Excerpt from A Manual of Bible History: In Connection With the General History of the World
The purpose of this work is to enable students of the Bible to grasp the whole course of history which it contains, both in its outline and in its details, and to indicate and apply the great lessons which the history is designed to convey. For this end -
1. It follows the stream of the Bible narrative, arranging and classifying the leading facts, so as to aid the eye and the memory in grasping the whole.
2. It keeps in view, throughout, the great spiritual purpose of Revelation, and shows its gradual development.
3. For illustrating the narrative, it takes advantage of the mass of Biblical illustration of which recent years have been so prolific, in researches, monuments, travels, and expeditions in Bible lands.
4. It notices briefly the chief countries, towns, and other scenes of Bible history as they occur; bringing before the reader the facts that contribute most to the full understanding of what is said of them in the Bible.
5. It glances at the parallel history and progress of the leading nations of the world, - showing what was going on elsewhere while the history of the Bible was being enacted.
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