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(In the early ages most of the instruction of young children was by the parents. The leisure hours of the Sabbaths and festival days brought the parents in constant contact with the children. After the captivity schools came more into use, and at the time of Christ were very abundant. The schools were in connection with the synagogues, which were found in every village of the city and land. Their idea of the value of schools may be gained from such sayings from the Talmud as "The world is preserved by the breath of the children in the schools;" "A town in which there are no schools must perish;" "Jerusalem was destroyed because the education of children was neglected." Josephus says, "Our principal care is to educate our children." The Talmud states that in Bechar there were 400 schools, having each 400 teachers, with 400 children each and that there were 4000 pupils in the house of Rabban Simeon Ben-Gamaliel. Maimonides thus describes a school: "The teacher sat at the head, and the pupils surrounded him as the crown the head so that every one could see the teacher and hear his words. The teacher did not sit in a chair while the pupils sat on the ground but all either sat on chairs or on the ground." The children read aloud to acquire fluency. The number of school-hours was limited, and during the heat of the summer was only four hours. The punishment employed was beating with a strap, never with a rod. The chief studies were their own language and literature the chief school-book the Holy Scriptures; and there were special efforts to impress lessons of morality and chastity. Besides these they studied mathematics, astronomy and the natural sciences. Beyond the schools for popular education there were higher schools or colleges scattered throughout the cities where the Jews abounded.--ED.)

Easton's Bible Dictionary
Schools of the Prophets

(1 Samuel 19:18-24; 2 Kings 2:3, 5, 7, 12, 15) were instituted for the purpose of training young men for the prophetical and priestly offices. (see PROPHET; SAMUEL.)

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia



Theological Schools.
... THEOLOGICAL SCHOOLS. Name. Place. Denom. Open. Prof. Stud. Total. Bangor
Bangor, Cong. 1816 3 43 139 Theol. Me. Seminary New Hampt. ...
// book of religions/theological schools.htm

... CHAPTER XII. SCHOOLS. From the commencement of Missions, schools have received much
attention, and have absorbed a large part of mission agency. ...
/.../kennedy/life and work in benares and kumaon 1839-1877/chapter xii schools.htm

For Ragged Schools.
... ORIGINAL HYMNS HYMN CCCXLVI. For Ragged Schools. James Montgomery.
For Ragged Schools. The poorest of the poor are we,. ...
/.../montgomery/sacred poems and hymns/hymn cccxlvi for ragged schools.htm

Fifteenth Day for Schools and Colleges
... FIFTEENTH DAY For Schools and Colleges. WHAT TO PRAY."For Schools and Colleges
="As for Me, this is My covenant with them, saith ...
/.../murray/the ministry of intercession/fifteenth day for schools and.htm

For the Blessing of Schools.
... MORNING AND EVENING HYMNS. 987. " For the Blessing of Schools. 987.
LM C. Sprague. For the Blessing of Schools. 1 O Thou, at ...
/.../adams/hymns for christian devotion/987 for the blessing.htm

His Schools and Schoolmasters.
... III. His Schools and Schoolmasters. (LUKE 1..) "Oh to have watched thee
through the vineyards wander, Pluck the ripe ears, and into ...
/.../meyer/john the baptist/iii his schools and schoolmasters.htm

The Schools of this World are of no Higher a Nature...
... [Way-2-71] The schools of this world are of no higher a nature´┐Ż The schools
of this world are of no higher a nature, than the ...
/.../law/the way to divine knowledge/way-2-71 the schools of this.htm

For Wadsley Church Schools.
... ORIGINAL HYMNS HYMN CCCXXXIX. For Wadsley Church Schools. James
Montgomery. For Wadsley Church Schools. [14]. Come, from ...
/.../montgomery/sacred poems and hymns/hymn cccxxxix for wadsley church.htm

Children Schools Nurseries for Paradise.
... ORIGINAL HYMNS HYMN CCCXLIX. Children Schools Nurseries for Paradise. ... Children
Schools Nurseries for Paradise. Our schools are nurseries below,. ...
/.../montgomery/sacred poems and hymns/hymn cccxlix children schools nurseries.htm

Synagogues in the City; and Schools.
... A Chorographical Century Chapters 31-40 Chapter 36 Synagogues in the City;
and Schools. "R. Phinehas, in the name of R. Hoshaia, saith ...
/.../lightfoot/from the talmud and hebraica/chapter 36 synagogues in the.htm

Schools (3 Occurrences)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary Schools of the Prophets. ... (see PROPHET; SAMUEL.).
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. SCHOOLS OF THE PROPHETS. ...
/s/schools.htm - 7k

Prophet (315 Occurrences)
... Colleges, "schools of the prophets", were instituted for the training of prophets,
who were constituted, a distinct order (1 Samuel 19:18-24; 2 Kings 2:3, 15; 4 ...
/p/prophet.htm - 49k

Lawyer (5 Occurrences)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary Among the Jews, was one versed in the laws of Moses, which
he expounded in the schools and synagogues (Matthew 22:35; Luke 10:25). ...
/l/lawyer.htm - 14k

... A knowledge of these tongues and the training of teachers were kept up by the schools
which Gregory and King Tiridates had established at the capital ...
/v/versions.htm - 81k

Daniel (74 Occurrences)
... of the river. His training in the schools of the wise men in Babylon (Dan.
1:4) was to fit him for service to the empire. He was ...
/d/daniel.htm - 79k

...Schools for children are first mentioned by Josephus (Ant., XV, x, 5). According
to the Talmud the first school for children was established about 100 BC, but ...
/c/children.htm - 62k

... A knowledge of these tongues and the training of teachers were kept up by the schools
which Gregory and King Tiridates had established at the capital ...
/a/armenian.htm - 18k

Senior (3 Occurrences)
... senior counsel. 2. (a.) Belonging to the final year of the regular course
in American colleges, or in professional schools. 3. (n ...
/s/senior.htm - 8k

Education (4 Occurrences)
... Concerning the so-called "schools of the prophets" which, in the days of Elijah,
existed at Bethel, Jericho and Gilgal (2 Kings 2:3, 1; 2 Kings 4:38 f), and ...
/e/education.htm - 40k

Child (355 Occurrences)
...Schools for children are first mentioned by Josephus (Ant., XV, x, 5). According
to the Talmud the first school for children was established about 100 BC, but ...
/c/child.htm - 51k

Bible Concordance
Schools (3 Occurrences)

John 7:15 The Jews were astonished. "How does this man know anything of books," they said, "although he has never been at any of the schools?"

Acts 4:13 As they looked on Peter and John so fearlessly outspoken--and also discovered that they were illiterate persons, untrained in the schools--they were surprised; and now they recognized them as having been with Jesus.

Galatians 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strifes, jealousies, angers, contentions, disputes, schools of opinion,



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