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Wood, Irving Francis / The Bible Story
Produced by Don Kostuch




[Transcriber's notes]
Thanks to Jim and Carol Presher of Timeless Antiques in Valley
Alabama for providing access to the original texts.

This is the complete text of all six volumes of the set. "HOW TO USE
THE BIBLE STORY" (the first volume), organizes the use and access of
the other five volumes.

Page numbers in this book are indicated by numbers enclosed in curly
braces, e.g. {99}. They have been located where page breaks occurred
in the original book.

Each photograph is printed on the back of a separate page with the
description on the front side. In the following example the
description is on page 29 and the photograph on page 30.

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[Illustration]
THE DIVINE MOTHER AND THE CHILD
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Quotation marks are often unbalanced. This transcription copies
the original text.

Colons (:) are frequently used instead of commas or semicolons.
[End transcriber's notes]


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HOW TO USE THE BIBLE STORY


THE KING-RICHARDSON COMPANY
SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS

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COPYRIGHT, 1917,

BY THE KING-RICHARDSON COMPANY,
SPRINGFIELD, MASS.

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FOREWORD

The five volumes of THE BIBLE STORY have served to beautify and
classify the Bible and are simple and complete in themselves. They do
not require explanation or enrichment. It is the desire, however, by
the addition of this volume to suggest definite ways of using the
work.

This book contains a series of suggestions to fit the occasion, the
temperament, and the time of the user. It may be picked up often and a
part of it used as opportunity offers. We believe there may be those
who will wish to use all the suggestions. We are sure that all who own
THE BIBLE STORY will wish to use some of them.

This volume has the following aims:--

In General:

To give a better knowledge of the Bible and thus to make reading it a
delight instead of a task.

Specifically:

To show how to use the work with children and how children may use
it.

To make the Bible as useful as possible in character building.

To bring out the connection of the Bible with its land.

To show the connection of the Bible with literature.

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CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

PAGE

Key. 10

Why Read the Bible? 11

Why are Bible Readers so Few? 12


PART I

THE CHILD AND THE BIBLE

The Mother's Part: How Can I Use THE BIBLE STORY with My Child? 15

1. What Do I Have to Know in Order to Make the Best Use
of THE BIBLE STORY with My Child? 15

2. How Can I Encourage My Child to Memorize Bible Verses? 15

3. How Can I Help My Child to Understand God's Relation
to the World? 16

4. How Can I Know the Best Bible Stories to Tell to Children? 17

5. How Can I Get My Child to Read the Bible? 19

6. How Can I Help My Child to Understand Life in Bible Times? 19

7. How Can I Get My Child to Use THE BIBLE STORY for Himself? 20

8. How Can I Interest My Child in the Great Works of Art
in THE BIBLE STORY? 21

Questions to Ask Little Children, for general review of all the
foregoing lessons. 26

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PART II

CHARACTER AND LIVING

PAGE

Make the Bible Heroes your Friends. 31

Jesus' Character-Building Stories 32

Foundation Stones 33

Try Lincoln's Way 37

History and the Bible 38

1. The World in Bible Times 38

2. The Bible in History 39

Living with the Bible 42

Questions on the Text 45


PART III

THE LAND OF THE BIBLE

A Bird's-eye View of the Land 97

Understanding Geography by Pictures 100

Locating Bible Characters in the Land 105


PART IV

THE BIBLE IN LITERATURE

The Bible's Place in Literature 113

Questions bringing out the Bible's Literary Value 116

1. The Poetry of the Bible 116

2. The Oratory in the Bible 118

3. Other Literary Forms Found in the Bible 119

4. The Literary Value of the Books of Prophecy 120

5. The Bible--an Inspiration to Writers 121

The Bible's Gift to Our Language 125

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PART V

THE BIBLE AND THE TEACHER

PAGE
How the Foregoing Suggestions for the Use of THE BIBLE
STORY may be Employed by the Bible School Teacher 161

1. In the Primary Department 161

2. In the Junior, Intermediate, and Senior Departments 162


PART VI

PRONOUNCING DICTIONARY

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INTRODUCTION

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KEY

Throughout this volume initials are used to indicate titles of volumes
in which references are found, as follows:--

G.B. Golden Book.

