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REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.

By the

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Transactions of the Missionary So. ary stations in the south of Africa, ciety, No. IX; containing the which afford, abundant cause for

Rev. Mr. Kicherer's Narrative of thankfulness; and encourage the
his Mission to the Hottentors, &c. hope, that, it a sufficient number
With a view of the Settlement at Zak of Missionaries can be sent out, and
River. 64 puges, price is. supported in that country, a great
This interesting Number is a

part of it will be evangelized. continuation of the Society's Transactions, of which a complete volume was before published, and The Duty of seeking the Things which contains much important

which are Jesus Christ's : a Sermatter relative to Missionary exer•

mon, preached before the Edinburgh tions; which has been in no other

Missionary Society, in Lady Glenur. way laid before the public.

chy's Chapel, April, 1803 The Narrative of Mr. Kicherer's

Rev. David Black. Mission is full of surprizing inci- In this masterly discourse, the deats, He appears to have been author explains the principles by eminently qualified for his arduous which true Christians are led ta work, to have been remarkably seek the things of Christ in prefer. preserved in his dangerous journies, ence to their own; and recominends and to have been peculiarly suc

the cultivation and exercise of this cessful in winning souls. The anec- divine temper, by suitable argu. dotes interspersed, of individuals ments. A Report is annexed, in converted inder his ministry, are which a particular account is given very affecting. It is impossible to of the Mission of Messrs. Brunton read the account of their love to and Paterson, to the countries borJesus, and to one another, without dering on the Caspian Sea. Noemotion; especially considering the tice is also taken of the unchristian abject, loathsome, detestable con. and iinpolitic Act of Assembly in dition in which the gospel found Jamaica, by which so many useful them; but in them is the Scripture preachers of the gospel have been fulfilled : “God hath chosen the silenced. We join with the writer foolish things of the world to con- in the sincere hope,

** That our found the wise ; and God hath gracious Sovereign will show his chosen the weak things of the world disapprobation of a to confound the things which are · manifestly inconsistent with the mighty; and base things of the spirit of the British constitution, world, and things which are de- the principles of toleration, and the spised, hath God chosen; yea, and dictates of sound policy, by treatthings which are not, to bring to ing it as he did a similar law, passed nought things that are, that 110 about ten years ago by the legis. flesti should glory in his presence.' Jature of St. Vincent, to which his

We apprediend that few publica• Majesty refused his sanction.” sions have issued from the press, in modern days, which are so full of truly interesting matter, which The Holy War, made by King Sladcannot fail to gladden the hearts of dai upon Diabolus, for the regaining all who love the Lord Jesus Christ of the Metropolis of the World ; or, in sincerity, to animate the prayers the. losing anil ritaking the Thrun of and quicken the exertions of the Mansoul. Written by J. Bunyan, faithful, in the promotion of the Author of the Pilgrim's Progres, &i. Redeemer's kingdom.. by

A New Editi01., new first divided The pamphlet concludes with a into Chapters, with Explanatory and general account of other Mission- Practical Notes, by the R¢v. G.

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cels all his predecessors and imi, bound; 8vo, fine Paper, 8s. ! tators,

This is an edition of the Holy War far superior to any which has Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress verbefore appeared. The division of

sified, for the Entertainment and so long a narrative into chapters is

Instruction of Youth. By George of great use, as it relieves the at.

Burder. Price isi larger paper tention of the reader at the proper stages; assists the memory, by The Editor observes in his Premarking its principal divisions; and face to this little work, “ That the allows opportunity for reflection. Pilgrim is certainly not ill'adapted

Of the merit of the notes we are to a poetic dress; and having not allowed to speak, on account of judged that in this form it would the author's intimate connection be peculiarly acceptable to many with the Magazine. The public persons, he made the attempt." will judge for themselves.” The Notes are subjoined, to explain the cuts are designed with taste, and spiritual design; winch is also uniwell engraved, particularly the formly regarded in the versification heads of Immanuel and of Diabo. itself. Iustead of giving an opinion lus, which form a striking contrast. of the merit of the verse, which, The 12mo edition is very neat; but for the reason mentioned in the the 8vo is elegant. Here plain John foregoing article, is inadmissible, Bunyan appears in a courtly dress; we transcribe the following ex. but not beyond his merit as a writer, tracts :

“Our Pilgrims now their grand design pursue,

And soon this famous town appear'd in view :
A town of ancient datc, of wealth and fame ;
And Vanity its just descriptive name.
A fair was kept for many ages here,
And kept on ev'ry day throughout the year :
All sorts of merchandize were bought and sold,
Silver, and pearls, and precious stones, and gold ;
Crowns, kingdoms, titles, places, churches, trades,
Husbands, and wives and children, whores and maids;
Bargains were made for health, and lives, and souls :
And here were jugglers, players, knaves, and fools ;
Sins of all sorts and kinds abounded here,
And men that liv'd to cheat, and game, and swear.
Through this bad place the tilgrim's journey lay,
And none could shun it by a dif'rent way.
Our Lord himself once passed through the fair;

But laid not out a single farthing there.
“ Our Pilgrims enter'd then this wicked place,

