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TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,
DIVINE ORIGIN OF THE BOOK ;
IN ANSWER TO THE OBJECTIONS
OF THE LATE
PROFESSOR J. D. MICHAELIS,
ARCHDEACON OF SALOP,
Io Prophetiis explicandis, semper patuit, et patere debet, omnibus Dei honorem
ISAAC HAWKINS BROWNE, ESQ. M.P. F.R.S.
OF THAT FRIENDSHIP,
HAPPILY AND HONOURABLY FOR ME,
HAS SO LONG AND CONSTANTLY SUBSISTED BETWEEN US,
WITH GRATEFUL AND AFFECTIONATE ATTACHMENT,
TO INSCRIBE TO YOU THIS WORK,
J. C. WOODHOUSE.
THE Prophecies of the Apocalypse, though illustrated by commentators of all ages, have not been so successfully explained, as to afford general satisfaction. From the interpretations most commonly received, many of the learned have withholden their assent; and doubts have been expressed, whether we are yet in possession of the fortunate clues to be derived from human sagacity or Divine inspiration; or of the necessary aids of learning; or of the events in history; which, at some future period, may be destined to ascertain the completion of these predictions.
Under such circumstances, opportunity is fairly afforded for attempts to explain this mystical book by new methods of inquiry. And, while the rash precipitancy of the enthusiastic and unqualified interpreter is to be discouraged, indulgence will justly be thought due to those, who with pious caution, with laborious investiga