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THE

BAMPTON LECTURES

FOR THE YEAR MDCCCXXIV.

BEING

AN ATTEMPT TO TRACE THE HISTORY

AND

TO ASCERTAIN THE LIMITS

OF THE

SECONDARY AND SPIRITUAL INTERPRETATION

OF SCRIPTURE.

BY

J. J. CONYBEARE, M.A.

PREBENDARY OF YORK AND VICAR OF BATH EASTON ;

LATE STUDENT OF CHRIST CHURCH, AND PROFESSOR OF ANGLO-

SAXON AND OF POETRY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD.

OXFORD,

AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS FOR THE AUTHOR.

SOLD BY J. PARKER, OXFORD; AND MESSRS. RIVINGTON, ST.
PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD, LONDON.

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27, Gower Street. Monday, June 7, 1824.

« DEAR SIR, “ I enclose the proofs, with the Title, Preface, and Contents. Can you have the goodness to let me have proofs of these latter by Wednesday night's coach, as I leave town on Friday. I will then forward the Errata, and any supplementary Notes which may seem needful, with all speed.

I remain,
Dear Sir,
Very truly yours,

J. J. CONYBEARE."

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To Mr. Collingwood.

THE above note fully explains the Author's intention with respect to the completion of his work. His sudden and lamented death, on Friday June the 11th, prevented its execution; and it is judged inexpedient to delay the publication by attempting to supply these deficiencies.

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INTRODUCTION.

THE subject of the following Lectures was some years back strongly brought under the writer's notice by circumstances on which it is unnecessary to dwell. In the course of his inquiries he could not but observe, that no work had as yet appeared in our own language professedly dedicated to the history and criticism of this branch of scriptural exposition. How far he has been successful in the attempt to supply this deficiency must be left to the judgment of others. For himself he can say with truth, that he is conscious of many defects both in his plan and its execution. In extenuation, however, of such defi

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