Page images
[ocr errors]

of the BLIND (John xi. 37); "And he whom thou now hast is not THY husband," John iv. 18; for example, express accurately the exphasis of the original. See also Matt. iii. 14; viii. 9. John xix. 6, 7.

notes will prove welcome to the general reader, especially in the proposed second volume. In the gospels there are no various readings in that manuscript of importance. The type adopted enables the reader to judge very fairly of the Unhappily this principle is pushed to general importance of various readings. an extreme. Six and twenty different "JESUS saith," i. e. with the article, is in cases are enumerated in which it is said the Vatican manuscript, "Jesus saith," that emphasis is expressed, while in i. e. without the article, Matt. xvii. 26. In many of them there is no emphasis at Mark vii. 36, our received text reads, all. Verbs for example in the infinitive "He charged them... they published mood and adverbs are made nouns in it." The Vatican reads, "he charged Greek by prefixing the article, as in them. . . they published it.” The Mark vi. 48, Matt. viii. 18, and all such places of the emphatic pronouns being are marked by Mr. Taylor as em-reversed. The general importance of phatic. Now the article is employed this manuscript, may be gathered from in such cases to meet the requirements of grammar, and not to give peculiar force to the word. To print such instances as emphatic confounds all proper notion of emphasis, and deprives the ordinary reader of the advantages which the general system advocated by Mr. Taylor is intended to confer. Could the six and twenty rules he gives be reduced to six, and really emphatic words be printed in emphatic type, a great benefit would be conferred, and the reader would be aided as much as by a corrected version. Of course we wish only the emphasis of the original, more than that would be exposition and not translation.

The various readings of the Vatican manuscript which are given in foot

the fact that ten out of a dozen or thirteen important readings in the New Testament, which are adopted by all the great critics, Griesbach, Scholz, Lachman, and Tischendorf, are found to agree with the Vatican. Unhappily the long standing promise of the Papacy that this text is soon to be given to the world is still unredeemed; and the various readings it contains are known only through imperfect collations.

On the whole, we deem Mr. Taylor's book a useful addition to our stores. The idea is a good one, and if his plan be confined to real emphasis and not extended to merely grammatical forms, it will throw much light on the sacred text. He has found a good horse; but let him beware of riding him to death.


The Pictorial Family Bible, according to the
Authorized Version: containing the Old and
New Testaments. With copious Original
Notes, by J. KITTO, D.D. London: W. S.
Orr and Co. 4to. Parts xxiv. and xxv.

This reprint of the original edition of Kitto's Bible having proceeded as far as the seventh chapter of Luke's Gospel, we renew our testimony, that though it is not equal to the VOL. XV.-FOURTH SERIES.

"Standard Edition," we regard its progress with complacency, as it will afford valuable instruction to multitudes to whom the more expensive work would be inaccessible. It is an excellent family book, and exceedingly cheap. The Bible and the Working Classes; being a Series of Lectures delivered to the Working Classes of Braford, Yorkshire, in 1851. By ALEXANDER WALLACE, Edinburgh. Second

3 с

Thousand. London, Hamilton, Adams, and
Co. Pp. 298.

