This little volume is a fitting crown to the exegetical studies of Dr. Delitzsch. From various points of view it is likely to be of unusual interest, not only to those who have been accustomed to peruse his works, but also to others.
The proofs of the original were read by the lamented author as he was confined to his bed by his last illness, weak in body, but clear in mind. The preface which he dictated five days before his departure was his final literary work. The last printed sheet was laid on his bed the day before he died.
Already the orginal has received high praise from appreciative scholars. It is hoped that the translation may be found not unworthy of this legacy to the cause of Jewish missions by a revered teacher and friend.
SAMUEL IVES CURTISS.
Chicago, Feb. 2nd, 1891.
As in the summer of 1887 I delivered my Lectures ou the Messianic Prophecies, perhaps for the last time, as I had reason to believe, I sought to put the product of my long scientific investigation into as brief, attractive, and suggestive a form as possible. At the same time the wish inspired me to leave as a legacy: to the Institutum Judaicum the compendium of a Concordia fidei; to our missionaries a Vude mecum.
Thus arose this little book—a late sheaf from old and new grain. May God own the old as not obsolete, the new as not obsolescent!
Leipzig, Feb. 26, 1890.