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OF THE WHOLE
AND OF THE
HISTORY OF THE JEWS
BETWEEN THE PERIODS OF THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS.
INCLUDING NOTICES OF BIBLICAL ANTIQUITIES AND
DISPENSATIONS, PATRIARCHAL, MOSAIC, AND CHRISTIAN.
With Questions for Examination.
FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES.
REV. J. E. RIDDLE, M.A.
Author Outlines of Scripture History,' 'A Manual of Christian Antiquities,
. An English-Latin and Latin-English Dictionary,' &c.
The present work is very far from being a mere reprint of Mr. Riddles ‘Manual of Scripture History. The whole book has been carefully revised, and numerous errors of greater or less importance have been corrected. In several instances the alterations are very considerable, some portions of the work (e.g. Chapters XX. and XXXIX.) having been almost rewritten. In no case, however, have changes been made except upon the best authority; and in points which may fairly be considered doubtful, the text has been left unaltered. In these cases, wherever it seemed desirable to do so, a note has been added, propounding a view different from Mr. Riddle's. These and all other additional notes are distinguished from those of the Author by being inclosed in square brackets.
The best and most recent authorities have been constantly consulted in making the revision. In particular, the Editor has derived most valuable assistance from Dr. Smith's excellent' Dictionary of the Bible,' to which numerous references have been given, and from which short extracts have occasionally been introduced.
As great diversity of opinion exists amongst commentators and harmonists respecting the order of events in the Gospel History, it has been thought best, as a general rule, to leave Mr. Riddle's arrangement unaltered. The few changes that have been made will be found to be supported by the best authorities.
Tables have been prefixed to Chapters XXXIV. and XXXIX., which will, it is hoped, be found useful in elucidating two somewhat intricate portions of the Sacred History. Two other Tables are prefixed to Chapter XX., showing the particulars of the principal Jewish Sacrifices, and the Offerings required in certain special cases.
J. H. BACKHOUSE.
FELSTEAD GRAMMAR SCHOOL:
THIS BOOK has been composed in accordance with the suggestions and advice of many persons engaged in the work of education, who have strongly expressed their want of a compendious narrative of Sacred History, corresponding at once to our present resources, and to that accurate and solid system of instruction which, happily, is now demanded in every department of knowledge. The Manual is indeed, in plan and substance, no more than a school-book; but my estimate of the true nature and value of a book fit for either the public or the domestic school-room, especially on a subject such as this, is very high; and I do not hesitate to say that I have accordingly bestowed upon this small elementary volume a considerable amount of thought, research, and labour.
The plan of this Manual includes the following particulars : A continuous narrative of the events recorded in the Old and New Testaments, arranged in chapters of moderate length, to each of which are appended two sets of Questions, one set being of an elementary or general character, and the additional set consisting of such questions as may be usefully proposed to the more advanced pupils, or such as relate to subjects which demand attention from the more thoughtful and inquiring reader;—perpetual reference to those characteristics of Sacred History which mark it as one consistent and harmonious whole, having its centre in the person and work of Christ; or, in other words,