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JOHN KITTO, D.D. F.S.A.,
EDITOR OF 'THE PICTORIAL BIBLE,''CYCLOPÆDIA OF BIBLICAL LITERATURE,' ETC.
NEW EDITION REVISED AND ENLARGED BY
J. L. PORTER, D.D. LL.D.,
THE GOSPELS, ETC.
It was originally contemplated that the 'Daily ILLUSTRATIONS," so far as founded upon the historical books of the Old Testament, should be completed in the Third Volume of this work. As, however, the portion of Scripture intended to have formed the basis of that Volume is, in extent of materials, equal to that in the consideration of which the two previous volumes have been occupied, it has been found impossible to realize this object without materially modifying the plan, and reducing the scale, on which the former volumes were framed. But the very favourable reception which has been given to those volumes, and the approbation which has been bestowed upon their construction, seemed to indicate the inexpediency of any essential alteration ; and it was felt that it would be a more advisable change, to devote the Third and Fourth Volumes to the remaining historical books of the Old Testament, than to crush the plan in the attempt to force the substantial matter of two volumes into one.
Even in this enlarged space, a careful selection of topics has been rendered necessary, by the more than proportionate supply of subjects suitable for the mode of treatment which has been adopted. It will therefore perhaps be found, that the present Volume, more than even the Second, is occupied in the elucidation of the principles of the Hebrew institutions and government, and in the illustration of historical facts and circumstances. This has often been accomplished by the