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The Life and Reign of David, He has also described, in their real King of Israel. By George Smith, turpitude, the sins into which LL.D., F.A.S., Member of the Royal David fell, the penalties with which Asiatic Society, &c. 8vo. Longmans. they were visited, with the fact of -When the advertisement of this their full and free forgiveness. volume first caught our attention, These subjects are so treated as to we felt a doubt as to the necessity magnify the mercy of God, to enof an additional Life of King force the duty of constant watchDavid; two elaborate works on the fulness and prayer, and effectually same subject having been long since to guard against every antinomian supplied by Dr. Delany, an Irish abuse of the Divine clemency. clergyman, and Dr. Samuel Chand. We cannot make ourselves an. ler, a Nonconformist divine of emi. swerable, in every instance, for the nent learning and ability. Delany's application of the Psalms to the volumes are distinguished by ele- events of David's life; but we are gant scholarship, considerable in- not prepared to offer objections to genuity, and a warm admiration what Dr. Smith has advanced on of David. Chandler's work is elabo- thesubject. We thank him very sinrate and argumentative; and con- cerely for this additional produce tains a large amount of Hebrew tion of his fertile mind. It is cha. criticism. Both these eminent men racterized throughout by an honest deemed it necessary to defend the independence of thought, without conduct of David against the as
any approach to an offensive dog. saults of infidel objectors.
matism. We have read the whole Yet, excellent in many respects as with satisfaction and profit; and are the works we have now men. we earnestly recommend it both to tioned, we had not read many pages ministers and private Christians, all of this before we were convinced of whom are, or ought to be, dili. that there was room for another gent students. of the Bible. They biography of the Hebrew monarch. will here find considerable aid in Dr. Smith has exhibited a just ap- the examination of an important preciation of the personal godliness part of sacred history. of which David was in the main an eminent example; has thrown a Lamps, Pitchers, and Trumpets. strong and steady light upon the Lectures on the Vocation of the state of religion among the He. Preacher. Illustrated by Anecdotes, brews in the time of David; has Biographical, Historical, &c. By clearly shown what is to be under- Edwin Paxton Hood, Minisier of stood by the “tabernacle of David,” Queen-square Chapel,
Chapel, Brighton. as distinguished from the place of London : Jackson, Walford, and Co. sacrifice; and has pointed out why 1867. our blessed Lord is, by way of emi. Remoter Stars in the Church Sky, nence, called the Son of David, and being a Gallery of uncelebrated is said to occupy David's throne. Divines. By George Gilfillan. Lon
don : Jackson, Walford, and Hodder. one of goodness and of love. This 1867. (From the Pulpit Analyst.) species of writing has been carried
Manual of Hermeneutics for the to a high degree of perfection by the Writings of the New Testament. By author of " Raband bis Friends;" J. J. Doedes, D.D., translated from but itssuccessfulexecution demands the Dutch by G. W. Stegman, Jun. powers which Mr. Gilfillan does Edinburgh : T. and T. Clark. 1867. not possess. The man who allows
An Intugural Address delivered such a blot to remain upon his in the College Chapel, Didsbury, on printed page as the phrase "a Friday, September 20th, 1867. By Divine pet,” when his theme is the Rer. W. B. Pope. London: Divine wrath, and who has not sold at 66, Paternoster-row. 1867. removed it in reprinting, has
The works here grouped together yet to learn the use of the file. have all more or less reference to But our chief dissatisfaction with the Christian ministry, either in Mr. Gilfillan is, that he deals its preparatory stages or in its full with living ministers. The exercise. But when we have noted minute painting of a preacher's this one tie of connexion, we bave personnel, and a critique upon his mentioned all they have in com. peculiarities, must be very dismon. * Lamps, Pitchers, and tasteful to a “remoter star," Trumpets" is intended to give the supposing him to have any feeling. reader some knowledge of the After all, we learn something from varions men who, in the Christian this Gallery. It presents a lesson Church, "have illustrated the not entirely superfluous for a genius and success of the pulpit- generation that seeketh after a its method and its power.” Many of “sign.” The uncelebrated and the extracts from the sermons of humble do a work in their obscurity great preachers are aptly chosen, that enlightens and blesses their and will be frequently perused by own sphere. The steady but the possessors of the book. But lowly light still shines on by its with regard to the matter of the own radiance; and, if it be any work, we have no great encomiums consolation to the light-bearer, he to bestow. Mr. Hood lacks critical may cherish the thought that there power, at least he does not display are some who see and appreciate it. it in this instance; and that order, The Messrs. Clark have placed which is to a treatise what clear- young English theologians under Less is to a stream, nowhere ap- another obligation by introducpears in the course of the Lectures ing to their notice Dr. Doedes, before us. Quaint stories moreover of the University of Utrecht. abound in the volume, utterly out A want has often been felt, and of place in any treatise professing complaints have been frequently to set before young men a writer's made of the absence of a Manual views as to the "method” and of Hermeneutics. Large and "power" of the pulpit.
