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CATECHISM

OF

SCRIPTURE HISTORY,

COMPILED BY

THE SISTERS OF MERCY,

FOR THE USE OF THE

CHILDREN ATTENDING THEIR SCHOOLS.

REVISED BY

REV. DR. O'REILLY,

R. C. COLLEGE, MAYNOOTH.

“We have found Him of whom Moses in the law and prophets
did write, Jesus, the son of Joseph of Nazareth.”—John i. 45.

LONDON :
CHARLES DOLMAN, 61, NEW BOND STREET,

AND 22, PATER NOSTER ROW:
SOLD BY ALL CATHOLIC BOOKSELLERS.

1852.

lol. de. 472.

Prefare.

THE “Catechism of Scripture History” has been some years used in Manuscript in the Schools of the Sisters of Mercy, Limerick, having been compiled by them for the more easy instruction of their pupils. It was commenced in rather a limited form, and was gradually added to as the children advanced. It is now deemed advisable to print it, both to prevent the inaccuracies likely to arise from frequent transcripts, and to meet the wishes of those who desired to procure copies.

The work is divided into seven parts, the six first comprise the history of the Old Testament, and are arranged according to the computations specified in the annexed Chronological Table. The table and the historical narrative have been copied from the sacred text, and it is only where it became necessary to supply the connecting links in either that any other authority has been consulted. The authors referred to are Josephus, Bossuet, and Petavius.

The object in view in compiling this Catechism was to give the children not only an accurate knowledge of the principal events recorded in holy Scripture, and a clear idea of the time in wh each of these occurred, but also to familiarize them with the prophecies relating to our Divine Lord, and thus to lead them to regard the Old Testament as a figure and a foreshadowing of the New. The connexion between both has been developed as clearly as the limits of a school book would allow. The Catechism form is adopted to render it less difficult to commit the facts to memory. Two or three histories have, however, been introduced, partly as exercises in reading, and partly to accustom the pupil to relate events in detail.

The work has been revised by Rev. Dr. OʻREILLY, R. C. College, Maynooth, and is published with the approbation of Right Rev. Dr. Ryan, Limerick.

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A.M. | A.C. Ist. From the Creation to the Deluge includes a space of . .

. 1656 years 1656 2344 2nd. ! .. Deluge to the vocation of Abraham, 367'.. 2023|1977 3rd. 1 .. Vocation of Abraham to the delivery out of Egypt. . ..

430 .. 24531547 .. Delivery out of Egypt to the foun.

dation of the Temple, including 40 years journeying in the desert. · 519 .. 2972|1028 · Foundation of the Temple to the return from Babylonian Captivity, Ist year of the reign of Cyrus

482 .. 3454 646 6th. |

Return from Babylonian Captivity,
1st year of Cyrus to Birth of Christ 546 .. 14000)

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1st. From the Creation to the Deluge, are com- REFERENCE.

puted as follows :
Adam was 130 years old when his son

Seth was born Genesis v. 3
Seth was 105 years old when Enos

was born
Enos was 90 years old when Cainan

was born
Cainan was 70 years old when Ma-

laleel was born .
Malaleel was 65 years old when Jared

was born
Jared was 162 years old when Enoch

was born
Enoch was 65 years old when Ma.

thusalem was born.
Mathusalem was 187 years old when La-

mecb was born .
Lamech was 182 years old when Noah

was born
Noah was 500 years old when Sem

was born
Sem was 100 years old at the time of

the Deluge . .

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