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FROM JANUARY TO JULY, 1877.
STUDIES ABOUT THE KINGDOM OF ISRAEL.
REV. EDWIN W. RICE.
No. 1122 CHESTNUT STREET. .
NEW YORK: 8 AND 10 BIBLE HOUSE, ASTOR PLACE.
St. Louis: 207 N. Sixth St.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1876, by the
AMERICAN SUNDAY-SCHOOL UNION,
THE SCHOLAR'S HAND-BOOKS.
WHAT IS SAID OF THEM.
“The best of all hand-books for these lessons, because it is short, pointed, clear, scriptural, and thoroughly adapted to draw out the minds of teachers and pupils.”—Christian Intelligencer.
“Will excite Sunday-school scholars to renewed diligence in study."-Journal and Messenger.
"A marvel of much in little.”-Mich, Christian Advocate.
“The lessons are admirably arranged. The author deals faithfully with the text. It cannot but prove a great quickener and helper."- Teachers' Mentor,
“A useful aid in the study of the lessons.”—Dr. Bomberger, in Ref. Ch. Monthly.
“A wonderful amount of information is compressed into this little book.”- Little Christian.
“It is furnished with every requisite for Sunday-school instruction.”- The Episcopalian.
"Perfectly unique in its design and arrangement, and by far the best help to the scholar in the study of the International Lessons which we have yet seen."- Rev. Joseph B. Dunn, Editor of Pastor and People.
“Mr. Rice's plan is different from that of any other compiler of whom we know. His closely-packed pages contain an average of about four hundred words each, making really an astonishing amount of matter, and its distribution is very judicious and suggestive."-- The Congregationalist.
"Exceedingly well planned. To Mr. Rice, we believe, be longs the credit of devising this style of 'hand-book.'”—The Advance.
"Certainly one of the best aids proffered for the study of the International Lessons.”—The Sunday-school Times.
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PLAN OF THE SCHOLAR'S HAND-BOOK.
TAE object of the Scholar's Hand-Book is to give in a compact form some of the most valuable results of the latest researches and most trustworthy comments in explanation of the International Series of Bible Lessons. The “Hand-book" began with the lessons for 1874, and first combined in one book a number of the best features found only in several different Sunday-school helps.
THE PLAN.-1. The Bible text is printed in paragraphs, the verses being noted by figures in the margin and by upright dashes in the line of the text where each verse begins. This plan preserves the unity of the Bible topics, which the verse system of printing often destroys.
2. The Notes and Explanations give in a condensed form the results of the latest investigations in respect to the geography, history, chronology, customs, and manners of Bible lands, to aid in the right understanding of the text of the lessons.
3. The Pictures are not mere fancy sketches, but represent Bible places or Oriental customs, illustrative of some point in the lessons.
4. The Tables of the kings and prophets have been prepared upon & new plan specially for this work, and are believed to be more accu. rate and helpful than any hitherto issued. They aim to present to the eye a clear idea of the orderly succession of the kings of Judah, and also of Israel, so arranged as to show the relative length of each reign, and also the kings ruling in Judah and in Israel at the same time. By this table a portion of Jewish history which usnally only confuses and perplexes the scholar may be made very easy and interesting.
5. The pronunciation of proper names of persons and places is indicated in the Notes under each lesson as well as in the Index, thne making it more convenient than to be compelled to turn to a dictionary or to a table at the end of the volume.
No comment has been attempted where none was needed, and no really difficolt passage has been intentionally passed without giving some explanation. A list of writers and authorities consulted in preparing this work would fill too many pages to be here given. It is sufficient to say that these pages present important information, which can only be found in a large number of the latest standard works, too expensive to be within the reach of the ordi. pary Sunday-school teacher.