Feeling in common with many Christian
men that for the appliances of Christianity to
be brought to bear on the operative classes in
this country something must be done different
from any efforts heretofore attempted, Mr.
Wallace, at that time a resident at Bradford,
secured the Lecture room of the Mechanics'
Institute for an afternoon service specially in-
tended for this portion of the community, and
altogether unconnected with any religious sect
or organization. There he delivered from week
to week during the course of four months this
series of popular addresses on "the Bible." The
plan proved eminently successful. Hundreds
of working men attended from the town and
the neighbourhood around, numbers of whom
prided themselves in being Freethinkers, and
were disposed to treat both the claims and
teachings of the bible with disregard. At a
large public meeting held after the services
were brought to a close, the lecturer was re-
quested to publish the addresses which had
excited so much interest; and eight of the most
influential religious men of Bradford subscribed
an amount sufficient to defray the expenses of
the first thousand copies. The second thousand
has just been published, and we wish it may be
speedily followed by a third. We have read
the book with intense interest. The circum-
stances in which it originated-the character
of the work itself-and the valuable results
which may be anticipated as its fruit; all con-
tribute to yield high satisfaction. Here and
there we have to complain of confusion of
figure and a style which reminds us of the
finest writing of Theodore Parker and George
Gilfillan. We must protest against this high
pressure style. It is in bad taste-is becoming
increasingly prevalent-and to young writers
has seductive charms. Apart from this we
heartily commend the volume to all classes of
our readers. Difficulties are not evaded; but
stated and met. The claims of the bible to be
at once the messenger of God and the friend of
man are advocated and sustained. There is no
sacrifice of essential truth for the sake of popu-
larity. On the other hand, there is none of
that offensive and feeble way of exhibiting
truth which has disgusted multitudes of all
grades in this Christian land. May such
efforts as those of Mr. Wallace be multiplied
a thousand fold, and may the God of the bible
abundantly bless them!

The Bible Class Manual of the Life of Christ; or a Harmony of the Gospels, in a Continuous Narrative, with Notes and Questions. By ANDREW G. FULLER. London: B. L. Green. 1852. Pp. x., 181.

To reduce the memoirs of the four evangelists into one continuous narrative would seem to a person who had never attempted it a much easier thing than it actually is. Sometimes one of the writers gives a fuller account of a transaction than any of the others, and yet passes over circumstances which they mention, and which must therefore be introduced, though it is difficult to determine to what part of his statement they belong. In many cases

there are apparent discrepancies which a more
complete knowledge of facts than we possess
might reconcile, but to harmonize which re-
quires much learning, and the sacrifice of
common prepossessions. The fewness of the
dates which are given, and the similarity be-
tween discourses which were delivered on
different occasions add to the difficulty of the
undertaking and the uncertainty which will be
felt on many points when it is completed. Mr.
Fuller has taken much pains with the present
work, and has succeeded in constructing a nar-
rative which reads smoothly and yet is com-
prehensive. In many families, sabbath schools,
and bible-classes, his publication will be accept-
able and useful. It includes a few explanatory
notes: many readers will wish that they had
been more numerous, but in that case they
could not have had the book on the same low
terms as those at which it is now presented to
to them.

Scripture Teacher's Assistant, with Explana-
tions and Lessons, designed for Sunday
Schools and Families. By HENRY AL-
THANS. London. Price One Shilling.

It is surprising that a man of so much experience in the instruction of children, and who enjoys so high a reputation among sabbath school teachers, should have published so very poor a book as this is. We have heard of men title-page, and the question has occurred to us of celebrity lending their names to be put on a whether the good nature of Mr. Althans has not led him to accommodate some friend in that

way in this instance. The very first explana-
tion that is given is this: "Bethlehem, a city of

And so

Does not the word "city" convey to an English child, not to say a London child-and it is for "London Sunday schools" especially that the author has written-an idea totally inapplicable to Bethlehem? Such an are these: " explanation is far worse than none. kingdom of glory. Eternal happiness." p. 33. Kingdom of heaven. Christ's Offended in me. Displeased with what I teach." p. 38. "The holy place. The holy Others are about equal to none; as, “Was the ground round the city of Jerusalem." p. 64. Son of God. I now believe that Jesus was the Son of God." p. 71.

