The Bible Book by Book

Josiah Blake Tidwell
Bible Book by Book, The

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Title: The Bible Book by Book A Manual for the Outline Study of the Bible by Books
Author: Josiah Blake Tidwell
Release Date: July 13, 2005 [EBook #16290]
Language: English
Character set encoding: ASCII
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Produced by Fredric Lozo

For the Outline Study of the Bible by Books
Professor of Biblical Literature
In Baylor University
Waco, Texas

Baylor University Press
Waco, Texas
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Preface to Second Edition.
In sending forth this second edition of The Bible Book by Book it has seemed wise to
make some changes in it. The descriptive matter has been put in paragraph instead of
tabular form; the analyses have been made shorter and less complex; the lessons based on
the Old Testament books have been omitted or incorporated in the topics of study which
have been increased, It is believed that the make-up of the book is better and more
The author feels a deep gratitude that the first edition has been so soon sold. He indulges
the hope that it has been found helpful and sends out this edition with a prayer that it may
prove more valuable than did the former.
J.B. Tidwell
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Preface to First Edition.
The aim of this book is to furnish students of the Bible with an outline which will enable
them to gain a certain familiarity with its contents. While it is intended especially for
students in academies, preparatory schools and colleges, the needs of classes conducted
by Women's Societies, Young People's Organizations, Sunday School Normal Classes, Y.
M. C. A. and Y. W. C. A. and advanced classes of the Sunday Schools have been
constantly in mind. Its publication has been encouraged not only by the hope of
supplying the needs mentioned but by expressions that have followed public lectures
upon certain books, indicating a desire on the part of Christians in general for a book that
would, in a brief compass, give them some insight into the purpose, occasion and general
setting of each of the books of the Bible.
The work has been done with a conviction that the students of American schools should
become as well acquainted with the sources of our religion as they are required to do with
the religions of ancient heathen nations, and all the more so, since the most of our people
regard it as the true and only religion, and still more so, since "it is made the basis of our
civilization and is implied and involved in our whole national life." It is believed by the
Author that a knowledge of the simple facts of the history, geography and chronology of
the Bible is essential to a liberal education and that to be familiar with the prophecies,
poetry, and ethics of the scripture is as essential to the educated man of today as was a
"knowledge of Greek history in the time of Pericles or of English history in the reign of
Henry the VIII." And, in order that such knowledge may be gained, effort has been made
to put into the book only a minimum of matter calculated to take the student away from
the Bible itself to a discussion about it and to put into it a maximum of such matter as

will require him to study the scripture at first hand.
Having intended, first of all to meet the needs of those whose advantages for scripture
study have been limited, the information has been put in tabular form, giving only such
facts as have been carefully gathered from reliable sources, with but little attempt to show
how the conclusions were reached. It is expected that the facts given may be mastered
and that an interest may be created which will lead to further study upon the subjects
treated. And to this end some of the studies have been made sufficiently complicated for
college work and instruction for such work given in suggestions for teachers, leaders and
classes. Besides the studies of the books there have been introduced some matters of
general interest which have been found helpful as drills for academy pupils, and which
will be found interesting and helpful to all classes of students.
The general plan is the outgrowth of the experience of a few years
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