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Peloubet’s Select Notes on The International Lessons. By Wilbur M. Smith, D.D. W. A. Wilde Company. $1.90-postpaid $2.00.
When upon the death of Dr. Amos R. Wells, choice was made of Dr. Wilbur M. Smith as Editor of Peloubet’s Select Notes on The International Sunday School Lessons, favorable comment was heard on every hand; however, the election of Dr. Smith to this great service has been more than justified by the 1935 volume-the sixty-first in the whole series and the first to be edited by Dr. Smith-which has just come from the press.
No statement is necessary here of the high and authoritative place which Peloubet’s Select Notes has held in the field of exposition of, and general helps on, the Sunday School lesson; but the present volume is of surpassing value. No teacher or student who takes the study of the Sunday School lesson seriously can afford to be without these notes.
In his foreword to his first volume, Dr. Smith has paid a wonderful tribute to his predecessor, Dr. Wells. He has also set forth with clearness his own purpose to remain true to the conservative interpretation of the Scriptures. The present volume is a refreshing realization of the Editor’s high ideals.
Few men in this generation are more gifted and experienced in the field of bibliographies than Dr. Smith. This feature of his work is exceedingly rich in this volume.
The treatment of each lesson incorporates the following features:
(1) The objective of each lesson; (2) the setting of the lesson (time and place); (3) general subject divided for study; (4) suggestive outlines; 5) a practical and comprehensive bibliography; (6) the Biblical approach to lesson text; (7) A concise interpretation of text, verse by verse; (8) application of lesson truths to everyday life; (9) quotation illustrations from foremost Biblical scholars and references from the broadest fields of literature; (10) pictorial illustrations from
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the master painters of religious art; (11) the lesson in life and literature; and (12) test questions and subjects for open discussion.
The publishers’ estimation of this monumental work is not overdrawn, “A veritable encyclopedia of information, workable aids and inspirational material for teachers of all grades, for officials and pastors as well.”
In this day of doctrinal confusion it is cause for genuine thanksgiving that, by the choice of Dr. Smith to the editorial chair, Peloubet’s Select Notes is to continue a vital force in the promulgation of the truth of God.
Lewis Sperry Chafer
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