The Economy of Prayer; in Principle, Practice, and Result; deduced from the Lord's Prayer. By JOSEPH EDE. Pp. 138. London: Houlston and Stoneman.

in its import-more suggestive of thought-or No part of scripture is more comprehensive than that in which our Lord taught his dismore interesting from collateral circumstances ciples the manner after which they were to pray. Hence in all ages of the church it has Expositions of the "Lord's Prayer" however, been considered a fruitful theme for comment. generally failed to impart either profit or inlike lectures on the "Pilgrim's Progress," have terest. Through ignorance of biblical truth or want of sympathy with the exercise of subject have, for the most part, served to illusprayer, or general incompetency, writers on this trate the saying of an old Waldensian, "This prayer can scarce be expounded completely by

all the theologians in the world." We have
read this work, however, with interest and
profit. Taking up in their order the several
parts of the prayer, it shows the principles they
recognize the practice they enjoin-and the
natural results they warrant us to expect.
Some of the conclusions are rather "far-
fetched," and now and then an expression sa-
vours of affectation; nevertheless, there is
originality and vigour, both of thought and
style, which in these days of servile imitation
are quite refreshing. The writer is himself a
man of prayer.

The Course of Faith, or the Practical Believer
London: Hamilton, Adams, and Co. 16mo.
Pp. x., 333.

The deservedly popular author of this volume,
speaking of his writings generally, says, “To
awaken the sinner, guide the inquirer, and aid
the believer in the path of life-rather than to
lead the student through the intricate laby-
rinths of controversy or into the depths of
profound biblical knowledge-is the highest
object which my literary ambition has ever led
me to seek, or my own consciousness will ever
lead me to hope that I can obtain." The
design and execution of the work correspond
with this avowal; and we doubt not that, as an
experimental treatise, it will be acceptable and
useful to thousands. The subjects of its chap-
ters are Faith in General-Faith in Justifica-
tion-Faith in relation to Sanctification-the
Joy of Faith-the Work of Faith-Faith's
Victory over the World-Faith in Prayer-
Faith in Hearing the Word-Strong Faith,
including the Assurance of Faith-Faith in
reference to the Blessings of this Life-Faith's
exercise in reference to Affliction-Faith in
reference to Death-Faith in its relation to
Heaven. We are rather surprised that with
these chapters there is not one on Faith in the
Resurrection of the Dead. We have long
been of opinion that this primary article of
faith in the primitive church does not hold the
same place in modern theology as it holds in
the apostolic writings; but we should have
looked for a much fuller reference to it from
such a man as Mr. James. A single paragraph
on the subject, in so large a book as this, would
not have seemed enough, we think, to Paul,
The last chapter, also, on Faith in its relation
to Heaven, is in our view vague and unsatis-
factory, not recognizing duly the superiority of
the ultimate state of happiness to which the
New Testament scriptures teach us to look

Sin Apprehended, Tried, and Condemned; being
the reprint of a book entitled, "The Isle of
Man," first published in 1627. By RICHARD
BERNAND, rector of Batcombe, Somerset.
Now edited by the Rev. D. F. Jarman, B.A.
Minister of Bedford Episcopal Chapel, St.
George's, Bloomsbury. London: Nisbet and
Co. 16mo.
pp. 113.

This ingenious allegory was first published in 1627 and must then have met with great favour as it reached the sixth edition during the year of its publication. Since then it has frequently been reprinted. The present edition has been


purged of the coarse imagery and language
which, in common with many writings of that
age, the early editions contained, and has been
adapted to the present state of society and
in several respects altered that it may be better
education. The object of the writer is twofold.
To convince of sin by unfolding its character
and tracing out its sources, and to promote
holiness by pointing out the hindrances and
necessary to a holy life. The allegory is divided
aids to the discovery of sin and also the graces
into two parts. In the first part we have the
justice, aided by many enemies to righteousness
pursuit and apprehension of Sin. Sin is repre-
sented as a thief, pursued by the officers of
in his escape, at length taking refuge in the
house of Mistress Heart, who keeps a common
inn, a receptacle for all villains, profligates, and
In the second part we have the
trial. Conscience is the judge., and Old
Man, Mistress Heart, Wilful Will, and Covet-
ousness are respectively tried and condemned.
mentioned a few, are for the most part well
The dramatis personæ, of whom we have only
conceived and well sustained; and we have
seldom read a book in which the workings,
conviction, are so clearly and forcibly depicted.
springs, and aids of sin, and the hindrances to
The developments of covetousness and its
effects in the second part are admirable, and in
thoughtful perusal of every person.
this haste-to-get-rich age, well deserve the
Letters to a Romanist.

