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bitter and sweet. We were tempted, reasoning à priori, to the conclusion which we afterwards found was sustained by an able article in the British and Foreign Evangelical Review, that the writer was in many instances a translator, and that the complexion of his pages was regulated by the various sources from which they were extracted.
The concluding portion of the pamphlet relates to Plagiarisms.
The authors adduce several specimens from the Exegitische Handbuch, and from Cellerier's Manual d'Hermeneutique, from which copious but unacknowledged translations have been made. These are serious impeachments of the Professor's literary reputation, from which we cannot see how he can vindicate himself. It is with regret that we write thus of one, who, both from the Professor's chair, and in his previous writings, had rendered valuable service to biblical learning. We wish that, in the fulfilment of their task, the Graduates had made decided mention of the merits of the volume, had adopted a milder tone and more courteous language; and had, in connexion with their unsparing exposure of his errors, introduced a reference to those portions of the work, which convey much valuable in. struction, and are calculated to be serviceable to the biblical student.
represented as consisting in passages on the Trinity; on the sufficiency of Scripture; on original sin; on the atonement; and on justification by faith. Many of these passages we have previously criticised. | Some of them are erroneous; and the theory of justification by love we denounced as most unscriptural and perilous. Yet there is a singular idiosyncrasy characteristic of the Doctor, for which we are at a loss to account, for in other passages he concedes all that we could desire, and asserts his full belief in the doctrines "constituting the evangelical system." There seems much force in the solution furnished by one of his reviewers, that the Professor's intellectual sympathies appear to be in favour of heterodoxy, while his moral affinities are more in harmony with orthodox and evangelical religion. The contradictions of the volume form a prominent feature in it, and of these the Graduates present specimens in the conflicting statements relative to our Lord's argument with the Sadducees in support of the resurrection; passages respecting Jonah; the inspiration of the later prophets; and the types and parallels of Scripture. These discrepancies greatly surprised us when we first read the Doctor's introduction. We could not understand how the same oracle could give forth such contradictory responses; how the same fountain could send forth waters both
BRIEF NOTICES OF RECENT PUBLICATIONS.
ANALYTICAL EXPOSITION OF THE EPISTLE OF
Or the importance of clear and correct views of the doctrines and the reasonings of the Apostle Paul in this Epistle it is impossible to speak too strongly. Let a man well under stand and cordially love the truths taught in this Epistle by the inspired Apostle, and he will find it to be a key both to the rest of the New Testament and to the books of the Old Testament. In our own day valuable aids to the study of the Epistle to the Romans have been rendered by not a few judicious and enlightened expositors. Among them we would make honourable mention of Dr. Hodge, of
America, of Mr. Robert Haldane, of Dr. ChalBymers, in his four volumes of Lectures on this Epistle, and of Mr. Walford. We hoped that before this time, another exposition would have been added to them, from which we have very high expectations. It is that from the pen of the late Dr. Wardlaw. We regret that it was not published immediately after the publication of his life, as we have scarcely known any writer so highly qualified to be the expositor of this Epistle.
Dr. John Brown has laid the Christian public under great obligations, by his numerous and valuable publications for the defence or the elucidation of the great verities of the Christian faith. The work before us is worthy of the excellent author.
There are certainly advantages to be secured
by a lengthened and elaborate exposition of a book of Sacred Scripture like that of the Epistle to the Romans, especially if regarded as a book for continuous reading, for the purposes of edification and devotion.
If, however, the object be to facilitate a clear understanding of the meaning of the Apostle, to which we may turn with the greatest facility, we cannot but think that a more concise and condensed exposition has greater advantages. In this respect we think that Mr. Walford's Notes on the Epistle to the Romans, with a revised translation, is exceedingly valuable, as we thus obtain the opinion of the expositor regarding the meaning of any passage with the greatest facility. We think also that in the interpretation of Scripture, conciseness greatly contributes to clearness.