H.T. Hero Tales.

T.J. Tales of Old Judea.

L.J. Life of Jesus.

S.A. Songs of the Ages.

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INTRODUCTION

Why Read the Bible?

If Bible readers everywhere could return their answers what diverse
and interesting points of view the replies would bring!

For instance, one perceives in the Bible record the worst and the best
that men have always thought and felt; for him it is full of the
universal motives of humanity. He has noticed, too, that in sketching
often but the single act of a character, the Book brings the essential
man or woman vividly out of the darkness and into the light for all
time. As a student of men, we can imagine such a one replying that the
Bible is "The Book of Human Nature."

Another knows that it has been the inspiration of countless writers,
and that its sayings and teachings are woven by the hundreds and
thousands through and through the texture of our English masterpieces.
A student of books might well say that the Bible is the chief
"Source-Book of Our Literature."

Still another would say, "The Bible is the beginning of many of our
customs. Our common law is largely founded on its laws and many of our
institutions are based upon those it sanctions." So a business man, a
man of affairs, might very naturally call it, "The Foundation-Book of
Christian Civilization."

For many the Bible is "The Book of Salvation," pointing the way into
the presence of God.

Still others draw from it counsel and strength for those who depend
upon them for guidance. "God could not be everywhere, so he made
mothers." And in their hands the Bible becomes "The Book of
Character."

The marvel of it is that each of these viewpoints is true. And many
others are equally true. For the Bible, like the diamond, reflects its
light from many facets. Which one you see depends upon where you
stand, upon your point of view. How clear and strong the light for you
depends upon how far you have come within the circle of its radiance.

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Why are Bible Readers so Few?

Truly the harvest of Bible enlightenment is plentiful beyond measure;
why then are those who reap it for themselves so few? It is because we
lack time to understand. Our Bible Schools might solve the problem if
only they had time, but one hour a week with the Bible is scarcely an
introduction to it, never a fellowship with it. The Book of books is
no shallow friend to give up all its treasures upon a superficial
acquaintance. Rather it is a friend to be lived with in the home.

This book of suggestions is an invitation to you to come farther
within the charmed circle of the Bible's light. Its aim is to save
your time by helping you to use it to the greatest advantage. However
much or little of the Bible light has been coming to you, may this
book help to increase, to clarify, to beautify it. If it shall help
you to bring more time, the most precious of modern possessions, to
the understanding of the Bible, the most precious wisdom of the ages,
its purpose will have been abundantly fulfilled.

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PART I

THE CHILD AND THE BIBLE

_Answering Mothers' Questions_

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"So great is my veneration for the Bible, that the earlier my children
begin to read it the more confident will be my hopes that they will
prove useful citizens to their country and respectable members of
society."
--_John Quincy Adams_.


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THE CHILD AND THE BIBLE

THE MOTHER'S PART--HOW CAN I USE THE BIBLE STORY WITH MY CHILD?

This is the most important part of the work, because it helps you to
understand and use all the rest, and answers your questions in regard
to the religious life of your child. These suggestions are largely for
the use of "The Golden Book."


1. What Do I Have to Know in Order to Make the Best Use
of THE BIBLE STORY with My Child?

You must know three things:--

That a child will not appreciate and use this work at first unless you
appreciate and use it too.

That in order to appreciate and use it, you do not need to read all
five volumes through at once. You may begin with any one of the
suggestions here given, that pleases and interests you most, and use
only what little time you may have. Little by little interest will
grow and the child will be finding keen enjoyment in acquiring Bible
knowledge for himself.

That even though you had time for immediate and thorough reading, the
work is of such proportion that its worth cannot be grasped at once.
It is by constant daily use in the home that the beauty and
effectiveness of THE BIBLE STORY are revealed and the Bible made an
"open book" to many a child as well as adult.