No. I. The Doctrine
of Popery as taught by the Church of Rome.
No. II. The Supremacy of the Pope. No.
III. Auricular Confession. No. IV. The
Worship of the Virgin Mary. No. V. The
Worship of Saints, Images, and Relics.
No. VI. The Doctrines of Purgatory and
Prayers for the Dead. No. VII. The Doc-
trine of Transubstantiation and the Mass.
By a Quiet Looker-on,
Russell. 12mo.
Scarborough: A.

quietly, instead of writing these tracts and
If this gentleman had continued to look on
sending them to the press, it would doubtless
clergy around him than the course he has pur-
have been more pleasant to the Roman Catholic
there is nothing in his production adapted to
sued. Quiet, as the author professes to be,
tranquillize those of his readers who are advo-
cates of the system on which he animadverts;
for a more unsparing exposure of the maxims
and practices of the apostate church we have

never seen.

illustrating the abominations of Auricular ConWhether it was discreet or not, in fession, to translate some of the quotations from reach of English readers, young and old, is a Dens and Bailey, and place them within the question on which there will be difference of opinion; argument may be adduced in favour of the affirmative as well as the negative; and but certainly there are many things in these we will not undertake to pronounce judgment; letters for which it would not have been easy to procure the imprimatur of Cardinal Wisething unfair or dishonourable. The author, who man. We have not observed, however, any dates from Scarborough, has cultivated an extensive acquaintance with the writings of Romanists, and he is turning his knowledge thus laboriously acquired to good account.

The Fraternal Memorial, a Memoir of the Rev. | William Fernie, late Pastor of the Church assembling in Zion Chapel, Frome, Somerset ; by the Rev. JOHN FERNIE, Farnham, Surrey. London: Hamilton, Adams, and Co. 12mo. pp. xii., 227.

The subject of this biographical sketch was born in 1814 at Brewood, Staffordshire, where his respected father bas been pastor of the independent church more than forty years. When he was about twenty years of age he was received into Highbury College, and in 1839 he accepted the pastorate of the large independent church meeting in Zion chapel, Frome. Here he laboured acceptably and usefully above ten years. A severe cold taken after preaching to a crowded congregation in a farm house, brought on an illness which terminated in his removal from the midst of attached friends on the 13th of November, 1850. He was a preacher of superior abilities, and the Memoir, which includes many extracts from his letters, evinces on the part of the compiler, a spirit of brotherly kindness and Christian simplicity. Israel Hartmann, as Youth, Husband, and Orphan Schoolmaster. A Biography, from his Diary and Letters. Translated from the German by Mrs. THOMPSON, (née) (Elizabeth Maria Lloyd). With a Preface by Rev. ROBERT BICKERSTETH, M.A., Rector of St. Giles-in-the-Fields, London. London: Wertheim and Macintosh. 16mo., pp. vii., 201.

Faith sustained this simple-minded German schoolmaster under many afflictions, and gave bim habitual serenity throughout the vicissitudes of a life which beginning in the year 1725 did not terminate till 1806.

The Imperial Cyclopædia. The Cyclopædia of the British Empire. Part XI. Leigh Middlesex. London: Charles Knight. Imperial 8vo.

It affords us pleasure to witness the progress towards completion of this valuable work, and to observe the announcements which accompany it with regard to other divisions of the comprehensive publication to which it belongs. This, the Geographical portion of the British Empire, is to be completed in sixteen halfcrown parts; and the two volumes comprising it will be of an inestimable worth to students of politics or of English history. Thr proprietor has acted wisely in taking time to procure accurate topographical information from special sources where it was not to be obtained readily, though at the expense of some degree of delay; and he now hopes that the entire work will be completed by the periodical issue of two Parts monthly, in about four years. The Lost Steamer: a History of the Amazon. London: Partridge and Oakey. 16mo. Pp.

vi., 248.

