Excerpt from The General Epistles of St. James and St. Jude
The order which makes the Catholic Epistles follow immediately after the Acts is very ancient, and it is a matter for regret that the inﬂuence of Jerome, acting through the Vulgate, has universally disturbed it in all Western Churches. The connexion between these two portions (the Acts and the Catholic Epistles), com mended by its intrinsic appropriateness, is preserved in a large proportion of Greek mss. Of all ages, and corresponds to i arked affinities of textual history.2 It is the order followed by Cyril of Jerusalem, Atha nasius, John of Damascus, the Council of Laodicea, and also by Cassian. It has been restored by Tischen dorf, Tregelles, and Westcott and Hort; but it is not to be expected that even their powerful authority will avail to re-establish the ancient arrangement.
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