Considerable strength of argument is em. ployed, and we think with success, in favour of their restoration to the land of their fathers. THE As the subject was discussed at some length in our pages not long since, we cannot give even the outline of the argument; but we will quote a passage from the conclusion, which is deserving of attentive consideration:
WE are sorry that we have not been able to no.
tice this book before, and that we are now com pelled to compress what we have to say into a very few words. It strikes us, on the whole, as a very admirable work, full of fresh and varied thought. The illustrations are generally very happy, and the book will be found well
"It is our impression that we do a great in jury to the simple and natural interpretation of Scripture, when, because the Millenarians incorporate upon this question of the restoration of the Jews certain judaizing and unworthy of the perusal of all classes. It is not tenable theories, we give up the whole ques- at all critical. There are no learned disquition, as of the same nature with Millenariansitions, no notes of reference to erudite books, ism. But if Paul is correct, the national con. but it contains the result of study, and is, throughout, simple, earnest, good.
version of the Jews will usher in Millennial glory. The conversion of the Jews,' says Mr. Barnes, 'shall be attended with a removal
1. That they are scattered among all nations, and so an impulse communicated to them will reach the world.
2. They speak nearly all the languages of the world.
of the obstruction to the Gospel, and to its rapid THE FAMILY WHICH JESUS LOVED. By the Rev. spread among the nations.'" For this he gives
J. H. STEWART, A.M.
3. They will make the best missionaries. "If the casting away of them," says the Apostle, "be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be but life from the dead?"
that most entertaining and instructive work, as the author of this book observes, was too voluminous and costly for extensive circulation." We do not agree with him in thinking it "not adapted to attract the general reader.' His own production is intended to supply a deficiency, which he has been able to do by the mass of material placed in his hands, in addition to the volumes just referred to. The author's work seems to be carefully and diligently done. It abounds, of course, in interesting anecdotes, and deserves to be read by the religious community at large. We quite agree with the remark in the Preface: "The example of Lady Huntingdon is still needed to arouse and animate the Christian Church. Although there is much that is bright and prosperous in the religious condition of England, there is much that is dark and deadly. Error in the form either of rationalism, or of a refined Popery, is secretly poisoning many fair districts: a spirit of indifference is creeping over the people, and a morbid taste is springing up, which readily turns from the Gospel to welcome any novelty in doctrine or practice. The times require the services of sincere, zealous, evangelical ministers and laymen, who shall be instant in season and out of season,' to win souls; and, like the illustrious lady, whose life is here recorded, shall consecrate everything they possess to secure the extension of Christ's kingdom on earth."
THE CORONET AND THE CROSS: or, Memorials of the Right Honourable Selina, Countess of Huntingdon. By the Rev. A. H. NEW.
London: Partridge and Co.
MAXY of our readers will remember the sensation produced by the" Life and Times" of the Countess, published some years since. But
MIRACLES OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR.
London: Wertheim and Macintosh.
A NEW edition of an excellent book by an ex. cellent man.
GEOLOGY AND GENESIS; a Reconciliation of the
THIS is an enlargement of a work published some years ago, under the title of "The Mosaic Creation, viewed in the light of Modern Geology." It comes with a recommendation deserves what he says in its favour. The prinfrom Dr. Alexander, of Edinburgh, and well ciple of reconciliation is that adopted by Dr. Pye Smith. It is here largely illustrated. We have before expressed our difficulty in regard to that scheme; but there is a large portion of the prescut volume which has our hearty approval.
THE GATHERED FLOWER. A Memoir of Miss
It is evident that the subject of this sketch was possessed of more than the ordinary share of gifts and graces. And, inasmuch as her brief but interesting life is calculated to afford many useful lessons to the young, we think her pastor has done wisely in preserving her memory from oblivion. Naturally high minded, she could find no rest, until, in a child-like spirit, she cast herself at the foot of the Cross; and though disposed, from the nature of her mind, to wander in a dream-land far away from this matter-of-fact world, she was made willing, from love to her Saviour, to assume the self-denying office of a Ragged School Teacher. At the early age of eighteen she was removed from a world where her sensitive
spirit must have sustained many a rude shock on the battle-field of life.
Her poetical talents were of no mean order, but we are reluctantly compelled to take from her the "Lines on Death," and assign them to Blair, their rightful owner. They must have been copied by her from his celebrated poem on the "Grave," and by some oversight admitted into the work as original.
We think it only the part of a candid reviewer to mention the fact, that in a new edi. tion, which we shall be glad speedily to wel come, the necessary alteration may be made.
Parents cannot do better than furnish their daughters with a copy of this Memoir, from which they may derive both pleasure and profit.
VOICES FROM THE ROCKS: a Reply to the late Hugh Miller's "Testimony of the Rocks." London: Judd and Glass.
1. ULRICH ZWINGLE, leader of the Reformation in Switzerland, was born on New Year's Day 1484, at Wildhaus, a small hamlet in the district of Tockenburg. In 1506 he became pastor of Glaris, where he laboured hard for the benefit of his flock, and his own improvement. He was afterwards preacher and professor at Zurich. His views were more advanced than those of Luther, and he takes a very high place among the Refor
mers of his time. On the outbreak of civil war, Zwingle attended the army as chaplain, and perished in battle, Oct. 11th, 1531.
