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the author, "are intended to convey information in a clear and simple way, which in these days every Bible reader should possess, and to lead to further search of the Holy Scriptures for spiritual profit." It is virtually a brief and informal Introduction to the study of the Bible, containing many facts of interest not found in the more elaborate introductions; the whole subject being somewhat freshly treated, with fresh illustrations. Any class of readers will find it instructive.
BLUNT'S UNDESIGNED COINCIDENCES IN THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS, AND PALEY'S HORAE PAULINAE. New York: R. Carter & Brothers. Chicago: W. G. Holmes. Pp. 620, 12 mo. Price $1.50.
Another of the Carters' republications of standard works. Paley's work is the better known. It shows the numerous and subtle harmonies between the Acts and the Epistles, and between the Epistles themselves. It is eminently acute and instructive — a specimen of English "higher criticism," applied to the defense of the sacred books. Blunt's treatise is a following out of the same method of reasoning, devoted mainly to the Old Testament. Christian students will be glad to know of these works in neat and cheap modern editions.
THE LAND AND ITS STORY; or the Sacred Historical Geography of Palestine. By N. C. Burt, D.D., Illustrated with numerous engravings. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1869. Chicago: Moses Warren, 80 Dearborn St. Sold by subscription. Pp. 381, 8 vo. Price $3.50.
We rejoice in the present tendency to familiarize the people with the scenes of sacred story — with what Renan has termed the "fifth gospel." Few books are better fitted to do this effectively than the one before us. It is an elegant volume, with an attractive page, and containing some twenty maps and sections, and over fifty other illustrations. The descriptions are largely from personal observation, and are clear and good; while the author has evidently expended no little labor in collateral investigations. A thoroughly reverent and evangelical spirit pervades the whole. The book is both valuable and popular.
CRUDEN'S COMPLETE CONCORDANCE TO THE Old and NEW TESTAMENTS. New York: Dodd & Mead. Chicago: W. G. Holmes. Pp 856, large 8 vo. Price $2.75.
Cruden's Concordance is so widely known as the standard work of the kind that it is necessary only to announce a new edition, unabridged, at the very low price above specified. It will be remembered that it contains the proper names as well as the common, and the words of the Apocrypha.
THE SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, THE GOSPELS AND ACTS. By Rev. Israel P. Warren, D.D. Boston: Lee & Shepard. Chicago: H. A. Sumner. Pp. 512, 8 vo.
The title well describes the work. It aims to afford "to plain people a concise, inexpensive and yet sufficient commentary," giving, without" pretense of learning," the conclusions of "the best biblical scholars," and adding "a few practical suggestions." To say that such an aim is well exe
cuted is to say that this is a good book. We think it can be said without hesitation. This commentary seeks to give exactly the help needed by those who wish to get the kernel without the husk. In the midst of the great multitude of commentaries on the New Testa ent this will find purchasers. It is handsomely printed.
BIBLE HISTORY IN CONNECTION WITH GENERAL HISTORY. By Wm. G. Blaikie, D.D. London: Nelson & Sons. Pp. 470.
Dr. Blaikie has produced in fact a condensed manual of the subjects expounded in Prideaux and Davidson's "Connections," but with the advantages of recent biblical and geographical research and criticism. The sixteen chapters are filled up by a clear and convenient distribution of the historical matter - the 14th containing the interval between the two Testaments, the 15th the Gospel History, and the 16th the Apostolic. Both Usher and Hales are cited in the chronology. A summary of leading events, by title, follows each chapter. The volume is unpretending, meritorious, and useful.
SERMONS BY FREDERICK W. ROBERTSON. New American edition. New York: Harper & Bros. 1870. Pp. 838.
In this REVIEW both Robertson's "Sermons " and "Life," have been already discussed in all lights—the former by Dr. Cutler, (July, 1866), the latter by Dr. Chapin, (Jan. 1871). The four volumes of the Boston edition are here included in one- the type as clear and well cut as before, the paper thinner. The Lectures on Corinthians and Literary Addresses are bound up with the Life and Letters in this convenient, cheap, and popular edition. The matter of these sermons needs no characterization to those who seek fresh, nervous, incisive thought, and strong Saxon style.
AD CLERUM; Advices to a Young Preacher. By Joseph Parker, D.D. Boston: Roberts Brothers. Pp. 266.
