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There are few who would not at any time prefer bestowing their labour on a Greek Play , where at all events they are on safe ground , and in no danger of finding their opinions and their interests at
. However small the encouragement has been among English scholars competent to the task , to undertake works of profound biblical erudition unconnected with the previously established rule of particular sects , it must be admitted that there has of late been a considerable
disposition shewn to receive and appeal on all hands to the valuable productions of the Continent , and every one acknowledges the obligation he is under to Schleusner , Griesbach , Michaelis , Eichhorn , Kuinoel , and many others . The necessity and superior utility of such
works is felt , though the example is not followed , and the common use of these neutral works has been eminently beneficial in affording that species of amalgam between contending sects , in which our systems of education are so remarkably deficient .
To promote the circulation of such works , by placing them more within the reach of the general reader , is the most acceptable office which & scholar can fill . Schleusner has been reprinted in this country , and his work is found on the shelves of every theologian whom the price of a book , necessarily so expensive , does not deprive of such a valuable
assistant . It was obvious , however , that the work was capable of very important abridgement , without materially diminishing its practical utility to the general student ; and there are not many more praise-worthy nor useful designs than that of placing within the reach of every biblical student a storehouse of the most important information , collected with
skill , industry and impartiality . With these views It cannot but give us the highest gratification to notice Dr . Carey ' s Abridgement , which the publisher has brought out in such a form as will tend to make the work much more generally useful , by putting it within the means of a wider range of students . Schleusner ' s Lexicon is peculiarly valuable , as
combining the advantages of an Index , a Dictionary and a Concordance . The original work contains a great mass of illustration of the meaning of words , from classical and other authorities , which are , doubtless , of great value and interest to the scholar , but are precisely that portion of the book with which a young student , or a general reader , can most easily dispense . Dr . Carey has , therefore , cut
away this branch altogether , and has been able also to shorten the scriptural quotations considerably , not by omitting any of the references , but by leaving the reader to follow those references to the original , instead of setting them forth in his text . In this way , Dr . Carey has with , it is true , comparatively little la- ^
bour to himself , formed a very valuable and compendious book , which we should hope will find its way to and enrich the collection , however scanty , of many a student who desires an honest , faithful and diligent guide to the original storehouses of revealed truth . The bookseller and
publisher has brought himself legitimately within the jurisdiction of the Reviewer , as the announcer and prefacewriter of his book , and we shall not let the opportunity pass by of thanking him for the judiciousness of his undertaking , and the creditable manner in which it
has been executed under his direction ; not being ourselves at all averse to see our booksellers and printers assuming a more editorial character , and becoming the immediate planners and superintendents of works conducive to the substantial interests of literature or science .
Critical Notices , 63
Art . VI . —Minutes of the Committee of the British and Foreign Bible Society [ as to the Strasburgh Bible ] . London . 1826 . Remarks upon the recent Accusations against the Committee of the British and Foreign Bible Society . In a Letter to a Clergyman in the Country ' , from a Lay-Member of that Institution . London . 1826 .
We notice these publications at pre sent , merely that the subject may be seen not to have escaped our observation . The discussion is assuming an official shape , and we shall hope , when it is in a more satisfactory form , to review the question in agitation between the parties . We will not prejudice the question by assuming that there may not be a great deal in the administration of the business
of such a Society which requires a vigilant eye ; and that the hand of reform may not be exceedingly useful ; but we must say , that the characters of all parties , and the nature of this institution , whose interests all profess to have at heart , call for the exercise of kinder and more charitable , more Christian - like feelings than appear to characterize some of the late animadversions on the Society and its leading conductors , particularly from the North .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1827, page 63, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1792/page/63/