2. How Can I Encourage My Child to Memorize Bible Verses?

This is not difficult. Childhood is the time when verbal memory is
most acute. The best way to encourage the memorizing of verses is
{16} to make a game out of it instead of a task. Do this by using the
Bible alphabet in "The Golden Book" (page 25) and thus linking up the
Bible with something familiar. Teach a verse each week and ask for
daily repetition of it. After several are learned, a drill on the
verses is suggested as a spur to memory. Ask what verse in the Bible
begins with A? B? C? etc. For the older children there are memory
verses given, one for each week in the year, in the back of each of
the first four volumes. Let the child himself, so far as he can,
arrange these in alphabetical order.

Memorizing is much quickened by making as many natural connections as
possible, the known with the unknown. Many hymns are readily recalled
by associating them with Psalms of which they are explanations.
Children like to learn poetry. Give them the poems suggested below as
well as the accompanying Bible passages to learn. Go over them first
and let the children understand the parallelism.

Psalm 23 ( 35 S.A.) Hymns (309, 291 G.B.)

Psalm 117 (139 S.A.) Hymn (494 S.A.)

Psalm 19 ( 30 S.A.) Hymn (434 G.B.)

The Birth of Jesus (37 L.J.) Hymns (405, 409 G.B.)

These hymns are well worth memorizing, for they are among the best in
our language and knowing them will be an added inducement to
memorizing the Bible verses that tell the same story.


3. How Can I Help My Child to Understand God's Relation to the World?

Begin with familiar things.--This is very easily done when the child's
thoughts of God are related to his knowledge of the things of home.
You will find a splendid treatment of these relationships in the
primer pages in "The Golden Book" (27-68). Give these lessons to a
child who is learning to read. He will like them because the pages
look just like his school book and he will be helped in his reading at
the same time that he is learning truths which explain the Bible verse
given at the bottom of each page. There is no better way of helping a
young child to understand love for God, faith in God, the presence of
God, and other great truths that are usually given in the abstract.

(The questions at the end of this chapter will be helpful in getting
the child to express himself.)

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4. How Can I Know the Best Bible Stories to Tell to Children?

Remember two things: that, as children develop, different types of
stories appeal to them, and that everyone of these types is found in
THE BIBLE STORY. It is a fact that, while the Bible is a universal
story book, many of its best lessons cannot be put in story form and
are therefore left out of any collection of Bible stories.
Consequently the child is missing much that he might profitably have.
THE BIBLE STORY meets a great need of the times by bringing to
children all the lessons of the Bible, some by means of simple
treatments of interesting things and some by means of longer stories
of its heroes and heroines.


_Simple Good-Night Talks for Little Tots_

The following paragraphs in "The Golden Book" contain the sweetest,
most constructive lessons to be found in the whole Bible and are
beautiful good-night talks for very young children. The questions at
the end of this chapter are listed according to pages in "The Golden
Book" and will help in getting the child to repeat the story.

God Sees Me. 81 G.B.

What Does God Want Me to Do? 82 G.B.

What God Gives. 85 G.B.

Jesus and His Friends. 86 G.B.

Jesus Had no Home. 89 G.B.

The People Loved Jesus. 93 G.B.

The Boyhood of Jesus 97 G.B.

Jesus and Sick People. 98 G.B.

Talking with Our Father. 101 G.B.

God is Our Father. 105 G.B.

What Jesus Said about Birds and Flowers. 106 G.B.

What Jesus Said about Trees. 109 G.B.

It will be helpful to the mother who is constantly appealed to by her
children for special kinds of stories to know where to find them in
THE BIBLE STORY.


_Stories about Other Children_

Children are fond of listening to stories about other children like
themselves. THE BIBLE STORY contains many such.

Jesus and the Little Girl. 110 G.B.

The Baby Hid in a Basket. 117 G.B.

The Boy Who Came when He was Called. 132 G.B.

The Boy Who was Raised from the Dead. 193 G.B.