Generally fresh and piquant, but sometimes flippant; with considerable matter that is peculiarly English, and interesting rather to English preachers than American, e. g. the chapters on the Homilist and the late Dr. John Campbell; gravitating in tone from solemnity to jocularity, and from asperity and tartness to tenderness; sometimes impaling with wholesome satire and ridicule what is contemptible and detestable, and sometimes overdoing the thing, as in its phillipics vs written sermons; this is on the whole a vivacious book, worth reading by mini-ters, but especially by laymen. There is a dash of ambitious effort, outrunning ability aud resources in all this gentleman's writings, and in his public efforts as a preacher as well, according to current estimate in English circles. As to egotism, who reads may judge.
THE GOSPEL IN THE BOOK OF JOSHUA. Second edition. London: Elliot Stock. New York: John Boyd, 169 Tenth Avenue. Pp. 134, 12 mo. Price $1.00.
The book of Joshua, though a history, is pregnant with spiritual, practi cal instruction. This neat English volume aims to draw out and apply it,
and does so, in a vigorous style, and profoundly evangelical spirit. Possibly the typical aspect of the case is pushed too far, but the book is highly profitable reading.
THE HEBRAIST'S VADE MECUM. London: Groombridge & Sons. New York: John Boyd, 169 Tenth Avenue.
This important work was noticed in the March number.
A VISIT TO SOME AMERICAN SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES. By Sophia Jex Blake. London: Macmillan & Co. Pp. 250.
The experiences and impressions of an English teacher, since admitted to medical study and practice at Edinburg, supply an excellent opportunity to "see ourselves as others see us" in respect to the higher education. The author whether Miss or Mrs. we dare not guess writes with excellent temper, judgment, and clearness. The education of girls, and their joint education with the other sex, formed the special subject of her inquiries and of necessity she came westward, on landing at Boston, to pursue them. She gives her last seventy-five pages, however, to a discriminating account of our Normal and High School systems, commending them as far beyond anything England possesses. On the whole, in "the results attained in the two countries, for all classes, and both sexes, generally, we (English) have little chance," she fears. "of successful comparison with America." She confesses that American women are "more thoroughly educated" than their British sisters. The "actual erudition" of the lady teachers in the vicinity of Boston, "was almost overwhelming."
ESSAYS DESIGNED TO ELUCIDATE THE SCIENCE OF POLITICAL ECONOMY. By Horace Greeley. Boston: Fields, Osgood & Co. 1870. Pp. 384.
Mr. Greeley's book is made up of essays-" Tribune" essays-to be read, not recited. His views of protection run through their whole texture. They are woof, if not warp, yet they are not more prominent or omnipres ent than the great journalist's zeal for education, the elevation of labor, justice between society and man, equity between man and man, public and private economy, thrift and virtue. What he means by protection, and how far he is from the extreme views of high-tariff men of former years, he shows with characteristic clearness. "If my countrymen can only grow coffee or allspice, caoutchouc or cocoa, in hot houses, at many times the cost (in labor), of its production in tropical regions, then I would no wise encourage its growth among us at all." To the case of manufactures, also, which can not well be naturalized on our soil, we suppose he would apply this principle, though we do not find any direct affirmation to this effect, nor, in setting forth at large "why manufactures need protection," do we find any recognized as undesirable. "Show me that nature has interposed a serious barrier to the growth or production of any staple in my country, and I will strenuously insist that no duty be imposed on the importation of that product, unless for revenue, and that this shall be removed so soon as the treasury can spare its proceeds." This vastly narrows the ground between
the contending parties — it makes them all one concerning a very large class of articles, and leaves the theoretical issue of tariff for revenue alone vs. tariff for revenue and encouragement to new and weak industries, to be fought out over a much smaller list. And the advocates of absolute or theoretical free-trade are as hard to find as those of unconditional protection; since a tariff for revenue alone, encouraging no domestic industry incidentally is practically impossible, and few would care to throw off a portion of revenue taxes because they incidentally encouraged industry; and protection to every industry, wise or unwise, the highest of high-tariff men would hardly champion. The question is, then, one that mere abstract theory will never settle, and the tariff reformer is, practically, on Mr. Greeley's ground, save as their judgments might differ as to details and specific ar ticles.
Mr. Greeley's book bristles with quotations, chiefly American, on both sides the question. He does not proceed logically, or in the fashion of a textbook, a formal treatise, but he covers all the main points in the course of his essays. Too much can never be said in praise of the lucid, flexible, direct, sinewy Saxon style of which he is a recognized master.
