A survey of the Bible, however cursory and partial, cannot but prove helpful; for the book is a great light-center, and no one can wander into its neighborhood without catching some of its beams. These Outline Studies in the books of the Old Testament pretend to be no more than helps in the reading of the Scriptures—than to catch a few of the beams that radiate from that fountain of light. How imperfect they are no one can so fully realize as the author. They are neither critical nor expository. They are designed for beginners in Bible study. The one aim has been to furnish for young people an analysis of the contents of each book, and some of the more prominent Matures.
In the preparation of the Outlines all available aid has been freely employed, more especially Fraser’s Synoptical lectures, Home’s Introduction, Smith’s Dictionary of the Bible, Stanley’s Lectures, Edersheim’s Temple Service, and various Commentaries.
If these Studies serve to deepen in any one the conviction that the Scriptures are the very Word of God, and that the entrance of their inspired words “giveth light,” none will so rejoice as the author.
William G. Moorhead.
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION
To the great surprise of the author who anticipated no such fortune for his book, a second edition of these Outline Studies seems to be called for. Candor prompts him to say that the surprise is a grateful one. Many needed corrections have been made for this edition, though perhaps not all the mistakes have been detected.
W. G. Moorehead.