The Little Captive Maid. 205 G.B.

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_Hero Stories_

The favorites of all children beyond the first year or two of school
are the stories of great heroes. A large part of "The Golden Book" is
given up to stories of Bible heroes, and the following volume is made
up of the lives of these same heroes in the words of the Bible text
and is consequently more difficult. The beauty of this arrangement is
that after reading the easy story in "The Golden Book" a child will
want to read more, and as soon as he is able will enjoy going further
with his great heroes in the volumes that contain the Bible text. He
will understand seemingly difficult passages in the succeeding volumes
of the set because of the substantial background formed by the simple
treatments in "The Golden Book." The list of simple hero stories is
here given together with the corresponding stories in the Bible text
in other volumes.

The Shepherd Boy Who Killed a Giant. 139 G.B.

David and Goliath. 386 H.T.

David and King Saul. 151 G.B.

David an Outlaw. 406 H.T.

David and Jonathan. 156 G.B.

The Jealousy of Saul. 396 H.T.

David and His Three Brave Soldiers. 163 G.B.

A Knightly Deed. 438 H.T.

David and His Son Absalom. 167 G.B.

The Rebellion of Absalom. 443 H.T.

The Story of a Good King. 170 G.B.

Solomon's Temple. 461 H.T.

Joseph and His Brethren. 177 G.B.

Joseph. 91 H.T.

In the same way you may read the Bedtime Stories, beginning on page
245 of "The Golden Book," and then go naturally to the same stories in
the Bible text itself as told in the volume "The Life of Jesus."

The Story of the First Christmas. 245 G.B.

Nativity. 37 L.J.

The Story of Palm Sunday. 251 G.B.

The Entry into Jerusalem. 233 L.J.

How Jesus Gave His Life for the World. 257 G.B.

The Crucifixion. 281 L.J.

The Story of the First Easter Sunday. 265 G.B.

The Resurrection. 297 L.J.

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Who was the Neighbor? 279 G.B.

The Good Samaritan. 88 L.J.

The Good Shepherd. 282 G.B.

The Good Shepherd and the Sheep. 200 L.J.


5. How Can I Get My Child to Read the Bible?

In no better way than that suggested in the two foregoing paragraphs.
Begin at once with the simpler parts of "The Golden Book," proceed
gradually, awakening new interest, daily if possible, by means of the
Questions (page 26) and Things to Do (page 20). It will take a little
time and much thought, but it is the great privilege of the mother to
watch for the opportunity and lead the child by means of "The Golden
Book" into the treasure house of the Bible, which, despite its
wonderful interest and character-building values, has up to this time
presented almost a closed door to children. As soon as the child has
passed out of "The Golden Book" and found an interest in the other
volumes make use of the suggestions and questions in the next chapter
for the "Hero Age," and hold the interest once gained.

Very early in life little children begin to ask about Christmas, Palm
Sunday, and Easter. Why not seize this opportunity and give them
answers to their questions from the Bible?


6. How Can I Help My Child to Understand Life in Bible Times?

By "Seeing Palestine with THE BIBLE STORY."

Read these Stories:--

How the People Traveled in the Lands of the Bible 208 G.B.

Houses in the Lands of the Bible. 214 G.B.

Children in the Lands of the Bible. 217 G.B.

Jerusalem. 218 G.B.

The Jordan. 224 G.B.

The Dead Sea. 226 G.B.

Bethlehem. 229 G.B.

Palestine in the Days of the Lord Jesus. 17 L.J.

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Answer these questions:--

(_Be sure to read the story on the back of each picture._)

What do you know about plowing in Palestine? 50, 84 G.B.

How do they thresh in the lands of the Bible? 128, 274 G.B.
440 H.T.

What is the town of Nazareth like to-day? 88, 100 G.B.

How do they draw water in old Philistia? 142 G.B.

What do you know about an Eastern shepherd
and his sheep? 146, 210,
284, 308 G.B.

Who said, "I am the good shepherd"? 288 G.B.

