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GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LUKE.
REV. JAMES FOOTE, A.M.,
MINISTER OF THE FREE EAST CHURCH, ABERDEEN.
15 PRINCES STREET, EDINBURGH; AND
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.
THE First Edition of these Lectures having been for some time out of print, a Second Edition is now published, containing the whole work, carefully revised.
ABERDEEN, March, 1848.
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.
In order that its readers may know what they have reason to expect, and not be disappointed at not finding what is incompatible with its plan, it is necessary that the nature of a work be distinctly understood. The following Lectures, then, are now printed in the same form in which they were preached to the congregation to whom the author ministers. All very long criticisms would have been unsuitable in popular discourses; but criticism has been often introduced, where it was thought that it could be brought to bear in a perfectly intelligible, brief, natural, and useful way. The author can say, that while he was studious of simplicity, both in matter and in style, he read and consulted a great many authors, and was at great pains to make up his mind decidedly as to the meaning of the sacred text. In general, he has given only the result to which his examinations led him; occasionally, however, he has given a full statement of the steps by which he was led to the result. He has consulted, and is, of course, more or less, indebted to almost all the common expositors of Scripture, as well as many critical writers less generally known; but he has not slavishly followed any of them.
He has endeavoured to observe the distinction between the lecture and the sermon; and has proceeded on the principle of an actual, bona fide exposition, and practical application of the passages under review—restraining himself from excursions which, however inviting, appeared to