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NOTICES OF THE WORK.
From Dr. Krebs, of New York. I have examined and used the Scripture Manual, and I am sure it will be a valuable auxiliary to all who cngage in the systematic study of the Scriptures.
From: Rev. Mr. McEwen, of New London, Ct. In order and symmetry, I think the Scripture Manual is not surpassed by any other work. The importance of the book, and the inge. nuity of the author in treating articles of theology, and prevalent questions in ethics, will be more and more apparent to the reader, as he progresses in reading the volume.
From Rev. Dr. Spring, E. Hartford, Ct. The Scripture Manual is one of the few, books which I can heartily commend. It is an able and judicious arrangement of those passages which teach the doctrines and inculcate the duties of the word of God. To the diligent, and especially to the systematic reader of the Bible, and to the Sabbath school teacher, the aid it will render is above price.
From Professor Goodrich, of New Haven. I have examined your Scripture Manual, and am pleased with the plan. There is a great deal of judgment and discrimination in the selection of topics, and the development of truth. You have succeeded excellently in avoiding the trammels of human systems, and bringing out the mind of God on almost every important topic.
From Rev. Dr. Edwards, of New London, Ct. The Scripture Manual is remarkable for its order, its adaptedness to the times, and the practical aspect in which it presents the great truths of God's word. On all importarit subjects it is an ample concordance of the Scriptures, and a clear and authoritative commentary of the Bible upon itself; and in the selection and arrangement of its topics, it goes further than any similar work towards presenting the teachings of Revelation as a well-digested science. I know of no work of the kind as thoroughly and judiciously prepared, or as well fitted to interest and profit in the study, the closet, the family, or the Sabbath School.
From Professor Stowe. I like your plan, and think it far preferable to Gaston's. In this day of unbelief and fanaticism, of death slumber and convulsive fits, I hope your book will be an efficient help in bringing men back to the only God-given rule of faith and practice, the BIBLE.
From Rev. Calvin E. Park. The somewhat careful attention which I have had occasion to pay to the Scripture Manual has convinced me of its great utility. Its superiority to other works of a similar character, is, to my own mind, very apparent. The clear light in which it places the most important truths of religion, the ample evidence it exhibits in their favor, and especially the prominence which is given to the duties of religion, together with the close connection which is made to apppear between the doctrines of the gospel and its practical precepts, are striking excellences of the work. My earnest wish is, that it may have a wide circulation
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EDITORIAL NOTICES OF THE SCRIPTURE MANUAL
From the New Englander. The design of this work is, to furnish scripture proofs of the doctrines of Revelation, the duties of morality and religion, and of all the institutions of Christianity; and, on the other hand, to refute religious errors by the same authority.* * * The sound judgment and accurate discrimination with which this plan has been carried out, are worthy of praise. Diligent care appears to have been taken to avoid irrelevant quotations, and to select as proof those passages only which directly assert, or at least plainly imply, the truth of the points to be established. The work is the best of the kind within our knowledge.
From the New York Observer. This is a work which must have cost the compiler a vast amount of labor, and will therefore, as its title shows, be a labor saving machine. *
* Such an arrangement, executed with immense toil and much skill, must be of great assistance, both to ministers and private Christians, and we are not surprised that distinguished biblical students bestow upon the work their highest praise.
From the New York Evangelist. The design of this volume is something like that of Gaston's Collection, though a far more complete and able work. It arranges passages of Scripture under appropriate heads, in a systematic form, covering the whole field of didactic theology. It is most full on the most important points, and evinces in its arrangement a very nice skill, and great familiarity with theological systems. The author has shown great industry and accuracy in the compilation, and has a right to congrat, ulate himself upon the successful performance of a much-needed and long-desired work.
