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was practicable. In this most angenial spot (fit only to be a sort of ergastulum literariuni,) it was impossible for him to hold any communication with learned or enlightened society, or to have access to libraries. And though he had expended, in a manner, a fortune, in the formation of a very extensive collection, provided with most of the best works in classical and biblical literature, yet many still remained, which, however requisite, were beyond his power ac once to procure. These were, as the author had opportunity and means, sought out and procured for the second edition.-Vol. I. pp. xxix. XXX.
We now come
2. To the alterations, additions, and improvements in this second edition. The punctuation of the text has throughout been most carefully revised and considerably improved. As the system of Greek punctuation is defective in being unprovided with a semicolon, Dr. Bloomfield has endeavoured to supply that deficiency by employing occasionally the period, or full point, followed by a small instead of a capital letter, as answering to our colon ; and the Greek colon as corresponding with our semicolon : and he has further employed the period followed by a capital letter, in order to mark the semi-sections. Minuter changes in the punctuation are rarely introduced, except on the authority of one or more of the principal editors of the Greek Testament, since the time of Wetstein ; or occasionally on the authority of Robert Stephens, in his celebrated edition, commonly called the " O mirificam,” from the initial words of his preface.
The marginal parallel references, which were those of Courcelles, have been carefully examined and corrected. Those on the first two Gospels have been transferred to the notes, where they have been printed in italics within brackets; and the space formerly occupied by them is filled by the addition, at one view, and in immediate juxtaposition, of references to all the portions of the other two Gospels, which are parallel in subject as well as in words, to any portion of the Gospel under perusal. Of course where no such marginal parallels are found opposite to any portion, it is to be presumed that such portion is peculiar to the Gospel in which it is contained.
In the text, which is printed with singular accuracy, very few alterations have been made, as indeed none were necessary beyond the correction of those few errors which are unavoidable in such a work : some improvements, however, have been effected, especially by the frequent introduction of those marks which indicate the variation of manuscripts, or of printed editions. But in the annotations we obserye great and essential alterations and improvements. The critical notes, which discuss either the readings of the text, or the more minute proprieties of Greek phraseology, are far more numerous than in the former edition, and many of them have been re-written. On the quotations from the Old Testament, Dr. Bloomfield has accomplished more in this than in the first impression, especially in reconciling or accounting for the seeming discrepancies between the Hebrew text, the Septuagint version, and the New Testament. Introductions are now given to all the books of the New Testament, varying in length according to the importance of the subjects ; but the most important additions will be found in those notes which are strictly exegetical: many of these, if printed in larger type, would assume the form of excursus, or dissertations. Of this description we have observed nearly fifty notes, among which we may particularize the notes on Matt. i. 1, and Mark i. 1, on the sources of the first three gospels ; xiii. 1, on parables ; xx. 28, on the atonement and universal redemption ; xxviii. 19, on christian baptism; Acts vii. 1, on the scope of St. Stephen's speech; Acts xxvii. throughout; 1 Cor. xii. xiv. and xv. throughout; 1 Tim. iii. 16, “God manifest in the flesh," &c.; and 1 Pet. i. 19-21, on the interpretation of prophecy. The most extensive additions will be found in the annotations on the Gospel of St. Matthew, (two-thirds of which are stated to have been re-written,) and on the epistles to the Romans, Corinthians, (1 and 2,) Galatians, Ephesians, and above all to the Hebrews. The value of this impression is enhanced by the addition of two ample indexes, both of matters, and of Greek words and phrases.
Having given numerous specimens of Dr. Bloomfield's annotations in our critique on his first edition, we do not think it necessary to select any others on the present occasion : and we cannot close this notice of bis very important labours better than by saying that, in its present greatly improved state, it is a very cheap and a very useful edition of the Greek Testament.
Vies des Suintes Femmes, des Saintes the reader, we say, know all this, the
Martyres, et des Vierges Chrétiennes, twelve little volumes, of which we pour tous les jours de l'Année. Jan- have here the first, will give him the vier. Bruxelles : J.P. Meline. 1836. desired information. It is really sur12mo. Pp. 174.
prising that such legendary lore is still
cherished in Catholic countries; and Would the reader be informed of all perhaps it is even more surprising, that the saintly deeds of the principal fe- the truly excellent lessons of christian male saints of the Church of Rome, morality, which are built upon the with all the miracles which they have examples of the saints, should be found worked both in life and death, the in company with such trash. The places in which their entire remains are writers must know better themselves, preserved, or their relics are scattered, and ought to be ashamed of practising - sundry of them, by the way, must imposition upon others. This little have an extraordinary proportion of biography is well written; and were legs, and arms, and fingers, and toes, it not for the miraculous part of it, and noses, and ears, &c. &c.--would would be a useful publication.
YOL. XVIII. NO. III.
