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DR. VAUGHAN is one of the most remarkable men of the day. A few month's ago, on Dr. Murray's death, he declined the bishopric of Rochester ;-an act of heroism to which hardly more than one in a century is equal. Perhaps he felt that the duties of a country parson would be more to his taste. At any rate, there can be no doubt of his thorough fitness for his present position as Vica of Doncaster. Besides, the office of Rural Dean, involving contact with, and inspection of, a large body of the clergy in the diocese of York, affords perhaps almost as much influence as some bishoprics. It ought to be matter of thankfulness, not only to Dr. Vaughan's fellow Churchmen, but to the members of every other Christian community, that a man of his distinguished attainments, as a scholar and a Divine, of vigorous and symmetrical intellect, large experience and consequent sagacity, and, above all, of the sweetest piety, should afford a proof in his own person, that his countrymen can recognize sterling worth.
In the preface to his edition of the Epistle to the Romans, Dr. Vaughan speaks of the marvellous result of forgetting for the time what you have read in the way of comment ; when you take up the Greek Testament, new, yet natural, meanings, present themselves, the moment that the theological spectacles are taken off, and you look at the text merely with the eyes of scholarship and common sense. In this spirit of scientific liberty are all his expositions accomplished. The present discourses are expository, and we have never known a clergyman who has better surmounted the difficulties of this way of preaching. These expositions are scholarly and thorough, they are lucid and popular, they are made the natural sources of appeals to the conscience and affections. Dr. Vaughan has largely varied from the authorized version ; not only where the latter was faulty, but also for the sake of novelty of impression. We cordially recommend these discourses, as well adapted for the theological student, to give him many a valuable exegetical hint ; for the preacher, to serve as almost perfect models; and for the private Christian, for their tendency to elevate, strengthen, and refine. BIBLICAL ANTIQUITIES. By JOHN JAHN, D.D. Late Professor of
the Oriental Languages, of Biblical Antiquities and Theology, in the University of Vienna. Translated from the Latin, with additions and corrections. By Thos. C. UPHAM, Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy ; and of the Hebrew Language in Bow
doin College, U. S. Reprinted from the third American Edition. THE ANTIQUITIES OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH, Translated and
compiled from the works of Augusti ; with numerous additions from Rheinwald, Siegel, and others. By the Rev. LYMAN COLEMAN. Reprinted from the American Edition of 1841.
NOTES, CRITICAL AND PRACTICAL, on the Books of Joshua and
Judges, designed as a general help to Biblical Reading and Instruction. By GEORGE Bush, Professor of Hebrew and Oriental Literature, New York University. Reprinted from the American Edition. Ward and Co.
The public are greatly indebted to the enterprising firm of Ward and Co. for these convenient and handsome editions of very valuable works. The book which stands first on our list has been too long known to need any description or recommendation. The name of Jahn is so identified with the subject treated of, that even in the present advanced state of the science, his admirable work is still indispensable.
Augusti is a high authority in Germany for Christian Antiquities; and Mr. Coleman has also availed himself of the help of Rheinwald and Siegel, and of the English Bingham. He has, moreover, largely compared his own book with Riddle's Manual, which is an abridged translation from Augusti. We cordially commend Mr. Coleman's compilation, as a useful and portable store of trustworthy information on a most important and interesting, though too much neglected, subject.
PROFESSOR Bush's annotatory writings are honorably distinguished, by real scholarship and originality, and by the absence of irrelevant matter, from some others bearing similar titles. To the student who knows how to use commentaries with discrimination, the present work, as well as Notes on Genesis,” by the same author, is able to render very valuable assistance. Without professing agreement with all the expositions, we yet commend the book as the result of able, independent, and honest, investigation.
COMMENTARIES ON THE GOSPEL OF St. John. By DR. AUGUSTUS
THOLUCK. Translated from the last German Edition. Edinburgh : T. & T. Clark.
The Evangelist John has been called the Plato of the inspired circle, and no mind but one of platonic type will ever succeed in fairly and fully representing his meaning. We know of no Biblical critic, an. cient or modern, possessing the necessary scholarship, that approaches this type so nearly as Dr. Tholuck. He is profoundly meditative; his intuitions are remarkably clear and strong, bringing him face to face with eternal truth ; his insight into the spiritual nature of man and the moral significance of things is clear and far-reaching; his sympathies are human and devout ; his soul has a high moral
tone, and strong idealistic tendencies. Added to all this, he is a student of the most earnest kind, and a scholar of the highest order. His acquaintance with Hebrew and its cognate tongues is unusually great.