Tell about winnowing in Bible lands. 158, 162 G.B.

Look at the pictures on pages 294, 298,
302, 312, 368, 374 G.B., then tell what
Jesus said about animals. 304 G.B.

What were some of the streets like in
ancient Palestine? 356 T.J. 278 L.J.
300 S.A.

Name the lake on which Jesus so often sailed
with his disciples. 108 G.B. 462 T.J.

Why were the disciples so often to be
found on the lake? 146 L.J.

Tell two stories about Jesus and
the Lake of Galilee. 94, 307 L.J.

How did the people fish in Palestine? 487 L.J.

Why is it necessary in Palestine to separate
the tares from the wheat before harvest? 22 L.J.

What did the army of the Midianites look like
when they came to fight the children of Israel? 318, 322 H.T.

Read the story. 319 H.T.

How and by whom is meal ground in Palestine? 176 S.A.

The extent of Solomon's kingdom was from "Dan
to Beersheba"; find northern and southern points 14 T.J.


7. How Can I Get My Child to Use THE BIBLE STORY for Himself?

By giving him some _Things to Do_. It is a splendid plan to take
advantage of the child's natural eagerness to look at the pictures in
THE BIBLE STORY, so as to make that desire of real educational value.
The following are delightful for a child to do:--

Study closely the pictures on pages 176, 196, 204, and 254 of "The
Golden Book," read the interesting notes on the back of each picture,
and the story on page 208 of "The Golden Book." Then tell the
difference between traveling in Bible lands and in our land.

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Look at the pictures of Bethlehem on pages 138 and 248 of "The Golden
Book" and page 28 L.J. and read the story on the back of each. Then
tell how David's home and life were different from yours. Read the
story on page 229 G.B. and see what wonderful things happened in this
little town.

Read the story on page 214 G.B. and look at the pictures on pages
88,92,188, of "The Golden Book" and 192 T.J., then compare a house in
the Holy Land with your house.

Read the story on page 217 of "The Golden Book" and look at the
pictures opposite and on page 172 of "The Golden Book." Then tell or
write what you think are the pleasant things about living in Bible
lands. Look at the picture on page 236 and tell why it was good to
live there in the year 33 A.D.

In your sand pile build a tiny city of Jerusalem. You will know just
how to make it after you have read the story on page 218 of "The
Golden Book." Put it on a hill with valleys on three sides of it. Use
stones to build the wall. (See page 216 T.J.) Put a large white stone
where you think the temple stood. The picture on page 480 in "Hero
Tales" will show you how the city really looked. After you have built
the city and neighboring hills and valleys as well as you can, show
them to your mother and father and explain all the interesting
features. Tell about the path on the wall and its use; tell why the
city was built on a hill; tell about the gates in the wall. (See page
215 T.J.) Explain who built the temple and tell anything else you may
know about the greatest city of the Bible lands.

In the back of the volume, "The Songs of the Ages," you will find an
index of illustrations and can easily turn to all the pictures of
Jerusalem in these volumes and learn some interesting things.


8. How Can I Interest My Child in the Great Works of Art in
THE BIBLE STORY?

The interest of children in works of art, if unguided, usually lasts
only for a moment. Let some one, however, begin to talk about the
picture and the child fixes eager eyes upon it and follows every word
with breathless attention. "Talking about a picture is simply letting
a picture talk," and many of these pictures are volumes in themselves
which one must read carefully to know all they are meant to tell. The
following paragraphs furnish questions and suggest lines of study
which will often open the door of the child's mind to artistic
appreciation.

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_Talking about Pictures_

What painter of Madonnas was called the
"peasant painter of Spain"? 30 G.B.

There are four Madonnas by this artist in
"The Golden Book" 30, 348,
436, 450 G.B.

Which two most resemble each other?
How do even these two differ?

Which is thought to be the most beautiful of all?

Which is your favorite? Why?

Find the one painted without the child.

Did you notice two little seraphs that are in
almost the same position on pages 436 and 450 G.B.?

