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PREFACE.

No apology is necessary for engaging in the investigation of the subjects, which are briefly treated of in the following sheets. These matters are of deep interest to every inquiring Christian; and the character of the Scriptures, in the view of the world, is in no small degree concerned with them. Unbelievers reproach us with giving credit to a book which is full of enigmas, and allege that every one interprets it according to his own fancy, and so as to support his own particular opinions. Nor is this all. They even Charge ambiguity upon the Scriptures themselves; and they are apparently moved to do this, by the ever varying, discrepant, and sometimes even opposite conclusions of expositors, No book, they say, which is plainly and honestly written, could possibly afford room for such diversity of opinion. Read the rest of this entry »

A Commentary on the Book of Daniel

Preface

While engaged in writing my Commentary on the Apocalypse, I found myself so often remitted to the book of Daniel, for the sake of illustration, that I of necessity was obliged to study that book with more than ordinary care and diligence. It was natural for me, in the course of an often repeated study of the book, to contract a fondness for it, or at least to take a deep interest in it. When I had completed my apocalyptic labors, and acquitted myself of some engagements which followed them, I began the study of Daniel anew, and with a view to the writing of a Commentary on it. The labor was severe; for very much has been written upon the book, a considerable portion of which has much more of chaff than of wheat in it. Just as I had completed the exegetical part of my work, a typhoid fever took strong hold upon me, and brought me near to the grave. For two years and six months it was utterly beyond my power to write another paragraph. Toward the close of January last, I began slowly to mend, and after a while I ventured to resume my labor. But for several weeks subsequent to this, I could not venture beyond the effort of studying an hour in a day. The opening Spring brought some further relief; and thus I have been able to complete my original design. Read the rest of this entry »