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gave the manna daily at the hour of dawn for forty years; and with exact precision the manna ceases on the day after Israel ate of the “new corn of the land." Thus God opened a well for Hagar in the desert, just as she was giving over all for lost in despair. And thus does God time His supplies to His ser vants still. When the manna ceases, the new corn appears. When one source of revenue is dried up, another well is opened in the wilderness. A wonderful machinery of providence, wheel within wheel, is employed in conveying provision to the children of God. And His mercy is upon children's children; font He also provides both work und food for all the young people rising into life amidst surprising demonstrations of His power. He fixes a Christian's time of spiritual supply. As the treasurer of Ethopia reads, and wonders, and doubts in his chariot, Philip is commanded to draw near. By suitable books, by ap propriate ministries, by congenial associations, doubt is removed, knowledge is increased, faith is strengthened, when these aids are required, and most for those who seek them most in earnest. Times of outward experience in joy and sorrow are fixed for believers. Joseph's history is a monument of minute pro vidences. The Midianites appear just as his brethren have departed. Thus, too, Rebecca and Rachel came to the well according to the prayers of Eliezer and of Jacoh. Joyful and sorrowful events must be alike regulated in their order and duration. Pain is under the control ot' Him “at whose right hand there is pleasure for evermore.” “Accidental” meetings govern all our history. This of usefulness are all determined. "I have set before thee an open door." Anl lastly, the hour of death is pre-arranged. We live under a providence which regulates all things, because it “works all things together for good to them that love God, and are the called according to His purpose."
SHORT NOTICES OF BOOKS.
Mexico : its Conquest and Modern His
tory. Religious Tract Society. 1863.
The Acts of the Apostles. An Erport
tion for English Readers, on the basis of Professor Hackett's Com mentary on the original Test. By S. G. GREEN, B.A., President d Rawdon College. Heaton & Sor London.
A well-timed and well written account of the wonderful country of .which the French have recently taken possession. It would be a mistake to suppose that this is a hasty brochure, brought out on occasion of the French conquest, for, on the contrary, it contains not a single reference to recent events, and bears all the marks of careful preparation. The writer is indebted to Humboldt, Prescott and Cal. deron, but has made a good use of his materials. Nowhere, we suppose, will be found a more trustworthy and entertaining account of a country which is likely to draw much European attention during the next five years.
These two volumes form a portion of the “ Bunyan Library," of which we regret nothing except the name which is the “ mark" of that descminational“ beast" worshipped and served by Mr. Heaton and other Baptist publishers. Mr. Heaton hu done excellent service, however, enlisting Mr. Green's pen in the entiposition of this valuable and intelligi ble commentary. There are few book better worth buying than expositions
of Scripture which are sufficiently critical to ensure the enjoyment of the results of the best scholarship, yet sufficiently popular to permit of easy le by those who are not scholars. The present production answers this lemand, and it is to be wished that here were a similar commentary on very book in the Bible. All persons who devote their leisure to village reaching, and all teachers of adanced classes in Sunday-schools, as kell as all private intelligent students
Scripture, will find these cheap Jolumes invaluable.
value from the circumstance of the author's special renown at Cambridge in all that relates to the science of number, and from the fulness of his information in the department of theology and Biblical criticism. Few of Bishop Colenso's adversaries have been the equals of Mr. Birks in general accomplishment or fitness for the task of reply. It is no part of our business to pronounce sentence, particularly in a brief notice, on such works as these. It may perhaps be permitted, however, to intimate that the force of argument against the Bishop would lose nothing by a little closer imitation of his serene spirit in discourse. Mr. Birks's volumes form two of the most important contributions to the ortho. dox side of the argument, and will, no doubt, be regarded as final by the subscribers to the Religious Tract Society. They travel over an immense field, and everywhere give you the impression of sincerity, ability, and determination "to banish and drive away all heresy "—if needs be, with a cat-o'-nine-tails. They deserve, and will no doubt obtain, a place in every vestry library.
