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of the greatest orators which this course at Hackney, he became pastor country ever produced ; and yet the of the very church of which he was a luminary of East London shone among member, showing that sometimes a them with no inferior splendour. His prophet may have honour in his own greater efforts were marked by a power, country—a circumstance that strely an elevation of tone, and a loftiness of warrants us in inferring a high reputaexpression, which had not often been tion both for competency and piety. exemplified in the Christian ministry. Nor is it less honourable, both to the But still, though capable of rising to church and their minister, that he conthe level of important public occasions, tinued among the same people to the in his ordinary pastoral labours he end of his days. Indeed, it appears to never sacrificed usefulness to ambition. have been a fixed principle with him The truth most calculated to edify that a pastoral connexion once formed believers, and bring the ungodly to should be regarded as permanent, repentance, was always set forth with unless Providence itself rendered a a clearness and simplicity that could change unmistakeably imperative. hardly be surpassed; and this was, Thus, through more than one trial, beyond a doubt, the secret of his very and threatened alienation of friends, great success. There were some that upon the causes of which we do not far excelled even Dr. Reed in eloquence feel called upon to enter, or to express and genius, but the number of their an opinion, Dr. Reed maintained his converts will bear no comparison with ground, and to the last sought no other those whom he was honoured as the than the spiritual bride of his early instrument of bringing into the Church affections. of Christ. Few ministers, perhaps, For the details of his ministerial will have a greater multitude to be life we must refer our readers to the their joy and crown, in the day of God. goodly octavo which is the monument
Andrew Reed was born on the 27th of filial piety, and which has the merit of November, 1787, in the parish of of being profoundly interesting, and St. Clement Danes, without Temple not overloaded with private memoBar. It was his privilege to be randa. It is an exceedingly difficult descended from a godly race, and to task for sons to write the Memoirs of have parents who sought to bring up a father of whom they have in many their children in the nurture and admo- respects, reason to be proud; forasnition of the Lord. Doubtless, their much as they have, or may be reasonearly instructions and pious influence ably presumed to have, an irresistible prepared the way, but it was through inclination to colour their portraiture, means of the ministry of Mr. Lyndall, and present the carum caput as a model his own predecessor at Cannon Street of perfection. This is the inevitable Road, that he was actually brought to effect of natural and amiable religious decision. Subsequently, we partiality. The elements of Dr. Reed's find him diligent in the pursuit of usefulness as a philanthropist did not knowledge, seizing every opportunity surely consist in all the smooth and for the cultivation of his mind, and gentle dispositions, which, while they actively engaged in Sunday School tenderly embraced the wants of orphanteaching. Of course, it would not be hood, softened all social intercourse, long beforc others would observe in and made co-operation a pleasure and him talents of a superior order, that delight. If it were so, we can only might be expected to do good service say, that such a character is both conin the Christian ministry; and this, trary to nature and experience. To together with his own inclination, us, the subject of this volume appears finally led to his consecration to that to have been a very majestic man-of high and holy work. What is some- inflexible will and purpose--who could what singular in the case of Dr. Reed afford to have the angles of his characis, that on the conclusion of his college ter left unrounded, and his value to
be determined by the deeds of mercy In a well-written introduction, the which have made his name immortal. Sovereignty of God over all his works
We say this deliberately. The is discussed, and his Sovereignty over founder of the London Orphan Asylum man is shown to be essentially mediaat Clapton; of the Infant Orphan torial. The thesis which the author Asylum at Wanstead; of the asylum maintains is then stated, that this for fatherless children at Reedham; rule is . . . . the one grand fact to of the Asylum for Idiots; and of the which revelation is appointed to bear Royal Hospital for Incurables, has witness," so that inspiration, when done enough to secure a name that viewed as supplying mankind with the posterity will not willingly let die. It several books of the Bible, “is the is inseparably blended with the history historical development of [this] one of those now national institutions, single first principle---a fountain truth." Persons who care nothing for religion, The evidence adduced in support of or for Dr. Reed as a minister, will this proposition is naturally distributed read this life with profound interest into two parts, the first embracing the and admiration, as showing what one Old, and the second the New Testaman can do in the cause of benevolence, ment Scriptures. By giving a summary without great riches, and by the mere of the topics which are dealt with, our force of untiring industry and determi- readers will easily judge for themselves nation. Those who wish to know the as to the exhaustiveness of the treatise. secret springs of human action, will Under the first part, then, it is shown trace with satisfaction and pleasure the that Sovereignty is “the chief characorigin of all his efforts in the cause of teristic in the creation of man,” and the orphan, to their first fountain in “proofs of Mediatorial Sovereignty the incidents of domestic life. Alto- are drawn “from the federal character gether the volume is a most important of Adam, and its influence on the fall.” issue, and reflects great credit upon
its The divine titles of “ the Word," joint editors. We hope that thereby Angel of the Lord,” “Redeemer," many will be stimulated to follow him " Jehovah,” “Lord,” then exin so far as he followed Christ.
