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information which explains some things much agree with you; but the chief Rabbi st" which have seemed mysterious. Why Jerusalem, under whom I act, will not allow a do not the Jews now colonize Palestine ? greater number of Jews to settle here than What is there to prevent their going those you see, lest, tempted by the advantages home quietly one by one to what was of Shechem, they should forsake the holy places, the land of their fathers ? Mr. Bicker- and, making a secular location of themselves in steth, and those who think with him, the Holy Land, disprove the prophecies. When expect that they will be put into pos- the Messiah comes, he added, we shall still be a session of it, while yet expecting a nation of priests; and strangers shall stand and Messiah to come, and rejecting the true feed our focks, and the sons of the alien shall King of Israel. Why is it that within be our (exclusive) ploughmen, and our vinethe allotment of the twelve tribes, there dressers. A similar expression of opinion we are but about 8000 Jewish residents ? | received elsewhere; and the result of all our Mr. Wilson tells us that it is resorted inquiries amongst the Jews of the East and of to by them solely from religious mo- Europe simply is, that the Jews throughout the tives, and that they who are there con- world, in the present state of their unbelief and sider it quite derogatory to their personal prophetical misinterpretation, utterly disclaim holiness and dignity to engage in any the idea of colonizing the land of their fathers, avoidable secular employment. Jews and restrict the grounds of their present limited who join them while following a secular settlements there to religious considerations. I calling, they look upon as their infe- beg the particular attention of philanthropists riors, as desecrating the soil on which and the friends of Jewish missions to this statethey move, and as hindrances to their ment. A general colonization of the land of prayers. It is, in fact, a superstitious Israel by Jews rejecting their spiritual King, reverence for that portion of the earth Jesus of Nazareth, and cleaving to Rabbinis, that prevents their locating themselves
I believe to be impracticable.- Vol. II. pp. 626-628.
“ It is the peculiar nature of the religious The recent endeavours of the governattachment of the Jews to their own land, ments of England and Prussia to eswhich is perhaps the strongest reason why mul- tablish in Jerusalem what they call a titudes of them do not repair to it, to settle in
“Bishopric,” has never been discussed in it as agiculturists or merchants, to redeem that
our pages, because we were not in posfertile soil, which, in many districts, has so long session of information respecting it on been keeping its 'sabbaths, and to dispose of which we could fully rely. It is of those products which are still reared within its
course referred to by both of the writers boundaries. This, I say, is apparently the whose works are before us, and we cause, perhaps more than the inadequate govern- believe that they are as competent to ment of the Turks, with which, particularly at give a fair report as any witnesses that Constantinople, and in Asia Minor, and on the we can expect to subpoena. The indebanks of the Euphrates, and along the northern pendent testimonies of these observers shores of Africa, so many bundreds of thou- cannot fail to interest intelligent insands of Jews content themselves, and which, quirers. Dr. Wilson says :even in the Holy Land itself, views the Jewish community there as a distinct corporation, en.
“ The motives which led his Prussian matitled to regulate its own religious concerns, and jesty to propose the foundation of the bishopric, to a great extent its civil affairs, under a chief and so liberally to extend to it his support, Rabbi, provided it be responsible for its proper were, I doubt not, of the purest and most amount of taxation,
exalted kind. His benevolence and heneficence Nábulus, the ancient Shechem, distinguished in the case, as far as the cause of evangelical alike for its beauty and fertility, we found, missions is concerned, have had no parallel exclusive of the Samaritans, only twenty since the days of the Royal Danish Mission to families of Jews, comprising not more than Tranquebar, in India, in which the sovereigns sixty souls, resident at the place. When we both of Denmark and England took the greatest expressed our surprise to the Rabbi, at the interest. The Chevalier Bünsen, to whom the smallness of the community over which he pre cause of protestantism and evangelical religion sided, and expressed our belief, that if Jews bave long been under the mightiest obligations, were to establish themselves at the place, they was the honoured instrument of forwarding the might soon enjoy a large share of worldly pros- negotiations in England for carrying his maperity and respectability, he said to me, I very jesty's proposals into effect. The response