We do not wish to say more of this book than that it is a feeble attempt to overturn the main conclusions of modern geology. The merit of originality claimed in the Preface can only provoke a smile. Some of the principal argu. ments are drawn from Mr. Fairholme, whose character as a geologist may be seen by just referring to Dr. Pye Smith's Congregational Lecture. Whatever we may think of Dr. Smith's theory of reconciliation, there cannot be two opinions of his scientific knowledge.
THE SHEEPFOLD AND THE COMMON; or, Within and Without. Vol. I. Glasgow: Blackie and Son.
illustrated edition of the well-known "EvanTis is an elegantly printed and beautifully which found such favour with the public, that, gelical Rambler," issued many years ago, according to the Preface, from sixty to a hundred thousand copies were sold. Such a popular work must have considerable merit to recommend it. The sentiments are thoroughly evangelical; the descriptions are vivid; and the conversations, though to our mind not natural enough, are certainly very instructive.
THE BOOK OF PSALMS; WITH NOTES. Tract Society,
A VOLUME very convenient for devotional use The notes are short and explanatory.
THE MEN OF THE MONTH. JANUARY.
2. RICHARD KNILL, died at Chester, 1857. He was equally distinguished as a missionary to India and Russia, as a preacher, and as a Christian. He was born April 14th, 1787.
4. MOSES STUART, of Andover, in America, died 1852. He was one of the most eminent and successful biblical critics and professors which his age and country have produced. He was born on March 26th,
6. BERENGARIUS, of Tours, died 1088. He was a man of great learning and cou rage, and especially deserves our regard
for his opposition to the Romish doctrine of transubstantiation.
7. FENELON, Archbishop of Cambray, died 1715. He was born in 1651, and became an eminent preacher and divine. He was pious and amiable, but much persecuted for his opinions.
W. BENGO' COLLYER, D.D., LL.D., of Peckham, died 1854. One of the most popular and successful ministers of his time. His works are much esteemed. He was born at Blackheath, April 14th, 1782.
10. Archbishop LAUD, executed on Tower Hill, 1641. He was born at Reading, Oct. 7th, 1573, and was a bigoted advocate of high-church principles, and a persevering opponent of all liberal mea
11. JURIEU, died 1713. A French Protestant, very distinguished as a controversialist. Born in 1637.
Dr. DWIGHT, of America, died 1817. He was born May 14th, 1752, and was the author of some very popular theological works.
13. GEORGE Fox, founder of the sect called Quakers, died 1691. He was born at Drayton, in Leicestershire, in July,
JOHN CLAUDE, died 1687. An eminent French Protestant pastor and divine. Born in 1619.
Dr. MACKNIGHT, died 1800. Born in 1721. A well-known divine of the Church of Scotland.
14. Bp. BERKELY, died 1753. Born in Ireland in 1684. Celebrated for his peculiar philosophical opinions.
Dr. EDWARD HARWOOD, died 1794. An eminent scholar, but a poor theologian. Born in 1729.
17. Bp. HORNE, author of a well-known commentary on the Psalms, and other works, died 1792. He was born 1730.
19. Bp. BALGUY, an eminent prelate of the Church of England, died 1795. Born Sept. 27th, 1730.
20. JOHN HOWARD, the Philanthropist, died 1790. He was born about 1726, and after a life of unexampled Christian benevolence, died in the Crimea on a mission of mercy.
MILES COVERDALE, died 1568. He was born in 1487, and laboured with great zeal and perseverance to translate and circulate the Scriptures in English.
25. The Hon. ROBERT BOYLE, born 1626. Equally eminent as a Christian and as a philosopher, he was an active promoter of science and of revealed truth. He died Dec. 11th, 1691.
26. Dr. WILLIAMS, died 1716. Born at Wrexham in 1641. He rose to considerable eminence and influence during his life, and at his death gave a noble collection of books to found the library known by his name in Redcross Street.
27. G. S. FABER, died 1854. For half a century a diligent student and expounder of prophecy, on which subject he published many works. He was born Oct. 25th, 1773.
ABRAHAM BOOTH, a Baptist minister ot great talent and originality, died 1806. He was born in 1734.
29. MATTHEW WILKS, one of the fathers of the London Missionary and Bible Societies, died 1829. He was born in 1746, and became very popular as a preacher, and promoter of institutions for the spread of the Gospel at home and abroad.
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EVANGELIZATION OF LONDON.
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