The author undertook this work, he tells us, lest it should be attempted by some one who would not acknowledge the hand of God or scek his glory; and he has interspersed throughout remarks of a religious tendency. The first hundred pages are pleasant reading of a mis

cellaneous character, the titles being the Launch -the Engines-Trial Trips-Power and Speed -Remarkable Era-New Docks-Embarkation-the Channel-Bay of Biscay-Presentiments-Middle Watch. But now comes the catastrophe. The sections are deeply interesting but awful, which are headed, the Fire-Bell -the Life-Boats-Last Hours; and scarcely less so are those which give account of the sufferings and deliverances of the minority who at various times and in different circumstances reached the land.


Sufficient Maintenance and an Efficient Ministry. A Sermon with Notes by the Rev. THOMAS GUTHRIE, D.D. Published at the request of the Kirk Session of Free St. John's, Edinburgh. Edinburgh: Constable and Co. London: Hamilton and Co. 8vo. Pp. 31.

To all members of churches who are in comfortable circumstances themselves, and especially to all who have the honour to sustain the deacon's office, we earnestly recommend this discourse, which will open to them trains of of renewed attention. Their own welfare, and thought, new to many, and to others deserving connected with the subject than many of them the welfare of their children, are more closely suppose.

The Christian Law of Life. A Sermon preached in Surrey Chapel, before the London Missionary Society, on Wednesday, May 12, 1852. By JonN STOUGHTON, of Kensington. London : 16mo., pp. 43. Price 4d.

The preacher treats his text, "For me to live is Christ," as an exposition of the law of our spiritual life, and a grand encouragement to spiritual labour; mentions effects which would follow from our fully embracing and acting out this law; and shows that "the inspiration of the sentiment expressed in the text is the want of the age."

Allegiance to the Faith: a Discourse occasioned by the Death of Robert Kettle, Esq., preached in Hope Street Baptist Chapel, Glasgow, on Sabbath, 4th April, 1852. By JAMES PATERSON, D.D. Glasgow: 8vo., pp. 30. Price Sixpence. 12.

An appropriate sermon, comprising a biographical notice of an excellent man of whom some account was given in our number for May.

The Interpretation of the Prophecy relating to the Seven Churches, Revelation, Ch. I. II. III. London: Sampson Law. 18mo. Pp. 36.

One small specimen will probably suffice to enable the reader to determine whether to go into the investigation fully under the guidance of this interpreter or not. "The Christians of the present day," he tells us, “form seven great divisions:-The Society of Friends, Independents, Presbyterians, Methodists, Lutherans, Episcopalians, and Unitarians, and these are the seven bodies spoken of in the second or full sense of the prophetic narrative."

Money, and its Influence. A Tale, Translated from the German by a Lady, for the benefit of a Fund for Rebuilding a London Hospital. London: Wertheim and Macintosh. 16mo. Pp. viii., 127.

One of Hoffman's Tales for the Young, the principal design of which is to illustrate the maxim that money hardens the heart, translated by a Lady, in the hope that its profits will aid the fund for rebuilding what is called Queen Charlotte's Hospital.

The Sailor's Prayer Book; a Manual of Devotion for Sailors at Sea, and their Families at Home. London: Snow, 1852. 24mo. pp. xi., 183.

This work opens with an Address to Owners, Agents, and Captains of merchant vessels, on the duty and happiness of maintaining religious services on board their ships; and it proffers aid, by presenting to them ten sermons, prayers for morning and evening for five weeks, and "Special Services for particular occasions." Evangelical principles are recognized pretty generally throughout; but the phraseology employed seems to us to be often deficient in simplicity, and not always expressive of definite conceptions. We do not know of any better book of the kind, but we think that one very much better on the same plan might be made. The Eastern Lilly Gathered a Memoir of Bala Shoondore Tagore. With Observations on the Position and Prospects of Hindu Female Society. By the Rev. EDWARD STORROW, Calcutta, With a Preface by the Rev. JAMES KENNEDY, M.A., from Benares, Northern India. London: Snow. 24mo. Pp. ix., 86.

