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History of the
Reformation in the time of Calvin. By J. H. D'Aubigné, D.D. Vol. IV.--England, Geneva, France, Germany, and Italy. New York: Robert Carter & Brothers, No. 530 Broadway. 1866. Pp. 491.
The great charm of D'Aubigné is his graphic power. He has the talent of bringing the persons and scenes which he describes clearly before the mind of the reader, and securing his interest in them, even when indifferent to the cause they represent. When to this is added laborious research, fidelity in statement, and cordial sympathy in all that is good and true, it is not surprising that his historical writings have secured so high a place in the estimation of the Christian public. This new volume will doubtless meet with a general welcome. Superstition and Force. Essays on the Wager of Law. The Wager of Battle. The Ordeal. Torture. By Henry C. Lea. Philadelphia: Henry C. Lea. 1866. Pp. 401.
“The aim," says the author, “of these Essays is simply to group together facts so that, with a slender thread of commentary, they may present certain phases of human society and progress which are not without interest for the student of history and of man." We have seldom taken up a volume more replete with curious and interesting information. The learning and research which it evinces are highly creditable to the writer; and the facts which he has so laboriously collected and arranged, are a most instructive exhibition of the state of society and of the perverted exercises of the human mind in the past ages of the world. The volume will have a permanent value in the estimation of all whose attention is turned to this wide class of subjects. Asiatic Cholera. A Treatise on its Origin, Pathology, Treatment, and Cure.
By E. Whitney, M. D., and A. B. Whitney, A. M., M. D., late Physician and Surgeon to Diseases of Women in the North-Western Dispensary, &c. New York: M. W. Dodd, Publisher, No. 506 Broadway. 1866. Pp. 214.
The cholera is so fearful a disease; its attacks are so insidious, its progress so rapid, and its termination so often fatal, that every intelligent man should know how to treat it. So much depends upon prompt attention to the first symptoms, that
many lives are lost before professional attendance can be secured. The public should be on their guard against mere nostrums; but this is no reason why educated men should not endeavour to learn from the best medical authorities, what to do when an emergency arises. This work of the Doctors Whitney is adapted to general circulation. It gives the information which the public needs, and its prescriptions rest on the authority not of the writers only, but of the practitioners to whom reference is made. Omnipotence of Loving Kindness: Being a Narrative of the Results of a
Lady's Seven Months' Work among the Fallen in Glasgow. New York: Robert Carter & Brothers, No. 530 Broadway. 1867. Pp. 340.
Pauperism and that evil which has earned the preëminence of “The Social Evil,” are the two great problems of modern civilization. That they are working the degradation and destruction of thousands; that they are increasing in extent and destructiveness; and that no means hitherto devised to arrest their progress have been successful, are facts generally admitted. There is great danger that philanthropists and Christians, lawgivers and social reformers, may give the matter up in despair. This would be a fatal mistake. With regard to the latter especially much may be done, both in removing the causes of the evil, and in redeeming its victims. So far as the cause is to be founded in the corruption of our nature, there is no cure but that provided in the gospel, and the moral and religious education of the people. Much, however, may be accomplished by wise legislation; much by providing and securing remunerative rewards for female labour; and much by measures taken to prevent a first error being absolutely fatal. As to the redemption of the fallen, this book shows what may be accomplished in a few months by a single devoted Christian woman. If it shall be the means of arousing public attention, and calling forth wise efforts in the work of prevention and recovery, it will accomplish a much-needed work. The American Conflict. By Horace Greely. Vol. II. Hartford, Connecticut. 0. D. Case & Co. 1866.
Our late war in its causes, events, and effects, will prove for years to come a fruitful source of varied productions of the press. The time has probably not yet come when a fair and comprehensive history of the war can be produced. This, however, does not interfere with the usefulness or value of contemporaneous histories. These accounts written by men of different views and prejudices will furnish the future historian with the means of looking at the great conflict in all its aspects.
Mr. Greely is a marked man. He has been a prominent actor in the struggles which preceded the war, and in the discussions which attended its progress. His opinions have always been pronounced, and often extreme. His prejudices are strong, and his judgments can hardly be impartial. But his admitted ability, and general honesty of purpose; the facilities which he has enjoyed for obtaining correct information, and the important documents which are cited or republished in his volumes, give to his work a value which will be appreciated and acknowledged, even by those who do not sympathize with his peculiar opinions. The State of the Church and the World at the Final Outbreak of Eril, and
Revelation of Antichrist and his destruction at the Second Coming of Christ, dc. By Rev. J. G. Gregory, M. A., with an Appendix by Mrs. A. P. Joliffe. Reprinted from the London Edition. Philadelphia: James S. Claxton, successor to Wm. S. & Alfred Martien, 1214 Chest
nut Street. 1867. Pp. 256. The Restoration; or, The Hope of the Early Church realized. By Rev.