amined as declarations of this Sovereignty. The forms of divine manifestation next pass under review, and
the indications of Mediatorial SoveMediatorial Sovereignty the Mystery of reignty to be found in the primitive
Christ and the Revelation of the Old faith and worship of the church, in and New Testaments.
By GEORGE the covenants, in the church, and in STEWARD. 2 vols. Edinburgh: the types, are carefully traced. This T. & T. Clark.
Sovereignty is further proved to be the In these handsome volumes Mr.
doctrine of prophecy, and the discusSteward has discussed the doctrine of sion is appropriately closed by showMediatorial Sovereignty with a fulness ing that the Old Testament is fundaand completeness to which no other work mental to the New. In the second on the subject in our language pretends. part, the history of the personal and It appears that he had drawn out
official titles of the Messiah, and the the scheme of his argument whilst illustrations of Mediatorial Sovereignty engaged in the active duties of the
found in the ministry of our Lord, in, ministry; but being unable to secure the work of the Holy Ghost, in the the needful time for completing it to testimony of the apostles, and in the his own satisfaction, he was compelled church, are examined at great length, to await the leisure which retirement
and the proof is thus completed that from pastoral labours could afford, to the Father hath committed all judgarrange his materials in
ment unto the Son, that all men should and we congratulate him on the good honour the Son, even as they honour use he has made of that leisure.
The general ability with which this range as an expositor. He is very great argument is conducted makes us careful not to admit unnecessary diffi. regret the diffuse style adopted by the culties in the text, and to limit himself author. Had there been
to the statements which its own words energy shown in keeping down all by fair interpretation can be shown to tendency to use the amplifications make. In this way he obviates many customary in spoken discourses, as objections and quibbles that have been there is diligence manifested in the raised by scientific and other inquirers, collection of the Scriptural evidence, and gives fair reason for the conclusion the book would have been smaller in that there is nothing in the Book of bulk, and, as we think, of increased Genesis which will be found contrary value to theological readers.
to the facts established by science, are bound to say that, even amidst the when they have first given themselves redundancies of expression which we the trouble to understand the precise could wish out of the way, the argu- meaning of the document they have in ment is not overlaid, but always fairly their hands. We commend the work kept in view. It is a work especially to our readers, and can assure them fit to be read aloud, and would be sure that, when they may see reason to to keep alive the interest of intelligent doubt the interpretation given of any persons; but it will amply repay the passage by Dr. Murphy, they will give closest attention of the student. We him credit for an evident desire to get shall be glad to know that it has a at and state the truth as it is recorded. large circulation in our body.
Sacrificial Worship of the Ou Testa
ment. By J. Kurtz, D.D., Professor A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on of Theology at Dorpat, &c. Trans
the Book of Genesis, with a new trans- lated by James Martin, B.A. Edinlation. By JAMES G. MURPHY, LL.D., burgh: T. and T. Clark, 1863. T.C.D., Professor of Hebrew, Belfast.
