1863-1887 the Review and Herald Days

While the Sabbath School lesson as a periodical began in 1888, the lessons themselves had their origin in the Review and Herald in 1863 as the need for an organised study became keenly felt by the church members as James White (editor) describes...

"Lessons for the use of Bible-Bible-Classes and Sabbath Schools is a want that has long been felt by churches which have seen fit to make use of these necessary and efficient means of religious instruction. To supply this want, so far as it concerns Bible-Classes, and the higher classes of Sabbath-Schools, it is proposed to give through the Review a series of questions on the different points of present truth, taking the standard publications of the Review Office, as text books, and furnishing enough for one lesson in each paper. It is expected that the Instructor will furnish lessons sufficient for each Sabbath, for the lower classes and thus the whole ground be covered. We commence in this number with the History of the Sabbath. This is a work which should have more attention than a mere random perusal. A careful study of it will thoroughly instruct any one on the important subject of the Sabbath, in all its branches. Answers to the following questions will be found in this work from pages 9 to 24. To prepare himself, for recitation, the student should so thoroughly study the matter embraced within the pages referred to, as to be able to promptly answer the questions proposed concerning the subjects there introduced." (James White. Review & Herald Vol XXI. Feb 17, 1863. PDF)

The following list is an exhaustive listing of the dates, lesson subjects and download links for the 1863-1887 period of the Sabbath School lesson study work.

(Please note this page is under construction... going back through the old records will take a little time but the page will be updated daily.)

The links go to the full issues of the Review and Herald in PDF format and the lessons are entitled "Lessons for Bible Students"

Review & Herald. Vol XXI. 1863

(February 17 - May 26)

No.12 - History of the Sabbath pt.1 (Feb 17)
No.14 - History of the Sabbath pt.2 (Mar 03)
No.15 - History of the Sabbath pt.3 (Mar 10)
No.16 - History of the Sabbath pt.4 (Mar 17)
No.17 - History of the Sabbath pt.5 (Mar 24)
No.18 - History of the Sabbath pt.6 (Mar 31)
No.19 - History of the Sabbath pt.7 (Apr 07)
No.20 - History of the Sabbath pt.8 (Apr 14)
No.21 - History of the Sabbath pt.9 (Apr 21)
No.22 - History of the Sabbath pt.10 (Apr 28)
No.23 - History of the Sabbath pt.11 (May 05)
No.24 - History of the Sabbath pt.12 (May 12)
No.25 - History of the Sabbath pt.13 (May 19)
No.26 - History of the Sabbath pt.14 (May 26)

[downloads are full R&H issues in PDF format- lessons are entitled "Lessons for Bible Students"]

Review & Herald. Vol XXII. 1863

(June 2 - November 24)

No.01 - the History of the Sabbath pt.15 (Jun 02)
No.02 - the History of the Sabbath pt.16 (Jun 09)
No.03 - the History of the Sabbath pt.17 (Jun 16)
No.04 - the History of the Sabbath pt.18 (Jun 23)
No.05 - the History of the Sabbath pt.19 (Jun 30)
No.06 - the History of the Sabbath pt.20 (Jul 07)
No.07 - the History of the Sabbath pt.21 (Jul 14)
No.16 - Nebuchadnezzar's Great Image - Dan 2 pt.1 (Sep 15)
No.17 - Nebuchadnezzar's Great Image - Dan 2 pt.2 (Sep22)
No.18 - The Four Beasts of Daniel 7 (Sep 29)
No.19 - The Vision of Daniel 8 (Oct 06)
No.20 - the 70 Weeks & 2300 Days (Oct 13)
No.21 - The Sanctuary pt.1 (Oct 20)
No.22 - The Sanctuary pt.2 (Oct 27)
No.23 - The Sanctuary pt.3 (Nov 03)
No.24 - The Sanctuary pt.4 (Nov 10)
No.25 - The Cleansing of the Sanctuary pt.1 (Nov 17)
No.26 - The Cleansing of the Sanctuary pt.2 (Nov 24)

[downloads are full R&H issues in PDF format- lessons are entitled "Lessons for Bible Students"]

Series 2

Volume 51 No.24 heralds a new era in the Sabbath School printed work with lesson material under the heading "Sabbath School Department".