And soon perceiv'd it destitute of grace.
With proud disdaiv the scornful townsmen gaz'd:-
Some at their homely garirents seemed amaz’d ;
Some at their dialect were more surprizid;
But most because these men their wares despis'd.
What will ye bwy?" some taunting wretcbes cry'd.
• We buy the truth,' with meekness they reply'd.
. We count your vanities as light as air;
• We look above, -- our heart, our treasure's there!'
This gave offence, and soon a tumult rose ;
They look'd upon the Pilgrims as their focs, -
Charg'd them as enemics of public peace,
As fools and madnien, worthy of disgrace!
Led them in heavy chains about the fair ;
And in the cage and siocks exposid them there,
Like wretched outcasts,

friendless and forlors,
Objects of laughter, ratibay, and scorn !"

Periodical Accounts relating to the of, or our departure out of this life,

Missions of the United Brethren, es- he was so much moved, that the tablished among the Heathen, No. tears rolled down his cheeks. As XXXVIII. 8vo, price 15.

the change which the grace of God

had wrought within him was now This Number contains a large so apparent, and his health declined account of the two natives of Ota. every day, and as he himself fre. heite, Christian Mydo, aged 17, quently repeated his request for and Joseph Oley, aged 19, who died baptism, the Conference took it into at Mirfield, in Yorkshire, 1803, and consideration, and resolved that he of whom, especially of the former, should be baptized on the 25th. some account was given in this Map The arrangements, &c. were nearly gazine for November last. Con the same as on Mydo's baptism, cerning Oley, we extract the folo only with this difference, that the lowing particulars:

candidate was able to walk into the “ About Midsummer, Oley was chapel, supported by two brethren, taken ill, and, as it appeared possi. and seated in a chair'in the midst of ble that his illness might prove the congregation. mortal, Mydo was sent for to see hiin. 6. When he was asked, “Dost thou On that occasion, he shewed the desire to be delivered from the pow. most earnest desire that his poor er of sin and Satan, and to be receicountryman might be converted and ved into the fellowship of Jesus die happy, for at that time Oley Christ, and of those who believe in was not only indifferent about his him, by holy baptism ? he answered eternal concerns, but even disco. “ Yes, certainly I do!" with such vered some displeasure when re- fervency, that it drew tears from minded to turn to God, &c. Mydo the eyes of all who heard him. expressed his uneasiness, in his own “ When Christian lay in his cof.

peculiar way, frequently saying, fin, Joseph Oley (for so he was now 'i Oley bad mar, Oley no love called) desired to see him, and far

God, Oley never pray,” &c. Soon from expressing the horror he used after, it pleased God to humble the to do at the idea of death and the proud heart of Oley also, and to dead, he stood with a pensive and create in him an earnest desire to be placid countenance, contemplating saved. His sense of sinfulness in- the corpse of his departed brother. creased to a real self-abhorrence, so just before the funeral, he desired that once he desired his attendant in once more to be led into the room an emphatic manner, which seemed where he lay; and after looking to signify something of importance, at him for a few minutes, retired to to lock the door. Being asked, his chamber, expressing his hope, why he wished it to be done? he that he should likewise soon depart replied, that both he and all his coun- to our Saviour in peace. trymen were very sinful men, and “During the time which elapsed he was afraid somebody might come between his baptism and departure, in and kill him ; in which case, he his patience and serenity of mind knew not what might become of his afforded edification to all who saw soul.

him; and his amiable and humble "When Mydo'sillness took a more gratitude for the least service done serious turn, it seemed to work much to him, was peculiarly striking. on Oley's mind; and he became very He would often shew his thankful. thoughtful. After Christian's bap- ness to his attendants, by requesting tism, he expressed an ardent wish them to partake with him of those to be baptized, adding, that he ho. little dainties with which his friends ped this grace would be conferred had provided him: and also himself upon him while he was able to walk planned something like a will, dito the chapel; and his recollection recting, that few things he left still remained unimpared by disease. behind him should be distributed About this time, whenever the love among those who had served him sf God in Christ Jesus was spoken in his illness, or otherwise.

He

departed in a gentle manner, in the the author himself, with the conte night of October 13, about 19 years sent of the learned editor of the oi age.”

preceding editions, with whose Blessed be God for his mercy opinion we heartily concur; viz. shewn to these dear South Sea " That the remarks contain a vaStrangers, for the kindness of the luable accession to the evidences of Missionary Society to them, and for Christ's divinity.” the pious care of the brethren in The work consists chiefly of six Yorkshire towards them!.

rules, respecting the uses of the (Some Account of the Brethren's Mission Greek article ; the first of which is in our next.)

the inost important, viz.“When the

copulative rat connects two nouns Remarks on the Uses of the Defi. scription; respecting ofice, dignity,

of the same case, of personal de nitive Article in the Greek Text

or qualities, if the articles, or any of the New Testament; containing many Now Proofs of the Di. the said nouns, and is not repeated

of its cases, precedes the first of vinity of Christ, from many Pas, before the second, the latter always sag es cukich are wrongly translated relates to the sanie person, and de. in the Common English Version. By notes à further description of the Granville Sharp. Third Edition. first. named person."