Henry A. Riley, with Introduction by Rev. J. A. Seiss, D. D. Philadelphia: Smith, English & Co. New York: Sheldon & Co. Boston: Gould & Lincoln. Cincinnati: G. L. Blanchard & Co. 1866. Pp. 288.
The prophecies of Scripture relating to the first advent of Christ were designed to keep the Redeemer promised to our first parents after the fall, constantly before the people as the object of faith and hope; and by their fulfilment to afford clear evidence hat Jesus of Nazareth was the promised Messiah. These two important ends they fully accomplished. They did not avail to make the Old Testament believers prophets, or to lead them to right views of the manner of Christ's coming. The predictions of the Second Advent in the New Testament in like manner are designed to answer important purposes in elevating the hope and strengthening the faith of believers under the present dispensation. They have failed to render Christians prophets, as innumerable prognostications have been falsified by the event. This, however, does not lessen the confidence of modern interpreters. The press teems with such productions as those named above; all written with equal assurance of the correctness of the views which they present; and all anticipating a revival of Judaism more or less modified. The principles on which these books are written seem to us radically false, and the results to which they come in direct opposition to the whole drift of the New Testament teaching as to the nature of the kingdom which Christ came to establish, and, therefore, their whole tendency we regard as injurious to the interests of true religion.
Life and Times of John Milton. By W. Carlos Martin, Esq. Published by the American Tract Society. New York.
Most biographies of Milton have been fragmentary, or have failed to do justice to anything but his poetical character. The complete and exhaustive biography of Masson has never been fully republished in this country, and, at best, is too expensive and voluminous for general popular use. The present volume is designed to supply the desideratum which exists, of a life of Milton in a volume of moderate compass, which shall do him justice, “in his fourfold character of Christian, statesman, poet, and man.”
Six Months at the White House with Abraham Lincoln. The Story of a
Picture. By F. B. Carpenter. New York: Published by Hurd & Houghton. 1866.
Mr. Carpenter had the rare advantage of being in close communication with Mr. Lincoln, while painting his portrait, and those of his Cabinet, in connection with the scene involved in the framing and adoption of the great Emancipation Proclamation. The revelations and sketches it contains give an inside view of Mr. Lincoln's principles, purposes, and character, not elsewhere to be found. “As such, it is an important addition to our means of estimating a man whom God has been pleased to make one of the great historic characters of the world. The author's enthusiastic appreciation of his subject infuses a warmth and vividness into his sketches which add greatly to its interest.
Among the Willows; or, How to Do Good. By J. H. Langille.
from God's word.
The foregoing are recent issues of the American Tract Society, New York, for the young. The first three belong to its series entitled “Life Illustrated."
Pastoral Reminiscences by the late Rev. Martin Moore, of Boston, Mass.
Published by the American Tract Society, New York.
Such reminiscences of the striking incidents in pastoral life are always interesting and profitable for ministers and private Christians.
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The Reign of Grace. By Thomas Chalmers, D. D. Published by the
American Tract Society, New York.
This is an Essay originally prefixed to Collins's edition of Booth’s Reign of Grace. It has since been published as a separate tract, and has been of great service to distressed and inquiring souls.
GERMANY. V. L. Biasi, Introductio in Sacram Scripturam. Vol. I. Archæology. 8vo. pp. xii. and 527.
Testamentum Novum Triglottum, Græce, Latine, Germanice. A. F. C. Tischendorf. 4to. pp. xlviii. and 930.
P. Butmann has published a collection of all the readings of the Codex Sinaiticus, which differ from his edition of the New Testament. 8vo. pp. viii. and 123.
H. Ewald is preparing a new edition of his Poetical Books of the Old Testainent. The first half of Part I. has appeared, on Hebrew Poetry and the Book of Psalms in general. 8vo.
F. Delitzsch, Biblical Commentary on the Prophet Isaiah. 8vo. pp. xxiii. and 668. This is part of a continuous Commentary on the entire Old Testament prepared in concert by Professors Keil and Delitzsch. The latter has also written upon Job. Keil has published upon the Pentateuch, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Samuel, and Kings: and a volume on the Minor Prophets is announced as shortly to appear from his pen.
T. Klieforth, The Book of Ezekiel Translated and Explained. Vol. II. Ezekiel's vision of the temple. 8vo. pp. 390.
J. P. Lange's Bibelwerk. Old Testament. Part V. Judges and Ruth, by P. Cassel, 8vo. pp. xx. and 242. New Testament. Part XV. The three Epistles of the Apostle John, by K. Braune. Pp. 149.
A. Maier, Commentary on the second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians. 8vo. pp. 248.
F. Bleek, Lectures on the Epistles to the Colossians, Philemon, and the Ephesians. 8vo. pp. 308. A posthumous publication.