From the Newark Daily Advertiser. This is one of the most valuable volumes ever offered to the Christian reader; certainly. and beyond comparison, the most useful compilation of Scripture teachings of which we nave any knowledge. It presents, in fact, a methodical and entire system of Christian duty and doctrine, drawn exclusively from the sacred volume, without mutilation or a word of comment, and so arranged, with an alphabetical index, that the reader inay sec at a glance the whole teaching of the Scriptures upon the leaaug topics of theological and moral inquiry -the doctrines and duties which are generally held to be of primary importance to us all. With this Manual in his hands, no man need hesitate for a moment as to the teaching or requirements of the Bible on any of the leading subjects affecting our religious duties and interests.
The compiler has been engaged upon the work for many years, and his labore have been carefully revised by some of the first divines of our country, who give the work now before us their most unqualified approbation.
From a Notice in the Christian Watchman, Boston. In selecting and arranging texts of Scripture, the author has had particular reference to the prevailing errors of the times, and has adjusted his texts to meet them, so that it is, to a great degree, a book for the times.
From the Boston Recorder. This book has met with a measure of public favor and patronage which indicates its value. Its preparation evinces sound judgment, as well as protracted and patient labor. It is an epitome of the Bible, and the passages illustrative of any particular subject are so arranged as greatly to facilitate the study of the Scriptures. To ministers, Sabbath school teachers, and families, the Manual will be of essential service, as the experience of many has already proved. In the notices of the work which accompany this edition, we believe all will concur who use the Scripture Manual sufficiently to know its worth.
From the Christian Intelligencer, (N. Y.) Mr. Simmons, in executing this work, has expended a treasure of toil, and exerted mech skill. The tribute he has thus paid to the doctrines of Inspiration, fully entitles him to the gratitude of all who reverence and study the Bible. It is a complete system of Divinity, exhibited in the very language of the Holy Spirit, and the collation is so extensive as to form a synopsis of sacred text. The book will be of great value to ministers of the gospel, students of theology, Sabbath school teachers and scholars, and is calculated to afford much facility to Christian families in the study of the Bible.
From the Christian Observer, Philadelphia. This is a rich, copious, well-selected and well-arranged text book, exhibiting tho results of great labor, in bringing together numerons proof texts, strictly allied in their meaning, on a very large number of subjects -- so formed as to present in their beautiful symnietry the features of evangelical truth. It is justly regarded as the inost valuable work of the kind ever published in our language, and we commend it to the attention of ministers, Sunday school teachers, and all persona who desire the aid of a manual in acquiring the most important knowledge.
BOSTON: CROCKER & BREWSTER AND JOHN P. JEWETT & CO.
NORTH WRENTHAM, MASS. : CHARLES SIMMONS, PROPRIETOR.
CINCINNATI: J. A. BRAINERD
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1850, by
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.
ANDOVER: JOHN D. FLAGG
STEREOTYPER AND PRINTER.
BY DR. SPRING.
The object of the present work is clearly announced in its title. It is to collect within a small compass the instructions of unerring wisdom upon a great variety of subjects which relate to the present and eternal interests of men, and comprising the doctrines and duties of a supernatural revelation. A reference to the list of subjects which the work contains, will show that the author's researches have been extensive ; while a comparison of the work with others of the same general character evinces patient labor, and cannot fail to give it pre-eminence. While the track pursued is not new, it is more thorough, and more easily followed than that marked out by any previous compiler known to myself. The work contains not merely the proof texts on the subjects to which it refers ; but, what appears to my own mind one of its excellences, the texts that illustrate these great subjects. The work is truly an epitome of the Bible, presenting its great truths in that order in which they will be most easily found by the reader. Though the arrangement of the subjects is alphabetical, in the illustration of the subjects themselves the author has observed that connection between one truth and another which gives to each its proper place. To ministers, Sabbath School teachers, Sabbath Schools, and families the work is of great value. It is fit on every account that the author should be encouraged in this production ; but chiefly for its own intrinsic worth. The work is an unpresuming, yet dignified tribute to the word of God, worthy the acceptance of the church, and one which every man may prize.
GARDINER SPRING. Brick Church Chapel, New York, March, 1845