which they met from our country, was all that it and the mission to the Jews, which is assocould be expected, though not perhaps alto- ciated with it, presented, in their main features, gether what might have been desired. A to the natives of the East, a decidedly proanited organization, with a kind of subordina- testant and cvangelical aspect. I mention this tion of the church of the German tongue to our opinion with the more readiness, that I know that of England, seems, from the preceding that many sincere-minded Christians, both in documents, to have been agreed upon; while a England and Scotland, have been offended by simple scheme of a peaceful co-operation be- the letter commendatory' which the bishop tween the two churches, each preserving its own
Alexander took with him to the eastern prelates; organic constitution, as well as doctrine, but and because, making every allowance for the harmonizing with the other in its missionary motives by which that letter was dictated, we operations and plans of procedure, might have fully sympathized with the Rev. Mr. Herschell, been preferable, and in the long run, most whom we met at Jerusalem, who, after quoting satisfactory to all concerned. The German it in full, as I have done, exclaims with indig. church, at the time of our visit to Jerusalem, nation, 'All this to these reverend impostors, had no representation there, except in the -to these “ Holinesses," who set fire to a few simple attendance of the Prussian consul at the ounces of alcohol, and then solemnly thank Anglican services; and I have been informed God for having sent a miraculous flame down by individuals of no insigniticant standing in from heaven !'* The greatest stumbling-blocks that church, that it is not to be expected that in the way of conversion both of Jews and it will enter into any association with a sister Muhammadans in the East, are the idolatry and church, however highly respected it may be, superstition of the eastern churches ; and the which implies a disparagement of the commis- | profession of absolute fraternization with these sion which it gives to its own ministers. In the churches on the part of that of England, could spirit of its great Reformation, it holds that it not but be highly detrimental to both classes of is the Redeemer himself who, through his these unbelievers, to whose notice it was Word and Spirit, imparts the faith and love, and brought by the extensive circulation of the zeal and ability, and holy desire, which con Arabic translation of the letter in which it was stitate the divine call to the ministerial office; made. That profession of fraternization was and that all that the church can do in the work of not, and could not, be reciprocated to any con. ordination, is simply to recognize these qualifi-siderable extent by the Greek church, which cations in those in whom they appear to exist, admits neither the baptism nor the orders of -to bind over, by solemn engagement, those the church of England, nor of any protestant holding them to ministerial fidelity,—to com- church, episcopal or not; and on its authorities mend them to the divine blessing, — and to bishop Alexander, while doing nothing unduly grant them facilities for orderly service within
to provoke their hostility, or to violate the the sphere of their labours. In regard to its laws of human courtesy was not lavishing his licentiates and ministers, it views them, conse caresses; while, by his example and doctrine, quently, as far as spiritual authority is con and the simplicity of the forms of worship obcerned, as on an equal footing, to say the least, served by him and his clergy, he was teaching with those of other Christian communities; them, as was expected by the founders of the and while cultivating feelings of charity to mission, most important lessons. I am not churches holding views of ecclesiastical polity aware that he was dispo to prevent any different from its own, it cannot consistently or Christian native of the East, who might be comfortably concur in any arrangements which disposed to leave his own church' from motives imply that its own office bearers have an in- of conscience, from enjoying the benefits of ferior scriptural standing. It remains to be the purer doctrine and fellowship of the church seen, theu, in what manner, and in what form, of England. His bishopric and mission, we it can, as a church, subordinately unite with the noticed, were meeting with no favour from bishopric at Jerusalem.
individuals holding views congenial either with “ That bishopric from all that I could observe those of Rome, or Byzantium, or Oxford ;' of it at its seat, or can learn of it in this and we heard him with his own lips express country, I am disposed to view, ecclesiastically, abhorrence of these views, and of whatever is simply as an institution of the church of derogatory to that righteousness of God which England, liberally patronized and supported, is by faith, and the effectual operation of the however, by the king of Prussia. No catholic- Holy Spirit, in renewing and sanctifying the minded Christian, taking this view of it, souls of men. His successor, Gobat, an able, whatever his opinions of church government and long tried, and devoted servant of the may be, can fail to wish it the most abundant success. We were happy to observe that both * Herschell's Visit to My Fatlıerland, p. 183. VOL. X.FOURTH SERIES.
Lord, will, I doubt not, prove a similar friend and had prohibited bis pastoral visits. Here and supporter of evangelical truth.”— Pp. 277 and there similar views may be entertained. -281.
