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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1847, by G. LANE & C. B. TiPPETT, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Southern District of New-York.

PREFACE.

Next to the salvation of the soul, the object of sabbath-school instruction is to give the pupil a perfect acquaintance with the Scriptures. In order to secure this, the study of Scripture history, geography, and the customs and manners of eastern nations, becomes very important, and may not only be properly admitted into a course of sabbath-school instruction, but should even be insisted upon. In the succeeding pages, an attempt has been made to give a summary of such geographical, historical, and local references, and such customs and manners, as are most important to be understood before entering upon the critical study of the word of God. Of course one of the principal objects of the work, when used as a text-book, will be lost, unless the lessons are committed, since many of the benefits to be derived from the volume are to be realized when it is laid aside and another used. We esteem it a great misfortune that in many of our schools the custom of committing the lesson is abolished. To impress ineffaceably upon the mind important truths, and, above all, to thoroughly imbue young minds with Bible precepts and promises, the lessons should be carefully prepared and clearly imprinted upon the memory. The blessing of Him whose Spirit inspired the Holy Bible is earnestly asked upon this humble effort to elucidate and explain its heavenly pages 1

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CHAPTER III.-LAKES AND MOUNTAINS OF PALESTINE.

Lake Asphaltites—Its situation—Size—Appearance—History-
Peculiarities of its water—The surrounding desolations—Certain
mistaken reports noticed—Manner of its discharge—Mountains

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