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20.- Tke Life of Willbur Fisk, D.D., First President of the
Wesleyan University. By Joseph Holdich. New York:
Harper & Brothers, 1842. pp. 455. The subject of this Memoir, before his death, published his travels in Europe, and it is not too much to say of them, that they were remarkably interesting. We now have his life, well written by the Rev. Mr. Holdich, and we presume it will be sought after, with eagerness, by the Methodist Connexion generally, as well as by many of other denominations.
Al. though Dr. Fisk was strongly attached to the doctrines of his denomination, and entered somewhat into controversy with those who differed from him, his conduct of the controversy and his whole deportment were such, as to secure the respect and love of all who knew him. The volume before us proves him to have been a man of great energy and excellence, and one who labored not in vain. He entered, with zeal, into the great work of Missions and of Temperance, and seems to have been one of those who, in all his ways, acknowledged God, and sought frequent communion with him in prayer.
21.-A Family Exposition of the Pentateuch. By the Rev.
Henry Blunt, M.A., Rector of Streatham, Surrey, Chap-
The « Lectures” of this author, on the Life of Christ, of Paul, of Abraham, Jacob, Elisha, etc., published in seven uniform volumes, by Mr. Hooker, have had a wide circulation, and acquired for the writer a merited
popularity. The present volume is one of a series of Family Expositions, embracing Exodus and Leviticus, intended to give a brief view of the history of Moses in his relation to the children of Israel. The several expositions are founded, each on a passage of the Scriptures of some length, and are brief summaries of the history, with such explanations as are required, and such practical observations as would be naturally suggested. The book might answer a good purpose to be read, as Jay's Exercises are, one exposition each day. In Exposition xliii., are some remarks on the advice of Jethro to Moses, well worthy the consideration of those in this land who exercise the elective franchise.
22.-H KAINH AIAÕHKH. Novum Testamentum Græce. Post
Joh. Aug. Henr. Tittmannum, Olim Prof. Lips. ad fidem optimorum librorum sccundis curis recognovit lectionumque varietatem notavit Augustus Hahn, in Acad. Vratisl. Prof. Editio Americana Stereotypa curante Edvardo Robinson, S.T.D. Neo-Eboraci: Sumtibus et typis Leavitt et Trow. Bostoniæ : Apud Crocker et Brewster, 1842. pp. 508.
It is needless to say much more of this edition of the New Testament, than to announce it through the title page. It is a reprint of Hahn's edition, superintended by Professor Robin. son, and printed at the University Press by Trow, whose fount of Greek and Hebrew is decidedly the best in the country. We should, therefore, expect it to be, as we think it is, the very best edition of the Greek Testament ever published in the United States. The paper is good, the margin sufficiently large, the type the best, the leading such as to relieve the eye in reading, and the size of the volume convenient. Besides the text, we have references and various readings at the bottom of the pages, and as introductory matter, the Prefaces of Tittmann and Hahn, together with notices of the principal manuscripts, translations or versions, and citations from the New Testament by the Fathers and others.
23.-A Descriptive and Historical Account of Hydraulic and
other Machines for raising water, ancient and modern; with Observations on various subjects connected with the Me. chanic Arts : including the progressive development of the Steam Engine. In five Books. Illustrated by nearly 300 engravings. By Thomas Ewbank. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1842, pp. 582.
This is a large octavo volume, on a subject that must be in. teresting to a numerous class of readers. It supplies a want which was early felt by the laborious author himself, and is probably the only work of the kind in existence. It enters at large into the whole history of machinery for raising water, from the earliest periods down to the present time, and must be invaluable to the practical as to the inventive mechanic. It abounds in information of the machinery of the ancients, illustrated by engravings, which is well worthy the study of the philosopher and the antiquarian, and is not devoid of interest to the expositor of the Scriptures. He will find, in this volume, much that relates to the manners and habits of the
people described in the Bible, and on pages 399, 400 and 669. some observations on Eolopilic Idols, that deserve attention, On the whole we have been exceedingly interested in the book, and hope the indefatigable author will be well rewarded for this service done to the mechanic arts.
24.-An Exposition of the Creed. By John Pearson, D. D., late
Lord Bishop of Chester. With an Appendix containing
New York: D. Appleton &
This republication of Dobson's edition of Pearson on the Creed, in so convenient a form, must be especially acceptable to the members of the Episcopal Church in the United States, and contains matter worthy the attention of Christians of all denominations. Although there is abundant evidence that this creed was not formed by the Apostles, nor any other symbol of doctrine that has come down to us, yet it expresses in a few words the most important doctrines of the gospel.— The descent into hell is differently understood amongst Episcopalians themselves, and by some omitted in the repetition of the Creed. Bishop Pearson gives the various interpretations of that article, and the reasons for them, with candor ; and, even although he represents the remission of sins prior to baptism, as obtained by that rite, he includes so much in his subsequent definition of baptism, as to embrace faith, repentance and all that can possibly be considered requisite to the forgiveness of sins.