An Englishman of distinction had two suitors The subject of his Prussian majesty for the band of his dangbter: one was a bepwrites more boldly; and, while he bow's tized Israelite, and he was unconditionally precourteously to the royal contrivers of ferred by the father out of respect to his cha
racter as Jewish Christian. the project, exposes its futility :
With respect to the baptism of converts ia “The notice I have just taken of the Jerusalem it is, as far as I know, framed to an wretched condition of the oriental churches, as accommodation with the most modern Judaism. representatives of Christianity, compared with Six thousand piastres (about fifty pounds !) are those which are in direct opposition to it, leads offered to the convert as a premium ; other me incidentally to the Anglican bishopric; for advantages are said likewise to be considerable. one of the fundamental ideas which suggested Do they think that to act thus is in the spirit its establishment was, to exhibit Christianity of Christ? Perhaps rather in the spirit of worthily to the eyes of Mahometan and Jewish Christ's temporal viceregent. But what does orientals, as well as to the so deeply sunken protestantism say to this? Moreover, I conoriental Christians themselves. That the idea sider Jerusalem as the most unfavourable posiwas great and noble requires not a word of tion for the conversion of the Jews. Here recognition ; but has the idea been happily Jewish fanaticism is domiciled; here the Jew carried out since the diocesan's family made feels happy in being a Jew; here he is surtheir entry into Jerusalem with such pecu- rounded with reminiscences which from childliar ceremony? This entry was jocosely de- hood upwards have been dear and sacred to scribed to me by one of the Catholic fraternity, him. Those Jewg who, notwithstanding, bave and he related that the “ Ecco il vescovo" was been converted in Jerusalem, were described to followed by the spectators exclaiming with as me as persons who bad sustained, and that tonishment, “Ecco la vescova,” and this by deservedly, a degradation by their fellow be“ Ecco i vescovini.” I might assert that this lievers. Thus golden nets are wrought, and was absolutely an attack upon Protestantism: stinking fish are caught. A true caricature of It is scarcely questionable that Greeks and conversion has been recently given. A Jew Catholics both, as well as the collective oriental
was first baptized in Hungary as a Calvinist, in churches, received much annoyance by the Vienna he became a catholic, in Walachia, a appointment of a bishop with such a family Walachian Christian, and lastly, an Anglican retinue, and had thus presented to them an
protestant under Bishop Alexander. Wbo opportunity for scandalizing in the very centre would guarantee that this individual will not of the new territory of conversion. At least, close his career of conversion by a retarn to the bishop himself should have been, necessarily, Judaism? It is a fact, that recently a bapall the more sober and dignified. I hope that tized Jew became a Jew again very soon my doubts as to the propriety of the selection after his baptism. Bat the most remarkable may be unfulfilled.
phenomenon that the annals of conversion can " It is well known that it has been preferred Offer in modern times is that furnished by a to select a converted Jew, because the con- protestant of Dantzic. This individual was version of the Jews in Palestine has been the converted to Judaism in Jerusalem. This is Chief object of the establishment of a bishopric easily understood. If English gold will make in Jerusalem. If I am correctly informed, Christians, so can Jewish gold make Jews. both as to rhe style of preaching of one of the The converted Dantzicker was surrounded by bishop's missionaries and the mode practised in the brethren of his new faith with a balo of the conversion of Jews in Jerusalem, I do not veneration, and sent to Frankfort on the Maine find that the dignity of protestantism has been at the general cost, to pursue his bigher studies. promoted by either. According to that mode of
“But I am far from denying that the bishoppreaching, the Jews are inoculated with a ric, although not answering to its ideal, still modern Pharisaism ; they seem as those most fulills many hopes and many wishes ; for peculiarly-ay, even exclusively-called to be through the institution, appended to the perfect Christians; they are invited, by stepping bishopric, of the two Christian schools, the one over, to renew their ancient hereditary pri. for children, the other specially for new Jewishvileges over us. Naturally, this dogmatical Christian emissaries, it has called into existence novelty gratifies the Jewish-Christian mission what may be accompanied with manifold blessaries themselves far more than all the other
ings.-Pp. 158–160. protestants. One of the latter told me that he had openly expressed his disgust to the preacher, “ Bat the Anglican bishopric in Jerusalem
presents other aspects which require to be differences in the councils of the great powers, viewed. It contains the germ of an attempt as is shown by original documents, interfered towards a union of Protestant ecclesiastical with the carrying out of this idea. What neverelements, which hitherto in Earope have re- theless remained did not specially refer to the mained strictly separated. Episcopal Angli- peculiar form of the Anglican bishopric. The canism has hereby connected itself in sisterly idea whence the bishopric emanated remains union with German protestantism."-P. 160. great and ennobling, although its realisation,
“The English High Church alone claims for owing to multifarious interference, is not what its bishops both the necessity of an especial was earnestly desired.”—P. 166. ordination and the exclusive administration of
Let it be understood that our notice ordination and confirmation.”—P. 161.
