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15. The Baptist Memorial. Edited by RUFUS BABCOCK, D. D., and J. O. CHOULES, A. M. Published monthly in New York.
This periodical was commenced in January, 1842, and has already established for itself a high reputation. It furnishes a large amount of original matter, from some of the ablest writers among us. Several historical articles, of high worth, have appeared in its pages. The well-known ability of its editors, and their extensive acquaintance with the Baptist denomination, both in this country and in England, will secure for it, we doubt not, an increasing patronage. Its circulation need not interfere with that of any other journals. It fills a place in our circle of periodical literature, not otherwise occupied. We trust it will continue to exert a salutary and elevating influence on the community. The monthly numbers contain 32 pages each.
16. The Young Maiden. By A. B. MUZZEY. Third edition. Boston: William Crosby & Co. 1842. pp. 264. 16mo.
This is an interesting and instructive book, addressed, as its title implies, to young ladies. It is written in a neat, easy style, and abounds in anecdote. The author leaves no topic, pertaining to his subject, unnoticed. He gives a very minute statement of principles for the guidance of life, which, we believe, may be relied upon, as correct and safe; and, so far as we have observed, nothing heterodox in morals or religion. The fact that the book has reached a third edition, within two years, is a testimony to its acknowledged merits.
17. The Christian Citizen. By Rev. JOHN HARRIS, D. D. Boston. Gould, Kendall & Lincoln. 1842. pp. 32. 16mo.
This is another volume of the miniature series, which was noticed in our Review for June. It contains the substance of a discourse delivered before the London Missionary Society. The author is too well known, to require from us any commendation. It is sufficient to say, that this little work is worthy of his former reputation. It is admirably adapted to stimulate Christians to the duty of exemplifying the spirit and principles of their religion, in efforts for the spiritual good of their fellow-men, and especially of their fellow-citizens.
18. Sermon on the death of Rev. WILLIAM MORTIMER DOOLITTLE. By N. N. WOOD, pastor of the church at Lebanon Springs, N. Y. Troy. 1842. pp. 16. 8vo.
The text of this discourse is Heb. 11: 4: "He, being dead, yet speaketh." The author, in a very practical and earnest manner, interprets the providence, by which Mr. D. was taken away, as speaking to the people of his late charge, to his brethren in the ministry, to the people of his native village, to his early associates, to the aged, and to the church, by which he was sent forth into the ministry; and gives, at the close, a brief history of his deceased friend. It is a pleasing token of affection for the dead, and interest for the spiritual welfare of the living.
19. Sacred Songs, for Family and Social Worship: comprising the most approved Spiritual Hymns, with chaste and popular tunes. Published by the American Tract Society. 1842. pp. 343. 12mo.
"It is the design of this work to promote devotional singing in the closet, in the family, and in meetings for social worship. The aim has been to furnish a selection of spiritual hymns, with a nice adaptation of chaste and popular tunes, of sufficient number and variety to meet existing wants. In preparing the volume, unwearied pains have been taken to combine the best talent and taste in sacred poetry and music; with the hope that this manual might occupy the same rank in its important department, as do the spiritual classics already issued by the Society, in that of practical divinity. As early as the Reformation, these were identified: 'Next to theology,' said Luther, 'it is to music that I give the highest place and the greatest honor.'
"The hymns are of that standard, evangelical character, which has stamped with immortality the productions of Watts, Doddridge, Newton, Cowper, Steele, and kindred poets. They have been selected from the whole range of sacred poetry, for their superior lyric and practical excellence; and where various readings exist, those have been chosen with which it was supposed the churches were most familiar. The music has been adapted to the hymns, instead of subordinating the poetry to the music."
The preceding extracts, which form a part of the preface, we believe give substantially a correct account of the book. It contains one hundred and sixty-six tunes, and three hundred and twenty-nine hymns. The latter, with a few exceptions, are standard hymns, long known and loved. Sacred poetry and music are among the most efficient helps of devotion. The Tract Society have made a volume which, on the whole, deserves to be popular, and which, we doubt not, will become so.
20. Hints on the Interpretation of Prophecy. By M. STUART, Professor in Andover Theological Seminary. Andover: Allen, Morrill and Wardwell. 1842. pp. 146. 12mo.
A Critical and Historical Interpretation of the Prophecies of Daniel. By NATHANIEL S. FOLSOM. Boston: Crocker & Brewster. 1842. pp. 231.
