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The object in the preparation and publication of this volume, has been to render accessible to Christian readers generally, some of the rich literary and religious treasures which lie hidden in the writings of the good and great men here represented. Several of the Discourses here presented, have long had the reputation, in Europe, of being among the chefs-d'ouvre of their respective authors. This is true, for example, of the two of Dr. Monod on WOMAN, and his three on THE TEMPTATION OF CHRIST; and those of Dr. Krummacher on the same subject; which, for deep penetration and lofty eloquence, are not excelled by anything that this celebrated author has ever published. It is believed that these two sets of sermons on the TEMPTATION OF OUR BLESSED LORD, coming as they do from two of the ablest and most eloquent preachers of this age, contain a more touching, instructive, and exhaustive discussion of this deeply interesting subject than is elsewhere to be found.
Professor Tholuck's Discourse on the CHRISTIAN LIFE AS A GLORIFIED CHILDHOOD, is a precious gem; and each of his sermons here furnished will enhance his already distinguished reputation. Those of Professor Müller will be the more gratefully received, from the fact that none of his Discourses, with a single exception,* have ever appeared in an English dress.
* In PULPIT ELOQUENCE OF XIX, CENTURY.
The sermon of Krummacher entitled THE BELIEVER'S CHALLENGE, is a remarkable specimen of bold and abrupt rhetoric, the peculiarities of which it was difficult to preserve in the translation.
It has been a delightful task, thus to be the means of extending the acquaintance of these honored and beloved servants of God—now ripening off for heaven, and one of whom has, of late, already 'gone up higher.' In a very few instances advantage has been taken of former renderings, but not without the most careful revision. The part which the translators respectively have performed in the preparation of the work, is indicated by the order of their names on the title-page, taken in connection with the order of the sermons in the volume; the first named being particularly responsible for the French department, and the last named for the German.
NEWARK, N. J., April 20, 1858.