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HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
· District of Penusylvania, to wit: . *********** BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the thirteenth day of * L. S.
May, in the 35th year of the Independence of the United
States of America, A. D. 1811, James P. Wilson, D. Di of the *********** said district, hath deposited in this office, the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as author, in the words following, to wit:
An Easy Introduction to the Knowledge of the Hebrew Language without the points. By James P. Wilson, D. D. Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in the City of Philadelphia.
In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, intitled, “ An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned."-And also to the act, entitled, “ An Act supplementary to an Act, intituled, “ An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the time therein mentioned,” and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints."
THE object of this book is chiefly to encourage and facilitate progress of those, who have not the advantage of instructors. N have attempted to learn the Hebrew, who, foiled by the labou the difficulty attending the investigation of the roots, in a lang wherein the beginnings of the words are subjected to almos many changes as their terminations, and where the uncertain a third radical might disappoint them for half a dozen trials, thrown aside their lexicons in despair.
Such are solicited to make another effort. Here every word is plained, as they proceed; here they will experience no such tro and uncertainty; and as often as the word again occurs, the re 'is again referred numerically to the place of such explanation. much also of the sacred text is thus passed through, with cons reference by number to the rules of the grammar placed in the of the book, as that the attentive reader will be hereby made s ciently acquainted with the grammar, without committing i memory, and enabled without difficulty to parse and construe, the ordinary helps, every other part of the Hebrew Scriptures.
The ministers of the Presbyterian church in the United St almost universally read and understand the Greek scriptures themselves; they can judge of the speculations of various classe men on the New Testament, and decide without danger; they pr their Greek Concordances to all the commentaries of the lear why then should they be at a loss for the very same helps to the derstanding of the Old Testament, which would be so satisfact and to which they may so easily attain? But a thirst for this spe of knowledge has been excited, has progressed rapidly among ti within a few years, and augurs prosperity to Zion.
The labour submitted to in compiling this tyronian performa (which has been the more, because, having been taught originally the points, I am self-taught in the Hebrew without the points, been sweetened by the fond imagination of its subserviency to cause of our Redeemer.
JAMES P. WILSON