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(KING JAMES VERSION, WITH COPIOUS READINGS
AMERICAN REVISED VERSION, PUB-
WITH MARGINAL NOTES OF AN EXHAUSTIVE TOPICAL
THE PROBLEM AND ITS SOLUTION
Can the student of the Bible be assisted in discovering and formulating the truths in the Scriptures and in tracing them in all their varying phases, through the Scriptures, so as to find all passages relating thereto? In other words, can a system of references be devised that will connect every passage containing any given subject or subjects with every other passage containing the same subject or subjects in a plain and convenient form, adapted to the ordinary Bible reader as well as to the experienced student ?
It is believed that this problem has been solved. A corps of trained and skillful experts in analysis made a careful study for subjects of each verse, paragraph, chapter, and group of chapters, each verse passing through the hands of all the workers. Notes of all subjects found tiserein were made by each of them in the margins, opposite the passages, as for example, in the first verse of the Bible were noted five topics: Time; God, creator; Creation, beginning of; Hlearens, physical; Earth, created. In Matt. 5:3, seven topics were noted: Spiritual Peace; Righteous, described; Humility; Christian Graces; Promise, to the righteous; Righteous, promises 1o; Kingdom of Heaven. In verse 45 eleven topics, and in verse 48 eight topics were noted. Sme verses were found to contain more, and some less, than these examples. More than W,000 annotations were thus made in the margins, embracing all sorts of topics: religious, secuar, biographical, geographical, sociological; relating to arts, history, poetry, customs, manners, etc. Following each marginal note, the book, chapter, and verse were given connecting them with the footnotes (described below).
The subjects in the verses having been thus annotated, all passages from all parts of the Bible, relating to each subject, were collected and arranged under descriptive subheadings, crating footnotes, which were located in selected places, as for example, all passages teaching any truth about God were assembled in a footnote, God, beginning on page 3, which is cited from Gen. 2:2, by a star before the word "God.” These passages were arranged under -ubheadings, such as Goodness of, Love of, Mercy of, Providence of, etc., according to the Montents of the passages. In like manner all scriptures containing any truth or fact about drsus were assembed and arranged in a footnote, Jesus. This footnote begins on page 1298, and is cited from Matt. 1:21, by a star before the word "Jesus.” This plan was carried out with respect to all subjects, as exhaustively and thoroughly as possible, in order that the »udent might find in the margins, opposite the verse he is reading, topical notes of all subjects untained in the verse and a reference to an elaborate footnote of each subject, enabling him pursue it to its end. By this system it matters not in what passage a subject attracts atten10, it may be followed from that passage through all its ramifications of the Scriptures.
The Commentary value of the marginal notes. The marginal notes on the text not only 3d the way to an exhaustive study of the subjects in the Scriptures but they serve the very Brful purpose also of a brief, suggestive commentary, bringing to the student of the Bible in te form the gist of all the standard commentaries as well as the topical suggestions of a sips of annotators, who had a genius for analytical study of the Word of God.
The footnotes are, approximately, an exhaustive exhibit of their subjects, and are based body on the Revised Version text. When it has been practicable the passages under general contings have been grouped under subheadings. The passa ges under some headings furnish are variety of subtopical features of subjects and admit of instructive and useful divisions