Daily Bible Illustrations
|Title||Daily Bible Illustrations|
|Date||Reproduced from an 1870 edition|
|Extras||8 volumes. 730 lessons. Over 220 woodcut and drawn illustrations|
Daily Bible Illustrations is a unique and highly valuable set of daily devotionals, going through selections throughout the Scriptures to offer the depth of material not found in commentaries and sermons. Each passage is illustrated through an explanation of the customs and cultures of the day, the archaeological evidence, geography, and secular as well as Biblical histories. All this was written at a time when archaeology was being widely done, and Dr Kitto was uniquely situated in the hub of those coming and going. He also had a huge personal library and ready access to the great archives of the great University libraries of England. Added to this was the experiences learned while living for several years in the region, being able to see first hand the culture and habits of the many peoples that inhabit the Bible lands region.
Dr. Kitto's writing style is very easy to read and understand. His reasoning is carefully explained. His work has stood as an unchallenged monument for over 150 years, being often quoted by the learned writers of his as well as our day.
This is a set of 8 volumes, designed to carry the student through two years of daily Bible study, and so has a portion assigned to each week of the calendar and then each day of the week. His recommendation is that a person use the first 4 volumes as a morning study session and the following 4 volumes as an evening study session, and so finish the work in one year. However the books are used, they will increase an understanding of Scripture like no other work available. Biblical characters and cities come to life and the motivation and actions are understood.
Each article has been assigned topics for ready access, and all the Bible references are also tagged for easy searching and displaying in a Bible. Books that are mentioned are also tagged so if they are available in one's electronic library, they can be readily looked up. Dr. Kitto makes it a habit to refer to past lessons, and these have all been linked for quick access as well.
Abstracts from Reviews of Volume I—The antediluvians and patriarchs
“We should wish to see this most useful volume in every house. It contains a fund of most important biblical information”—Church of England Magazine.
“The commencement of the series is admirable, and will, we trust, secure the success of the whole.”—Evangelical Christendom.
“Of all Dr. Kitto’s contributions to Biblical literature, none, we think, will prove more generally acceptable than this. There is a rich vein or practical theology running through the whole work. We heartily desire to see it completed in the manner in which it has been commenced.”—Biblical Review.
“The idea of the present work is excellent. In ‘Readings’ designed for each day of the year, but so brief that they may be read aloud in ten minutes, the author goes over the out-standing facts and incidents in the sacred narrative; and from his boundless acquirements, sheds over them a flood of charming illustration.”—English Presbyterian Messenger.
“For family reading, especially in households which contain intelligent young people, these illustrations are inestimable.”—Baptist Magazine.
“The well-known name on the title page is a prima facie guarantee for a learned and interesting work. A very short perusal of the volume will afford proof that the guarantee is good.”—Eclectic Review.
“Of the execution it is enough to say, that it is worthy of the laborious author’s pen. Dr. Kitto deserves well of sacred literature, and the present addition to his works is extremely interesting.”—Wesleyan Methodist Magazine.
“The work is elegantly printed, and the name of Dr. Kitto is a sufficient guarantee of its general worth and fitness to its purpose.”—British Quarterly Review.
“Experienced as Dr. Kitto is in Eastern usages and idioms, he brings valuable light to bear upon the critical and popular sense of the original tongues of Scripture. We have beautiful proof of this in his recent volume. The multiform subjects it embraces are discussed with much ingenious and apposite research and significant illustration.”—Youth’s Magazine.
“We have been delighted with the perfect ease and happy versatility with which the author lays his extensive and diversified learning under contribution, for the popular elucidation of many difficult points connected with bible history and antiquities which this series of readings embraces. We give it our warmest recommendation, as admirably fitted to excite a relish for biblical studies, to promote the knowledge of God, and provide a profitable and attractive subject of reflection and conversation in those families in which it may be used, in accordance with its plan as a book for daily use.”—United Presbyterian Magazine.
“Contains a much larger amount of positive information (often of a very curious kind) than any other work of the kind with which we are acquainted. We cordially recommend it.”—Christian Treasury.
“A work of very high excellence. There is more of insight into the true meaning of ancient customs detailed in Scripture, than one can find in any other book in the language. It abounds in the most shrewd analysis of human character and action, and in style throughout there is singular elegance and transparency.”—Scottish Presbyterian Magazine.
“We can very cordially commend this carefully executed and well got tip work; and we have little doubt that it will prove a favorite with the public.”—Free Church Magazine.
“Seldom have we read a volume which presents so much valuable information on great facts contained in the inspired narrative, in a style so attractive. We give it our cordial recommendation.”—Belfast Monitor.
“Dr. Kitto’s volume is one of the very best that has issued from the press this season. We trust it will find its way into all the Christian households of the land.”—Scottish Christian Journal.
“ We scarcely remember to have met with a work which, so far as it goes, better carries out its professed object—to illustrate, or throw light upon, the scripture narrative. Within a brief space, and without any parade of learning, Dr. Kitto has brought to bear the results of his profound scholarship, of his literary experience, and unaffected piety, to aid the reader of the sacred volume intelligently to understand its import. Amidst the multiplicity of ‘Companions’ to the Bible, we have never met with one better adapted for use, either in the private circle, or by the unlearned Christian inquirer.”—Nonconformist.
“Dr. Kitto’s established reputation guarantees an equal excellence at least in the volumes not yet out of the press, to that of the specimen now published, and we must acknowledge entire satisfaction after examining this first.”—Christian Times.
“Dr. Kitto possesses a large amount of biblical and miscellaneous knowledge, and the power of presenting it in a simple and attractive form. No one can attentively peruse these daily portions without finding himself a wiser man, and his Bible a more significant book.”—New York Observer.
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