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By Rev. T. R. Birks, M. A. The tone of this little work is healthy, and the theology sound. We cannot say, however, that our knowledge of the difficult points treated enlarged; or that any new light is thrown on them. Indeed, Mr. Birks is not the man to do this, though he writes sensibly and well, except on prophecy.
Lectures on the History of Ancient Philosophy, edited from the author's MSS. with notes. By W. H. Thompson, M. A. 2 vols. 8vo. These volumes form an important contribution to the science of mind, and cannot be neglected by the student of philosophy. Prof. Thompson of Cambridge has well performed the office of editor.
A second series of Prof. W. Archer Butler's Sermons. Edited from the author's MSS. by Rev. J. A. Jeremie, D. D.
The Nature of the Atonement, and its Relation to Remission of Sins and Eternal Life, by John McLeod Campbell. Though we cannot regard this treatise as a satisfactory or full exposition of the atonement, and should demur to not a few statements in it, various points are put in a new and better light than is usual in books treating of the doctrine here discussed. It is marked by more acuteness than breadth.
The Book of Genesis, according to the version of the LXX. Translated into English, with notices of its omissions and insertions, etc. etc. By the Hon. Henry E. J. Howard, D. D. To beginners in the criticism of the Old Testament, this volume may be recommended as a useful help. To others, it would be of no benefit; and there is sufficient evidence that the author has not gone far or deep into the study of the old Greek version.
Sinai and Palestine ; in connection with their history, with maps. By Rev. A. P. Stanley, M. A. This is an interesting, instructive, and well written book.
The 12th volume of Grote's History of Greece has appeared, completing the work. The volume contains a portrait of the writer, maps, and an index. The learned author may be congratulated on the termination of a work of which Englishmen may well be proud.
The last three volumes of Milman’s History of Latin Christianity, have also appeared, with an index to the six volumes. This is one of the few ecclesiastical histories, written by Englishmen, which will live. The learned author combines all the best qualifications essential to a first rate historian.
Faith and Practice: an Exposition of the Principles and Duties of Natural and Revealed Religion. By Rev. John Penrose, M. A. A volume characterized by mediocrity.
Memorials and Correspondence of Charles James Fox; 4th and concluding volume. By Lord John Russell.
The Book of Solomon, called Ecclesiastes or the Preacher; metrically paraphrased, and accompanied with an Analysis of the Argument; being a Re-translation of the original Hebrew, according to the interpretation of the Rabbinic Commentary of Mendelssohn and the criticisms of Preston and other Annotators. By Rev. A. A. Morgan, M. A. A very dear and worthless book. It is obvious that the author does not understand Ecclesiastes.
A Lady's Second Journey round the World, from London to the Cape of Good Hope, Borneo, Java, Sumatra, Celebes, etc. By Ida Pfeiffer; 2 vols. Light, amusing, gossiping, and interesting.
A new edition of Bingham's Antiquities has appeared in 10 volumes 8vo, edited by his descendant, Rev. R. Bingham, M. A. The Editor has not added much that is of value to the book; nor does he seem to be well acquainted with the subjects treated of in it.
Bacon's Novum Organum ; edited, with English Notes and Appendices, by Rev. G. W. Kitchin, M. A. A new translation of the same work, by the same. Both volumes may be safely commended to the philosophical student, as furnishing important aid to the understanding of Bacon's great work.
A History of Rome, from the Earliest Times to the Establishment of the Empire. By H. G. Liddell, D. D., Dean of Christ Church ; 2 vols. 8vo. This is the best history of Rome, within the same compass.
Five Years in Damascus ; with Travels to Palmyra, Lebanon, and other Scripture Sites. By the Rev. I. L. Porter ; 2 vols. The readers of the Bibliotheca are already acquainted, to some extent, with the travels of this Syrian missionary.
The Tragedies of Æschylus re-edited, with an English Commentary by F. A. Paley, M. A. A most useful edition of the Greek tragedian.
The Entomologist's Annual, for 1856.
The Natural History of the Tineina, Vol. I. By H. T. Stainton, assisted by Prof. Zeller and I. W. Douglas.
An Essay on Intuitive Morals ; being an Attempt to popularize Ethical Science. Part I. : Theory of Morals. An excellent attempt to propound a system of morals which shall commend itself to the popular mind.
An English Translation of King Alfred's Anglo-Saxon Version of the History of the World by Orosius, etc. By I. Bosworth, D. D., F. R. S.; King Alfred's Description of Europe, Asia, and Africa ; with the Voyages of Othere and Wulfstan, and the History of the World to 1413 B. C.
