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WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE
THE AUTHORIZED AND
THE REV. HENRY BARKER, M.A.
REPRINTED BY PERMISSION OF THE CHURCH ECLECTIC.
REARRANGED AND WITH ADDITIONS.
ARE PRINTED BY PERMISSION OF THE
HE following pages were written without any intention or expectation of publication. Notwithstanding
this they appeared in their first form in the pages of the "Church Eclectic" through several months in 1905-6.
I acknowledge with thanks the courtesy of my old and valued friend, the Editor, in giving permission for publication in this form.
The present Handbook is substantially the same in matter as the Church Eclectic Serial. The Notes have (in the main) been incorporated in the Text; some important and extensive additions have been made, and two entirely new chapters (22 and 25) have been written.
I have written in the interest of no particular Church or Religious Denomination, but have simply endeavoured to gather together in one view from many different sources the varied material necessary to make a fairly complete working manual of the History of English Bible Versions for the use of those whose knowledge of the subject is limited.
I am encouraged to hope that the present Manual may be of assistance to Students and Teachers as providing a basis and scheme either for further study or for more detailed instruction on the lines indicated.
The Title as it stands will make it clear that this Manual is not in any way a critical Handbook of English Versions of Holy Scripture. I may say that the Title is somewhat more ambitious than any that I should have selected. I