exhaustive works are well known, Mr. Gilfillan directs his atten. and the results of hermeneutical tion to the discovery of the "remo- study are presented without stint ter stars in the church sky.” In to all sincere inquirers into the other words he would erect a mo- sense of Scripture. But there are nument to the memory of compara- many who prefer grasping the tively unknown ministers. The principles of a science in skeleton, work of inscribing memorials upon learning something of its history, nameless graves is pre-eminently and discovering how the questions
treated of by it have come to wear himself says enough to prevent a the face they are now presenting, careful reader from falling into before they commit themselves to serious error on this point. any adept in the science. This Though the size of Mr. Pope's Manual meets such a want very Inaugural Address, delivered at efficiently. The history of the
The history of the the Didsbury Theological Instituvarious exegetical schools is tion, and the specific objects conwritten in an exceedingly clear templated by it, precluded the idea way; and it cannot fail to impress of presenting a formal and scientific itself upon the mind of a student exposition of the proper training of of theology, as an outline map candidates for the Christian minimprints the formation of a istry, it will nevertheless repay country upon the learner of geo- reading by all who, to adopt its graphy. A sketch of this kind is language, having found thempeculiarly valuable for reference selves free from the periodical before reading an author; for by trials of examiners, have deterdiscovering the class under which mined to “be to themselves inhe falls, we may know beforehand quisitors.” Many Methodists will on which side his secret and un. turn with mingled curiosity and conscious bias will lie, and may hope to this apologia pro labore suo thus be on our guard against his issued by the present occupant of prejudices. No one man can know the Theological Chair at Didsbury. everything, but the omission of If anywhere a latent and unac
names in this work can knowledged suspicion has lodged scarcely be explained on the the- in men's minds that “the long and ory of want of space; and the blessed labours” of Dr. Hannah student of English interpreters, were to be succeeded by any line especially, will have to apply the of teaching less Methodistic, or principles here inculcated to less purely evangelical, this Adwriters of whom this manual says dress will utterly dispel such base. nothing. The chapters on the less illusions. Of course—and this
the interpreter of the pamphlet gives evidence in its writings of the New Testament structure and its language of the has to perform," and on the fact the new teacher will wear “ metbod of interpretation,” are his own garment, and use his own equally valuable with the history of voice, seeing with his own eyes, hermencutics. A great amount of and hearing the Babel of the suggestive matter is contained in doubters and the gainsayers with a few sentences; and although the his own ears; but the impress of nature of the work lays it open to his Tutor is still on him. Revethe chance of becoming “bony," rence for God's word written, as there is that in the writer's treat. the sole standard of Christian ment which quite redeems it from doctrine, will still distinguish the this charge, and renders it, not utterances of this school of the indeed pleasant reading, but prophets; and if they learn ano. useful-very helpful to the ther language or profess another memory and the intellect. Some creed, they will not have learned of the statements about strictly this speech, or been moulded into literal renderings, and theexistence their beliefs, by the instructions of only one sense, require, from received from their Tutor. We our point of view, a touch of would draw especial attention, on moleration; but Dr. Doedes the part of those who are beyond
the voice of any living teacher office of the church to defend from sare One, to the corrective sup- addition and corruption.” Many plied in this Address to the minute beautiful glimpses of the fruitful criticism of Scripture. We are fields of Christian truth are opened not deprecating careful study of up by various expressions in this words and phrases—the jots and Address; and no
one can read the tittles of the Law and of the them without coveting an opporGospel ; but we do protest against tunity of overhearing the writer a microscopic study of details, in discoursing in his lecture-room of which the grand view of the whole the things of God. Christian verity is entirely put out We trust that Mr. Pope will of sight. We have the separate remember, that while his immeand, in some cases, fragmentary diate hearers are his first care, portions of Scripture so incessantly and will be the earliest to acknowbrought before us, and such an ledge his efforts, there is a wider outcry is sometimes raised against audience awaiting him in the rethe modulation of our utterances gions of Methodism beyond the on separate texts, so as to accord peaceful enclosures of Didsbury, with the harmony of the whole to whom his voice is very pleasant, faith, that we sometimes fear lest and who would highly appreciate, the very existence of systematic in their varied spheres of toil and theology