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structure, most of these passages being in their nature detached excerpts.
The version of 1881 has been chosen for its manifest superiority to any other English version in common use. Its translation, paragraph divisions, and marginal readings have been retained, not as incapable of improvement, but as on the whole better serving the interests of those who, it is thought, will use this book than any that could be substituted for them.
The notes at the end of the volume are intended to facilitate the use of the book for historical study. Yet they by no means undertake to discuss all the questions necessarily raised by such study or to treat exhaustively those which are considered. Their aim is limited almost wholly to the endeavor to make more clear than can be done by the arrangement of the material upon the page, the relation between the different documents and events which that arrangement is intended to suggest, and to state briefly the reasons for the positions assigned to the several documents.
ERNEST D. BURTON. CHICAGO, October, 1895.
PRINCIPAL DIVISIONS OF THE
I. — THE PRIMITIVE CHURCH IN JERUSALEM: From the
Ascension of Jesus until the Death of Stephen.
PART II. - THE CHURCH SCATTERED ABROAD AND PREACH
ING THE WORD: From the Death of Stephen until the
PART III. — MISSIONS IN ASIA MINOR, MACEDONIA, AND
GREECE: From the Beginning of Paul's First Missionary
PART IV. - THE LAST YEARS OF THE APOSTLE PAUL: From
Paul's Last Arrival in Jerusalem until his Death.
PART V.- THE CLOSING PERIOD OF THE APOSTOLIC AGE :
From the Death of the Apostle Paul until the Death of the