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ORVILLE J. NAVE, A.M., D.D., LL.D.
CHAPLAIN IN THE ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES
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The object of this book is to bring together in cyclopedic form and under familiar headings all that the Bible contains on particular subjects. The subjects formulated are of practical value to every profession and to all who desire to consult the Bible.
The method pursued in preparing this Digest has been, first, to analyze topically each verse of the Bible, each series of verses, and each chapter and series of chapters; and, second, to group under suitable headings all the Scriptures related to the subjects found in the analysis. The first verse in the Bible may serve to illustrate: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” “In the beginning.” Some authorities interpret this plırase as meaning the beginning of time; therefore the author noted, “ Time, Beginning of, Gen. 1:1." Other anthorities interpret it as referring to the beginning of the creation; therefore the author noted, “ Creation, Beginning of, Gen. 1:1." “In the beginning God created.” The author noted, “ God, Creator, Gen. 1:1." "In the beginning God created the heaven.” Note, “ Heaven, Creation of, Gen. 1:1.” “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” “Earth, Creation of, Gen. 1:1." This process was faithfully adhered to throughout the work.
Three classifications of Scripture verses have been published in America, two of which are erroneously styled “a complete analysis” of the Scriptures. Each author followed, with slight and unimportant modifications in arrangement, Mr. Matthew Talbot's classification of verses made in England one hundred years ago. Mr. Talbot's mode of treatment was to arrange all verses of the Bible, as best he might, under thirty general headings. When each verse had been assigned under the heading to which it seemed best adapted the work he undertook was complete. Ile used no verse more than once, regardless of the many different and distinct. subjects it might contain. It was consequently a classification of verses rather than a topical analysis of matter. American publishers have followed this erroneous mode of treatment, and as a result the so-called analyses of the Scriptures litherto offered to Bible students and Christian teachers have been unsatisfactory. This Digest is an analysis of the matter without regard to verse divisions except for