An Entrance into the Sacred Language; containing the necessary Rules of Hebrew Grammar in English… The whole digested in so easy a Manner, that a Child of seven Years old may arrive at a competent Knowledge of the Hebrew Scriptures with very little Assistance.

  • Bayley, Cornelius
  • London: Printed for the Author by R. Hindmarsh 1782
  • ESTC T92130.


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FIRST EDITION, 8vo, pp. [iv], xvi, [iv], 232. Bound without the subscriber’s list or final ad leaf. Near-contemporary straight-grained blue morocco, spine divided by gilt rules, lettered in gilt direct, other compartments with central flower tools gilt, marbled endpapers, edges gilt. Just some light spotting. Binding rubbed and scratched. Occasional marginal pencil notes, trimmed in binding and blurry (from an attempt to wash?); early ownership inscription of Gul. M. Johnson, A.M. to front blank.


A popular and widely admired Hebrew grammar for beginners by Cornelius Bayley (1751-1812), a Methodist preacher who later joined the Church of England. Based in Manchester (he was the first incumbent of St James's Church in the city centre, now a 1960s office block), he earned an honorary D.D. from Aberdeen following the publication of this work. ODNB gives the date of its first appearance as 1778, but no such edition can be traced in ESTC or Worldcat - the confusion appears to have arisen from a reference in a 1778 letter to Bayley from John Wesley, but the text of that letter confirms Wesley was reading the work in manuscript.

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