The timely effort of Prof. Stuart to stay the current errors of the age, and to diffuse an understanding of the true principles of interpretation, deserves the gratitude and the serious attention of the community. The present period is one in which emphatically, we need a frequent recurrence to fixed and sound principles. The views contained in his book first appeared in some of the earliest numbers of the Biblical Repository. But they have since received important modifications and additions. The views which Prof. Stuart designs to refute are the following: 1. That there is, in many parts of the prophecies, an occult, mystical, undeveloped meaning, which renders those predictions occasionally pregnant with a double sense. 2. That some other prophecies have a meaning which is so concealed and obscure that it can never be discovered, until the events take place to which they refer. 3. That the leading designations of time in the book of Daniel and the Apocalypse, viz. "a time, times and a half," "forty and two months," or 1260 days, comprise not the actual period literally named, but 1260 years.
The professor believes that this designation of time is to be taken in a purely literal sense, implying only days; while some others, such as 1000 years, are to be understood of an indefinite, but long period. On each of the points proposed, he exhibits much learning and power, and great familiarity with the principles of hermeneutics. We may say of this work, as we said recently of a work by Prof. Bush, if any one cannot fully adopt his theory in every part, he cannot fail to be greatly profited by reading such a treatise. A second edition has been published, containing an examination of Rev. George Duffield's recent Book on the Prophecies.
Mr. Folsom's work contains a very calm and temperate examination of those portions of the book of Daniel which involve the most difficulty. The theory may be gathered mainly from the following brief statement, contained in the preface: "The great and leading object of these prophecies seems to be to fix the era of the first advent of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to teach that the kingdom of God would be set up at the close of a series of kingdoms, the last of which had been a great oppressor of the Jews. They were also to confirm and strengthen the godly in times of great trial, cheering them with promises of strength equal to their day, and a full participation in every blessing promised as the fruit of the reign of the Messiah." It is an interesting feature of the present age, that public attention seems to be turned so much to the word of God. Many recent books have been either interpretations of the Scriptures, or helps to the interpretation of them. By such studies, light is elicited; the word of God honored; and religion advanced. We hail every new work which advocates sound views, and attempts to exhibit to us the mind of the Spirit.
Prof. Ripley, of Newton Theological Institution, whose "Notes on the Gospels" have been so deservedly esteemed, is preparing a similar volume of Notes on the Acts.-Gould, Kendall & Lincoln will publish the next spring, a volume of translations from the German, pertaining to the study of the Greek and Latin, embracing biographical sketches, anecdotes of German philologists, etc., by Prof. Sears, Prof. Felton, and Prof. Edwards.-Allen, Morrill & Wardwell, of Andover, have in press a Journal of an eight years' residence in Persia, by Rev. Justin Perkins, with an account of the American mission in that country.Wiley & Putnam, New York, propose to publish, in January, 1843, the first of a series of numbers, to be entitled "Bibliotheca Sacra; or Tracts and Essays on various topics of Biblical Literature and Theology," to be edited by Prof. Robinson. Should the enterprise be encouraged, it is proposed to issue the parts at intervals of three or four months. The essays will be chiefly original. The editor will have the aid of several of
the leading theological writers in this country, as well as some in foreign lands. Each part will form an independent number, of about 175 pages. The price will be one dollar, payable on delivery. It will be sent by mail, if desired.
LITERARY AND THEOLOGICAL INSTITUTIONS.
Newton Theological Institution.-At the recent anniversary, Aug. 24, twelve young brethren received honorable dismission, having completed the regular course of studies. Sixteen have entered the junior class. The whole number now in the institution is thirty. Prof. Hackett has just returned from Germany, where he has spent the last year, and the Board of Instruction is now full.
Hamilton Literary and Theological Institution.—At the late anniversary, twenty-three graduates completed their career of theological study, thirteen in the full course, and ten in the shorter course. additional officer, Mr. Raymond, was, at the same time, inaugurated as professor of rhetoric. Prof. Conant has returned from Germany, and resumed his duties.