In which of the pictures do you think the painter
has shown the most loving mother?

Describe some other children's pictures painted
by this great man. 336, 480 G.B.

Who is generally considered the greatest
of all painters? 220 G.B.

Name the most famous Madonna in the world 220 G.B.

(Notice how lines drawn from the head of the Madonna to the heads of
the two supporting figures and across their base make a triangle. This
balance gives strength to the picture and makes it more pleasing to
look at. One reason why art critics say this picture is "without one
false note" is its perfect balance. Remember that this regularity and
balance of composition mean repose in a picture while a combination of
slanting lines and lessening figures suggests motion. (See 38 T.J.) If
slanting lines suggest motion, perpendicular ones show rest, as seen
in the figure of Ruth (44 T.J.). These perpendicular lines are very
much used by the great artists; for instance, look at pages 262, 372,
382, 390 S.A.)

Raphael painted many pictures besides Madonnas. One of his most famous
pictures is on page 366 L.J. There are two other Madonnas by this same
artist in "The Golden Book" (pages 356, 444). Describe them and learn
their names.

What do you think is interesting about the Madonna picture by Carlo
Dolci on page 340 G.B.?

Where does the light come from in the Madonna picture on page 396?

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Note another very much like Dolci's (page 400): Can you explain this
light?

In the picture on page 414 G.B. notice how glad every one is that the
Christ Child has come: Why do you think the artist made them look so
happy?

Which of the Madonnas on pages 364, 392, 418, 432, 470 G.B. do you
like best, and why?

Find on page 42 G.B. one of the most popular modern Madonnas. This is
something like the Madonna on page 450 but it is not considered so
good. What do you think is the difference between the two?

What does the Bible call the three men represented as looking at the
baby in the Madonna picture on page 408 G.B.?

What is unusual about the picture by Bouguereau on page 332 G.B.?

Describe the picture by the same artist on page 426.

In what way is the picture on page 332 like the one by Murillo on page
450?

How is the picture on page 404 like the Adoration of the Angels on
page 426?

There are many pictures of the face of Jesus in "The Golden Book" that
are worth studying and comparing. Turn, one after another, to the
pictures on pages 74, 104, 288, 308; look at each of the faces, and
say which you like best, and why.

Name a very great French artist who was
a painter of landscapes. 38 G.B.

What sort of subject did Sir Joshua Reynolds
choose for many of his paintings?
In what country did he live? 46,374,382 G.B.

(A group of men in England called the Pre-Raphaelites were fond of
painting pictures that tell a story. One of the most famous of these,
an allegorical picture, is given on page 466 G.B. It is interesting to
trace out its meaning. See how many prominent features of this picture
you can pick out. Notice the three lights: the moonlight, symbol of
earth's dimness; the lantern light, symbol of the searching light of
conscience; the light around the Master's head, symbol of the light of
love. One of the Master's hands is bound by the light of conscience,
but the other is free to knock at the door of the heart of man. The
brambles and vines of neglect and sin have grown over the door and it
has no latch. It can be opened only from within.)

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What woman is ranked among the most famous animal
painters of the world? 378 G.B.

Of what form of art was Thorwaldsen a master?
Notice how this form can tell a story 48 H.T.

Who painted the famous frieze of the Prophets
in the Boston Public Library? 89 H.T.

What prophets are represented in each of the
four sections? 262, 372,
382, 390 S.A.

Tell the history of the great statue of David by
Michael Angelo. 384 H. T.

Who was Michael Angelo?

Murillo, great painter of Madonnas, also painted other pictures. Can
you tell the story of the two pictures on 64, 246 H.T.?

An interesting picture is given on page 38 H.T. Can you tell where
this family is going and why?

You can tell a story of Jesus from the pictures in the volume, "The
Life of Jesus." Follow those in the order suggested and see how much
you can tell about Jesus' life from pages 16, 40, 48, 52, 56, 76, 114,
232, 236, 274, 312.

