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File Submitted: 10 Oct 2012
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File Category: Reference Books (topx)
Author: John Kitto
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The Court of Persia covers what it's like to be a king and of the king’s court in the ancient country of Persia. The King’s clothing, habits, lifestyle, and thoughts are clearly explained, and comparisons made to Esther’s husband as well as the Hebrew kings. Understanding Persian royalty affords a deeper understanding of the Biblical kings and what they did.
The People of Persia covers the lifestyle and habits of the Persian people and relates many of them to Biblical references. Also explained is the origin of the Sunni and Shia and general character of the Persian people.
John Kitto spent 3+ years in Baghdad, assisting the missionaries in the area, and writing. His curiosity and studious behavior led to the two books in this set, which Kitto intended to open the door to a culture that is strange to European and Western people.
These works are very easy to read and quite interesting.
About John Kitto
John Kitto lived just 50 years, from 1804 to 1854.
Kitto had been a careful observer of physical detail – the topography, the animals, architecture, agricultural methods, the manner of interaction between people. His retelling of Bible stories in the light of what he had seen brought the narratives to life and confirmed the accuracy of the ancient texts. He showed how the activities described by the prophets and apostles accorded with the realities of Eastern culture. He supplemented his own observations with details from the journals of other travellers, and helped the Bible reader to understand many things previously obscure or contradictory to the Western mind. His careful research into the geography, biology and archaeology of Bible lands served to support and encourage confidence in the accuracy of the Bible.
In his generation Dr Kitto was a most significant contributor to Christian scholarship, and he provided much help for Evangelicals defending the Bible against the attack of liberal critics. He eventually wrote a total of twenty-three books, of which Charles Spurgeon considered the Daily Bible Illustrations to be "more interesting than any novel that was ever written, and as instructive as the heaviest theology."
John Kitto summed up his life with the following words:
"I perhaps have as much right as any man that lives, to bear witness that there is no one so low but that he may rise, no condition so cast down as to be really hopeless, and no privation which need, of itself, shut out any man from the paths of honourable exertion or from the hope of usefulness in life. I have sometimes thought that it was possibly my mission to affirm and establish these great truths."
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