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TRANSLATED OUT OF THE ORIGINAL GREEK; AND WITH THE FORMER
TRANSLATIONS DILIGENTLY COMPARED AND REVISED,
GEORGE EDWARD EYRE AND WILLIAM SPOTTISWOODE,
Printers to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty,
EDINBURGH : 16, ELDER STREET.
NEW YORK : COOPER UNION, FOURTH AVENUE.
The Wariorum Reference Bible.
In this re-issue of our “Variorum Bible or the Authorised Version edited with Various Renderings and Readings from the best authorities,” the usual columns of references and marginal comment have been added, and we have taken the opportunity to revise the foot-notes throughout. In the New Testament portion, by the able co-operation of the Rev. W. Sanday, D.D. with the former editors, considerable additions have been made, including very brief explanatory notes.
Thus, in pursuance of the method adopted in the margin and without material increase of the volume, the Authorised Version and the chief materials for its revision are presented at one view. While the book differs from an ordinary reference Bible only by the addition of brief footnotes, it offers to the general reader a conspectus of the really tenable opinions upon difficult or imperfectly translated passages-whether due to errors in the Hebrew or Greek text used by the A.V. translators, or to inaccurate translation of a text correct in itself. These Variorum notes will often be found to render comment needless, and to suggest, possibly for the first time, the full meaning of a passage.
To the clergyman, the teacher, and even the private student, who frequently cannot consult an elaborate commentary, this summary of the results of an extensive literature will show at a glance the passages about which no question arises, and an outline of the authorities that support each construction of the passages which are capable of different interpretations.
The professed student will find his attention called to the Various Readings and Renderings of greater or less importance, while he is provided with a carefully sifted digest of opinions, derived from books to which he may not always have convenient access, and with a selection of critical data and authorities more convenient and complete, particularly in the Old Testament, than is elsewhere accessible.
The objects of the present work are to some extent analogous to those of the Westminster revision, but whenever that revision shall be completed (and the Old Testament cannot be published for a few years), it will retain its independent value; for while the revision may be expected to give results only, this volume will indicate the places of the Authorised Version in which the important changes are to be found, will give in a brief and concise form the authority for the changes adopted, and will call attention to the balance of opinion upon disputed points.
EYRE AND SPOTTISWOODE.
HER MAJESTY'S PRINTING OFFICE,
LONDON, E.C., June 1880.