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AND J. HATCHARD, PICCADILLY.
As Directions concerning the following Scripture Catechism have already been given in the Second Volume of the Teacher's Assistant, it would be superfluous to repeat them here, were the instruction it contains to be confined to the children of the lower order, for whom it was originally composed; but as the former Edition of this work has been honoured by admission into families of superior condition, and boarding schools, may be necessary to subjoin, for the information of those who are not already acquainted with the Plan, that the Two Volumes of Scripture Catechism agree with the two Volumes of Scripture Lessons, selected from the Old and New Testament; and that the Lessons are to be read by the Scholars, the Catechism to be used by the Teacher only.
The generality of children in genteel life are able to read fluently by the time they are capable of understanding the easy parts of Scripture; they may therefore be required to stua
a certain portion of them by themselves daily, before they hear the Explanation; or they may read the Lessons to the Teacher, stopping to be instructed and questioned at the verses pointed out as resting places in the Explanation.
The numbers of some of the verses are put that the children may answer the questions relating to them, in the very words of Scripture, The Teacher, therefore, should name the verse with the question, and pause, while the child who is to make the answer looks for the verse.
A class of children may be instructed at once, by having the Questions put to them in rotation ; and it will greatly help to keep up attention, if the Scholars take places for giving the proper Answers, and receive at stated times little honorary rewards for diligent attention,
Such Parents and Heads of Schools as have adopted the Author's larger Work, entitled Sacred History, will, it is presumed, find these Books useful as preparatory to it. The Catechism, indeed, may be used with the Sacred History with a little accommodation.
EXPLANATION.--The Lessons which are going to be explained to you are taken from the Holy Bible, that most excellent of books, which contains all the divine truths God has been pleased to reveal to mankind, to guide them in the way of everlasting life. The Bible was written by men, who were inspired by the Holy Ghost to write it according to the will of God, and it is to be received as the very word of God; it must therefore be read and listened to with great attention, and with a serious desire to improve by the divine instruction it contains.
The Bible consists of a number of books, written by different persons, but all these books agree together in such a wonderful manner as to prove that all the writers of them were inspired by the same Holy Spirit.
The first five Books of the Bible were written by Moses, the great lawgiver and leader of the Israelites; they are called Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. The Bible is a very large book all together, and there are many things in it which cannot be understood by children and unlearned people. The Lessons which are going to be explained, are taken from the easiest parts of the Bible, such as even children may understand, if they will give their minds to the study of them, and not neglect the word of God, as many do, for the sake of reading books which, instead of instructing them in the truths of Divine Revelation, serve at best to amuse, and which too often corrupt the mind. Let not this be the case with you, but make it your daily practice, whilst you are young, to study the Scriptures, that you may grow in grace, and increase in wisdom as you increase in stature.
Questions ---From what book are the Scripture Lessons taken? [Ans. From the Bible.] What does the Bible con