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argument. It occurs to us, that if the polemic portions of the work were entirely removed, the historical portions, being thus left by themselves, would form an interesting and valuable little book (perhaps with some additional testimonies of a kindred character), for general circulation. Its present form may increase its usefulness in the region where it originated; but it also restricts its usefulness to those limits. "Jewett on Baptism" is one of the best works on that subject, for general circulation, which we have seen. We would gladly present an extract, showing the manner and spirit of the writer. But our space will not permit. Besides, from the nature of the case, any extract would be necessarily incompetent to do the writer justice.
6. The Obstacles and the Encouragements to Missionary Effort in the Ancient and Modern Church. A lecture delivered before the Boston Young Men's Society for the Diffusion of Missionary Knowledge. By SAMUEL W. FISHER, West Bloomfield, N. J. Boston. Tappan and Dennet. 1842. pp. 43. 8vo.
The establishment of the Society before which this lecture was delivered is an interesting event in the history of the last year; an event, fraught with promise to the best interests of the church and the world. It has given a prominence and publicity to the cause of evangelical missions, such as no ecclesiastical, or other professedly religious organization could have secured. It has brought up the subject of the christianization of the heathen to a place among the absorbing topics of the busy world. The present discourse is well adapted to promote the objects of the Society. The author enters into an examination of the points of difference between the circumstances of the ancient church and the modern; and shows that the facilities for the propagation of the gospel in our own period are vastly greater than those which were enjoyed in the apostolic age, or for some centuries after it. Many interesting historical incidents are interwoven in the discourse in an unassuming manner; and the whole is written in an easy and pleasing style. The external appearance of the book is very beautiful.
7. Parlor Melodies, comprising Music, original and selected, for the piano forte and organ, with several tunes for the harp and guitar. Adapted to a series of original songs, moral and religious. Arranged and edited by Mrs. M. B. LLOYD and Miss M. E. BAILEY. New York. Harper and Brothers. 1842. pp. 112. 8vo.
We have been highly gratified in the perusal of this elegant work. It is precisely what has been needed. We have too long been under the necessity of using the mere effusions of frivolous and vapid sentimentalism, as our principal accompaniment of the piano forte. Our parlor music has had but few pieces, comparatively, in which the harmony that gratifies the ear has been joined with the sublime or sweet expression of evangelical doctrine and exalted piety. Many of the pieces in this work are of the purest devotional character. The whole is worthy of a place in the parlor in which God is enshrined as the portion of every heart, and where every tenant is anticipating a glorious immortality. The words are mostly by Mr. William Cutter, whose name is familiar to the lovers of poetry. We do not profess to pass judgment upon the music. But we may be allowed to say that we recognize many of those favorite pieces which never become wearisome; and which are here made doubly beautiful, by being sanctified and set
apart for the service of religion. We predict for the work a wide circulation among all who appreciate and admire the union of taste and piety.
THE Great Commission, a new book on Missions, by Rev. John Harris, well known as the author of Mammon, and other works, is in course of publication in England; and is to be reprinted by Gould, Kendall, and Lincoln, as fast as the sheets are received. It is another prize Essay, for which the writer obtained two hundred guineas. It is highly spoken of, and is said to contain some new views of the subject of Missions.-D. S. King has in press a fourth volume of poems by William B. Tappan.-Dr. Woods is writing a History of the Theological Seminary at Andover.-There is an Ecclesiastical History of New England under preparation by Dr. Allen, late president of Bowdoin College, and another by Joseph B. Felt, of Boston.-Cyril Pearl, principal of a Literary Institution at Buckfield, Me., has in press a work entitled, Youth's Book on the Mind, embracing the outlines of the Intellect, the Sensibilities, and the Will; introductory to the Study of Mental Philosophy. The whole works of Nathaniel Emmons, Ď. D., in six large 8vo. volumes, the last two to contain his system of divinity, and the first, his life, are to be published by Crocker and Brewster.-A commentary on the Book of Revelation, with notes, &c. is to be expected shortly, from the pen of Prof. Stuart.—Also, a Commentary on the Book of Psalms, by Prof. Stowe, of Cincinnati.-George Bancroft and Jared Sparks are each making ample preparations for independent Histories of the American Revolution.-Dr. Robinson is expected soon to publish an abridgement of his Researches in Palestine.-Mr. William H. Prescott has in press a History of Mexico, and of the Spanish Colonization of that country.
ENGLAND, FRANCE, AND ITALY.
A new German Grammar, by G. M. Heilner, has appeared in London. Meetings have been held at several places in Wales, to petition the Queen for the establishment of a professorship of the Welsh Language and Literature in each of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. A History of Dumont d'Urville's Expedition to the South Pole in 1837-1840, is announced, to extend to 14 vols., in 6 sections; viz. History of the Voyage, 5 vols.; Zoology, 3 vols.; Botany, 2 vols. ; Human Physiology, 1 vol.; Mineralogy and Geology, 1 vol.; Philology, 2 vols.-A collection of the Letters of Henry IV, under the auspices of the Minister of Public Instruction, is to be published in Paris. His correspondence was very extensive. The number of his original letters is over 2500; of which more than 1500 have never been printed.—In the absence of scientific books of its own, Italy is about to enjoy a work, under the title "Opere utile ad ogni, persona educata," resembling the Library of Useful Knowledge, embracing among other materials, translations from the Library, of treatises on Botany, Geography, Astronomy, Optics, Hydrostatics, &c.
