Sermons, partly critical and explanatory by James ParsonsSermons, partly critical and explanatory by James Parsons

Sermons, partly critical and explanatory

byJames Parsons

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1835. Excerpt: ... SERMON XXII. Preached in the Parish Church of Newnham, July 13, 1832, at the Primary Visitation of the Right Rev. James Henry, Lord Bishop of Gloucester, and published at the request of his Lordship and the Clergy of the Forest Deanery. Nehemiah vui. 2, 3, 7, 8. And Ezra the priest brought the Law before the congregation, and he read therein--and the Levites caused the people to understand the Law: so they read in the Book, in the Law of God, distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading. FROM these words I conceive that it may be inferred that, in reading and giving the sense of their Law, the Jews scrupulously adhered to a close and literal interpretation of it. By writings of the greatest authority among them we are informed that from the days of Ezra they were accustomed to have an interpreter in the synagogue, who interpreted to the people what was recited by the reader; that so they might understand the sense of the words. Accordingly we learn that "the reader read a verse, and then stopped till the interpreter had interpreted it; and then went on to another:" that is, the Law was first read in the original Hebrew; but, as this was a language which, after the Captivity, the people in general did not understand, it was afterwards interpreted in Chaldee, verse by verse, or in such short periods as were most easily remembered. From this mode of proceeding it seems manifest that the principal object was to give a succint and faithful interpretation of the words, according to their literal and grammatical sense; not deviating into paraphrase, nor affixing to them such fanciful meanings as were not to be traced to their etymology. Lightfoot, Opp. Tom. i. p. 614.--Otho, Lexic. Rabb. Philos. p. 465, Ed. 2.--Prideaux, Connect, v...

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Title:Sermons, partly critical and explanatoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:74 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217049443

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