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REFERENCE BIBLE,

Designee le Facilitate

The Acquisition of Scriptural Knowledge

In Prible Classes, Sunday Schools,
Common Schools & Private Families.

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& Brewster: Also bythe American Sunday
School Union Philadelphia.

1826.

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WITH REFERENCES AND A KEY SHEET OF QUESTIONS, GEOGRAPHICAL, HISTORICAL, DOCTRINAL, PRACTICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL; ACCOMPANIED WITH VALUABLE CHRONOLOGICAL HARMONIES OF BOTH TESTAMENTS; CORRECT AND ELEGANT MAPS, AND HIGHLY USEFUL TABLES OF SCRIPTUre names, SCRIPTURE GEOGRAPHY, SCRIPTURE CHRONOLOGY, SCRIPTURE REFERENCES, &C.

The whole designed to facilitate

THE ACQUISITION OF SCRIPTURAL KNOWLEDGE IN BIBLE CLASSES, SUNDAY SCHOOLS, COMMON SCHOOLS, AND PRIVATE FAMILIES.

BY HERVEY WILBUR, A. M.

VOL. I.

STEREOTYPED BY T. H. CARTER & CO. BOSTON.

Boston:

PUBLISHED BY CUMMINGS, HILLIARD, & CO. AND CROCKER & BREWSTER; ALSO BY THE AMERICAN SUN

DAY SCHOOL UNION, PHILADELPHIA.
Power-Press.-J. G. Rogers & Co.

DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, to wit:
District Clerk's Office.

BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the eighteenth day of August, A. D. 1825, in the fiftietn year of the Independence of the United States of America, Her vey Wilbur, A. M. of the said District, has deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as author, in the words following, to wit-The Reference Bible, containing an accurate copy of the common English Version of the Old and New Testaments: with References and a Key Sheet of Questions, Geographical, Historical, Doctrinal, Practical, and Experimental; accompanied with valuable Chronological Harmonies of both Testaments; correct and elegant maps, and highly useful tables of Scripture Names, Scripture Geography, Scripture Chronology, Scripture References, &c. The whole designed to facilitate the acquisition of scriptural knowledge in Bible Classes, Sunday Schools, Common Schools, and Private Families. By Hervey Wilbur, A. M." In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, "An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned;" and also to an Act, entitled, “An Act supplementary to an Act, entitled, An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned; and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical, and other prints." Clerk of the District NO. W. DAVIS, of Massachusetts.

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The editor of the Reference Bible has felt a deeper interest in promoting among the young an intimate acquaintance with the Scriptures than in any other object whatever. His success in turning the attention of the public to this object, is strongly attested in the circulation of above fifty thousand copies of works with his name. The approbation so universally bestowed on the New Testament, on the plan which is here, with enlargement, applied to the whole Scriptures, encourages the hope that the imperfections of this The work will not prevent it from meeting with a favourable reception. destruction of some of the copy when the Stereotype Foundry was burnt, must be his apology for the obviously hasty application of some reference letters.

The Chronological Harmony of the Old Testament is the syllabus of a new English publication by Townsend, and reputed of sterling excellence. The peculiar advantages to be derived from a work which costs nine dollars, is here condensed within the compass of thirty pages. For the excellent harmony of the New Testament, the editor is indebted to the kindness of his literary friend the Rev. S. F. Jarvis, D. D. late Rector of St. Paul's Church, Boston. A Bible Atlas recently executed in England has supplied the maps.

Renewed acknowledgments are here tendered to Rev. Drs. Miller and Lindsley of Princeton, Rev. Professor Goodrich of New-Haven, Rev. Justin Edwards of Andover, and Messrs. J. E. Worcester, and J. W. Gibbs for the assistance received from them in preparing the Tables. By the politeness of Professor G. access has been had to a new work from Edinburgh, from which important aid has been obtained in the application of Walker's general principles of pronunciation.

It is now confidently believed that the Reference Bible can be read more understandingly, correctly, and profitably, than any other edition. The REFERENCE LETTERS and KEY are adapted to exercise the understanding about the ideas contained in each paragraph of the oracles of God, and thus break up a habit lamentably common of reading mechanically or without reflection; the MAPS and TABLES relating to Etymology, Geography, Chronology, Prophecy, and other miscellaneous subjects, by elucidating many passages, will add to the interest with which they will be perused; and the marking of the proper names with the figure vowels of Walker's Dictionary, a work now in general use, will tend to render their pronunciation easy, accurate, and uniform.

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What ANALOGIES between
sensible and spiritual things may
here be traced?

What prophecy is here ACCOM-
PLISHED? Where is it found!
How many years had it been k

written?

What BLESSING is here sought;
or acknowledged; or promised.
How great How durable? For L
whom sought? By whom acknow
ledged? To whom promised! On
whose account was this blessing
promised, or received?

What trait of moral CHARAC
TER is here given? Is it morally
good or evil? Does it belong to a
natural, or to a renewed state:
What advantages or disadvan-m
tages attended it?

What DUTY is here enjoined?
Ca whom? Is it taught by pre-
cept, by example, or by infer-n
ence? How enforced!

What DIFFICULTY attends the
Dexposition of this passage? How o
can it be reconciled with some
other passages!

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What EVANGELICAL EX-
PERIENCE, or what EXHOR-
TATION, is here given?
What particular strain of ELO
QUENCE can you point out in
this paragraph!

What FACTS are here related:
Is any doctrine or duty connect-
ed with them?

What can you discover here that

is commendable or censurable in
deed, word, or motive? What ad-S
vantages or evils attended!
What GEOGRAPHICAL infor-
mation is known of this country,
province, city, or river, &c.!

What HEAVENLY DISPOSI-
TION is here manifested!

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What corresponding affections
does it demand?

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What INSTITUTION or ordi-
nance was here appointed of
God or was here recognized u
as previously appointed of him
What was its nature and design!
and how was it to be observed
Who were under obligations to
observe it? Is it still obligatory
on any? Is there any connexion
or correspondence between this W
and any other institution or ordi-

Dance!

What INSTRUCTIONS are imparted in this parable? or in this metaphor? What is their practical tendency?

What KNOWLEDGE, or want of knowledge of human nature is here particularly manifested i What statute, rite, service, or appendage of the LEVITICAL DISPENSATION is here mentioned? Why appointed?

What LOFTY FLIGHTS of devotional fervour? What longings after intimate communion with God are here manifested! What MIRACLE is here recorded? By whom, and for what purpose wrought! In whose name, and by whose authority? What effect had it on the witnesses ? What is worthy of particular notice in this NÁMÉ !

What ORIENTAL or ancient
custom may here be learned? or
what do you know of one which
will elucidate this passage!
What PROHIBITION is here
directly or indirectly made? Why
is this deed, or word, or thought
forbidden?

What prophecy is here RE-
CORDED? At what period of
time? Has it been fulfilled:
How? When?

What affecting SCENE is here
exhibited? What feelings should
it produce?

What SUBLIMITY of thought or of language is here? What inference follows!

What doctrinal TRUTH is here
inculeated? Is it directly or in-
directly taught? How illustrat-
ed! How applied? What prac-
tical influence should it have!
What TYPE of Christ, or typi-
cal transaction, can be distinctly
traced here!

What UNJUSTIFIABLE ac-
tion in a virtuous character? Or
what unusual excellence in one
not pious, is here recorded?
What VISION is here described?
To whom and why given?
What WO is here denounced or
executed? or warning given ?
What is its import? Against
whom denounced, or to whom
given?

⚫ Denotes the propriety of profound attention.

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