It is said that he is able to write and converse in a great variety of languages, –
-as the Latin, Greek, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Persian, and others. The exegetical labors of such a man upon the gospel of St. John must be invaluable. Though he has written commentaries on other portions of the sacred book, none have past through so many editions and found such a wide circle of readers.
LIGHTS OF THE MORNING ; or, Meditations for every day in the
Ecclesiastical Year. From the German of Frederick Arndt, Minister of the Berlin Parochial Church ; with a Preface by the Rev. WILLIAM C. MAGEE, D.D., Prebendary of Wells, and Minister of Quebec Chapel, London. Advent to Whitsuntide. Bell and Daldy.
The author of this work must not be confounded with John Arndt, the mystic of the sixteenth century, author of “True Christianity;" but is a living Lutheran divine, who worthily bears that honorable
If there remain any who are suspicious of a book because it comes from Germany, even they will probably be quieted by the name of Dr. Magee, regarding it as a sufficient guarantee of sound
The observance of the festivals of the Christian year, is not merely in our view perfectly innocent, but admirably tends to variety and completeness of training. The minister whose subjects are suggested by the well-ordered succession of seasons, is saved from dwelling on favorite doctrines and aspects of truth; his teaching is redeemed from one-sidedness, and obtains variety and wholeness. Meditations and such-like books of devotion are too often weak and sickly. Widely different is the character of the work before us. It is a wholesome closet companion, with profound and practical thought, clothed in graceful imagery and set forth in elegant language. The translator has done his work well, and we trust that the sale of this first portion will be such as to induce him to complete the year.
SOCIAL RELIGION EXEMPLIFIED in an account of the First Settlement
of Christianity in the City of Caerludd. By the Rev. Matthias
This is the work of a Welsh Minister, who flourished in Wales more than a century and a half ago, a contemporary of Doddridge and of Watts. He was undoubtedly a man of robust common sense, great Biblical knowledge, and godly catholicity. The book is valuable on many grounds ; and we thank the talented Editor for his beautiful biographic sketch, and able superintendence of the press.
EXPOSITIONS OF THE CARTOONS OF RAPHAEL. By RICHARD SMITH, Junr. Illustrated with Photographs. London : James Nisbett & Co. These Cartoons, embracing, as they do, some of the most prominent events of Apostolic history, and executed with amazing ability, have attained a world-wide renown and an undying interest. Whilst we cannot say that the photographs here are all that we wish, we can speak very highly of Mr. Smith's descriptions. They throw light upon every line in the pictures, and bring out the glorious meaning of the history. It is an exquisite book for a Christmas present. ALTAR LIGHT. A Tribute to the memory of the Rev. Alexander Fletcher, D.D., London. By the Rev. JOHN MACFARLANE, LL.D., Glasgow. London : James Nisbet. We are thankful to say that we heard this masterly discourse delivered. The impression which it made upon the vast audience was of a truly godly sort. The clear solemn thinking, the imposing imagery, the venerable appearance, the full rich voice, naturally modulated by emotions of sorrow, for an old friend, which were heaving within—all these in the preacher gave immense effect to this admirable discourse. SERMONS Preached at Marlborough Chapel, London. By J. GAGE PIGG, B.A. Second Edition London : Ward and Co. We are right glad to welcome a second edition of these admirable discourses. We have already recorded our judgment of their high worth, and we sincerely trust that the able author who has been so long laid aside by illness, will soon be restored to health and labor; and that he will live to see this volume passing through many more editions. SER
AND SUFFERING. Memoirs of the Life of the Rev. JOHN MORRISON, D.D., LL.D. By the Rev. JOHN KENNEDY, M. A. London : Ward & Co. For the subject of this memoir we had a high esteem and a strong affection. He held, what we consider, the truth, strongly and earnestly, but he held it with the “charity that thinketh no evil.” Mr. Kennedy has written the memoir of his departed friend with excellent taste, judicious discrimination, reverent affection, and characteristic ability.
JOHN FENTON, PRINTER,
LOUGHBOROUGH PLACE, BRIXTON.