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John , or Priestley ' s Notes o& Scripture * , for the evidence that this opinion , so far from differing * is identically the same with theiife . The triumph is not over the Unitarian doctrine itself , but over i&e critical refinements of individual
Unitarian expositors ; as Simpson , Cappe , Kenrick and Mr . Belsham , who have treated the first chapter of John ' s Gospel as if it had been newly dug up in the isle of Patmos , and had never exercised the sagacity of Christian antiquity . There must be a sort of
basilisk fascination in the spell of verbal criticism , or writers of such general acuteness and knowledge , and such undoubted singleness of intention and zeal for the promotion of the truth , could never , one might suppose , have shut their eyes on the whole
body of Jewish philology and antiquities , in order to bring down the spiritual and lofty language of the fourth evangelist to the level of the dry , matter-of-fact , penurious apprehension of modern readers , by explaining away the Word into the Preacher I
But it seems Mr . Lindsey has rendered Xoyoq wisdom , and that is not the term by which wisdom is expressed in the Old Testament . So because the term cannot here mean wisdom ,
it can mean nothing connected with the Divine attributes at all ! Against the reference to the original creation in this proem , it is urged that eyevEro is no where used in the sense of
created . But if we say all things were , or all things became by the word , the will , or the power , or the wisdom , or all united of Jehovah , where is the difference ? However , the allusion , whether to the material or the new
creation , is unimportant , and cannot affect the sense of the term the Word ; the power of Jehovah , or Jehovah himself , which , in the strong metaphor of the Jewish Evangelist , became flesh , and tabernacled among us , when manifested in Jesus of
Nazareth . I regret that the learned and excellent Dr . Carpenter , a * ' teacher iu ISrael , " should peraist in this properly JSocinian interpretation , which i cannot but think impairs the value of his improved edition of " Unitarianism the ' Qtyptrine of the , , Gospel . ' He has also carried verbal refinement still farther , by the rendering of av Kftyfl
yv I hfiyo $ , In the beginning ke was tl \ e Word . < c The personal pronoun nominative / ' says Mathise , * fis seldom expressed with the vferfo , except % r the sake of emphasis ; that is , of clearly marking the person as distinguished from others / ' Now , if this be not an
occasion for emphatical distinction , supposing the application to Christ accurate , where can such ever occur ? It seems obvious , that 6 Xoyoq is the nominative throughout ; which also accouireb ? for the so-much-insistedupon omission of the article before & 6 oq in the last clause : and that the
sense is the same as if the words were arranged , ev &PXV ° ^ oyoq viv 9 kcci 6 Xoyoq 7 ) v Ttpoq top € keoj / kcoi « Xoycn ; vjv ( o ) & £ 0 t ; . The mere transpositimi of the words for the sake of elegancy has surely no effect in obscuring the signification . EBION .
Account of the Establishment of Presbyterianism in Manchester . No . VI . * Manchester , Sir , November 20 , 1823 . SEND you a continuation of the I extracts from the Register of the Presbyterian Classicali Meeting in Manchester , in the time of the Commonwealth .
W . JOHNS . t € The 42 d Meeteinge at Manchester , March the 12 th , 1649 . " 4 . Mr . Leake , preacher at Prestwich , appeared , according to his summons , and upon his request , hath tyrne given him untiil the next Classe to give in his answeare to the
summons . " 6 . Another summons drawn up to require Mr . Rob . Symonds , preacher at Shawe Chappell , to attend the Classis at their next Meeteinge , which will bee the second Tuesday in Aprill next I . jud " ge no extract necessary from the 43 d Meeting .
" The 44 th Meeteinge at Manchester , May 14 th , anno 1650 . " 5 . Mr . John keake promised to bring a testimoniall of the soundness * For No . V . see p . 275 of the present volume .
© 86 Account of the Esta ^ sJun t Pres byteriunUm in Manchester .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Dec. 2, 1823, page 686, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1791/page/6/