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O the many Compilations published for the use of Schools, it feemed expedient that a Selection fhould be added from the BIBLE. And with refpect to the propriety of felecting, where all is prefumed to be excellent, it will not furely be denied by the judicious and impartial, that fome parts of Holy Scripture are better adapted than others, to the perufal of readers in the puerile age.
It appears that the practice of initiating young people in reading by the New and Old Teftament, which was once univerful, is rather on the decline; and one reafon of it may be, a disapprobation of reading them, WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION, at a time when the understanding is immature.
But while the New and Old Teftament have loft ground in Schools, many trifling and uninterefting Books have fupplied their place; books which imprefs ideas but feebly, and which, if they are remembered, furnish the mind with little more than lumber. Even hiftories of Jefus Chrift and of the Bible, conveyed in the language of a poor writer, tend to debafe fubjects, which, in the facred text, appear with an air of native majesty.
It is defirable that the more important matter of Holy Writ should make an early impreffion, and be remembered for life; and it is therefore right to let it be read, as in the days of our forefathers, during the course of early education, when all that is received is likely to be long retained. A fample once relished by the learner, may invite him in due time to feaft upon the whole.
Such ideas on the subject fuggefted the expediency of the following felection. In beginning it, the Editor was glad to
lean on authority. He therefore adopted in the New Tefta-
ment the Chapters particularly recommended by Dr. An-
thony Blackwall, the celebrated author of the Sacred Claf-
fics, who, from his peculiar ftudies, may be fuppofed well
prepared to direct fuch a choice.
His words on the fubject of his felection, which is here
followed in the First Part, are thefe:
"In this collection you will find the Book of God,
"written by the Evangelifts and Apoftles, comprised in
a most admirable and comprehenfive Epitome +."
In the Second Part, which confifts of Extracts from the
Old Teftament, the Editor has endeavoured to felect, accord-
ing to his own judgment, the most entertaining and improving
paffages and books and if he has in any respect erred, he
hopes the rectitude of his intention will fecure pardon.
In the Third Part he has inferted most of those beautiful
and moral books of Apocrypha, the Wisdom of Solomon, and
As the great objections to the Editions of Bibles ufually intro-
duced into Schools are, a fmall Letter and a crowded Page,
regard has been paid in this Selection to the external circum-
fances of a good Type and a pleafing appearance of both Page
and Paper. These are of confequence to the young learner,
as they leffen the tedium of reading, by eafing the eye.
Sincerely hoping that this Publication may contribute fome-
thing, as an elementary book, to the promotion of religious
knowledge and rational piety in the most docile age, it is
refpectfully offered to the fuperintendants of education.
Vid. Blackwall's Introduction to the Claffics, pag. 132, 1336
Book I. From the New Teftament.
ST. MATTHEW, Pax V. Parable of the ten virgine, it's fermon
on the mount.
and of the
talents: defcription of the laft judgment.XXVI. The rulers
confpire against Chrift; Judas felleth him: Chrift eateth the Pass-
over; is betrayed: Peter denieth him.- -XXVII. Chrift delivered
to Pilate: Judas hangeth himself: Chrift is crucified; his death,
and burial.- -XXVIII. Chrift's refurrection; he appeareth to the
women; and to his disciples, and fendeth them to baptize.
ST. MARK, p. 20.-CHAP. I. John Baptift's office. Jefus is bap-
tized is tempted; preacheth; calleth Peter and others, and cureth
many.. -XIII. Deftruction of the temple. Perfecutions for the
Gofpel. Calamities to the Jews. Chrift's coming to judgment.
ST. LUKE, p. 25.-CHAP. II. Auguftus taxeth all the Roman
empire. Chrift's nativity; his circumcifion. Simeon and Anna
prophesy of Christ.- -IX. Chrift fendeth his apoftles. Herod is
defirous to fee Chrift. Chrift's transfiguration. XV. Parable
of the loft fheep; of the piece of filver; and of the prodigal fon.——
XVI. Of the unjuft fteward. Hypocrify of the covetous Pharifees
reproved. The rich glutton, and Lazarus the beggar.-
Jefus accufed before Pilate; sent to Herod; mocked, and fent back
to Pilate; delivered to be crucified: his death and burial.-
XXIV. Chrift's refurrection declared to the women; they report it
to others: Christ himself appeareth; and ascendeth up to heaven.
ST. JOHN, p. 42. CHAP. I. Divinity, humanity, and office of
Jefus Chrift. Teftimony of John. Calling of Andrew, Peter,
&c. XI. Chrift raifeth Lazarus. Caiaphas prophefieth.-
XIV. Chrift comforteth his difciples; profeffeth himself the way,
the truth, and the life.. -XV. The mutual love between Chrift
and his members, under the parable of the vine.XVI. Chrift
comforteth his difciples against tribulation, by the promise of the
-XVII. Chrift prayeth to his Father to glorify him,
and to preferve his apoftles in unity and in truth.- -XIX. Chrift
is fcourged, crowned with thorns, and beaten; delivered to be cru-
cified he dieth, and is buried. -XX. Chrift's refurrection.
ACTS of the APOSTLES, p. 60.-CHAP. XXVI. Paul before
Agrippa. -XXVII. His dangerous voyage towards Rome.
ROMANS, p. 66.-CHAPS. II. VIII. XII.
■ CORINTHIANS, p. 71.-CHAP'S. 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,
THESSALONIANS, p. 96. CHAPS, II, V,
REVELATION, p. 129.-CHAPS. I. XVIII. XIX. XX.