of these valuable works is very meagre. “ The result of all is two-fold. The king's The cbaracteristic of Dr. Wilson's vooriginal idea stands fixed as the foundation- lumes is substantiality. Mr. Shuckard stone of a new holy alliance which should obtain has laid the English public under oblithe triumphs of the crusades, without, like them, gation by his translation of Constantine costing the blood of millions. Temporary Tischendorff's lively narrative.
Lectures delivered at Broadmead Chapel, year 1834. London: Suter. 16mo. pp. viii.
Bristol, By JOHN FOSTER. Second 292.
Notwithstanding a prejudice which we have
entertained against the conductors of this inIn this case, it would be safe to regard the stitution, we must acknowledge that this is a proverb as literally applicable, that a word to pretty book, and that the society has strong ibe wise is enough. Not many words as claims to public support. Some years ago, a suredly can be necessary to recommend to our highly respected missionary in the east, needing readers a volume containing lectures which were a wife, married one of the ladies who had been by John Foster, and which have been prepared sent out by this society, and he had to pay for for the press by the same editor as superintended her ransom—or rather, the Baptist Missionary the publication of the former series, now ex- Society had to pay it-about eighty or ninety tensively known. We have read a sufficient pounds. We certainly did at that time form number of them to form an opinion that this something like a wish that not one of the series is not inferior to its precursor:
The committee might have a husband till she had subjects are, the history of Jonah--the con- repented of her celibatic rigidities; but we templation of human life-practical views of must not suffer resentment to interfere with human life-the vanity of earthly glory-zeal justice. The object of the society is the eswithout knowledge-the wrath of man over tablishment and superintendence of schools in ruled-social changes subservient to the king- China and the countries adjacent, where tadom of Christ-the redemption of time—the yourable opportunities are presented, the sedivine goodness a motive to repentance--the lection and preparation in this country of pious durability of the earth contrasted with human and well educated persons to go out as supermortality--the thoughts and ways of God con- intendents, and the training and encouragetrasted with those of man—the cessation of ment of subordinate native teachers, the end war an effect of the prevalence of Christianity chiefly kept in view being to bring the pupils to - the life and character of Daniel—the three an acquaintance with scriptural truth, and to a Jews in Babylon—the meeting of friends—the belief in Christ as their Saviour. The hearty memory of the just-Peter's deliverance from co-operation of all who love our Lord Jesus prison-the consideration of death-the apos. Christ in sincerity, without denominational tolic alternative-beneficial co-operation of all distinction was sought, at its formation, and it things for the Christian-practical atheism is stated that the committee, having been se-God no respecter of persons-man's devices lected on this principle, has never found occaand God's counsel-Christ walking on the sea sion for regretting the comprehensiveness of --sin manifested by the law-robbery of God - the basis on which they were drawn together. the love of money—the day of small things, It is evident from these pages that the society against weariness in well doing the superior is performing an important work—a work in obligations of Christians — inefficacious con- which we think it far better that a committee victions
- double-mindedness - the powers of of ladies should be engaged than that it should be the world to come-access to God.
made a part of the business of other missionary
institutions; and we can assure our female History of the Society for Promoting Female friends that they will find in this volume much
Education in the East, Established in the that will interest and delight them.
Heaven upon Earth ; or, Jesus the best Friend | The Life and Writings of the Rev. Dr. of Man. By JAMES JANEWAY, Author of Chalmers. By the Rer. HENRY DAVIS, " A Token for Children,” &c. With History M.A. London : 24mo. pp. 108. Price ls. of the Jancway Family. By the Rev. F. Å.