This volume is a welcome addition Edinburgh : T. and T. Clark, 1863.
to the series of translations issued by The design of this work is to trace
Messrs. Clark. It contains an elaboout for ordinary readers of the Bible rate examination of the sacrificial systhe exact meaning of the phraseology tem established by God of old, and is used in the Book of Genesis. The worthy of attentive study by all minisauthor's acquirements as a Hebrew ters of the Gospel. Even the discusscholar have enabled him to rendersions, in which Dr. Kurtz delights, of good service in a department requiring theories of his German opponents have much discrimination and patient labour a great interest for English theologians, to produce anything of permanent for they shew us the tendencies of spevalue to the Church of God; and we culation against which it is necessary heartily welcome the aid thus given us to be forearmed; whilst the thoroughin the study of “this venerable docu
ness of investigation which characment.” Critical students would have terises the book makes it a model for prized the work more highly if it had all who engage in such studies. We been prepared with a special reference should be glad to know that the esto their wants, and the philological and teemed theological tutors of our colother questions raised in connexion leges made it a class-book for their with the book had been exhaustively students, and lectured upon it with discussed. But, as Dr. Murphy has corresponding ability ; for they would evidently provided for a much larger thereby do much to fit their pupils to class, and has written for the instruc- become workmen that need not be tion of those who know little of Hebrew, ashamed, rightly dividing the word of he has allowed himself considerable truth.
The Course of Faith ; or, the Practical with more judgment and taste. The Believer Delineated. By JOHN ANGELL catalogue of lessons, however, to be deJAMES. Second edition. Fourth thou- rived from the Gospel now under our consand. London: Hamilton, Adams & Co., sideration, together with the harmony, Paternoster Row. Birmingham: Hud- will be found of great practical utility. son and Son, Bull Street. Pp. 336.-It The New Testament of our Lord and would seem superfluous to notice a work Saviour Jesus Christ. The common Eng. which has been so long before the public, lish version corrected by the Final Comand for the excellency of which the mittee of the American Bible Union. lamented author's name is a sufficient Eleventh thousand. New York: Ameguarantee. But many of our readers rican Bible Union, 1863. Vol. I.--This will be glad to learn that the publishers first volume contains the whole of the now offer it at a very reduced price, and Four Gospels. As put forth under the We hope that this will greatly extend its sanction of a great institution, it has a circulation.
strong guarantee with respect to fidelity The Gospel according to Saint Matthew. and accuracy. The emendations of the A new translation, with brief Notes and received English text, though numerous, a Harmony of the Four Gospels. Lon- are not obtrusive, and therefore are not don: Samuel Bagster and Sons, 15, harshly at variance with familiar phraPaternoster Row.—The design of this seology that is consecrated by long translation is to give
the exact meaning usage. We regard this as a great merit. of the Greek in the English of the pre- To Baptists it will perhaps be the more sent day. We must say, however, that acceptable, inasmuch as it translates the if we are to judge by this volume, the words that relate to the ordinance, and English of the present day is very far is an immersionist version. inferior in beauty, force, and euphony to Thomas Raffles, D.D., LL.D. A Sketch the language of our forefathers. More by James BALDWIN Brown, B.A., Minisover, it seems to us, that words and ter of Clayland's Chapel, Clapham Road. phrases that are found in our standard London: Jackson, Walford and Hodder, version, and which are not obsolete, are 27, Paternoster Row. Pp. 53.-This brief here exchanged for others without any record of a distinguished man, who bereal difference of signification. To take longed to a race of great preachers that an example at random from the narra- has now well-nigh passed away, will be tive of the Syrophenician woman : we do welcomed far beyond the limits of the not see that a requested” is more modern denomination with which Dr. Raffles was than “besought," nor “the bread of the identified. Comparatively few, children" and "the table of the master," though possessed of commanding elothan the "children's bread" and the quence and power, have fulfilled a course master's table.” And yet in the genea- so long, prosperous, and useful. Mr. logy the translator gives us “David's Brown has exhibited in few words the son, Abraham's son," instead of the son character of the man, and the causes of of David, the son of Abraham. Again, his success, with much judgment, and what motive can there be for altering- in a spirit worthy of ths highest com"Be it unto thee even as thou wilt," into mendation. " Be it for thee as thou desirest," and First Lessons in the Life of our Lord "O womnan great is thy faith," into “ O Jesus Christ, for Families and Schools. By woman thy faith is great.” The sense CHARLES WILLS, M A. Jackson, Walford is as nearly as possible the same: is it and Hodder, 27, Paternoster Row, 1863. that the force and beauty of the former Pp. 78.--A very useful little manual for rendering are greater than the original ? Bible classes and for catechetical instrucWith all due deference to the scholar- tion generally. No questions are given, ship of Mr. Godwin we cannot think so. but they may be easily applied by any Altogether, in our opinion, this version judicious and intelligent teacher. We would have been far better if the mo- hope the work will be widely circulated. dernising process had been conducted The Contrast ; or, the Shepherd of
Bentham Hill. By Mrs. Brown. Edinburgh: William P. Kennedy, 79, George Street. Glasgow : D. Bryce and Co. London: Hamilton, Adams & Co.—This narrative is by no means devoid of interest, but its chief excellence is, that it abounds with evangelical truth and sen, timent. From the introduction it would appear that the story is at least founded upon facts. The volume is attractive in appearance, and the reading is pleasant though not exciting.
