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HOLDSWORTH AND BALL,
18, st. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD.

1830.

LONDON:

R. CLAY, PRINTER, BREAD-STREET-HILL,

CHEAPSIDE.

PREFACE.

“ It is necessary, frequently, to visit the ground on which Christianity was first established, to ascertain the limits and extent of the primitive faith, and to recover the parts taken by unjust violence, or lost by injudicious concession.”Bishop of Bristol.

The writer of the following pages has visited that ground, for the purpose of examining the use which was made of Levitical terms and Jewish analogies in the period of primitive purity,—in the writings of those who only, in the Christian church, were intrusted with inspired authority. To himself, the visit has been deeply interesting. He has seen, and felt with a force of impression unknown by him before, that every spot of the ground is hallowed by the

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