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THE TWELVE APOSTLES,
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED
A LIFE OF
JOHN THE BAPTIST.
Iraners William Tut
By F. W. P. GREENWOOD, JUNIOR MINISTER OF KING'S CHAPEL, BOSTON.
“And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the Twelve Apostles of the Lamb.”
Rev. xxi. 14. “ The glorious company of the Apostles praise thee."
Rt ad 1826
BS a4yo .67 1835
Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1835, by
HILLIARD, GRAY & Co., in the Clerk's office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.
METCALF, TORRY, AND BALLOU.
TO THE SECOND EDITION.
The present edition of the “Lives of the Twelve Apostles," will, it is hoped, be found an improvement on the first. The work has been considerably enlarged, and its form has, in some respects, been changed. A Life of John the Baptist is now prefixed to the other lives, and a Life of the apostle Matthias is added at the close. The Notes, which, in the first edition, were printed at the end of the volume, have either been incorporated with the text, or printed in their several places as foot-notes. Authorities have been reconsulted, and critical conclusions reconsidered.
It has been suggested to the author, from more than one respected source, that lives of Saint Paul, and of the Evangelists Mark and Luke,
would be a desirable addition to the biographies of the Apostolic Twelve. But he has been fearful of injuring thereby the unity of his groupthat group which immediately surrounded our Lord, and whose lives are connected with his in the Gospel accounts; and he has therefore thought it more advisable to limit himself to the insertion of a life of the great Forerunner, which properly precedes the other histories.
In the Notes to the first edition, the author had named the days on which the Apostles are severally commemorated in the Western Church, and had also given the Collects, or short, comprehensive prayers, which are appropriated to those days, in the Liturgy of the Church of England. To those Collects he has now subjoined some pieces of selected poetry, chiefly from late works of Bishop Mant and of Keble, with a view of increasing the religious impression of the volume, and adding somewhat of a devotional to its scriptural and biographical character. They who do not attach any peculiar sacredness to the days which are set apart to the Apostles