No edition of the Greek Testament that we have ever seen presents a page so pleasing to the eye, as the new stereotype edition of Titt
mann and Hahn, from the Tauchnitz press. The younger Tauchnitz has shown himself a worthy successor of his renowned father. Already has he received from his countrymen the strongest expression of their favorable regards. The Hebrew Concordance, begun by his father, the specimens of the Greek Concordance of the New Testament by Bruder, recently issued, the new stereotype editions of the Greek and Roman classics, the Latin Vulgate of the New Testament by Fleck, together with the Greek Testament, above-mentioned, give the fairest promise of the continued usefulness of this celebrated press. It is an interesting fact that this is the man who once desired to become a missionary to the Mennonites of Russia, under the patronage of the American Baptist Board of Foreign Missions, and that he cherishes the same spirit still. But, to return to the edition of the Greek Testament before us; the paper, typography, and general arrangement of the matter on the page, are all equally beautiful. Nor is the internal literary character of the work unworthy of its external form. The name of the scholar who proposed it, would of itself be a guaranty for its general excellence. Hahn is a scrupulous and accurate critic; and is, in point of literary attainment and experience, well qualified for his office. Not only has he given a faithful revision of the text, but has presented, in brief notes at the bottom of the page, the readings which constitute the peculiarities of the texts of Griesbach, Knapp, Lachmann and Scholz. We can unhesitatingly recommend this edition to those who wish to unite pleasure with profit in studying the original of the New Testament. An American edition is in preparation by Dr. Robinson of New-York. A reprint that shall equal the original in neatness and accuracy will be very acceptable to the American scholar.
In the year 1840, the German press issued many splendid specimens of typography, as centennial offerings in commemoration of the invention of the art of printing. Among them was the great Hebrew Concordance of Fùrst already mentioned. In its mechanical execution, nothing more could be desired. The Concordance itself is far more correct and complete than that of Buxtorf, on which it is founded. We think, however, the author has exceeded the legitimate bounds of a concordance, by entering extensively upon a comparison of languages, by giving double definitions, in Rabbinic and Latin, and by appending various matters that might as well be appended to almost any other work on the Hebrew language. It is to be regretted that a book that is so indispensable to every biblical student, should be placed beyond his reach, by such an unnecessary increase of its expense. We therefore take pleasure in announcing a reduced American edition by Prof. Nordheimer. "The Concordance," it is said in the Prospectus, " will contain all the improvements made on the work of Buxtorf by Fürst, in correcting its numerous typographical errors, and in inserting many hundred additional passages. Moreover, the arrangement of the details and the indication of the grammatical forms, in which Fürst himself is exceedingly defective, will be improved and corrected, and a number of new passages added to those inserted by him. To the body of the Concordance the following useful appendices will be subjoined. 1. An etymologico-alphabetical Index of all the words in the Old Testament, with references to the pages of the Concordance in which they are to be found. 2. A purely alphabetical Index of the same, with similar references. 3. A tabular view of all the Forms of Nouns, with their origin and mode of formation. 4. An alphabetical List of all the Particles, i. e. of all the pronominal roots, with their compositions and formations. 5. An alphabetical List of all the Proper Names belong
ing to the Old Testament language. 6. A List 'exhibiting all the corresponding Hebrew, Syriac, and Arabic roots. The work will be completed in 9 parts of 100 pages each, which it is proposed to issue at intervals of two or three months, at $1 a part.
We could wish the distinction between a concordance, a lexicon and a grammar, had been kept more definitely in view, and that only so much of the two last had been adopted as is essential to the first.
In examining the list of teachers now lecturing in the university of Berlin, we have been surprised to see how that celebrated seat of learning, now without a rival, is monopolizing the great scholars of Germany. Not long since Schelling, the philosopher, was called there from Munich. Grimm, who was recently invited to Berlin, as member of the Academy of Sciences, is in that capacity a lecturer in the university. Last of all, Rückert of Erlangen, the orientalist and the poet, has received and accepted a call to the university of Berlin.
After an interval of seven years, Ritter has added another volume to his great work, the History of Philosophy. This fifth volume begins the period of the Christian philosophy of the Church Fathers; another volume, which is to be issued this year will close that period. These two volumes will be particularly interesting to the theologian.
The Conversations-Lexikon der Gegenwart is now complete in four volumes. This is a supplement to the last edition of the ConversationsLexikon.
The 9th Part of Neander's Church History has at length made its appearance.
Of De Wette's Exegetical Manual of the New Testament, Vol. II, Part 2, including the Epistles to the Corinthians, has been received. All the preceding parts have passed to a second edition.
His Exegetical Manual of the Old Testament has, in our estimation, less value. The first number contained the Minor Prophets by Hitzig, 1838; the second, Job, by Hirzel, 1839, since deceased; the third is in press, and contains Jeremiah by Hitzig. The Psalms by Hassler, the Pentateuch and Joshua by Prof. Tuch of Halle, Daniel and Esther by Hirzel, and Isaiah by Prof. Knobel of Giessen, are soon to appear. A new work by Prof. Ullmann, entitled, The Reformers before the Reformation, in two volumes, has been announced.
REUBEN BERKLEY, Salt Creek, O., Jan. 9, aged 49.
WILLIAM JONES, Clark Co., O., Dec 21,
STEPHEN TAYLOR, Edmeston, Otsego Co.,
LEROY CHURCH, Schenectady, N. Y., Dec.
BENJ. S. COBETT, Andover, Feb. 7.
GEORGE KNOX, Topsham, Me., Dec.15.
DANIEL SHEPHERDSON, Zanesville, O., Dec.31.
2d church, Southwark, Philadelphia, Dec. 13.