This Exposition was originally preached by Bishop Pearson to his parishioners, in the form of sermons, and embraces a pretty good system of Divinity. Bishop Burnet has said of it; Bishop Pearson on the Creed, as far it goes, is the perfectest work we have.” To this edition there is added an Appendix containing the Symbola or Creeds cited by the author.
25.-An Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles of the Church of England. By Gilbert, Bishop of Sarum.
With an Ap. pendix containing the Augsburg Confession, Creed of Pope Pius, etc. Revised and correc!ed, with copious notes and additional references, by the Rev. James R. Page, A. M., Queen's College, Cambridge ; Minister of Carlisle Chapel,
Lambeth. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1842, pp. 585. This edition of the enterprising publishers is uniform with SECOND SERIES, VOL. VIII. NO. I.
that of Pearson on the Creed, and ought to be its companion on the shelf.
The author's text is strictly preserved by the present editor, the references have been verified, the canons and decrees of councils are given in the original, and the places where they are to be found specified, copious notes have been added, with indices of texts of Scripture and a list of authors. As the thirty-nine articles of the Church of England contain a summary of doctrine, this work of Bishop Burnet is equivalent to a system of Divinity, one too, written with learning and judgment. We should be pleased to have it well studied, and to find the ministry of the Episcopal Church in this and other lands, deeply imbued with its principles and spirit. While the Bishop is attached to his own church and her creed, as laid down in these articles, he is by no means exclusive in his views, nor does he shut out from covenanted mercies those who cannot adopt the whole of this Episcopal Confession of Faith.
26.-The Divine Rule of Faith and Practice; or a defence
of the Catholic Doctrine that the Holy Scriptures have been, since the times of the Apostles, the sole Divine Rule of Faith and Practice to the Church, against the Dangerous Errors of the Authors of the “ Tracts for the Times," and the Romanists, as particularly, that the Rule of Faith is "made up of Scripture and Tradition together," fc.; in which also the Doctrines of Apostolical Succession, the Eucharistic Sacrifice, focu, are fully discussed. By William Goode, M. A., of Trinity College, Cambridge ; Rector of St. Antholin, London. Vols. I and II.
Philadelphia : Herman Hooker, 1842, pp. 494 and 604. So long and explicit a title would seem to be almost a sufficient statement of the argument of the book. The reader, however, must prepare himself for a variety of topics and a minuteness and extent of discussion which is not here even intiinated. These two well filled octavo volumes contain a labored and learned defence of the doctrines and polity of the Church of England,j in every point on which the author supposes them to have been assailed by the Oxford Divines, or to have been in any measure disparaged by their peculiar views. They present, at once, the best exhibition and refuta. tion of the doctrines of the “ 'Tracts for the Times,” which we have read. The positions assumed by the author, on the apostolical succession, baptismal regeneration, and several
other points of doctrine and polity, are of course unsatisfactory to the dissenting denominations. But as opposed to the Anti-Protestant views and tendencies of the Oxford writers, they enlist our warmest sympathies. . On the whole, we rejoice that these volumes have been issued from the American press, and cordially recommend them to our readers, especially to such as may have been accustomed to regard with favor the writings of the Oxford “ Tractators."
27.--Sketches of Foreign Travel and Life at Sea; includ
ing a Cruise on board a Man-of-war, as also a visit to Spain, Portugal, the South of France, Italy, Sicily, Malta, the Ionian Islands, Continental Greece, Liberia and Brazil ; and a Treatise on the Navy of the United States. By Rev. Charles Rockwell. Two Volumes. Boston: Tappan & Dennet. New York : D. Appleton & Co., and Wiley & Putnam. Philadelphia: Carey & Hart. London: Wiley & Putnam, 1842, pp. 404. 437, Octavo,
We are sorry that we have not had time to read these volumes entirely through before expressing our opinion of them. We have, however, read enough to awaken our strong interest in them and to raise our estimate of their value much above the point of our anticipation. They are not hastily written sketches of scenes and incidents, like too many of our books of travels. It is several years since the author's return from abroad, during which, he has spent much time and labor in the preparation of his work. , Without this labor,-in the language in which its outlines were sketched in the midst of the scenes and events which it describes,- it would doubtless have been an entertaining book. But it has become a valuable repository of information, and is thus fitted not only to interest the general reader, but to convey important instruction to the more ac. curate inquirer respecting the internal condition of the countries visited. Much prominence is given to the present state of Catholic Europe, and the recent religious revolution in Spain and Portugal, indicative of the inherent superstition, bigotry and idolatry of the Papal system. The author's remarks on the present condition and prospects of the Colonies of Western Africa are also well digested, and worthy of con. sideration, while his suggestions respecting the morals of the Navy of the United States and other abuses, are such as few who hold a connection with the Navy have dared to make pub