Romanism incompatible with Christian of the author are very evidently the
Liberty: a Sermon preached before proofs of a well-educated, thoughtful, the University of Cumbridge, on and pious mind, intent on vindicating Sunduy, December 13, 1835. By “the ways of God to man.” Mr. WILLIAM MANDELL, B.D. Fellow of Butler's mind was evidently cast in an Queen's College. Cambridge: Deigh- argumentative mould, and it is gratiLondon: Seeleys.
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an order einployed in so hallowed and
useful a cause. A CHEAP, well-reasoned, and well
This volume, which written Discourse, full of important
will amply repay perusal, has become facts and observations. We hope it
invested with an additional interest by will have an extensive circulation.
the recent recantation of an Unitarian preacher (Mr. Ketley of Ipswich,) who has announced his adoption of sound
scriptural views on the Atonement to Sermons preached in the Parish Church
be the result of Mr. Butler's reasonings of Prestwick, Lancashire. By Thos. with him on that subject. Stone, M.A. of St. John's Cola
lege, Cambridge, Theological Lec• turer in the College of St. Bees, Cumberland. London: Hatchards.
Thoughts concerning Man's Condition 1835. Pp. xii. 214.
and Duties in This Life, and his
Hopes in the World to come. By These Sermons are highly creditable ALEXANDER LORD PITSLIGO. 10 to the author's discrimination, know- which is prefired, a Biographical ledge of Scripture, and attachment to
Sketch of the Author. Edinburgh: the Church. The first Sermon on the
William Whyte & Co. Booksellers Virgin Mary contains nothing particu
to her Majesty. London: Longlarly new, and might as well have
1835. Pp. viii. 203. been omitted, at a time when the worship of the Virgin is made so pro
The political career of Lord Pitsligo, minent a feature of instruction in the
as a partizan of the Pretender, and schools of English Romanists. We
his literary productions, are already are not particularly favourable to the
too well known to require illustration superstitions connected with the Vir
at our hands. The Memoir wbich gin; but it strikes us, that the idea of precedes the present reprint of the Mr. Stone, that the Virgin suffered Thoughts,”. &c. seems to us to be budily and mentally at the birth of the
drawn up with some taste and skill, Saviour is contradictory to the tradi
and is very interesting, from the fact,
that the editor had access to "the tional opinions of the Church, from the earliest ages, upon that mysterious
most authentic materials,” and “all subject. In other respects the volume
the oral testimony on the subject of is excellent.
Lord Pitsligo's Lile."
The Rationality of Revealed Religion, Parochial Sermons. By John HENRY illustrated in a Series of Sermons ; Newman, M.A. Vicar of St. Mary to which are added, an Essay on the the Virgin, Orford, and Fellow of Merits of Modern Fiction, and a Oriel College. Vol. III. London: Lecture on the Diffusion of Know- Rivingtons. 1836. Pp. xvi. 424. ledge. By PIERSE EDMUND BUTLER,
These Sermons are destined to do B.Å. Curate of St. Margaret's, Ips- great good, notwithstanding the pecuwich. Ipswich: Deck. London:
liarity of style, which, at first sight, Hamilton & Co. and Simpkin & Co.
appears to make their title a misno1835. Pp. xvi. 367.
iner; for they seem too argumentative THERE are many parts of this volume and close in their reasoning for a of a character far beyond the usual mixed congregation of " low" as well run of modern sermons; the style, the as “high.” But on perusal, this very language, the spirit and the reasoning peculiarity of style makes their excel
lence: there are few volumes of ser- a straw. Mr. Newman has battered inops which contain so much sterling down dissent--and why should be fear matter in so compact a space. The to call“ heresy” by its right name? general aim of the author seems to be The intention of putting into practice the theory of the Church of England
Plain Sermons, chiefly on particular doctrines respecting her government
Occasions. By the Red. FULWAR and rites; and certainly very power
WILLIAM Fowle, Rector of Allingful reasons are given in every case
ton, and Perprtual Curate of Amesunder Mr. Newman's inspection. But
bury. Vol. II. London: Rivingwe might differ with him, if we would,
1836. Pp. xvi. 260. as to his assertion respecting circum- On a former recent occasion, the first cision, that the Jewish rites had no volume of Mr. Fowle's Sermons resubstance of blessings in them; they ceived our favourable notice. The were but outward signs and types of present is by no means interior to that spiritual privileges. They had in them first volume; if any thing, it excels it. "no grace and truth.” (P. 301.) Does It conveys, to use the words of the not this imply, that circumcised Abra- Preface, plain truths in plain lanbam had no more grace than when he guage. We have been much pleased was uncircumcised? and that, there- with the Sermon on Psalm cxvi. 11, 12, fore, God's covenant with him, of on occasion of the author's delivewhich circumcision was the seal, was rance, together with his seven children, valueless? It may be true, that some from a dangerous affliction. This is Christians may rely too much on the as it should be, and must have been parallel between circumcision and a useful lesson to his flock. Mr. baptism; but to rely too little on it Fowle has our best wishes. argues nothing against a correct consideration of either. The former distinguished the Jew from the heathen;