Chinese Scenes and People, with Notices of Christian Missions and Missionary Life. By JANE R. EDKINS, with narrative of a visit to Nanking by her husband, the Rev. Joseph Edkins, B.A., of the London Missionary Society; also a Memoir by her father, the Rev. William Stobbs, Stromness. London: James Nishet and Co., Berners Street, 1866. Pp. 307.-The greater portion of this volume consists of letters by Mrs. Edkins, which, beside theirinterestas containing sketches of scenery and people, are remarkable for the Christian character " which incidentally they unfold.” They were written, as we are informed, without the remotest idea of their being published. We do not wonder, however, that they were deemed worthy of perusal beyond thecircle of relations and friends. We heartily commend them to all who love missions, and will be gratified by information about China and its people.
The Family, the Character, and the Reward of the Faithful Minister of Christ. A Sermon occasioned by the death of the Rev. Thomas Winter, late of Counterslip, Bristol, preached at Torrington on Sunday morning, May 17th, 1863, by the Rev. Evan Edwards, of Chard. London: Elliot Stock, Paternoster Row. Chard: Thomas Young, 1863. 1s.- This is an excellent sermon, and does as much credit to the head and heart of the preacher as it does honour to the memory of the eminently pious and useful minister by whose decease it was occasioned. Such an example as Mr. Winter is more than usually calculated to give point and force to the Apostle's words, “Whose faith follow considering the end of their conversation Jesus Christ the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever."
The Duties of British Christians in reation to the Struggle in America. A discourse delivered by the Rev. John Stock. London : Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row. Manchester Union and Emancipation Society, 51, Piccadilly, 3d.We are not prepared to put on record an
upon opinion the American constitution, and the precise bearing of the present war on the interests of emancipation. Suffice it to say that, for the most part Mr. Stock’s remarks are sensible and good ; though it would have been well if the politics of a distant land had been kept out of the pulpit. It may fairly be doubted whether any man in this coun. try is competent to expound the duties of British Christians in the present instance. Certainly no man is so, who has a strong sympathy with either party. No doubt many will fully agree with Mr. Stock, and such will find his pamphlet worthy of their attention.
The Foundations of our Faith. Ten papers read before a mixed audience of
By Professors AUBERLEN, Gess, and others. London: Strahan & Co.These papers, founded upon the several articles of the so-called Apostle's Creed. discuss in an admirable manner the fundamental doctrines of the gospel. They are worthy of attentive perusal, not only for the exposition they give of those doctrines, but especially because they are prepared with reference to the exceptions commonly taken in these days to the things assuredly believed among us. No one can read the volume without feeling thankful to God for having raised up such valiant witnesses for the truth as the several authors of these ten papers.
Warm Hearts in cold Regions. A tale of Arctic life. By CHARLES EDE, R. N. London: Nelson & Sons.-A story wbich our young friends will be sure to read to the end if they once begin it. It is enough to add that it is well worth reading
Living in Earnest; with lessons and incidents froin the lives of the great and good.
A book for young men. JOSEPH JOHXSON. London: Nelson & Sons.-Fitted to do much good to the class for whom it has been written.
Stories from Jewish History; from the Babylonish captivity to the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus. By A. L. 0. E. London: Nelson and Sons. A little book of useful information on the political history of the Jews.
Notes on the Gospels ; Critical and Explanatory. Mark and Luke. By M. W. JACOBUS, Professor of Biblical Literature in Alleghany City. Edinburgh: W. Oliphant and Co. -Written with especial reference to the wants of Sunday school teachers, and likely to be of use to them. The Pædobaptist teaching of the