WHILE the Revised Version was in progress there was no small amount of anxiety felt as to the probable effect that might be produced on the great fundamental doctrines of the Church of Christ. It was well known that different readings were to be found in some pertinent passages in ancient manuscripts and versions and early authorities. Would the choice and decision arrived at in such cases savour of opinions orthodox or the opposite? In others, it was equally within the knowledge of numbers that different modes of translation, and even of punctuation, obtained. Should we find here that the old lines had been followed, or novel renderings introduced, or early heretical glosses revived? Further, what would be the general tint and tone, and consequent impression of the work on the mind of the thoughtful reader?
To the above questions the following pages may make some reply. It is needless to say the texts chosen are but specimens of a larger number, though the selection has been made of those that are best known as centres of controversy. In some instances, it will be seen, there is room only for unqualified approbation, in others for regret and disappointment.