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To Preserve one nation free from Idolatry in order that it might be a safe receptacle for the precursive Evidences of Christianity, was the principle design of the Mosaic Dispensation.
Such a foregrounding is therefore the first precursive device in the narrative, already anticipating his full emergence later as a local government councillor, speech-maker and leader, the 'son of his father,' who was a big-man in his clan.
The precursive element in the latter part of his narrative undoubtedly lies in his report that he began to believe in God.
Jeffares, in a fascinating study of influences on Joyce, traces the precursive voices to the Sterne of Tristam Shandy, that 'bundle of perceptions in constant flux.
the very act of dissenting from established opinions must generate habits precursive to the love of freedom.