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THE

PLEASING EXPOSITOR:

OR,

ANECDOTES

ILLUSTRATIVE OF SELECT PASSAGES OF THE

NEW TESTAMENT.

BY

JOHN WHITECROSS,

AUTHOR OP ANECDOTES ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE ASSEMBLY'S

SHORTER CATECHISM.

EDINBURGH:
PUBLISHED BY WILLIAM OLIPHANT,
AND SOLD BY W. COLLINS, GLASGOW ; HAMILTON, ADAMS & co.
AND JANES NISBET, LONDON; W. M'COMB, BELFAST ;

AND WILLIAM CURRY JUN. & co. DUBLIN.

1830.

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H. & J. PILLANS, PRINTERS, 7. JAMES'S COURT.

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PREFACE.

MANY persons will perhaps be ready to acknowledge that, while almost the whole of a sermon, or other discourse, has been forgotten, some striking incident related in it, besides making a peculiar impression at the moment, has been long afterwards remembered. In the course of reading New Testament Scripture in a family or school, the parent or teacher is furnished, in the present work, with an anecdote or two, under each chapter, by relating which, he may fix and enliven the attention of his children or pupils, and, at the same time, by agreeable associations, impress the passages illustrated more deeply on their youthful recollections. The publication, though chiefly intended for the benefit of the young, may not, however, be uninteresting to more advanced readers.

The author is sensible that the anecdotes are not all of equally direct bearing on the passages to which they are applied. This in any case could not reasonably be expected,

and more particularly as the compiler has been precluded from the use of upwards of five hundred anecdotes in the enlarged editions of his work illustrative of the Assembly's Shorter Catechism, most of which would have suited this volume, but which it was deemed improper to admit.

A work of a similar kind, illustrative of the Old Testament, is in progress. Whether it shall ever be completed, must in a great measure depend on procuring sufficient materials.

It is the prayer of the compiler that the blessing of God may accompany the perasal of this little work.

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