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tempt to discriminate between truth and error in regard to the sacred places of the Holy City. His de ineations and descriptions on this subject, are in general, exceedingly well done. He has thrown a tender and touching interest over the hallowed spots where our Lord suffered and was buried, as well as over and around the whole city. Some valuable statistical matters relating to Egypt, Damascus, etc. we should be glad to quote. But we must refer our readers to the volume itself.
7.–Addresses on the Duties, Dangers, and Securities of Youth :
with an Introductory Essay by the Hon. Theodore Freling. huysen. By A. D. Eddy, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Nerark, N. J. New York: Leavitt, Lord & Co.
1836, pp. 266. Mr. Frelinghuysen says of this volume: “It embraces the whole range of duty, not so much by general maxims, as by particular and specific instructions, adapted to the various occasions of individual and social conduct. It is no small part of its value, that its counsels to the young are circumstantial.” Chief Justice Hornblower of Newark remarks : “ Judging from such of these Lectures as it was my privilege to hear, I cannot doubt but that the publication of the entire series, in the order in which they were delivered, will be highly acceptable to the public, and no less beneficial to that interesting class of the community, for whose instruction they were specially designed.” We gave the volume to an intelligent young man of our acquaintance, who, after perusal, expresses the hope that all young men may be induced to read it.
Select LITERARY AND MISCELLANEOUS INTELLIGENCE.
We regret to learn that the proposed Arabic grammar of professor Nordheimer of the university of this city is not likely to meet with sufficient encouragement to ensure its publication. — The Commentary on Isaiah and the Notes on the epistles to the Corinthians by the Rev. A. Barnes of Philadelphia are ready for the press. — Hilliard, Gray and Co. of Boston have in press a life of president Edwards by Dr. Miller of Princeton, forming the eighth volume of Sparks's
American Biography. The seventh volume will contain the life of Putnam by O. W. B. Peabody, of Miss Davidson by Miss Sedgwick, and of Rittenhouse by professor Renwick. — The Encyclopaedia of Geography by Murray, Wallace, Jameson, Hooker, and Swainson of Edinburgh, has been republished in Philadelphia, under the superintendence of T. G. Bradford. It is included in three volumes, large octavo, and is furnished at nine dollars. The portion of the work relating to the United States has been written anew, and fills 200 pages; that of the English edition comprising but thirty-three pages, and being extremely meagre. We shall take an early opportunity to give this work a thorough examination. — A series of volumes, to be edited by the Rev. George Ripley of Boston, under the title of
Specimens of Foreign Standard Literature,' is advertised by Hillia Gray and Co. Among the writers from whom it is proposed to give translations are Twesten, Hase, De Wette, Schleiermacher, Neander, Menzel, Hölty, Körner, J. Olshausen, Novalis, Richter, Schelling, Fichte, Jacobi, Goethe, Schiller and Herder in German; and Cousin, Benjamin Constant, Jouffroy, and Guizot in French. The first two volumes, containing philosophical miscellanies from Cousin, Constant, and Jouffroy, with introductory and critical notices by the editor, will be put to press in October next. These will be followed by the select minor poems of Goethe and Schiller, translated by Rev. J. S. Dwight, assisted by professors Felton and Longfellow, Rev. N. L. Frothingham and others. Each volume will contain from 300 to 400 pages, 12mo, and the price will be $1,25 per volume. - Prof. Stowe of Cincinnati will proceed immediately to the preparation of Rosenmüller's Compend on the Psalms. It is to be translated, accompanied with notes and various improvements. We learn that the plan of an edition of Rosenmüller in this form is highly approved in Germany. - Fosdick's translation of Olshausen on the historical books of the New Testament, to be followed by his Commentary on the Acts, will be immediately printed by Gould and Newman. - An edition of the Commentary on the Bible and the Apocrypha by Lowth, Patrick, Arnald and Whitby, in seven or eight large volumes is to be published in this city, under the superintendence of the Rev. Dr. Schroeder.
The university of Oxford are about to publish an edition of the twelve minor prophets in Coptic, with a Latin translation by the Rev. H. Tattam. Ezekiel and Daniel are in preparation from Coptic MSS. in the university library at Paris. - A new quarterly is to be established, called the Church of England Magazine and Quarterly Review.' — W.T. Hamilton, a late traveller in Asia Minor, has par. ticularly examined the ruins of Tavium, on the confines of Pontus
and Galatia, which were discovered in 1835, by Texier. The temple of Jupiter, mentioned by Strabo, is 219 feet in length, and 140 in width. It is the most striking monument yet found in Asia Minor.
We have received the proceedings of the General Assembly of the established church, at their last meeting in May, 1836. A principal topic of discussion was the patronage question. In 1649, when patronage was abolished, the nomination of candidates for the ministry was vested in the kirk session, giving a power of assent or rejection to the people. The nomination was afterwards transferred to the heritors and elders, leaving to the people the same rights as before. But in 1712, the patronage act was restored. Dr. W. Thompson of Perth made a motion, that “ the assembly, in accordance with the repeated declarations of members of former Assemblies, resolve that patronage is a grievance, and that it ought to be abolished,” etc. În support of this resolution, he stated that when a minister was introduced into a parish, contrary to their will, they quietly retired to the neighboring secession-meeting house, or they quietly erected a secession-meeting house for themselves, and thus “ a great part of the most valuable population had gone from the communion of the church of Scotland." This motion was supported by J. C. Colquhoun, Rev. Dr. Gillespie, Mr. Dunlop, and others. It was opposed by Rev. Drs. Simpson and Cook, lord Moncrieff, professor Brown and others. Lord Moncrieff said, “ that the constitution of the church of Scotland has been the greatest boon which was ever conferred on any nation in the world. We hold our establishment to be the most glorious edifice ever raised by the wis. dom of man. That edifice has existed nearly three centuries, and it has existed under patronage,” etc. Dr. Cook maintained that the patronage periods were the most prosperous periods of the church. For the motion 90; against it 191.
