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Th1s book, with the exception of the eighth chapter, is a stenographic report of lectures delivered to a large Sunday-school class, which at times numbered as many as three hundred. This fact will explain the familiar and even colloquial style of address. While the problems of history and exegesis were discussed, the lectures were intended to be popular, in the sense of being intelligible to all. It is hoped that this has not prevented them from being fairly representative of the results of modern scholarship. They are now printed in the belief that they may be useful to a larger number of Christian people than that which first listened to them.

A. H. S. Rochester, January 9, 1914.