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nence from ornament." The sermons occasionally bring to light the peculiar views of the author's denomination. But, aside from this, we think they will be read with pleasure. They suggest many new and striking thoughts, which is a special token of their excellence. Probably, like the sermons of Whitefield and of other eminent preachers, we cannot fully estimate the man, nor determine the real effectiveness of his sermons, without having heard them from his own lips. The publishers deserve our thanks for giving us, in so fine a volume, the means of gratifying our curiosity concerning that wonderful young man. 6. The Anxious Inquirer after Salvation. By Rev. JOHN ANGEL JAMES, Birmingham, Eng. Published by the American Tract Society, 1842. This little book has been before the public for a considerable period, and has already established its claim to general approbation. Its recent issue under the sanction of the Tract Society, in an inviting form, is specially timely. It is adapted to meet the wants of those for whom it is written. It is a calm and faithful exhibition of the way of salvation, which the anxious inquirer may safely follow. Between two and three hundred thousand copies of it have been already issued; and it has been translated into Welsh, French, Gaelic, German, and is now to be translated into Swedish. Mr. James remarks concerning it, "I feel that had I done nothing more than come into existence to write that little work, I have lived to great purpose ”—such have been the tokens of favor with which God has been pleased to attend its perusal. May the demand for this and kindred works continue, and be increased a thousand fold.
7. The Way of Life. By CHARLES HODGE, professor in the Theological Seminary, Princeton, N. J. Written for the American Sunday School Union. 1842. pp. 343. 12mo.
This, like the preceding, is a very seasonable exhibition of the way of life. But it is designed to commence with an earlier period in the experience of those who are to be benefited by it. It aims to lift the skeptic from his abyss, and to lead him by a sure and safe path to the celestial city. The publishing Committee of the Union had long felt the want of a book, solving the questions-Are the Scriptures really a revelation from God? If they are, what doctrines do they teach; and what influence should those doctrines exert on our heart and life? They wished for a book suitable to be placed in the hands of intelligent and educated young persons, either to arouse their attention, or to guide their steps in the way of life. The Committee were fortunate in enlisting the pen of Prof. Hodge. To all who are familiar with his excellent Commentary on the Romans, his name will be a sufficient guaranty for the logical method and the evangelical sentiments of the work. He shows, first, that the Scriptures are the word of God, from external and internal evidence, and the fulfilment of prophecy. His next object is to exhibit the teachings of the Scriptures with regard to the character of men, the way of salvation, and the rule of duty. He shows that men, since the fall, are depraved; and that their sins are both numerous and aggravated. He explains the causes of men's indifference to the charge of being sinners; presents the subject of conviction of sin, the nature and method of justification, faith, repentance,
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the importance of a profession of religion, the nature and obligation of the Christian ordinances, the nature of true piety and the means of sanctification. Each of these subjects is discussed in a lucid and powerful manner. We are pleased to notice that in his remarks on baptism, though, in his ministerial character and his official relations, he advocates a theory different from our own, yet in this work, the whole tenor of his statement seems to take it for granted that baptism is the voluntary, intelligent act of believers only. An impartial inquiry into the nature and design of baptism, it seems to us, can scarcely lead to any other views than these. The truly evangelical spirit which pervades the book is very cheering to those who have walked in this way of life, and tested it by personal experience. The book is handsomely printed and bound, and has a pretty vignette title-page, besides a very beautiful frontispiece, representing the way of life, with the celestial city at its termination, and several pilgrims, in the white robes of Christ's righteousness, pursuing their shining path to the "holy hill."
8. The Claims of Jesus. By ROBERT TURNBULL, pastor of Boylston Church, Boston. Gould, Kendall & Lincoln. 1841. pp. 120. 12mo. A mild and affectionate treatise on the character and claims of Christ. The author takes the evangelical view of the question. He states the argument in a concise and conclusive, though not controversial manner. He first presents an account of Jesus as he appeared, a man, among men, calling attention to the several traits of his character in that relation; then, he exhibits his higher nature, showing him, by incontestible proofs, to have been at once both man and God. In his third chapter he meets the objections to the evangelical theory, and shows the connection of the divinity of Christ with the doctrine of atonement; and closes, in the fourth, by enforcing the claims of Jesus, as divine, to be acknowledged, adored and obeyed, as our prophet, priest, and king. The book is written, generally, in a neat and attractive style, occasionally highly impassioned, as one might be expected to write, who had thoroughly imbued his mind with the grandeur of such a theme. We hope the work will meet the general circulation of which it is worthy; and, in a quiet and unobtrusive manner, guide the wavering to right views concerning "the root and offspring of David, and the bright and morning star."