Brown University.-At the last commencement, the degree of Bachelor of Arts was conferred on 35 young men, graduates of the college. The new Freshman class numbers 41. Whole number of students, 167. Additional provision has been made for instruction in the modern languages. Two hundred dollars have been appropriated by the corporation, to be awarded in premiums to the most meritorious scholars. Three premiums, of the value of fifteen, ten and five dollars, are designated for excellence in the studies preparatory for entrance. Three, each, to the three younger classes, and four to the senior class. The highest is of the value of twenty-five dollars. They are to be awarded for essays and dissertations on the rubjects embraced in the studies of the classes respectively, except three, which are to be given to those who have made the highest attainments in mathematical, mechanical and astronomical science. The names of the successful competitors are to be printed in the next annual catalogue, succeeding the award.
Waterville College.-Ten young gentlemen were admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Arts at the late commencement. The new Freshman class consists of thirteen.
Granville Literary and Theological Institution.-The commencement was held Aug. 10. There were ten graduates. The number of students who have been connected with the institution the past year, is 180; viz., in the college course, thirty; partial course, fourteen; preparatory, sixtysix; English, sixty-nine. Of these, fifteen have also been connected with the theological department. The Board of Instruction embraces the president, and seven professors and other teachers.
A new Grammar of the German Language, by W. E. Jelf, has been published in London.-Also, Mouravieff's History of the church of Russia, printed at St. Petersburg in 1838, and translated by R. W. Blackmore; a book which fills an important chasm in church history.A History of Christian Missions, from the Reformation to the present time, by J. A. Huie, has also appeared.-Dr. Mott's Travels in Europe and the East have been republished in London." Attica and Athens, with a map and plan," translated from the German of K. O. Müller, Grotefend, and others, by J. I. Lockhart, 8vo, is described as giving a very minute topographical account of Attica; and is, therefore, a work of great value to the traveller or the critical scholar.-A historical outline of the book of Psalms, by the late J. Mason Good, M. D., has re80
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cently been published; the design of which is to classify the Psalms, and to assign to each its authorship, and the circumstances under which it was composed. It has, however, the disadvantage of being a posthumous work, and the biblical critic would find in it much that is fanciful. It was designed as an introduction to a new version of the book of Psalms.-Among the curiosities of the age is a book published at Cheltenham, entitled, "Lectures on Ancient Israel and the Israelitish origin of the modern nations of Europe," by J. Wilson. The author maintains that there is an etymological connection between the terms Saxon and Isaac, by which latter name, he says, the Israelites are called in the book of Amos; and that the present Englishmen are veritable descendants of the father of the faithful.-A history of the English Baptist Missionary Society from 1792 to 1842, has appeared at London, from the pen of F. A. Cox, D. D., LL.D.—Also, Thoughts on the study of the gospels, being an introduction to several volumes of commentary on the gospels, by Isaac Williams, B. D.-A work of much interest for antiquarians is "A complete edition of the works of the venerable Bede, by Dr. Giles, well known as the author of several publications of great labor and research. The prospectus states that the original Latin is to be given, with a new English translation of the principal works. All the works and letters are to be collated with the manuscripts, and a biographical memoir is to be added.-The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge have commenced a complete Biographical Dictionary, under the editorial care of Prof. Long. It will probably extend to thirty volumes.-Allan Cunningham, whose name is well known in this country, died October 29.
In the place of the old Jena Allgemeine Literaturzeitung, of which Eichstadt was long the editor, a new one has been established the current year, edited by Prof. Hand. Thus far it exhibits great freshness and power.
A thirteenth edition of Gesenius's Hebrew Grammar has recently appeared.
Just published at Berlin a Selection of Historical Pieces from Jewish writers, from the second century to the present time, the Hebrew punctuated text, German translation and notes, in one volume.
Kühner's edition of Xenophon's Commentarii de Socrate (Memorabilia), contained in the eighth volume of the Bibliotheca Græca, is highly commended in a review written by Poppo, a competent judge. The explanatory notes in respect to language are represented as rich and valuable.
Paulus (H. E. G.) promises an exegetical manual of the first three gospels.
W. Schlegel announces a series of Lectures on Ancient and Modern India.
Dr. Neander, of Berlin, has commenced a new edition of his "General History of the Christian religion and Church." The first volume is already published, and is dedicated to the celebrated philosopher, Schelling.
The Commentaries of Olshausen have appeared as far as Thessalonians inclusive, with the exception of the epistle to the Philippians. The author, in his last sickness, requested his friend Prof. Tholuck, to complete the work, from this point; but he will not be able to fulfil the request. The preface of the last volume states, however, that some other arrangement has been made for this purpose, which will