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Alternating between Old and New Testaments semi-annually or quarterly . . 16 The London Sunday School Union was consulted from 1874 onward and was listed as a corresponding member of the committee shortly thereafter. 17 The launching of this system coincided almost exactly with the discontinuation of secular subjects to focus exclusively on the Bible and religious subjects in England after Parliament passed the Education Act of 1870. Commencing in 1871, the British National Sunday School Union (later the National Christian Education Council) instituted annual scripture examinations, initially for teachers and later opened up to scholars of all kinds and ages.
66 Blackstone was a confirmed dispensational premillennialist who considered it his Christian duty to advocate the conversion and return of the Jews to their homeland in anticipation of the Second Coming. He was one of the founders in 1889 of the Bible House in Chicago, whose name was changed to the Moody Bible Institute in 1901 after the death of Dwight L. Moody. Blackstone was also active in the founding of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles. Perhaps his best known effort was publication in 1878 of a treatise entitled Jesus Is Coming, primarily to persuade people of the imminent coming of Christ.
20 During the latter part of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth century, the Sunday School Union published a weekly Sunday School Chronicle with both a “morning” and an “afternoon” lesson. 21 The “morning” lesson was prepared by educators in England for children who only attended on Sunday morning. In general the Old Testament stories were used to teach a moral lesson, but in the case of Abraham and Joshua they also clearly identified Palestine as the ancestral home of the Jews. ”24 The Church of England covered many of the same subjects but in shorter form to make room for material regarding beliefs of the church itself.