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Ezekiel's Temple, its design unfolded,
by the Rev. H. S. Warleigh, 451.
Flowers of Friendship, by the Rev. R.
F. Thorpe, 227.
Christian Church, History of, by Rev.
J. C. Robertson, 210.
tivity, 250; prejudices against pro-
printing of, 162.
passages of the New Testament, by
Grammatical Exegesis, on, 493.
history of, 491.
Daniel and Ezra compared with the
Behistun Inscriptions, 170.
B. W. Savile on, 163.
G. Blaikie, 223.
well's Grammar of, 215.
Harmony of the accounts of the last
year of our Lord's life, 43.
the Duke of Manchester, 57; his
Christianity, 144; Church of England
ing, 151; Bibliotheca Sacra on, 153.
154, 419; ix. 16, 17, 159, 424; anno-
A. S. Paterson, 221.
reference to Acts xi. 20, 111; read-
their traditions, 306.
the neglect of the Divine, 1; this
son, statement on, 467.
Ecclesiastical History, Lectures on by
Professor Stanley, 447.
its readings defended, 131; plea for
Revision of English Bible).
on, by Dr. Steere, 206.
translated by Dr. Howard, 187,
India, religion of, by Rev. C. Hardwick,
Inspiration, Jewish opinions on, 178.
Natural Philosophy as a part of Clerical
Education, by Dr. J. F. Daniell, 461.
New Works, Foreign, 245, 494 ; Eng-
lish, 247, 495.
Nineveh Inscriptions, 488.
Notæ Criticæ on Exodus, by Professor
Notices of Books, 180, 443.
by Professor Wright, 190.
Paragraph Bible, Bagster's, 225, 470.
Party-spirit, its colouring of historical
Passion Week, with Albert Durer's
Petrus, legend respecting, 238.
Phenomena of Christianity, sometimes
Physiological bearings of the Incarna-
Precursors of Knox, by Rev. P. Lori-
Prelacy not Presbytery, by Rev. W.
Protestant Theological and Ecclesias-
tical Dictionary, 471.
Rare Books and their prices, 492.
Version of the English Bible, by Dr.
Reformation needed in the Sixteenth
Resurrection of the Saints after Christ's
Revision of English Bible, suggestions
the infant Jesus, 94; took place at Bible Union, of Thessalonians, 194;
Dr. Biber on, 208; proceedings on,
Knowledge, 231; Jewish opinion on,
229; Rev. H. Philipps on, 426; the
Roman Catacombs, 475.
ings of, 492.
Testimony of the Rocks, by Hugh
site of, 473.
Joseph Parker, 224.
Sabbath, origin of the word, by Mr. Ho
Fox Talbot, 175; denied, 440; His-
N. Kingdon, 224.
tuity by the writers, 251; their teach-
phecy fulfilled in Christ, 34.
by B. H. C., 175.
316; bearing of on Egyptian Dynas-
Vey Language, the, 243.
Wesleyan Methodism, History of, by
G. Smith, 471.
lish Bible, 130.
Xenophon as an historian, and as the
writer of the Anabasis, 438.
Taylor, Jeremy, his Holy Living and
Yahveh Christ, the Memorial Name,
by Rev. A. M'Whorter, 210.
No. IX.—APRIL, 1857.
In every great movement affecting the destinies of mankind, and in which men are the actors, there are two elements quite distinct in their nature, although inseparable in their operation : the actuating and controlling mind, and the instruments by which its designs are accomplished. God and man are the two great agents in history, the former working in secret as to his immediate influence and ultimate intentions, and therefore liable to be overlooked and undervalued; the latter occupying the most conspicuous place in the eyes of mortals, and on this account apt to receive more credit for wisdom and more honour than properly fall to his share. Those who are the spectators of this drama of life in which the INVISIBLE prompts and regulates the scenes, form notions of what is going on more or less correct as they are more or less spiritual and religious in their mental habits; the pious recognizing the divine hand, which, though unseen, is really present everywhere; the thoughtless and vain only beholding the minor agents and giving to them their unreasoning applause.
a The Life of Martin Luther. By Henry Worsley, M.A., Rector of Easton, Suffolk; late Michel Scholar of Queen's College, Oxford. In Two Volumes. London: Bell and Daldy. 1856. 8vo, pp. 840.
The Table Talk of Martin Luther. Translated and Edited by William Hazlitt, Esq. New Edition, to which is added the Life of Martin Luther, by Alexander Chal. mers. With additions from Michelet and Audin. London: H. G. Bohn. 1857. 12mo, pp. 492.
VOL. V.- NO. IX.
In only one great historical movement do we find the divine element overshadowing the human, so as to shine with its own effulgence, and that is in the combined operations of our Lord and Saviour and His disciples in the founding and early extension of the Christian Church. It is remarkable how, in the first and most important scenes in the evangelical history, CHRIST occupies almost the whole field of vision, and how the inferior actors retire to an humble distance; or, in other words, how the light surrounding our Lord's person and work seizes the attention and turns it from the disciples and ministers who are yet his active instruments in forwarding his designs of love and mercy. There are indeed a few indications of this reverence for the “ Author and Finisher of the Faith” ignobly leaving that object for inferior ones, as when the Corinthians became partizans, and said, "I am of Paul, and I of Apollos, and I of Cephas, and I of Christ;" but such instances are of rare occurrence. The rule, in relation to the early Church is, that Jesus Christ was magnified as all in all, and his apostles only as his ministers who did his pleasure. Thus in the documents which are the records of Christianity, we find four exquisite characters of our Lord drawn by four different pens, but we look in vain for any designed exhibition of the excellences of Peter, James and John. This peculiarity arose from the fact that in the case of our Lord's contemporaries, the most useful men, and the most endowed with gifts, had “no glory by reason of the glory which excelled," and cast them into the shade. Paul was fervent in his labours, and John was loving in his spirit, but Jesus when recognized as divine, had qualities which far surpassed theirs. How could the moon and the stars attract notice, when the Sun of Righteousness was above the horizon, and shining with meridian splendour?
But soon that Sun lost its brightest beams in the thoughts and remembrances of men, and, as years rolled on, the lesser lights in the intellectual firmament began to twinkle, then to attract more and more regard, and at last were invested by the frail minds of the beholders with a splendour which living apostles and evangelists never seemed to have. We do not blame human nature for this :-the process was natural, and the result inevitable. Those who had never seen the Lord in the flesh could not think of Him as those who had been blessed with that vision; and generations removed by centuries from the actual times of the Theophany, could never be so engrossed by the “Apostle and High Priest of their profession,” as those who lived in them. This receding of the living Christ, and this coming into greater prominence of the subordinate agents in the establishment of his