The Rivulet : a Contribution to Sacred Song By Thomas T. Lynch. A little volume, containing beautiful pieces, breathing the true spirit of religion.
Agamemnon the King. Translated from Æschylus into English Verse. By W. Blew, M. A.
Congregationalism for Christ. By Newman Hall. We dislike the title of this little tract; and it is pervaded by a tone of self-complacency as well as assumption, which cannot be approved.
Letters from the United States, Cuba, and Canada. By the Hon. Amelia M. Murray ; 2 vols. Superficial and useless volumes these.
Macaulay's History of England, Vols. III. and IV. has had, in England, an unprecedented sale. It has been the book of the season. ed writer is too well known to be here described. Almost all who pretend to any literary taste have read the volumes. The prejudices of the author appear very strongly; and we much doubt if posterity will ratify the
exceedingly favorable judgment pronounced by Macaulay's contemporaries.
Statistics and Treatment of Typhus and Typhoid Fever. By Magnus Huss, M. D. Translated from the original Swedish, by Ernst Aberg, M. D.
A Manual of the Domestic Practice of Medicine. By W. B. Kesteven.
The Life, Opinions, and Writings of John Milton. With an Introduction to Paradise Lost. By Thomas Keightley.
The New-Testament Quotations; collated with the Scriptures of the Old Testament in the original Hebrew, and the Version of the LXX. and with the other writings, Apocryphal, Talmudic, and Classical. By Henry Gough. This is a work of greater promise than performance. It adds nothing to what has been done before ; and the author's knowledge of Hebrew is such as to prevent him from making any good criticisms.
Rhemes and Doway: an Attempt to show what has been done by Roman Catholics for the Diffusion of the Holy Scriptures in English. By Rev. Henry Cotton, D. C. L. Archdeacon of Cashel. An excellent and useful work, by a learned and able man.
The Adventures of the Caliph Haroun Alraschid. Recounted by the author of Mary Powell. This work, like the rest of the same author, is marked by considerable ability of execution. The value of it, however, for all practical purposes is very small.
The first two divisions of the English Cyclopædia, based on the Penny Encyclopædia, are now completed, containing Geography and Natural History, in four volumes each. The third division, containing a Cyclopædia of Biography, has commenced. The general editor is Charles Knight; and the execution is excellent.
Mr. Dickens has commenced a new Serial, entitled Little Dorritt. The Number issued on the 1st of February was the Third. We believe that the circulation is as large as that of its predecessors by the same popular writer.
Poems of Ten Years. By Mrs. Ogilvy.
Memoirs of the Right Hon. R. L. Sheil. By Torrens McCullagh, Esq.; 2 vols.
Mr. Sheil's Legal and Political Sketches ; 2 vols.
A new edition of Addison's Works, with Notes by Bishop Hurd, has just been published, in 6 vols. by Bohn.
The Principles of the Pastoral Functions in the Church. By Micaiah Hill. This volume is from the Methodist position, and contains nothing worth reading.
Scripture Studies ; or Expository Readings in the Old Testament. By the Rev. G. S. Drew, M. A.
Christ and other Masters : an Historical Inquiry into some of the chief Parallelisms and Contrasts between Christianity and the Religious Systems of the Ancient World ; with special reference to Prevailing Difficulties and Objections. By Charles Hardwicks, M. A. Part I. This is the com
mencement of a most important work, on a part of theology which has scarcely been touched in this country. Mr. Hardwick is quite competent to the task of elucidating what he has undertaken.
A new edition of Dr. Richardson's large Dictionary of the English Language has appeared, in two quarto volumes, like the first.
Selections from the Writings of Archbishop Whately. With his lordship’s permission.
A new edition has appeared, of Bishop Middleton's book on the Greek Article, with Rose's Notes and Observations. This work should have been revised and re-edited, with additional notes, by some one acquainted with Winer's Grammar of the New Testament.
S. D. We have been happy to receive the second volume of “The Words of the Lord Jesus. By Dr. Rudolf Stier, Doctor of Theology, chief pastor and superintendent of Scheuditz. Translated from the second revised and enlarged German edition, by the Rev. William B. Pope, London, and Rev. John Fulton Gurrald. Edinburgh: T. and T. Clark.” The same publishers have also given us an interesting volume, entitled : “ The Suffering Saviour: or Meditations on the Last Days of Christ upon Earth. By the Rev. Fred. W. Krummacher, D. D., Chaplain to His Majesty the King of Prussia. Translated by Samuel Jackson.” It is an admirable volume.