9. The Millennium of the Apocalypse. By GEORGE BUSH, professor of Hebrew and Oriental Literature in the N. Y. University. Second Edition. Salem: John P. Jewett.
Prof. Bush published the first edition of this work several years since. He remarks in his preface, that having gone through with his investigations afresh, he has seen cause to make but very slight alterations. The work is adapted to the times. Prof. B. has evidently studied his subject very thoroughly, and made an independent examination of the passages of Scripture which have a bearing upon his point. He supposes the New Testament millennium to be on the eve of its termination. We are not fully prepared to adopt his peculiar and ingenious theory, though respectable quotations from ancient authors are brought to sustain it. But whatever may be thought of this, the volume states and illustrates some principles of interpretation, which are highly worthy of attention. It is certainly remarkable that views so discordant one with another have been entertained concerning this prophetic por
tion of Scripture, at different times, and by persons of respectable abilities and profound learning. The fact suggests the importance of a more thorough and intelligent study of the prophetic books, under the guidance of right principles of exegesis, with the aid of extensive literary acquisitions, and especially with fervent prayer for the illuminating influences of the Holy Spirit.
10. Emily, and other Poems. By J. N. BROWN. Concord, N. H. Israel S. Boyd. pp. 276. 12mo.
Mr. Brown has a warm and affectionate heart, and a susceptibility to the refined and the beautiful,-traits which belong to the true poet, and without which true poetry is out of the question. The volume contains many pieces which give fair promise. The whole collection belongs to Mr. B.'s early efforts. Several of his productions have been extremely well received, and are worthy of a place among the specimens of our religious literature. Nearly the whole edition is sold. Mr. B. has made some progress in a larger poem, called the Apocalypse, being a versification of the sublime visions of the apostle John. A part of it was published a few years since in a separate pamphlet, containing some passages of true poetic fire.
11. The Holy Bible; being the English version of the Old and New Testaments, made by order of King James I. Carefully revised and amended by several Biblical scholars. Second edition. Philadelphia. Published for David Bernard, by J. B. Lippincott. 1842.
This work has been under announcement for several years. Our thanks are due to the proprietor for a copy of it, beautifully printed and elegantly bound. It is designed as an improvement on King James' Bible, the antique words and forms of our language being expunged, and modern ones substituted; renderings, which are supposed to be erroneous, corrected; a uniformity, to some extent, being given to the translation of words which frequently recur; a uniform spelling, to the same words, wherever they appear; and every word translated, as the publisher and his editors designed, instead of being transferred from the original language into the English. Thus whenever the occurs in the Old Testament, it is here rendered "Jehovah," and not "the LORD," as is often the case in the received version. "Atorios is not rendered at one time everlasting, and at another eternal, but always by the same form. For leasing we have substituted the modern falsehood. Many prepositions are altered. Scarcely can ten verses be found together, which have not been in some way or other changed. Baptize, in all its forms, is rendered immerse ; and, probably, on this account, the work has been by some announced as the Baptist Bible. But we protest against any such appropriation. It is not a Baptist Bible. The Baptist denomination have never sanctioned it. We predict, they will never adopt it. The publisher distinctly declares in his preface that the work is a private enterprise, for which he alone is responsible. It is true, the name of one of the esteemed professors of the Hamilton Institution is appended to the introduction to the New Testament. But the officers of the Hamilton Institution assume no responsibility in reference to it. While they highly respect the critical ability and the upright motives of Mr. Kenrick, they regret as much as we do, any issue from the press, which is capable of being
construed, by the uninformed, into a denominational effort to supplant the received translation by one more favorable to our own cause. We need no such aid. The Bible, as it is, is sufficiently favorable to our cause. Its words are enshrined in our hearts, and we ask no alteration. Even its few antiquated forms are a beautiful monument of the English language, as it was in the days of King James. We question, moreover, if much is gained by some of the more striking changes. The word baptize, for example, is changed to immerse, as if that were an improvement. But while the bare meaning of baptize is to immerse, it is a fair question, whether the term, as applied to our Christian ordinance, does not involve the idea of the emersion, as well as of the immersion. "Buried with Christ," says the apostle, "in baptism, wherein, also, ye are risen with him to newness of life." And if this be the case, instead of a correction, we have only a diminution of the sense of the sacred writer. We presume the publisher has designed to give to the public a version which shall be to the received version what Van Ess's version in German is to Luther's. But the common translation here, as in Germany, is too fully fixed in the affections of the community to be set aside for one more modern, whatever improvements may be introduced. The work will be valuable as an occasional book of reference, to be used, like commentaries generally, as a means of discovering the sense of passages in the opinion of the authors of this work; as we consult with much profit, Macknight and Doddridge's paraphrases, Prof. Stuart's translation of the Romans and the Hebrews, in the commentaries written by him on those epistles, Gesenius's translation of Isaiah, which is itself a good commentary, and the like. But for any thing further than this, we neither expect nor wish to see the work circulated among us.
