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It is the design of the following Conversations to co-operate with many other works now in circulation, in assisting the young to acquire a thorough and a connected knowledge of the sacred Scriptures. It was the original design of the writer to discuss the following subjects in addition to those presented in this work, viz. : the times and circumstances in which some of the principal books of the Bible were written ;—the lives and characters of their authors ;-the manner in which the books were at first written, preserved and circulated ;—an account of the principal versions and translations which have appeared ;-degree of circulation which the Bible has had at different periods ;-efforts which have been made to oppose its influence, or to destroy its authority ;-extent of its present circulation and influence in the world ;-and finally, the efforts now making to translate it into every language, and to carry it to every family upon the globe.

This was the original design ; but the writer of these sheets is unavoidably prevented from completing it. It is highly desirable that some one should present these subjects in a familiar manner, to the throngs which are now collected around Sabbath school libraries.

CONTENTS.

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Meeting of the class. Map. Distinction between Natural and Civil

Geography. Scene of Scripture History. Five principal seas;
Mediterranean, Black, Caspian, Persian Gulf, and Red Sea. Four
principal rivers; Tigris, Euphrates, (Mesopotamia; sources of
rivers.) Nile, (its peculiarities ; crocodiles; Moses,) Jordan.
Natural divisions of land. (1.) Fertile regions pointed out and
described. (2.) Deserts. Mode of travelling through deserts.
Abraham's journeys. (3.) Mountainous regions; Lebanon, Cau-
casus, Ararat. Uncertainty about the position of Mount Ararat.

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Degree of dependence to be placed upon maps of ancient countries.
The teacher's questions. Examination of the mouths of rivers.
Evidence of the real age of the world, derived from them. Extract
from Mr. Wood's travels across a desert, Walk with the teacher to
see the mouth of a brook. Illustration of the reasoning from the
mouths of rivers. Reasoning of the boatman. Degree of accu-
racy attainable in such calculations.

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CONVERSATION IV.

SECOND PERIOD OF SCRIPTURE HISTORY.

The double map. Description of Canaan. Tribes which settled.

east of Canaan. The camp at Gilgal. Original inhabitants of
Canaan. Judah and Benjamin. First form of government;
judges. Circumstances of the appointment of Saul, the first king.
Saul's character; his gradual declension and final ruin. Delay of
Christ's coming; possible reasons for it. David. Jerusalem.
Solomon. The temple ; its structure and use. Secession of the

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