A cheap publication in proportion to its Cor, D.D., LL.D., Hackney. London : size, and one that contains as fall an account Nelson, 12mo. pp. 314.
of the eminent man to whom it relates as is Of this work, Dr. Cox says, in the valuable necessary for general purposes to English introductory essay which he has prefixed to it, readers, The views of the writer on eccle" It is not free from the defects which charac siastical questions are those of a candid minister terize the writings of that age; but though of the episcopal establishment. somewhat quaint, immethodical, and prolix, it is replete with sterling sense and powerful The Oxford Blue. Published for the Baptist appeal. Few pious persons can read it without
Tract Society. Price One Penny. benefit, and could the irreligious be persuaded It vexed Solomon to think of the use that to peruse its pages, we should anticipate a happy might be made of his labour after his death, result. He who could have written thus must when another man should have the rule over it; have been an excellent Christian and a sound and “who knoweth," said be, “ whether be divine."
shall be a wise man or a fool ? yet shall be
have rule over all my labour wherein I bare The Pilgrimage : How God was found of him laboured.” Inferior men to Solomon have in
that sought him not ; or Rationalism in the our days to endure the same thing even from their Bud, the Blade, and the Ear. A Tale for contemporaries. This “ leaf from the military our Times. Translated from the German of history of the year seventeen hundred and C. A. WILDENHAHN, by Mrs. Stanley Carr. seventy-five” was written by the editor of the Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd. Post Svo. Baptist Magazine,-published in that work in
February, 1846,-stolen by somebody or other We have been betrayed unwittingly into the and mutilated placed first on the celebrated perusal of a romance. It was not till we had
Attican's short bed to be lopped, and then on proceeded through many pages that we saw
the long one to be stretched-and, finally, sent clearly that this tale was a tiction, and then we
out into the world to condemn the subject of determined to finish it that we might report advocated by " The Baptist Tract Society.” It
the narrative for bis deviations from some views upon it to our friends. The principal personage is true-perfectly true that "a desire to exbibited to view is close of his college studies
retains just so much gratify the wishes of good men, is apt to inrespect for “the Sage of Nazareth” as is due Huence our judgment as to what is right, when to him for having removed the fear entertained authorized p» But no one who knew the man
the only question should be,“ What has God of death as a state of dull repose, by substituting the doctrine of the continued activity of ever thought that an illustration of this trath reaved of his mother, passes through a variety Morris. Whether he were right or wrong in his the immortal spirit. This young man is be- would be discovered by any wiseacre of the
nineteenth century in the career of Richard of strange exciting scenes in which three ladies of extraordinary attractions, but very
belief and practice, his biographer, Dr. Godwin, different characters, bear prominent parts, falls justly, remarks, that “what he conceived the in with an aged Swiss pastor full of wisdom and
bible taught he received, and paid no attention disinterestedness, believes from the heart on
to any other authority;" — *he derived his Christ as his Saviour, Redeemer, and Guide to religious principles from the scriptures of truth, a happy eternity, and determines to marry an
and was resolved, in religion to call no man admirable young maiden who had been his amination, he was fully persuaded of the tratta
master on the earth,"
"_" when, after a carefules. playmate in boyhood, and though neglected of any sentiment, it would have affected bim by him for several years is every way titted to make him an excellent wife. All this is,
but very little, if the whole world had prohowever, merely the invention of an imagi
nounced it heresy.' Such a man must, bos. native author: but if the reader is one of ever, living or dead, take the consequences of those who think such inventions profitable, he Richard Morris was sentenced by his officers to
For conscience' sake, may avail himself of the information wbich our adventure enables us to furnish.
be picketed ; for conscience' sake he submitted
to be “cold burnt” by his comrades; and for A Voice from Heaven concerning the Dead concience' sake he would undoubtedly have rewho die in the Lord: with some Account of after his death as one who sought to please men
signed himself to be exhibited thirty years the late Mrs. John Sands, who departed this Minister of Alfred Place Chapel, Brompton. this tract-mender, on our personal knowledge, life 25th January, 1847. By Philip CATER, when the only question should have been,
“ What has God authorized ?" We can assure Glasgow : Macklehose. London : Jackson and Walford. 24mo. pp. viii, 89.
that Mr. Morris was an extraordinary man;
and there was one trait in his character menThe specimens of her correspondence and the tioned by his biographer on which this modern description of her character, given by Mr. Cater, Procrustes might advantageously meditate ; exhibit Mrs. Sands as a Cbristian of more than incredible, nay, incomprehensible, as it may average excellence ; and persons who had not seem to this gentleman, Dr. Godwin testifies the pleasure of her acquaintance, as well as that Mr. Morris was perfectly willing that those who had, may read this small volume with others should think and act for themselves, and advantage.
never thought it a sin in any to differ from him !"