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more distant from the scene of actual evidence , they were peculiarl y wanted There were epistles in Greek addressed to the leading divisions of the church established in Heathen countries , between whom and the expatriated Jews Greek was , as far as we can see , the only adequate medium , particularly as
being the language of the current versioti of the Old Testament . The very doubts which have always existed about the original language of such an Epistle as that to the Hebrews , is , in our view , characteristic of the position of the members of that nation , whom dispersion in foreign countries and a relaxation from their ancient law and institutions were every day tending to amalgamate with the Christian converts from other nations to such an
extent as , in a short time , wholly to efface the distinction . To return to Dr . Maltby : we shall be happy to see the continuation of his promised series of Discourses on the Original Languages of Scripture . He intends , it appears , to give peculiar attention to the Hellenistic Greek , and no one can read the Palaeoromaica without feeling convinced ( whatever he may think of the hypothesis on which its author has chosen to hang his observations ) that there is a great deal to be done in elucidating that subject ,
a , nd that there are very many most important anomalies in the present text to discuss and illustrate . He will come best prepared to sift the comparative influences of foreign tongues upon this species of Greek , and to explain the process by which some of the very peculiar constructions and solecisms which the author has pointed out arose , who brings to the task the most
extensive knowledge of the different languages prevalent at the time ; and in this respect we have already observed that the author of the Palseoromaica is , with all his industry and ingenuity , in a great degree deficient . He has , however , collected a store of interesting materials into which we have not yet entered , but the details of which we shall be glad at some future period to follow Dr . Maltby in investigating . § #
To the Editor . Sir , Hackney , March 6 , 1827 . Some literary inquiries connected with Servia and Poland having lately led me to correspond with several Slavonian men of letters , I have gathered together the following facts respecting the Transylvanian Unitarians , which it may be desirable to record .
In Transylvania and Hungary their present number ( January , 1827 ) is between 40 and 50 , 000 , or about one forty-fourth of the whole population , which amounted by the last census to 1 , 972 , 000 . Literature is in rather an inactive state in Transylvania , and for some time no very distinguished author has appeared . The Unitarians enjoy liberty of faith and worship , and possess a College , ( Collegium , ) not a University , at Klausenburg , which is in a flourishing situation , with about three hundred students , under the
care of three Curators , ( who do not interfere with instruction , ) one Rector , four Professors and seven Teachers . The Unitarians have also two Gymnasia , one at Thorenburg , the other at Szekely-Keresztur . The number of head-churches which they occupy is one hundred and ten , and there are fifty-four branch churches or chapels . The principal authority is ttiatof a superintendent . The Unitarians who were formerly scattered over Bohemi ^ i and Poland are now extinct , their descendants having conformed to tfoe Cak vinistic creed . J « B .
Transylvanian Unitarians . 243
TRANSYLVANIAN UNITARIANS .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), April 2, 1827, page 243, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1795/page/11/