pattern, --are questions which belong peculiarly to the speculations of this age, and to which these Epistles offer a common answer by setting forth Christ in universal relations of a twofold kind, -as the Word who is the law and life of the universal creation, and as the Son who is the head of universal humanity. This edition seeks to further in some humble measure the study of that answer.

I have doubted myself, and therefore I cannot be surprised if others should doubt, whether what I have been able to contribute towards this object is sufficient to justify the publication of an independent edition of these Epistles. But I hope there may be some

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