Sermons, by the Rev. W. Allen, M.A. the latter, the Christian from the
lute Incumbent Minister of Peel, Jew; and St. Paul expressly says
Lancashire. London: Whittaker. “ Circumcision profiteth if thou keep
1835. 2 vols. Pp. xvi. 392. the law,” (Rom. ii. 25,) but how
408. could it profit if it did not confer, or SHORT—pithy--practical-simple in admit to some grace? The very con- style, and neat in expression, these troversy in Acts xv. (see verse 1,) tells volumes, published by subscription, us, that salvation was made available and dedicated to the friend of the to the Jew by circumcision; but this fatherless, the Lord Kenyon, are at certainly does not disprove the typical once the memorial of one who has nature of circumcision, nor degrade passed to his account, and the grateful baptism to a mere rite; nevertheless homage of afflicted survivors. how was salvation available but by grace ?- not christian grace, assuredly,
The Christian Husbandman: a SerThere are a few other points which
mon, delivered to a Congregation, might cause us to object to Mr. New
consisting chiefly of Husbandmen, man's putting of his arguments ; such
on Whitsun-Tuesday, 1835, in the as mentioning. “ English Catholics,"
Purish Church of Burton. By the “Greek Catholics,” and “Roman Cá
Rey. G. Jarvis, B.D. Curate of tholics," which cannot be, since catho
Burton, and Vicar of Tuttington, licity is of no nation, though any
Norfolk. Norwich : Fletcher, Lonnation may be catbolic, as the Catholic
don : Simpkin & Marshall. 1835. English, Catholic Greeks, Catholic
(3d. euch, or 2s.6d. per dozen.) Romans. Nothing is gained by a
Pp. 24. concession to the Romanists: they A Sermon likely to be beneficial, and take all that is allowed, not as by one which we willingly recommend to courtesy, but as by right; nor does the directors and guardians of parish civility in argument weigh with them clubs.
but still grace.
St. John in Patmos; or, the Last Devotions for Family Use. By the
Apostle. A Sacred Poem. From the Reo. CHARLES GIRDLESTONE, A.M.
his thoughts and language should corLike all Mr. Bowles's performances, respond with his employment. But, this volume bears an impress of talent
“ Suffer us not to faint, or flag, or and feeling; and like the note of the
falter,” &c. and“ Give us the forgivedying swan, his poem will not fail to
ness of our trespasses, and give us
us grace be admired. We give the opening
to forgive our brethren theirs,” are, lines, which to us are very tender and
surely, bad specimens of this language.
This little book is in the author's intouching
tention better than its execution; War, and the noise battle, and the hum
but the subject is very difficult, and of armies, by their watch-fires, in the if he has failed, he has many companight,
nions; his labour is, however, notAnd charging squadrons, all in harness bright,
withstanding, a labour of love. The sword, the shield, the trumpet, and
the drum Themes such as these, too oft, in lofty song Have been resounded, while the poet
The Soldier's Help to the Knowledge of strung His high heroic lyre, and louder sung
Divine Truth: a Series of Discourses, of chariots flashing through the armed
delivered in the Chapel of the Royal throng;
Militury Hospital, Chelsea. By the
Rev. G. R. GLEIG, M.A. Chaplain.
An interesting volume. The subject,
soldier of Christ, to his brethren in
He has wielded the spiritual The Martyr of Verulam, and other sword to good purpose, and followed
Poems. By Thomas RAGG, Author his Captain manfully. There is one of “The Deity.” Second Edition. sentence, however, which we shall London : Longman & Co. 1835.
wish to see altered in a second edition : Pp. 95.
« On the other hand, let your latter We have already spoken so favourably years be devoted in sincerity to God's
service; and over the errors and sins of Mr. Ragg's other performances, that all that is required of us now will be
of your youth a veil will be drawn,
which shall not be removed for ever." to state our opinion of this new voJume, which is, that it detracts in no
(P. 386.) Standing as it does with
the context, it does not convey the
meaning it does singly; but it is too
the end of his volume. It requires The Churchman's Manual; or, Ques
tact to show how to deal with " old tions and Answers on the Church, on
soldiers,” but we are persuaded that Protestant and Romish Dissenters,
pensioned bravery will not, in worldly and Socinians. Oxford: Colling- warfare, atone for subaltern comurdice: wood. London: Rivingtons. 1834.
why should it in divine things? Yet Pp. 23. (20s. per hundred.)
such, we think, is the interpretation A MOST useful and valuable tract. which night be put on this passage.