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Originally compiled for the Use of a Sunday School at
BY JOSHUA DIXON,
SECOND EDITION.-WITH AN APPENDIX.
By J. Seeley, Buckingham,
No. 1. Parables, &c. used by our Saviour,....
2. Miracles of our Saviour, ...,,.....
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.
THE substance of the following little volume was originally compiled for the use of an extensive Sunday School, Each section formed the subject of a monthly examination of the scholars, who were previonsly furnished by their ieachers with the scripture proof's it contained, and expected to quote them in answer to questions put to them by the superintendant. The plan has been pursued for three years, and has been found to promote their progress in religious knowledge more effectually than any method which had been previ. onsiy adopted; as well as to have the happy effect of increasing their attachment to the school, by rendering their pursuits not only profitable but pleasing, The teachers have also participa!ed in its advadtages, and found the part which devolved upon them to conduce much to their mental improvement,
With such eucouragensent from experience, the work is now sub. mitted to the public, in the hope that similar benefits may result to other schools from adopting the same mode of instruction. It is eqnally calculated for general use, and will answer the purpose of a Manual of Divinity for young persons.
It will be by no means necessary that the whole of the Scripture references in each examination should be committed to memory. But as the passage which appears most striking in one person, may not seem equally so to another, a sufficient variety of texts has been inserted, to give every teacher an opportunity of making choice of such as be considers most appropriate,
The references to the Prayer Book will, it is hoped, be particularly acceptable, being well calculated to familiarize the minds of youth with the doctrines and spirit of the church in wbich they are educa. ted, and to point out their accordance with Scripture; as well as to furnish them with proper expressions for their private devotions,
In one respect the present work will be observed to differ materi. ally from most other publications of the kind, 1 hough the questions are such as may properly be proposed to children, the answers are not always those which they might be expected to return. This is occasioned by its being designed not merely to exercise the memories of young persons, but to supply their instructors with the means of examining them as to the extent of their knowledge. It is recommended to those teachers who put the book into the hands of their scholars, to mark the portions to be comunitted to memory, which will of course vary with the age and proficiency of the pupil.
The work has little claim to originality; but it possesses perhape