There are 2 sections in each R&H issue and thus 2 titles in each lesson listed below
- Bible Lessons for Youth
- Lessons for Bible Classes

Review & Herald. Vol 51. 1878

No. 24 #01 Creation & the Sabbath
          #01 Nebuchadnessar's Dream (Jun 13)

No. 25 #02 the Garden of Eden
          #02 Daniel's First Vision (Jun 20)


Review & Herald. Vol 52. 1878

No. 01 #03 Cain & Abel
          #03 Daniel's First Vision (Jun 27)

No. 02 #04 the Antediluvian Patriarchs
          #04 the Fourth Kingdom (Jul 04)

No. 03 #05 Enoch
          #05 the Division of the Fourth Kingdom (Jul 11)

No. 04 #06 the Spirit of God
          #06 the Little Horn of Daniel 7 (Jul 18)

No. 05 #07 the Flood
          #07 the Papal Persecution (Jul 25)

No. 06 #08 the Test of Obedience
          #08 Recapitulation (Aug 01)

No. 07 #09 Abraham Called
          #09 the Little Horn of Daniel 8 (Aug 08)

No. 08 #10 Abraham in Canaan
          #10 Characteristics & Symbols (Aug 15)

No. 09 #11 the Promises
          #11 Additional Dates & Facts (Aug 22)

No. 10 #12 the Faith of Abraham
          #12 Pagan & Papal Dominion (Aug 29)

No. 11 #13 the Seed of Abraham
          #13 the Sanctuary (Sep 05)

No. 12 #14 the Fulfillment of the Promises
          #14 the Worldly Sanctuary (Sep 12)

No. 13 #15 Circumcision
          #15 the History of the Worldly Sanctuary (Sep 19)

No. 14 #16 the Destruction of Sodom
          #16 the 2300 Days (Sep 26)

No. 15 #17 Isaac & Rebekah
          #17 the 70 Weeks (Oct 03)

No. 16 #18 the Birthright
          #18 the Date of the 70 Weeks & the 2300 Days (Oct 17)

No. 17 #19 Jacob's Deception
          #19 the Termination of the 2300 Days (Oct 24)

No. 18 #20 Jacob in Padam-Aram
          #20 the Services of the Worldly Sanctuary (Oct 31)

No. 20 #21 Jacob's Return
          #21 the Services on the Day of Atonement (Nov 14)

No. 21 #22 the Sons of Jacob
          #22 Apartments of the Heavenly Sanctuary (Nov 21)

No. 22 #23 Pharoah's Dream
          #23 Ministration in the First Apartment of the Heavenly Sanctuary (Nov 28)

No. 23 #24 the Promise
          #24 the Cleansing of the Heavenly Sanctuary (Dec 05)

No. 24 #25 Joseph Makes Himself Known
          #25 the Cleansing of the Heavenly Sanctuary, continued (Dec 12)

No. 25 #00 no youth lesson
          #26 the Second Advent of Christ (Dec 19)

No. 26 #26 Recapitulation
          #27 Christ Executes Judgment (Jan 02)


Series 3

New formatting commences here with a story review and reference to the related Youth Instructor issue

Review & Herald. Vol 61. 1884

(-) [no links in place yet for this section]

No. 3 - Acts Review (Jan 15 - see Instructor of Jan 16 1884)
No. 4 - Acts Review (Jan 22 - see Instructor of Jan 24 1884)
No. 5 - Acts 6-8 (Jan 29 - see Instructor of Jan 31 1884)
No. 6 - Acts 8:25-10: Feb 5 (Feb 5 - see Instructor of Feb 6 1884)
No. 7 - A cts 10-11 (Feb 12 - see Instructor of Feb 12 1884)
(in progress...)

Update Status: May 27, 2014

Currently working through the 2nd Series of Sabbath School lessons which started in 1878
Future updates: add the Youth Instructor which was an extensive series and included a Sabbath School lesson used widely by the 19th Century church
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