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John Eadie

Scottish theologian and biblical critic

The uneventful life of a pastor and scholar does not generally furnish much material for biography. In Dr. Eadie's case there is a more than usual lack of incident. He never removed from the city where he began his ministry, and he did not connect his name with the controversies of his time. He kept no journal, and he seldom wrote a letter which extended beyond the limits of a hurried business note. It was, nevertheless, believed by those who knew him best, that if the story of his quiet and laborious life could be simply told, the record would be neither uninteresting nor unprofitable.

In arranging the material at his disposal, the author has not followed strictly the chronological order. Dr. Eadie wrought simultaneously in three distinct spheres of labour, and it seemed more convenient to treat separately of his pastorate, his professorship, and his literary work; but, at the same time, care has been taken to trace clearly the line of his personal history.

The author returns his heartfelt thanks to all who have aided him in his work. He is under special obligation to Mrs. Eadie for much kind assistance and encouragement. He is deeply indebted to the authors of interesting contributions which will be found in their appropriate places; to several members of the New Testament Revision Company, not only for leave to make use of letters, but also for valuable information and advice: to friends in Alva and in Cambridofe Street and Lansdowne Churches, for assistance in collecting the facts embodied in the chapters relating to Dr. Eadie's early life and his two pastorates; to all who have placed letters at his disposal ; and to those who have given unwearied assistance in the work of revising proofs.

The Photograph prefixed to this volume is by Mr. Fergus of Largs, to whom thanks are due for the use of the negative.

St. James' Manse,
Paisley, I9th April, 1S78.

Life of John Eadie, D.D., LL.D.
By James Brown (1878)

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