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Enteaen according to Act of Co igrow, in the year 183/, by Paul Boyce, Jr., Treasurer, in tins k,c the American Sundayschool Union, in the Clerk's Office. / the District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Some years since, we reprinted from the British press an abridgment of Brown's Dictionary of the Bible. The original was materially improved by the editorial labours of the Rev. Dr. Alexander. He did not, however, change the basis or general character of the work. He expunged a mass of superfluous and irrelevant matter; introduced such corrections and modifications as the improved state of biblical science suggested, and prepared many of the leading articles anew. These have been preserved as far as practicable in the new work. The extensive sale of the former dictionary shows conclusively the adaptedness of such a volume to the wants of the community.
Under this conviction, the society has incurred very heavy expenses in providing an entirely new dictionary,
CORRESPONDING IN PRINCIPLE, CHARACTER, AND USES TO OUR OTHER PUBLICATIONS, AND INTENDED SO TO CORRECT THEM TOGETHER, AS TO MAKE, OF THE WHOLE,
A COMPLETE BIBLICAL CYCLOPEDIA.
Though the editor has been, of course, indebted to various sources for materials, and, in some instances, for copious extracts, the present volume may be regarded as strictly an original work.
The services of one of the most distinguished biblical scholars in the country have been employed in a general revision of it, and many of the most important articles have also received a critical examination from several others, both clergymen and laymen, in whose competency and fidelity the utmost confidence may be felt
The following general principles have been observed in the preparation of this work:—
I. No word is introduced, as the subject of an article, which is not found in the canonical books of the common translation of the Bible, and at least one passage is cited in which the word occurs. Of course such words as Afaica, Apocaypha, Antelope, Apocalypse, Deluge, Dead Sea, &c. are excluded. Any other rule would be too indefinite for practical application.
II. No word is introduced simply for the purpose of defining it, unless it has a peculiar scriptural use or signification, which would not be found in a common defining dictionary.
III. Whatever could be regarded as sectarian by any denomination of evangelical Christians is, of course, scrupulously excluded.
. IV. No word is admitted into the body of the dictionary of which all that can be said is found in immediate connexion with the word itself.. For example, Ahe (Gen a vi. 21) is mentioned as one of the sons of Benjamin; and as the passage itself contains all that cap De said of him, the word is omitted.
V. The leading articles embrace, as far as practicable the various topics that properly fall under it. For example: under the word Dwellings will be found the principal facts in relation to the structure of eastern
• At the end of our Scripture Biographical Dictionary will be found a perfect catalogue of all the proper names whict occur in the Scriptures, with the pronunciation of each, and a reference to one or more passages in which it occurs.