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WARREN F. DRAPER.
BOSTON: GOULD AND LINCOLN.

NEW YORK: JOHN WILEY.
PHILADELPHIA: SMITH, ENGLISH & Co.

C 12.91.26. to

HARVARD COLLIBE LIBRARY

1860. Feb. b.

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gift to zellard L. Lob. you. George

Boston
(Class of 1828)

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1859,

BY W. F. DRAPER,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

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INTRODUCTORY NOTE

BY THE TRANSLATOR,

This work on St. Paul, by A. Monod, was characterized by an European writer, at the time of the author's lamented death, as follows: “ His five sermons on St. Paul are remarkable for force and copiousness of thought, and for the constant application of the Apostle's principles and practice to the wants of our time.

This is a low estimate of a book unsurpassed in its department, in any language, for manly eloquence, thorough research, profound reflection,-a most earnest, glowing, and winning Christian spirit, united to an exact appreciation of the great Apostle's character and work, and a wise and cautious, but bold and unflinching, application of his teachings to the times in which we live.

The translator wishes to say nothing of his labor, which has been most pleasant to him, - except that he has sought to give the precise thought of his author, without extenuation or addition, in such English as he could command. With regard to the Biblical citations

occurring in the volume, he submits the single remark, that, saving his allegiance to the original Scriptures, he has scrupulously given the meaning of the author's language, slightly departing for this purpose, in a very few instances, from the words of our common English Version.

With this explanation, this little volume, by an illustrious Christian Orator, is commended to all admirers of the great Apostle of the Gentiles, with the humble prayer that they may become, also, imitators and followers of

Saint Paul,

OCTOBER 29, 1859.

PREFACE.

In these discourses an historical study of the life and writings of the apostle is not to be sought; their object is more humble, more practical, and relates more nearly to the present time.

Solicitous as I am of beholding a people of God taking form that shall fulfil the spiritual task of this epoch, I ask for them a real and living type; and such a type I find in Saint Paul. To estimate the good which Saint Paul has done to the Church, and, through it, to the world, — to study the moral springs of his immense activity, and on this side, which is accessible to all, to hold it forth as an example, - expresses the design which I have cherished.

I speak on behalf of those of my brethren in Jesus Christ who, “determined to know nothing save Jesus Christ and him crucified,” deplore with me the languishing condition of the believing Church, and prosecute the work of reforming it, - a work to which we are called on every side,

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