should be scouted as one business, his views on those forms of the legal fictions of the ortho- of intellectual opposition to the dox." The sound of the following truth that they meet with, not in sentences is truly full of promise, the treatises of the learned, but in as they fall from the lips of a the lives and hearts of the multi. Theological Tutor in these days, tude. Theological students are to when “there are manifest tokens be envied, if they can sit at the that, having rent the mantles of feet of one who has in view for the prophets," the unbelievers them and for himself such ends as “are gathering round the Form this Address unfolds, and who most sacred to us all; and are commends them to notice with prepared to cast lots upon the that chaste and elegant diction in seamless vesture of His truth, which it abounds. whose it shall be.” “However true it may be,” says the new Tutor, Memorials of the Rev. William J. *that we best receive our know- Shrewsbury. By his Son, John V. B. ledge of Divine things fresh and Shrewsbury. London: Hamilton, living from the pens and lips of Adams, and Co.-The devoted the inspired writers, it has ever minister whose career is here been found essential, in the train- traced lives in the esteem of many, ing of theological students, that both as an eminently holy and they should have in their minds, faithful servant of the Lord Jesus, as early as possible, an outline of and as a thoughtful and searching the majestic system of divinity expositor of the sacred Scriptures. that the evangelical church has, For many years he was engaged in from its beginning, found in the missionary service; and in the Bible; a system which was com- earlier part of his career endured pleted in all its elements when the severe persecution from those who last writer of the New Testament sought to uphold the system of laid down his pen; and which, as Negro slavery in our West-Indian our most holy faith, it is the colonies, The narrative of his
labours in these colonies, and of their number, and not at the men his subsequent mission to South themselves; but the language Africa, is full of interest. Indeed, literally means the contrary. He the whole biography has many reports that the Church Missionary charms, although some passages Society has gathered one hundred might have been modified with ad. and twenty thousand “converts," vantage. The fidelity and purity but only twenty-two thousand of which Mr. Shrewsbury habitually them are “communicants.” We sought to maintain; the assiduity question the propriety of calland perseverance with which he ing the nominal professors on the applied himself to mental culture, Stations “converts ;"
as also the that he might more efficiently do correctness of another assertion, the work of Christ; the zeal and which is, that the Church of Eng. earnestness with which he engaged land supplies one-fourth of the in his pastoral duties; and the amount raised for Protestant Mismeek submission with which he sions throughout the world. We bowed to the afflictive dispensa- fear the part taken by the wealthitions of Divine Providence; are est Church in Christendom in this worthy of especial admiration, and great enterprise bears a much should lead us to glorify God in smaller proportion than this, him. We hope that this tribute of However, we wish this book may filial reverence and love to the answer the author's pious hope, by memory of one whose great but increasing the funds and agencies modest worth was only partially of the Society he rejoices to serve. known and appreciated during his life, will be extensively useful. Chronological Synopsis of the
Four Gospels. By H. Grenville. “ Peace unto the Heathen," and London : John R. Smith.–Our other Sermons, preached on behalf of “Harmonists,” from Bengel to the the Church Missionary Society. By present time, have done great serthe Rev. John Harding, Curate of vice in promoting the critical study Ayet St. Lawrence, and late Mis. of the New Testament, though it sionary at Travancore. London: is too much to expect that they Macintosh.—These sermons have will remove all the difficulties that in them much evangelical and arise from the apparent chrono. missionary fervour. There is no logical discrepancies of the Evan. attempt at originality or ornate- gelists. It is tolerably evident ness, and the phraseology is simple that each Evangelist wrote on a and largely scriptural. The author, plan of his own; and in the in his dedication, speaks of the absence of authoritative informavolume as a “first fruit.” Perhaps tion as to what that plan was this may explain some carelessness according to his own idea of it, of expression; as, when he speaks there will remain occasion for of the "felicitous, glorious reign" diversity of opinion on a variety of Christ; and again, strangely, of of points; but the true inspira. His “meritorious imputed right- tion of the record is unaffected by eousness.” Further, when he says this want of absolute agreement. in the preface, that "he often mar- Sufficient has been done to satisfy vels at the few men in our universi. us of the substantial harmony of ties who offer themselves for mis. the fourfold history; and if the sionary work,” we presume that he most approved critics fail to see is astonished at the smallness of every point of chronology alike,