Bible Student: Volume 1

This magazine has been commenced, partly to relieve the pages of the "Young Believer" from an overweight of matter, and partly to record the results of the monthly researches of the Bible Students' Class. It has been increasingly felt and practically proved, that the work most blessed of
The following is a list of those from whom we have received papers, and to whom therefore we have now given numbers by which (instead of initials) they will in future be known; it being particularly requested that all future communications be accompanied by the reference number of the
We hope with the Lord's gracious help to contribute a few brief and simple papers upon the Holy Scriptures,-their external form and internal character. The verbal inspiration and consequent divine authority of the Word of God; where, when, by whom, and the languages
All Queries for this Class received before the 10th, will be answered, if possible, on the 1st of the following month, i.e., in three weeks.
Seven "Better Things" in Hebrews—Testament (7:22); Promises (8:6); Substance (10:34); Hope (7:19); Sacrifices (9:23); Country (11:16); Resurrection (11:35).
As the Revisers of the New Testament have lately given to the world the result of their labors, we think that it may be profitable, and, it is to be hoped, not altogether uninteresting, to pass rapidly in review the principal changes which have been
Chapter 1.-In the first seventeen verses of this chapter we need observe only, that the Revisors have given us, as far as possible, the Hebrew forms of proper names instead of the Greek forms, which we find in the Authorized Version. This is an unquestionable
2:4.-" The Christ." It is to be regretted that in the Authorized Version the definite article should be so seldom before the word "Christ," when it is present in the Greek. The expression "the Christ" calls our attention to the fact that "Christ" is, properly speaking,
The 39 books comprising the "Old Testament,"-so called from the borrowed application of the title in 2 Cor. 3:1414But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. (2 Corinthians 3:14), were written at different times, by various persons, and in distant places.
We may just indicate very briefly a very few of the interesting facts brought out by the comprehensive list we published last month, the result of the first research of the Bible Students' Class.
In addition to the list printed last month, the following have expressed a wish to join the Bible Class, and we accordingly give their numbers:-
What is it to be holy?
We wrote to a Bible Student asking if the beautiful change in the revised version from the "eyes of your understanding" to the "eyes of your heart," in Eph. 1:1818The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, (Ephesians 1:18), (the Chapter to be read for June 18) had been noticed, but received word back that
All Queries for this Class received before the 10th, will be answered, if possible, on the 1st of the following month, i.e., in three weeks.
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Seven " Blessings " in Galatians.-We are "Called," (1:6) "Justified," (2:16) "Crucified," (2:20) "Blessed," (3:9) "Redeemed," (3:13) "Baptized into Christ," (3:27) "Made Free," (5:1).
3:4.-" John himself;" this is undoubtedly a more correct translation than "the same John." The word which the Revisers render "food," in this verse, signifies literally "nourishment," " as meat " does in old English. In modern English the meaning of the word "meat" is narrower,
A W G W. We regret to have to ask you to wait till next month for reply, our space being so fully occupied this time.
The wonderful scope of the Old Testament Scriptures in their references to Christ, renders last month's subject rather a matter for practical study than for a short article. We can therefore in these lines but attempt, and that most briefly and imperfectly, to direct the attention of the
Since last month the following have expressed a desire to join Class, and we accordingly give their numbers:-
We will now refer to those passages which specially belong to the New Dispensation. Old Testament persons and things which are spoken of as holy in the Old Dispensation, and thus mentioned in the New, are not included in the following list, nor are {s
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All Queries for this Class received before the 10th, will be answered, if possible, on the 1st of the following month, i.e., in three weeks.
5:29—Causeth thee to stumble." The Greek verb thus translated is derived from the substantive rendered "stumbling-block," in 1 Cor. 1:2323But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; (1 Corinthians 1:23). The word "offend," which we find in the Authorized Version, is too vague to be easily understood.
P. G. T.-We will bear in mind your suggestion. We shall be glad to have any inaccuracies in the papers pointed out.
This is a most interesting but very difficult subject, but we think that the result, although not perhaps absolutely complete, is pretty correct. Probably many of our readers may be able to suggest additions that they would like to see in, but we have no doubt these have been
The composition of the Books of the Bible was begun by Moses on the plains of Moab in the 15th century, B.C.; the subjects of which they treat were completed by Paul during his Roman imprisonment in the latter half of the 1st Christian century;
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We have received the following interesting communication from a correspondent:Question 289.-The inscription is literally. MENE, MENE-numbered, numbered. TEKEL-weighed. U-and PARSIN-they are dividing. MENE MENE TEKEL UPARSIN literally translated is " Numbered, numbered; weighed; and they are dividing." UPARSIN is changed into PERES, because the U (and) is left out,
In looking through the former lists, we find, that with the exception of the Free-will offerings, all holy things are made so by the will of God. In other words, they are set apart for God by Himself. These holy things are for this reason to be sanctified, that
The Tent And The Altar.
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8:28.-We here find the word "Gadarenes" instead of "Gergesenes." In Mark 5 T, where the same events are related, we read "Gadarenes," in the Authorized, and "Gerasenes" in the Revised Version. Gadara was the chief town of Perica. Gerasa was at some distance from
Bible Notes received from J. R. D,-M. A. K.-W. J. H.-M. B. P.-G. S., Jr.-B. R.-T. G.T. V.-M. T.-We hope to devote more space in future to the contributions received from our correspondents.
The object of this paper was to show how the subject matter of Genesis is interwoven with the whole thread of Scripture, and underlies the entire structure of the word of God. Of no other book can this be said in the same way; as
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We would earnestly recommend (in response to a suggestion from one of our subscribers) all who study the Word, and especially those who use Bagster's Bibles or other facsimile Editions to get " Hints on Bible marking" 6d. which can be had from our publisher, or from Messrs.
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SEVEN HOURS OF SUFFERING.
10:4.-" Simon the Cananean," that is, as the margin adds, the Zealot. The Zealots were a religious sect existing amongst the Jews of that time. The word Cananean means "zealous," and has nothing whatever to do with " Canaanite."
We earnestly trust that our readers will study most carefully the working out of this subject from Scripture. It is perhaps the most practical subject that has been given as yet, and is full of instruction. We can only just notice one or two points in these few lines.
SINCE last month the following have expressed a desire to join the Class, and we accordingly give their numbers.
We have now arrived at the close of the first six months of the Bible Student, and can unitedly praise God for the blessing He has given us thus far. The Bible Class, which forms the nucleus of our subscribers, has grown to a
15:8.-" This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me." The words "draweth nigh unto me with their mouth," are here omitted.
13.-Many thanks for your letter. We are much encouraged to hear from many sources that the study of the subjects selected for the class has been used for blessing.