PREPARING TO TEACH
A Reformed Training Manual for Bible Teachers
John Hall, Edward Humphrey, Wm. Henry Green, Francis Patton & J. Bennet Tyler
"This volume is meant to be a class-book for teachers and such as design to become teachers. It claims to be only an outline of the topics treated, and presupposes regular study of the subjects which in so brief a space can be little more than barely stated, and, if practiable, organized classes and competent teachers. Profoundly convinced of the imperative need of a higher order of teaching in our Sunday Schools, of a large number of teachers who are proficient in Bible knowledge and measurably trained in the methods of teaching and in management of classes, this volume is submitted to the great army of Sunday School workers and such as will some day enter the field, in the fervent and prayerful hope that it may meet a want, and be helpful to such as desire to do good and successful work for the Master in this most hopeful and important department of Christian activity."
EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY by John Hall
CEREMONIAL INSTITUTES by Edward P. Humphrey
BIBLE HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY & ARCHAEOLOGY by Wm.. Henry Green
SUMMARY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE by Francis L. Patton
HOW TO TEACH THE BIBLE by J. Bennet Tyler
This volume of over 400 pages contains five separate books by five gifted authors who were experts in the field assigned to them. The Presbyterian Board of Publications commissioned these men to write material that would equip those presently teaching and those who desired to teach in the Sunday School and Bible Classes of the Church. A cursory reading of the material produced demonstrates that each man took his task seriously and produced a volume that is timeless and priceless.
At Princeton, J. Gresham Machen was mentored by theologian Francis L. Patton (1843-1932). Later, Machen wrote about Patton's helpfulness in his intellectual struggles: "Never did a doubter and a struggler have a better friend than I did in this wonderfully eloquent and brilliant man."
William Henry Green (1825-1900), from August 1851 until his death, in Princeton, New Jersey, he was professor of Biblical and Oriental Literature in Princeton Theological Seminary. From 1859 the title of his chair was Oriental and Old Testament Literature.
John Hall (1806-1894) was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church or Trenton, New Jersey for over 40 years, served as Professor of Pastoral Theology at Princeton Seminary, and later as Director of the Seminary. His close friendship with J.W. Alexander led to the publication of "Forty Years Familiar Letters of James W. Alexander" which appeared in 1860. He was a gifted writer of many volumes, several, like this oned, in collaboration with others.
Edward P. Humphrey (1809-1886) was one of three faculty members who founded the Danville Theological Seminary in Kentucky in 1853, where he served alongside of Dr. Robert Breckinridge. Humphrey taught the Church History among other subjects. He was a graduate of Andover Theological Seminary in 1833 and pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Jefferson, IN for 18 years. He was a leader amongst the "Old School" Presbyterians.
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