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Whom shall he teach knowledge ; and whom shall he make to understand doctrine ?
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anojnted me to jireach the Gospel
“ To the poor the Gospel is preached.” Luke vii, 22.
To persons who may be disposed to circulate The Cottager's Guide to the New Testament.
Those who have had the benefit of a cultivated education are often little aware how much information is necessary to a proper understanding of some of the things most commonly alluded to in the Scriptures. Having acquired information themselves, and finding others in their own class of society equally informed, they gradually assume that all classes are acquainted wtih that which they know so familiarly. Those, however, who have had much intercourse with the lower classes of society, continually discover that want of acquaintance with the commonest things hinders the reception of the instruction which so many are willing to give. Most of the authors of the various excellent commentaries ou the Scriptures, have taken for granted that a great deal more preparatory knowledge is possessed by their readers than the lower classes of society have acquired ; and they have thus rendered their works comparatively of little value in the cottage. In the Cottager's Guide to the New Testament," it is intended to explain everything as it occurs in the Scriptures without supposing any preparatory information; and to employ only such words and phrases as seem most suited to the capacities of the class of persons for whose benefit the work is undertaken.
The Harmony of the Gospels is arranged according to the plan of the Rev. EDWARD GRESSWELL; and as, to avoid all controversial difficulties, it was necessary to follow one guide upon all critical points of arrangement that are considered doubiful by the learned, these are explained according to the view taken in his valuable “ Dissertation upon the principles and arrangement of a harmony of the Gospels."
The numbers of “ The Cottager's Guide to the New Testament,” will contain about sixteen pages each, and will be published once a month, until the whole is completed. They will be sold for two-pence each, or one shilling and nine-pence a dozen, or fourteen shillings a hundred.
VOLS, I. to V. contain the first one hundred numbers ; and may be had of all the Booksllers, price 38. 6d. each, neatly bound in cloth
THE COTTAGER'S GUIDE TO THE NEW TESTAMENT.
The Cottager's Guide to the New Testament has carried the reader through the life and doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ as far as it is detailed in the four Gospels, up to the day before that on which he suffered on the Cross. That part of the History already explained has been divided into one hundred and seventyfive portions; and that part which remains will occupy forty portions more, making 215 in the whole. These will be continued in the sixth Volume now commenced ; and when it shall be finished, the six Volumes will form a complete Work, which will then be entitled “The Cottager's Guide to the Four Gospels; that is, the Life and Doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ plainly set forth."
As the remaining portions have all been arranged, it will be useful to give at the beginning of this Volume such a general view of that portion of our Lord's history which it contains, as has been given at the end of the preceding Volumes.
In order to make it more easy to refer to any part of the Gospels which contains any particular subject, and to find the portion where it is explained, as well as to obtain a clear view of the whole course of our Lord's history in a short compass, a complete Index has been arranged, in which the subjects of the portions have been condensed, and the Scriptures stated in harmony, according to the arrangement of the Rev. Edward Gresswell; which has been followed all along in this work. Any person who will take the trouble to fix in their minds the order and place of this Index, cannot fail of finding it very useful in their general study of the Scriptures. To enable them to do this, an explanation of the Index is placed before it.