The light which this small publication throws on the condition of the wealthier classes of the Hindoos, especially the ladies, entitles it to general perusal.

My First Grief: or Recollections of a Beloved Sister. A Memoir and Autobiography, by a Provincial Surgeon. Bath: Binns and Goodwin. 12mo. Pp. 134.

An account of an amiable and lovely sister, and penned by one whose warm heart was yet smarting under the stroke occasioned by her death. Setting forth faith in Christ as the only means through which we may have eternal life, and vindicating the doctrine of a particular providence as fulfilling the designs of a gracious God, it is adapted to impart consolation in trial, and to make the spirit resigned to the will of Him who "doeth all things well."

The Justified Believer; his Security, Conflicts, and Triumph. By W. B. MACKENZIE, M.A., Incumbent of St. James' Holloway. London: R. T. S. 12mo. Pp. 147.

A new edition of a scriptural, clear, and forcible exposition of the all-important "doctrine of a standing or falling church," exhibiting its fruits and blessings in the case of every believer. Well adapted to establish and comfort the Christian in the faith of the gospel, it will be useful both in and out of the community to which the respected author belongs.



[It should be understood that insertion in this list is not a mere announcement: it expresses approbation of the works

enumerated,-not of course extending to every particular, but an approbation of their general character and tendency.]

An Idea of a Christian. By S. W. PARTRIDGE, Author of "Voices from the Garden," &c. London: Partridge and Oakey. 16mo., pp. 30.

The Desolated Valley: a Narrative of the Flood at Holmfrith, Feb. 4, 1852. By J. G. MIALL. London: Houlston and Stoneman. 32mo., pp. 48.

The Elements of Astronomy: comprised in a Series of Questions and Answers, adapted for the use of families and schools. By Mrs. JOHNSON. New and improved edition. London: Partridge and Oakey. 24mo., pp. 64.

Memoir of Cecilia Sloane. London: Houlston and Stoneman.

By C. WOOLLACOTT. 12mo., pp. 16.

The Railway Traveller. By C. WOOLLACOTT. London: Houlston and Stoneman. 12mo., pp. 12.

Little Francis, a Tale for the Young. By C. WOOLLACOTT. London: Houlston and Stoneman

12mo., pp. 12.

The Christian's Charter: an Exposition of Romans, Chap. viii. Verse 32. Second edition. Lon don: B. L. Green. 12mo., pp. 46.

The Undivided Brothers. The Substance of a Sermon delivered at Park Street Chapel, Llanelly, on Sunday, August 17, 1851, occasioned by the melancholy Death of Luther and Frederick Rees sons of the REV. D. R, Llanelly. By J. ROBERTS Minister. To which is added, a Biographical Sketch London: Snow. 12mo. pp. 31.

The Lord's Short Work on the Earth. A Sermon preached in Free St. George's, Edinburgh, on Sabbath January 4, 1852. By ROBERT S. CANDLISH, D.D Edinburgh: Johnstone and Hunter. 8vo. pp. 32..

The Eclectic Review, June, 1852. Contents:I. Life and Letters of Niebuhr. II. Women of Christianity. III. Memoirs of Sarah Margaret Fuller. IV. Dr. Hooker's Rhododendrons. V. Local History, and Public Libraries. VI. Bancroft's American Revolution. VII. The Visible Heavens. VIII. Deans and Chapters. Review of the Month, &c. London: Ward and Co. 8vo, pp. 126.)

The Christian Journal of the United Presbyterian Church. June, 1852. Glasgow: R. Jackson. 80., pp. 50.

The Christian Treasury; containing contributions from ministers and members of various Evangelical Denominations. June, 1852. Edinburgh. 8vo., pp. 48. Price 6d.

Two Stories for my Young Friends-the Erichsons. The Clever Boy, or Consider Another. By Miss FRANCES BROWN. Edinburgh: Paton and Ritchie, 24mo., pp. 144.

« PreviousContinue »