See Halicarnassus.

Book Of The Revelation

See Apocalypse.

Books Of The Prophets

Books Of The Prophets, a division of the Old Testament. The rabbis divided the books of the Hebrew canon into three classes: 1. To-rah, law; 2, Nebiim, prophets; 3, Kethubim, writings, hagiographa. The second class was subdivided by them into "former" and "latter" prophets. The former comprised the books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings. Among the latter they again distinguished between the three "great" (Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel) and the twelve "minor" prophets (Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Mi-cah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi). In the arrangement of modern Biblical criticism, Joshua, Samuel, and Kings are not counted among the books of the prophets, who are divided into the four great (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel) and the twelve minor prophets. - See also the articles on the several prophets.


Boom, a town of Belgium, in the province and 10 m. S. of Antwerp; pop. in 1866, 10,-064. It is situated on the Rupel, at the junc-. tion of the Brussels canal, and has an active transit trade. It contains a college, brick and tile works, tanneries, breweries, and various other manufactures.


Boonesborough, a decayed village of Madison co., Kentucky. In 1775 the first fort erected in Kentucky was built here by Daniel Boone. In Boonesborough was convened, toward the end of last century, the first legislative assembly ever held in the territories now forming the western states.


Boonville, a city and the capital of Cooper co., Missouri, on the right bank of the Missouri river, 43 m. N. W. of Jefferson City; pop. in 1870, 3,506. It is situated in the midst of a rich farming region, in the vicinity of iron, lead, and coal mines, and of marble and limestone quarries. The grape is extensively cultivated. Boonville is the centre for most of the trade of S. W. Missouri, of a portion of Arkansas, and of the Cherokee nation. It has a court house, several churches, ropewalks, and four weekly newspapers, one of which is in German. It was settled by Daniel Boone.


Bootes, in astronomy, a constellation in the northern hemisphere. The name is derived from the GreekBootes 030030 , an ox, and means an ox-driver. The modern figures represent Bootes as a man with a club in the right hand, and in the left the leash which holds two hunting dogs. It contains Arcturus, a star of the first magnitude.


Boothbay, a township of Lincoln co., Maine, on the coast, between the Damariscotta and Sheepscott rivers; pop. in 1870, 3,200. Its harbor is one of the best on the coast, and is never frozen over in the winter. The inhabitants are extensively engaged in ship building, the foreign and coasting trade, and the fisheries. Ferries connect the town with Bristol and with Southport, an island in the bay.