The pictures of Jesus that we see most often were painted by Hofmann.
This artist has painted a great many pictures of Jesus and several are
given in the volume, "The Life of Jesus," on pages 84, 164, 210, 266.
Would you know from looking at them that these pictures were all
painted by the same man? Why?

Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest of Italian
painters. What is his most famous picture? 252 L.J.

Can you explain who the men are, represented in this picture (252
L.J.), and what they are all talking about? Do you know why Jesus'
face is so sad? Look on page 256 L.J. for a larger picture of the face
of Jesus. This is a study made by Da Vinci for his great painting,
"The Last Supper," and is called "The Unfinished Christ." It is said
of this picture: "Never had such a vision of the face come to mortal
before. Never has it been approached in beauty or power by any painter
since."

The following is an interesting observation test as well as a help
in fixing the beautiful stories in mind. Turn to the picture on page
254 G.B. Ask the child to examine it closely for a few minutes and
then tell you in detail what he sees in the picture. Some children
will see many things, others will need suggestions to help them in
bringing out {25} the interesting points of characters and setting.
After the picture is well in mind turn to page 251 G.B. and read the
story of Palm Sunday, letting the child fit his observations to the
story.

Other pictures and stories that may be used in the same way are:--

Pictures. 16 L.J., 388 G.B.
Story. 245 G.B.

Picture. 458 G.B.
Story. 49 L.J.

Picture. 112 G.B.
Story. 110 G.B.

Picture. 236 G.B.
Story. 188 L.J.

Pictures. 290,300 L.J.
Story. 265 G.B.

Picture. 188 G.B.
Story. 214 G.B.

Picture. 366 L.J.
Story. 469 L.J.

Picture. Frontispiece H.T.
Story. 177 G.B.

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QUESTIONS TO ASK LITTLE CHILDREN

If possible, set a regular time for reading "The Golden Book" with the
child, taking it page by page. Use these questions to recall the
previous lesson before going on to a new story.


_Making the Child Think_

Who gives you "every good gift"? 32 G.B.

Tell something about the beautiful grass
and flowers 35, 36 G.B.

To whom do you say your prayers? 40 G.B.

What shines in the sky when you sleep?
(See picture in front of G.B.) 43 G.B.

What do you know about one great star? 245 G.B.

What shines down on the flowers and the birds
and the little children when they waken? 44 G.B.

How do you thank the Father in heaven
for his goodness? 47 G.B.

Who is glad when the rain falls? 48 G.B.

How does God help the seeds to grow into flowers? 51 G.B.

What beautiful things does God bring to us
in the summer? 52 G.B.

Tell some good and beautiful things which you
thank God for in the autumn. 55 G.B.

Why do you like the cool winter days? How
does God keep the flowers warm? The animals? 59 G.B.

What can you do beside the big ocean? 63 G.B.

Why do the beautiful hills and mountains
make you think of God? 68 G.B.

Tell some things you can do to make the
Father in heaven glad. 81 G.B.

How many things can you do that God wants done? 82 G.B.

Why do you thank God every day? 85 G.B.

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Why did Jesus' friends love him? 86 G.B.

Did Jesus have any home? 89 G.B.

To whose home did Jesus love to go? (Look at
picture, page 260 G.B., also page 218 L.J.) 90 G.B.

What did Jesus do when the people came to see him?
(Look at pictures on pages 114 and 132 L.J.) 93 G.B.

Tell a little story about the Sea of Galilee.
(Look at picture, page 108.) 94 G.B.

When Jesus was a boy, how many things did he do
that you do? (Read page 73 G.B. and look at
picture on page 56 L. J.) 97 G.B.

Do you know why Jesus was called the Great
Physician? (Look at pictures pages 104 and 200.) 98 G.B.

Why do you like to talk to your Father in heaven?
(Look at the picture on page 192 T.J. and see how
people in the East sometimes prayed.) 101 G.B.

Tell how a good father is like the Father in heaven. 105 G.B.

What did Jesus say about birds and flowers? 106 G.B.