12. The Great Commission, or the Christian Church constituted and charged to convey the gospel to the world. By Rev. JOHN HARRIS, D. D. With an Introductory Essay, by Rev. W. R. WILLIAMS, D. D. Gould, Kendall, and Lincoln. pp. 482. 12mo.
We have only room to say that this anticipated volume has just appeared. It is divided into the following sections. Part I. The Missionary Enterprise viewed generally in its relation to the word of God. Part II. The Benefits of the Missionary Enterprise. Part III. Encouragements to prosecute the work. Part IV. Objections to the Missionary Enterprise. Part V. The wants of the Christian church, as a Missionary Society examined. Part VI. Motives to enforce entire devotedness to the Missionary Enterprise. The Introductory Essay is of the same high character as every thing which proceeds from its accomplished author. An extended review of the work may be expected in our next number.
13. The Bible and the Closet; or, how we may read the Bible with the most spiritual profit; and, secret prayer successfully managed. By ministers ejected in 1662. Edited by J. O. CHOULES.
This neat miniature volume forms the first of a second series by the same publishers. It is elegantly bound in silk, with gilt edges. The reading, from the old Puritans, is as pure gold as that which adorns the exterior. The first series, of which four numbers are published, comprises smaller volumes, of great beauty-an appropriate present for the use of those who would obey the injunction, "Feed my lambs."
Baptist General Convention for Foreign Missions.-The annual meeting of the Board was held in New York city, April 27, 1842. The receipts from auxiliaries and individuals, and interest on loans, amounted to $52,137 10, for the year ending April 1, 1842, and the expenditures to $57,793 94. Excess of expenditures above receipts, $5,656 84. Of this sum, $4,400 was received from the U. S. government for Indian schools; and $14,654 45 from churches, and from various benevolent institutions. The missions of the Board are in Burmah, Western Africa, Siam and China, Arracan, Asam, and among the Teloogoos; in France, Germany, Denmark and Greece, and among the North American Indians. The gospel by Matthew has been printed in Shawanoe and Ottawa, besides other publications in Shawanoe and Delaware. Whole number of copies printed the last season, 3,300, and of pages, 171,100. 175,000 tracts have been issued in German and in Danish,and about 2000 Bibles; 5000 Danish Testaments and 5000 German Bibles have also been printed. The printing department at Maulmain was in operation only a small part of the year, on account of the supply of books on hand. Nine thousand volumes of Scriptures, containing 5,172,000 pages, were printed, and 6000 copies of tracts, or 636,000 pages. The whole number of pages printed at the Maulmain press, from the beginning, is 67,773,000. Two thousand copies of Matthew have been printed in Asamese, and 9000 copies of tracts, including Worcester's Primer in Naga; also two Shyan tracts. A large quantity of tracts have been distributed. The Board has in charge 20 missions, 100 stations and out stations, 45 American missionaries or preachers, 54 assistant missionaries, 111 native preachers and assistants, 43 schools, 877 scholars, 77 churches, and 3709 meinbers of churches. The number of baptisms reported the past year is 780. Five missionaries and assistant missionaries have died during the conventional year. The foreign secretaryship has been assigned to Rev. Solomon Peck, and the home secretaryship to Rev. Robert E. Pattison, D. D. The latter entered on his duties as a corresponding secretary, April 1, at which time the home department was resigned by the senior corresponding secretary, Rev. Dr. Bolles.
The American Baptist Home Mission Society held its tenth anniversary in New York, April 26. By the treasurer's report it appears that the total amount of receipts for home missions, including those of the auxiliaries, the past year, is $57,154 72. The whole number of agents and missionaries who have acted under the commissions of the Society, the past year, is ninety-seven. These have been employed in twenty of the United States and territories, in Canada and Texas. They have occupied statedly more than 325 stations, preached 9,485 sermons, delivered 678 public addresses on various subjects of Christian benevolence, made 8,055 pastoral visits,and 145 visits to schools. In the performance of these duties they have travelled 111,688 miles. Their joint labors amount to 133 years for one man. They have occupied more than 336 stations, preached 24,124 sermons, made 24,452 pastoral visits, and travelled, in the performance of their labors, 60,377 miles. Total, 367 agents and missionaries, 33,609 sermons preached, 200 years' labor, and 172,065 miles travelled. The amount of ordinary ministerial labor performed by them is equal to that of one man sixty-seven and a half years.