The first edition of this work The author then illustrates his was published in 1798, by the rule by several examples; according Rev. Dr. Burgess (now Lord to which the following texts will Bishop of St. David's.) A second appear to contain the strongest de edition, under the patronage of the clarations of the proper divinity of same divine, appeared in 1802. the Son of God: This third edition is published by

COMMON VERSION. No whore monger, &c. bath any In the kingdom of Christ, even inheritance in the kingdom of of God. Ephes. v. Christ and of God. According to the grace of our --The

grace of Jesus Christ, our God, and the Lord Jesus Christ. God and Lord. 2 Thess. i. 12.

I charge thee, before God and I charge thee, before Jesus Christ, the Lord Jesus Christ.

the God and Lord. Tim, v 27. -The glorious appearing of the - The glorious appearing of our great God and our Saviour Jesus

great God and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Christ.

Titus ii. 13. Through the righteousness of The righteousness of Jesus God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. Christ, our God and Saviour,

2 Peter i, i, Derying the only Lord God, and Denying our only Master, God our Lord Jesus Christ.

and Lord, Jesus Christ. Jude 4. To these examples many more ceive of God and Christ as sepa. might be added, all concurring to rated into two persons, when one prove the truth of the position, and the same gloricus Saviour was « That when two nouns, descrip- intended by the sacred writer; but tive of a person, and united by a Mr. Sharp has so happily and de. conjunction, have only one article cisively applied this grammatical prefixed to both, they are both ir- rule to the correction of our version, iended to Cescribe the same per- that he has completely established son.

A neglect of this rule, in the doctrine of Christ's divinity. the English translation of several The same rule has undoubtedly passages of the New Testament, been mentioned by other writers has led the ordinary reader to con. and the same deductions froin it

CORRECTED VERSION.

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have been insisted upon ; but Rise and Progress, we are informed Mr, Slowp has the merit of having that it has been translated into stated it more clearly, and insisted Dutch, German,

Danish, and upon it more fully than his prede- French; and has been instrumental cessors. His publication has also to the conversion of many.

Degiven occasiou for the confirmation served encomiums are paid to Dr. of the rule, and its important con- Watts's Psalms and Hymns;

which sequences, by the most able critics

the author supposes are sung by
in the Greek language *. In short, more than a million tongues every
we can with confidence recommend Lord's Day. Many striking anecdotes
this work, especially to students in are given concerning the distribu-
divinity; trusting that it will con- tion of Bibles, sufficient to excite far
firm the faith of every impartial greater zeal for that purpose, than
enquirer after truth, and prove a that which generally prevails even
death-blow to Socinianism.

among good people. The disa
course, which is highly entertain.

ing, concludes with Addresses to A Discourse on the Origin and Pro. the Members of the Society, on the

most useful methods of distribuie gress of the Society for Promoting Religious Knowledge among the Porr. ing books, ---on the means of enlargby John Rippon, D. D. Second ing the utility of the institution, Edition, enlarged.

78 p. 15, 6d. - and by way of congratilation on

the

success which has already This improved edition of the crowned it. Sermon, contains a History of the Society, from its Commencement in 1750, to the last Year; with a ge- The Isle of Man; or the Legal Proneral Account of the Books dis- ceedings in Manshire against Siz. tributed, and the Benefit which has

By the Rev. R. Bernard.

1870. attended them. This useful institution, it ap

This little work was written in pears, originated in the benevolent the 17th century; and is not only mind of Mr.Benjamin Forfitt, who, interesting, but an object of curi. associating with himself five other friends, adjusted the outline of the osity, as it has been supposed, by plan, which was afterwards pub.

the late Mr. Toplady and others,

to have been the model of the cea licly adopted; and has been acted

lebrated Bunyan, particularly in upon for more than fifty years. The very first donation of buoks was

Holy War. made to Dr. Doddridge, Sept. 6, 1750; from whom a long letter of thanksis subjoined in a note.

Hymns for the Use of Charity and The author gives us a distinct

Sunday Schools. 2d. account of the books distributed by

This little Collection of Hyinns the Society, including many curi- is made by a warm friend to the ous particulars. Oi “ Baxter's Walworth Charity and SundayCall to the Unconverted," we are Schools; and the profits arising told that the excellent Dr. Watts from its sale are devoted to their a aid, “ I would rather be the au- use. It consists of fifty-four hymns, thorot that book than of Milton's some of which have never been Paradise Lost. Of Doddridge's printed; and many others have

Mi.C. Wordsworth, of Trinity College, Cambridge, the author of " Six Letters G. Shari, Esq. respecting his Reniarks," &c. not content with the authority of Beza,

of as modern, has appealed to the Greek Fabers for the confirmation of Mr. Strap's rule ; and for the purpose of examinwg whether sbey interpreted the texts isa

stion according to it, bas iaken the surprizing pains of turning oxir seventy oc *-se voluminous writer. (besides about sixty Latin Fatiers, &r.)

The result of the serious investigation, is such an additional testimony in its favour, as canavi fallio Solusi shose who are inost unwilling to be convinced.

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