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*T*0 the many Compilations publishedfor the use of Schools, it seemed expedient that a Selection Jhould be added from the Bible. And with respeft to the propriety of selecting, where all is presumed to be excellent, it will not surely be denied by the judicious and impartial, that some parts of Holy Scripture are better adapted than others, to the perusal of readers in the puerile age.
It appears that the practice of initiating young people in reading by the New and Old Testament, which was once universal, is rather on the decline; and one reason of it may he, a disapprobation of reading them, wITHOUT DiscriMination, at a time when the understanding is immature.
But while the New and Old Testament have lost ground in Schools, many trifling and uninteresting Books have supplied their place; books which impress ideas but feebly, and which, if they are remembered, furniJh the mind with little more than lumber. Even histories of Jesus Christ and of the Bible, conveyed in the language of a poor writer, tend to debase subjects, which, in the sacred text, appear with an air of native majesty.
It is desirable that the more important matter os Holy Writ Jhould make an early impression, and be remembered for life; and it is therefore right to let it be read, as in the days ef our forefathers, during the course of early education, when all that is received is likely to be long retained. A sample once relished by the learner, may invite him in due time to feast upon the whole.
Such ideas on the subject suggested the expediency of the following selection. In beginning it, the Editor was glad ti
6 lean lean on authority. He therefore adopted in the New TeJlameat the Chapters particularly recommended by Dr. Anthony Blackwall, the celebrated author of the Sacred Classics, who, from his peculiar Jludies, may be supposed welt prepared to direct such a choke.
His words on the subject of his selection, which is here followed in the FirJl Part, are these:
"In this collection you will sind the Book of God, "written by the Evangelists and Apostles, comprised in "a most admirable and comprehensive Epitome f."
In the Second Part, which consists of Extracts from the Old Testament, the Editor has endeavoured to select, according to his own judgment, the moJl entertaining and improving passages and books; and if he has in any respect erred, he hopes the rectitude of his intention will secure pardon.
In the Third Part he has inserted most of those beautiful •end moral books of Apocrypha, the Wisdom of Solomon, and Ecclestaflicus.
As the great objections to the Editions of Bibles usually introduced into Schools are, a small Letter and a crowded Page, regard has been paid in this Selection to the external circumJlances of a good Type and a pleasing appearance of both Page and Paper. These are of consequence to the young learner, as they lessen the tedium of reading, by easing the eye.
Sincerely hoping that this Publication may contribute something, as an elementary book, to the promotion of religious knowledge and rational piety in the most docile age, it is respectfully offered to thesuperintendants of educations.
\ Vid. Blackwall's Int,oduction to the CUffies, pag. 13a, 153*
Book I. From the New Testament.
ST. MATTHEW, page i.—Chaps. V. VI. VII. Christ's sermon
to Pilate i Judas hangeth himself: Christ is crucified; his death,
and burial. XXVIII. Christ's resurrection; he appeareth to the
women; and to his difciples, and sendeth them to baptize.
ST. MARK, p. 20.—Chap. I. John Baptist's office. Jesus is bap-
many. XIII. Destruction of the temple. Persecutions for the
Gospel. Calamities to the Jews. Christ's coming to iudgment.
ST. LUKE, p. 25.—Chap. II. Augustus taxeth all the Roman
prophesy of Christ. IX. Christ sendeth his apostles. Herod is
desirous to see Christ.. Christ's transfiguration. XV. Parable
of the loft sheep ; of the piece of silver ; and of the prodigal son.
reproved. The rich glutton, and Lazarus the beggar. XXIII.
Jesus accused before Pilate; sent to Herod; mocked, and sent back
&c.. XI. Christ raiseth Lazarus. Caiaphas prophesieth.
XIV. Christ comforteth his difciples; prosefleth himself the way,
the truth, and the lise. XV. The mutual love between Christ
and his members, under the parable of the vine. XVI. Christ
comforteth his difciples against tribulation, by the promise of the
Holy Ghost XVII. Christ prayeth to his Father to glorify him,
and to preserve his apostles in unity and in truth. ^XIX. Christ
is scourged, crowned with thorns, and beaten; delivered to be cru-
ACTS of the APOSTLES, p. 60.—Chap. XXVI. Paul before
ROMANS, p. 66 Chaps. II. VIII. XII.
1 CORINTHIANS, p. 71.—Chaps. III. IX. XIII. XV.
2 CORINTHIANS, p. 78 Chaps. IV. VI, XI.
EPHESIANS, p. 83.—Chaps. IV. V. VI.
PHILIPPIANS, p. 87 Chaps. I. II. III.
COLOSSIANS, p. 92 Chaps. I. III.
THI5SAL0NIANS, p. tf^CUArs, II, V,