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A NEW SERIES OF SCHOOL-BOOKS.
COMPILED FOR THE
SCOTTISH SCHOOL-BOOK ASSOCIATION.
PUBLISHED FOR THE ASSOCIATION BT
WILLIAM WHYTE AND CO.,
LATE BOOKSELLERS TO QUEEN ADELAIDE,
PRICE, BOUND IN SHEEP, TWO SHILLINGS.
The unprecedented success of the first of this Series of Collections (an edition of 5000 copies having been sold off in a few months) has not only been highly gratifying to the Committee entrusted with the preparation of the works, but has stimulated them to spare neither labour nor expense to render the present Volume worthy of a similar reception. The same plan has been adopted as in No. V., with a still more rigid adherence to systematic arrangement. The First Section will be found highly useful in training and examining classes on Scripture History; the Second contains interesting notes on the more important features of European History; the Third presents some of the most attractive portions of our own National Annals; the Fourth exhibits notices in Natural History at once amusing and instructive; whilst the Fifth, amid other interesting matter, presents Biographical Sketches of two individuals whose genius may be said to have changed the aspect of the world. The Vocabulary at the end, and still more the Affixes and Prefixes, with the Latin and Greek Roots, afford ample materials for conveying to the pupil a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of his native tongue.
SUMMARY OF SACRED HISTORY.
I.—From the Creation of the Wirld to the Departure of the Children of Israel out of Egypt.
The garden of Eden, that scene of primeval happiness in which the parents of the human race were placed by their Maker, appears to have been situated in Chalde'a, in the vicinity of tne rivers Euphra'tes and Tigris or Hid'dekel. Cain, the eldest horn on earth, having been cast off for the murder of his brother, the descendants of Adam, called in Scripture " the sons ofGod," are to be traced from Seth, who was born unto Adam " instead of Abel whom Cain slew." "The generations of Adam" are thus given in the 5th chapter of Genesis:—Adam lived 930 years; Seth, 912 years; E'nos, 905; Cai'nan, 910; Mahal'aleel, 895; Ja'red, 962; E'noch, " who walked with God—and he was not, for God took him," 365 years; Methu'selah, 969 years; and La'mech, the father of Noah, 777 years. By adding together the respective ages of these patriarchs at the time of the birth of their eldest sons, as given in the same chapter, we find that the period which elapsed between the creation and the flood was 1656 years. When it is said that " the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair, and they took them wives of all that they chose," it is understood to denote intermarriages between the descendants of Seth, worshippers of the true God, and the family of Cain. The "giants" who are mentioned as being " in the earth in those days," are understood to mean men of violence and bloodshed, as the word literally interpreted implies.