Did you know that there are good trees and bad
trees? Tell what Jesus said about them. (Look at
pictures pages 460 and 102 H.T.) 109 G.B.

How was Jesus very kind to Jairus, whose little
girl was sick? 110 G.B.

What baby was hid in a basket and afterward grew
up to be a great man? (Look at page 140 H.T.,
for one of the wonders of the country where this
baby was born. Look on page 90 H. T. and see how
a great artist represents him as a man.) 117 G.B.

Tell how the churches in the Bible lands were
different from our churches. Where did they get
the songs they sang? 121 G.B.

Can you tell one of the stories that Jesus told? 126 G.B.

How many of the important things that Jesus
taught the people can you remember? 130 G.B.

What was the name of the little boy who came when
he was called? How was his mother unselfish? What
do you think made him a great man? (Look at
picture, page 45.) 132 G.B.

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Tell about the shepherd life that made David a
strong, brave boy. How did he use his strength
and bravery when his country needed him? (Look
at pictures, pages 384 and 388 H.T.) 139 G.B.

What did David do for the great King Saul and
how did Saul treat David in return? (Look on
page 404 H.T. and see
the place where David hid from Saul.) 151 G.B.

How did Jonathan show his friendship for David? 156 G.B.

Tell what three brave soldiers did to show
their friendship for David. 163 G.B.

Tell the name of a wicked son of David and
what happened to him. 167 G.B.

Who was called the "wisest king," and what was
the greatest thing he ever did?
(Look at picture on page 454 H. T.) 170 G.B.

Tell the name and the story of the little boy
who was put in a pit by his brothers. (Look at
picture on page 94 H.T. to see how the little
boy traveled to Egypt.) 177 G.B.

How did this little slave boy become a great
ruler in Egypt? 181 G.B.

Tell how, as a great ruler, he did a kind thing
to the brothers who had been unkind to him.
(See picture in front of H.T.) 185 G.B.

Tell about the woman who did a good deed to the
prophet Elijah and how she was richly rewarded. 193 G.B.

When Jesus refused to be king in Palestine and
told the people that he was king over a greater
kingdom than they had, what did he mean? By what
stories did Jesus explain what he meant? 201 G.B.

Tell what the little captive girl did to bring
health to the great general Naaman.
(Look at picture, page 150 T.J.) 205 G.B.

Tell all you know about the Jordan river.
(Look at pictures, pages 284 and 340 H.T.) 224 G.B.

What is the strangest lake in the world? Why
would you dislike to live near it? (Look at
picture on page 228 G.B., also on page 34 H.T.) 226 G.B.


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PART II

CHARACTER AND LIVING

_For Growth in Knowledge and Character_

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"Written in the East, these characters live forever in the West;
written in one province, they pervade the world; penned in rude times,
they are prized more and more as civilization advances; product of
antiquity, they come home to the bosoms of the folk of modern days."

--_Robert Louis Stevenson_.

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CHARACTER AND LIVING

MAKE THE BIBLE HEROES YOUR FRIENDS

We ever demand a person for an ideal instead of a principle. By living
a year with a masterful character one would gain more than from a
dozen years of moral precept. President King of Oberlin College says,
"Character is not taught, but caught."

Since character is contagious, mere teaching of the bare and unadorned
moral principle is almost always vain. But a hero personifies virtue,
commands admiration, becomes an ideal.

This explains the power of stories in creating character. The heroes
of the Bible fire us with enthusiasm we could never feel for
impersonal virtue. To make them our friends is to be influenced by the
noblest associates.

When Jesus wished to build up character in His disciples He told them
a story, or parable, to supply their lack.

The method meets the need of mankind to-day as well as in Jesus' time.
The Bible has a wonderful story for forming every single trait of
character. Its heroes illuminate virtue by their heroic deeds. We see
the man, admire his deeds, then his motives, and then his character.
Unconsciously, but none the less surely, we catch his spirit and share
the quality of his soul.


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JESUS' CHARACTER-BUILDING STORIES

Do you know which parable teaches:--

True neighborliness?



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