THE RECOVERY OF JERUSALEM. A narrative of exploration and discovery in the City and the Holy Land By Capt. Wilson, R. E., Capt Warren, R. E., with an Introduction by A. P. Stanley, DD. New York : D. Appleton & Co. Chicago: S. Č. Griggs & Co. Pp. 435, 8 vo.
This volume, edited by the Honorary Treasurer to the Palestine Exploration Fund, makes positive, if not numerous additions to our knowledge of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, and is at the same time a record of singular ingenuity, boldness and perseverence in exploration. Some fifty five illustrations give definiteness to the statements. The details in regard to Jerusalem, perhaps, show more of the skill and fidelity of the exploration than any considerable amount of discovery; yet the enormous height of the temple wall above the Kedron valley is a matter of great interest, the confirmation of Robinson's arch, the discovery of supposed Phoenician characters painted on the wall, and the contributions towards ascertaining the course of the ancient walls and the temple area. Leaving Jerusalem, the description of the Sea of Galilee and its surrounding topography, including the sites of Capernaum, Chorazin and Bethsaida, is extremely valuable and important. So also, especially, the paper on the Peninsula of Sinai. The volume contains an authentic account of the now famous Moabite stone, a paper on the Hauran, an account of the survey of Palestine, of its architectural remains, and of the pottery and glass found in the excavations at Jerusalem. Whatever is here recorded as done, was thoroughly done. FREE RUSSIA. By Wm. Hepworth Dixon. New York: Harpers. 1870 Pp. 359.
Mr. Dixon is as entertaining and readable as ever, in this fresh and substantial volume, and, we hope, more trustworthy than in his books on America. We confess to reading with some misgivings, not being able quite to forget "Spiritual Wives." Perhaps a more accurate title for the
present work would have been "The Power of the Greek Church in Russia." One opens it with expectations about Serfdom and Emancipation; but fifty chapters — very alluring ones—are to be read before encountering anything of the kind. The author starts at once for the shrines of Solovetsk, in the Frozen Sea, and from that point of departure branches into the multifarious relations of the Greek Church to Russian life. The Black Clergy and the White Clergy, the Dissenters of all sorts-"Flagellants," "Milk-Drinkers," "Champions of the Holy Spirit," "Little Christians," "Helpers," "Non-payers of Rent," "Counters," "Napoleonists," the continual struggle between the Popular Church, or "Old Believers," and the official or State Church, the relation of these religious schools to politics and freedom, the contest between the Russ and the German elements, the patriarchal and village life, the provincial rulers and courts, the "tsek" of craftsmen, the "artel" of laborers, the parish" popes," the police, the heterogeneous races under the Tsar's rule - Tartars, Kozacks, Kalmucks, etc.,— the local saints and pilgrim-devotees, the leaves of Russ history, the literature, the rise of great cities, the universities, the life of monks, Liberia, forest scenes, serfage, emancipation,- titles such as these barely sketch the picturesque and variously entertaining character of Mr. Dixon's book. One must needs get from it a clearer and more vivid idea of the vast empire of Nicholas and Alexander, and of the great Church which rules it with sovereign sway. The author does not seem to be romancing anywhere, and he had fuller opportunities, in his three journeys to and through the country, than he had when he was this side the sea.
FIRST LESSONS IN GREEK: An Introduction to Xenophon's Anabasis. By Jas. R. Boise, Ph.D., Prof. Univ. Chicago. S. C. Griggs & Company. Pp. 141.
A very superior book, much superior to any Eastern book of the sort. Boise's Six Books of Homer disclosed the skill of the author in preparing classic writers for beginners; but his task was really a more difficult one in this volume. It is done with extraordinary success. It shows judgment, learning, the peculiar aptness of the teacher, accuracy, and thoroughness. The typography — this alone is Eastern work — is unusually clear and open, With Hadley's Grammar, the book should make scholars.
HAND-BOOK OF LEGENDARY AND MYTHOLOGICAL ART. By Mrs. Clara Erskine Clement. New York: Hurd & Houghton. 1871. Pp. 497.
This exquisite volume is the most beautiful product of recent American lady-authorship. Thirty pages are devoted to Symbolism in Art, a general introduction. Two hundred and eighty-seven pages are given to Legends and Stories illustrated in Art, an account of Christian subjects by the great masters, alphabetically arranged, which supplies the place of costly works like Lord Lindsay's Christian Art, etc., etc. Legends of Place occupy a hundred pages, and Ancient Myths illustrated in Art, the last eighty. The book-making is elegant, the engravings, not too small to be distinct and adequate for the purpose, are of the choicest execution, and the