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By RICHARD WATSON, D.D. F. R. S.
LORD BISHOP of LANDAFF,
Regius PROFESSOR of Divinity in the UNIVERSITY of
Printed by J. ARCHDBACON Printer to the UNIVERSITY; for J. & J. MERRILL, Cambridge ; T. Evans, London;
and J. & J. FLETCHER, Oxford.
M. DCC. LXXXV.
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A Dissertation on the Ancient Versions of the Bible ; foerwa
: ing why our English Translation differs so much from them, and the excellent Use that may be made of them towards attaining the true Readings of the Holy Scriptures in doubtful Places. In a Letter to a friend. The second Edition, prepared for the Press by the Author before his Death, and now printed from his own Manuscript. By the late Rev. Dr. THOMAS BRETT. Lond. 1760 In the Year 1729, Doctor Brett published a Chronological Essay in Defence of the Computation of the Septuagint: In that Tract he observes, that if the Reader “compares the xiyth Psalm in his Bible, which is translated from the Hebrew, with the fame Psalm in his Common, Prayer-Book, translated from the Septuagint, he will find that in his Common-Prayer-Book, there are four whole Verses more than are in his Bible, viz. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7: Yet thefe Verses are every one of them cited by St. Paul in the same Words, Rom. iii. 14, 15, 16, 17, 18." For the clearing up of this and similar Difficulties, he wrote, in the same Year, the Essay which is here re-published; the first Edition of it came out in 1742, several Years after it had been composed. It is an excellent Diflertation, and cannot fail of being very useful to such as have not Leisure or Opportunity to consult Dr. Hody's Book, de Bibliorum
Textibus ; Bishop Walton's Prolegomena to his Polyglot ; Du Pin's Canon of Scripture; Dean Prideaux's Account of the Hebrew Scriptures in the 2d Vol. 8vo, of the Old and New Testament connected; The 2d Book of Lamy's Apparatus Biblicus; Lewis' Origines Hebræxe, and other Works of a like Nature. Dr. Owen's Inquiry into the present State of the Septuagint Version, Lond. 1769, is very deserving of the Reader's Attention. An Historical Account of the several English Translations of
the Bible, and the Opposition they met with from the Church of Rome. By ANTHONY JOHNSON, A. M. Lond.
, 1730. In the Preface to Poole's Annotations on the Bible, there is a short Account of the English Translations of it, and a Tract was printed in London, 1778, intitled, A List of various Editions of the Bible, and wishes to main English, from the Year 1526, to 1776. If the Reader wishes to make a deeper Inquiry into this Subject, he will find full Information, not only with respect to various Translations of the Bible into English, but into a great many other Languages, in Mr. Le Long's Bibliotheca Sacra.