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THE LOGIC of scIENCE IS THE UNIVERSAL Logic, APPLICABLE To ALL INQUIRIES
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1859, by
In the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the United States for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
THE principal reasons which have induced us to add another to the already long list of works on Exegetical Science, will be given in the body of the present volume. In this place it will suffice to say that, as its title-page indicates, the publication which is now offered to the public differs in its whole design and execution from all that have preceded it. It purports to be, radically and essentially, a new work, and not a remodeled edition of Ernesti, Michaelis, Stuart, or Horne. True, it does not claim to have discovered a new method of investigating phenomena; it merely adopts, and applies to the Scriptures, a method which has been satisfactorily tried in other departments of study, but which, it is believed, has never been presented and urged as the Method of Biblical Interpretation. On this it bases its chief if not its sole claim to the attention and favor of the public.
That Method takes precedence and control of Rules, and cannot be superseded by them, is a proposition which seems never to have been considered by any of the writers on Hermeneutical Science. Hence they have not only failed to elaborate and insist upon the Inductive Method, but have been equally silent with reference to all others; and their works, which have so long been held as standard authorities in this department, are wholly destitute of any well-defined Method of Interpretation. Whereas, unless we have wholly