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A GUIDE TO THE STUDY OF THE PENTA
TEUCH; being a series of Questions on the Five Books of Moses, with References to Works in which Answers may be found: intended for the Higher Classes in Schools, and for Students in Divinity. By J. Thompson, M. A. St. John's College, Cambridge, and Second Master of the Blackheath Proprietory School. Houlston and Stoneman.
The very important and rather difficult task of leading the higher classes of boys in our schools to a close acquaintance with scripture is one that must press strongly on the mind of every conscientious teacher. The plan of the school where Mr. Thompson holds the second place among the masters, is to furnish each of these boys with a few questions on the Saturday, the due answering of which furnishes á most interesting and profitable study for a Sabbath hour. We speak from actual observation of the diligent searching into the oracles of God induced by the requirement to answer some of these identical questions, on the part of one of Mr. Thompson's pupils. In general, the Bible, with Cruden's valuable quarto, and Scott's Commentary, or Brown's, was found sufficient for satisfactory replies : but for the benefit of the master, the author refers, in a useful appendix, to first rate authorities-chiefly Simeon, Horne, Gray and Jones. The questions in this volume are very full, and leading to a critical knowledge of the Pentateuch ; and of course, through that master-key, referring to the whole Bible. We cordially recommend the book, as one of very great value.
THE SCHOOL-ROOM AT HOME. Houlston and
TAKING an abrupt descending step from big boys to little girls, and feeling that the object is the same in both cases, we wish to introduce a very pretty little volume, written by a truly estimable lady, for the express purpose of overcoming some of “the many difficulties which obstruct first attempts in the acquisition of knowledge.” The very first elements of history, geography, grammar, botany, &c. are here entered upon in the form of easy conversation, adapted to the infantine capacity. Young mothers and elder sisters will find it a great helper, where perplexity is often experienced in pursuing one of their most important and delightful tasks.
DELINEATIONS OF SCRIPTURE CHARAC.
TERS, with notes and reflections. By Mrs. Fred.
MRS. MONTGOMERIE's object is to induce the votaries of the world' to study the holy scriptures, even for the sake of their internal beauty, their elevated morality, &c. She combats the opinion of some who are hostile to recommending the perusal of the word of God on any but the right motive; on this point we have our own impressions, but do not deem it
necessary to enter upon the question of How a guilty and condemned sinner should be exhorted to take up the word that “ shall judge him in the last day.” This volume is well and vigorously written ; the author hunts the caviller through many of his mazy windings with great point and spirit, and is evidently most anxious to bring souls to the Saviour. We certainly wish she had been more sparing in her tribute to the genius of Sir Walter Scott, so awfully perverted as that genius was to mock at sacred things, and to heap derision on the memory of God's suffering saints. We consider many of his works unfit for the shelves of a Christian parent's library; and therefore can dispense with any commendatory allusion to them: neither would we concede so much to worldly tastes, habits and reasonings as the work before us seems now and then to do. This is, however, matter of opinion. The notes are very copious, and very excellent.
HINTS towards the Improvement of Female Education,
in a Brief Analysis of the System pursued in the Edinburgh New National Institution, 23, Charlottesquare. By Mrs. Furlong, an English Lady, Foundress and Directress of the Institution. With a recommendatory Note by the Rev. Dr. Duff, late of Calcutta. Johnstone.
STRONGLY attached as we are to the principle and the practice of home education, as being in every way preferable to all other systems-prepared as we are to unfurl as a banner Cowper's thrilling Tyrocinium, and to combat beneath its folds-we yet feel that, as parents will send their children from beneath the sheltering roof of home, and as, in some painful cases, it may be for the children's welfare, and to banish them from sights and sounds of evil, we must not make indiscriminate war even on boardingschools, though infinitely preferring to them a rendezvous for daily instruction, where that advantage cannot be enjoyed at home. The institution of which Mrs. Furlong here gives a most interesting analysis, is of the latter description, but admitting also of boarders. We do not hesitate to pronounce it an invaluable acquisition to the ladies, and of course, thanks to the power of female influence, to the whole population of the good city of Edinburgh. We invite our readers to peruse this very excellent and interesting little volume. It will say more for itself than we can say for it.
SABBATH MUSINGS and Every-day Scenes. By
the Author of Souvenirs of a Summer in Germany, • The Lost Farm,' &c. Seeley and Burnside,
The readers of our Magazine are no strangers to the Musings' of M. F. D. Fresh and warm from her own kind heart, spontaneously free as the friendship that dictated the gift, they have so punctually made their appearance on our table, that no anxiety was suffered to exist as to the due filling of the number of pages usually occupied by our kind and dear young friend. Over mountain and bog, across river and sea, they have winged their flight to us; and now we feel a pride in seeing how handsome and substantial-looking a volume these sybil leaves makewben
gathered together. It is superfluous to recommend what our readers are so well acquainted with ; but we must remark two characteristics of these papers : the scenes that they describe are all real, the feelings that they express are all genuine. We know enough both of the writer and subjects to guarantee this: and apart from the interest which, in every sense of the word, we have in these · Musings, we have always regarded them as among the choicest of the flowers that form our little monthly chaplet.
We want to recommend to notice a very sweet piece of music, under the head of The Harp of Erin,' entitled "The Pilgrim's Song. Just as we were about to notice it, some touching particulars reached us, relating to a dear Christian lady, the sister of one of God's most valuable ministers, who was instantaneously called into the presence of her Lord, immediately after singing those beautiful stanzas. We reserve for our next number some memorial of the departed, connected with a fuller notice of the song; of which the profits are intended to aid the work of Scriptural Instruction in Ireland. We will now only say, that it is well worth possessing. It is published by Cocks and Co.