The presbyterian synod of Ulster in Ireland was received into ministerial communion with the assembly. It was ascertained that a large proportion of the synod subscribed to the Westminster confession of faith, and adopted the standards of the church of Scotland, in doctrine, worship, and discipline. The synod has 250 churches. The number of presbyterians in Ireland was stated by Dr. Cooke of Belfast to be 700,000. After a long debate the Assembly refused to " receive the Presbyterian churches of England as a branch of this church, and to be represented in the assembly.” They were, however, acknowledged as a branch of the church, and the importance of friendly mutual communications declared. It was found that a majority of the Scottish presbyteries had decided that a He. brew critical exercise should be required from students in divinity.
The mission at Bombay of the Scottish Missionary Society is now entirely under the superintendence of the assembly. Dr. Duff's establishment at Calcutta was reported as in a prosperous state.
For most of the following facts respecting Germany we are indebted to a conversation with a friend just returned from that country. Marheineke of Berlin is publishing a work on Christian Symbolik. The part printed relates to the doctrines of the catholic church. Prof. Daub of Heidelberg is bringing out a work on Dogmatics, in which he finds fault with Tholuck on the ground that the latter is not scientific. — Tholuck is now engaged in preparing a work in one large volume, in answer to Strauss of Tübingen, whose life of Christ is mentioned on p. 515. He will go fully into the external evidences of the gospels, or rather what in this country are termed the internal. Strauss work is in two volumes. It is said that he wishes to write a third showing that he is still orthodox. On the publication of his volumes, he was removed from Tübingen by the government to a gymnasium at Ludwigsberg. He is not related to the court-preacher at Berlin of the same name. — Hegel, who was the Coryphaeus of moral philosophers of the north of Germany, has a much smaller number of disciples than the preceding masters. — Bretschneider is publishing a complete edition of the works of Melancthon, in three large quarto volumes. They will contain unpublished letters of Melancthon and of Calvin. It is rather a curious fact that many of the letters have no date. The reputation of Calvin was never so great in Germany as it is now. - Tauchnitz, (the son,* the father died 13th Jan. 1836), is publishing a new and improved edition of Buxtorf's Hebrew Concordance in a small quar. to form. The chapters and verses are in Roman numerals ; Nol. dius' Concordance of particles is combined. Three or four letters are printed. — J.C. S. Lechner, the young scholar, who prepared the Compend of Rosenmüller's Commentary on the Pentateuch, etc., under the direction of the author, will proceed to complete a Compend of the remaining portions of the Old Testament.' Rosenmül . ler's valuable library has been purchased by the university of Leipsic. — A new and splendid university building is now erecting for that institution. — Twesten of Berlin, (in the place of Schleiermacher), is engaged on the second volume of his Dogmatik. He is a man of warm-hearted piety. He does not often preach. —Guerike has been removed from his professorship at Halle. He preached for some time to a small Lutheran congregation, but is now forbid
* He studied with a view to a foreign mission at Dr. Blumhardt's mission seminary at Basle. VOL. IX. No. 26.
den. His feelings towards the Calvinists are not of the most tolerant kind. — Some Roman catholics in Silesia have attempted to get the laws respecting the celibacy of the clergy altered. Many of them are married notwithstanding. The king permits them to fight out the controversy.-Diesterweg, superintendent of a school for the education of teachers in Berlin, has lately attacked the university system of education. He wishes to separate the school system entirely from the church. A earnest controversy on the subject is going on. - Animal magnetism is exciting continued attention in Germany. Some distinguished men are of opinion that the soul leaves the body in certain states, and wanders about in other systems. - A great revolution is going on against Goethe and in favor of Schiller. - Gesenius is engaged on the subject of Egyptian numismatics. His Thesaurus is in
suspenso. The Epistle to the Romans continues to attract great attention in Germany, as it does in this country. Within three or four years have appeared, among others, the commentaries of Rückert, Kölner, Reiche and H. Olshausen. The last (1835) is a continuation of the author's invaluable commentary on the whole New Testament. He is a co-worker with Tholuck, but is said to lean more to the views of Augustine. He writes as one who has an experimental acquaintance with the sublime truths on which he comments. — H. A. C. Hävernick of the university of Rostock has lately published a Manual of an historico-critical Introduction to the Old Testament. He is a pupil and friend of Tholuck, and is favorably know by his elaborate commentary on the book of Daniel. The
part of his introduce tion published treats of the origin, progress, and completion of the canon ; the persons by whom it was formed; the grounds on which any book was received into it; its divisions ; extent; the apocryphal books, etc. He avows his decided conviction, that the Hebrew Bi. ble contained precisely the same books in the time of our Lord and of his apostles which it now does. The second chapter embraces an historical inquiry into the languages of the Old Testament, and the cognate dialects. The system of the vowel-points is discussed with much ability. Hengstenberg has an excellent Introduction to the Old Testament in manuscript. De Wette's is still very popular in Germany.
A scientific expedition left St. Petersburgh in July last in order to determine the difference of level between the Black and the Caspian Seas. Prof. Parrot, who ascended mount Ararat, is warmly engaged in promoting the undertaking. Nicholas subscribed 50,000 roubles. — The new Russian Conversations Lexicon has 7000 subscri. bers. One of the most elegant specimens of printing, which has been seen, is the Mantchoo New Testament, now in the press at St. Petersburgh.