The preceding reference to the Chevalier Bunsen, will interest the reader in a new work, soon to be published in this country, entitled Hippolytus and his Times, or Church Order in the first two centuries. By Joseph P. Thompson, Pastor of the Broadway Tabernacle Church, New York. This work will contain (1) Hints on Church Order in the New Testament, being an analysis of all passages bearing upon the subject, and a classification of the same under generic principles. (2) The testimony of Church History to the popular element in Church government during the first two centuries. (3) A sketch of Hippolytus and his Times. (4) A translation of those parts of his lately discovered treatise which have a bearing upon Church Order. (5) General observations and reflections.
Our readers are doubtless acquainted with the volume entitled “Primitive Piety Revived; or the Aggressive Power of the Christian Church : a Premium Essay. By Rev. Henry C. Fish, Pastor of a Baptist Church in Newark, N. J.” This work was published under the auspices of the Congregational Board of Publication. The premium was awarded by Drs. Humphrey, Ide, and Hawes. It is a stirring, eloquent volume. It will prepare its numerous readers for the perusal of two volumes which are soon to be published under the editorial care of the same author, entitled “ History and Repository of Pulpit Eloquence.” The first volume is devoted to the sermons of deceased divines, and contains “ Discourses by Cyprian, Chrysostom, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, Augustine, etc., of the · Fathers;' Luther, Calvin, Melancthon, Latimer, Knox, etc., of the Reformers;' the MasterVol. XIII. No. 50.
pieces of Bossuet, Bourdaloue, Massillon, Chillingworth, Barrow, Taylor, Hall, Watson, McLaurin, Chalmers, Edwards, Bedell, Maxcy, Mason, Olin, etc. : and the most Remarkable Sermons of Schleiermacher, Herder, Kirwan, John Elias, Evans, Irving, Griffin, Livingston, Dehon, Staughton, Summerfield, and some sixty other eminent English, French, German, Scottish, American, Welsh, and Irish preachers ; many of which have now, for the first time, been translated into the English language. The whole arranged chronologically in their respective Departments, and accompanied with Historical Notices of the different Pulpits, and Biographical Sketches of the several Preachers represented.”
The second volume will be devoted to the sermons of divines now living, and will contain “Discourses by A. and F. Monod, Grandpierre, Malan, Gaussen, D’Aubigne, Tholuck, the Krummachers, Harless, Melvill, Noel, Hamilton, Newton, Guthrie, McFarland, Duff, Arthur, and many other Foreign Preachers ; besides some thirty in the United States, representing the several Evangelical Denominations.”
These volumes will fill a vacuum which pastors have long felt, and will exert an elevating influence on the style of the Pulpit. Among the sermons of Deceased American Divines, we notice the celebrated Discourse of Dr. Maxcy on the Being of God, and the truly elegant Sermon of Prof. B. B. Edwards on the one hundred and nineteenth Psalm.
We have received, too late for insertion, in our present Number, a lengthened notice of a new work, which will attract much attention among the American and British clergy. It is a Memoir of the Rev. John M. Mason, D. D., from the press of Robert Carter, New York. The author of the memoir is Rev. Jacob Van Vechter, D. D., a son-in-law of Dr. Mason. In a future Number of the Bib. Sac., we hope to present a full analysis of this volume. The career of Dr. Mason was so conspicuous, his influence has been so extensive and so permanent, that a full biography of him will be instructive, as it cannot fail to be entertaining.
Mr. W. F. Draper, of Andover, has recently stereotyped and published a volume entitled, “ Lectures upon the Philosophy of History: by W. G. T. Shedd, Brown Professor in Andover Theological Seminary.” It is a neatly printed duodecimo volume of 128 pages. The Introductory Note states : “The substance of this book was originally written, in the winter of 1853-4, as an introduction to courses of prelections in the department of Ecclesiastical History. This will account for its prevailing reference to this department, as well as for the tone of direct address which occasionally characterizes it. At the same time, it is hoped that the work will be found to have a general reference to all species of historical inquiry, and may contribute to deepen and widen the growing interest in the most comprehensive of the sciences.” The volume consists of four lectures, of which the following are the titles : “ The Abstract Idea of History. The Nature, and Definition, of Secular History. The Nature, and Definition, of Church History. The Verifying Test in Church History.” It is written in a lucid style, and will interest the students of theology and of history.