The Bible and Modern Thought.-The Erodus of Israel. By Rev. T. R. Bieks, Rector of Kelshal. Religious Tract Society. Mr. Birks is not at all as well known as he deserves to be among his contemporaries, and especially among the Nonconformists. At one time conDected by education and office with Mill Hill Grammar School, he afterWards went to Cambridge, where he became Senior Wrangler, and finally Bettled down as a beneficed clergyman of the Evangelical order. He has in former years specially devoted himself to prophetic study, bringing to bear ipon that department of Biblical inFestigation all the exactness acquird in his distinguished career at Crinity College. His book on the Elements of Prophetic Interpretation published twenty years ago, by ainter, in the Strand) is little nown; but is, in our opinion, a riumphant defence of the old princiles of Protestant interpretation, and
superabundant demolition of all bought that resembles the recent ose theorising of Dr. Davidson on he prophetic books of Scripture. His ext works were treatises on the First co and the two later visions of Daniel; aluable as expositions of one class of pinions on prophecy, but not comarable in worth with that earlier ork to which we have directed attenon. Mr. Birks has written for the leligious Tract Society the two andsome volumes mentioned at the ead of this notice. They derive their
History of Christian Names. By the
Author of " The Heir of Redclyffe." 2 vols. Parker, Son, & Bourn. 1863.
This work is a wonderful monument of feminine industry and skill. It reminds you of the Bayeux tapestry of Queen Matilda, or of those astonishing pieces of needlework which were fashioned in the pontificate of Leo X. from the first cartoons of Raffaelle. This lady is not, properly speaking, a scholar in point of training, yet has managed so to use the labours of scholars as to have coni piled a book which has passed with considerable honour through the ordeal of etymological criticism. It stands in a position of unapproached excellence, as embodying the results of modern learning on the origin of Christian names, and will form a handsome addition to “every gentleman's library.” It is also a very interesting book, as might have been anticipated
when it is considered that it is an accomplished novelist who has set herself the task of unravelling the personal nomenclature of Christendom. There are little bits of shining writing scattered about, almost on every page, like diamonds in gravel; and this circumstance will secure for the work some slight attention even from the superficial members of “read. ing societies." All the interest of the world's history, gathers around the names of its inhabitants.
The Creed of Christendom : its Foundation and Superstructure. By W. R. Greg. Second edition. Trübner, London. 1863.
Mr. Greg's work is well known as a cleverly-written, one-sided, and occasionally perverse attack on the supernatural character of the Bible. There are three short treatises, which we should like to see bound together as a Trilogy of defences in reply to all works written by authors of the human order Glires, or nibblers, such as Mr. Greg. We mean these:-1st, Bushnell's chapter On the Character of Christ; 2nd, Mr. P. Bayne's recent treatise On the Testimony of Christ to Christianity ;' and 3rd, Mr. Goldwin Smith's Third Lecture on the Study of *History, in which he discusses the question whether the world can outgrow the moral sovereignty of Jesus Christ? All who will thoroughly study and absorb these three short compositions will be armed tolerably well against the attacks of M. Renan, Mr. Greg, and their fellow-soldiers, come from whatever quarter of the enemy's country they may. Sermons, 8c., preached at Union
Chupel, King's Lynn. By the Rev. G. H.HULL, B.A. London : Printed for private circulation by Yates & Alexander, Horseshoe-court, Ludgate hill.
This book is a modest memorial of a four years' ministry. At the end of the four years the minister died, and, in compliance with the urgent request of many who had attended his
ministry, this brother prints here few sermons and sketches of sermons This compliance, contrary to the role in such matters, was wisely judged It is true that, if Mr. Hull had lived probably not one of these sermon would have seen the light. He would have said, as his manner was whe urged to publish_“I shall do better by-and-bye." And this, too, would have been wisely judged. Mr. Hull could not himself have given fort these sermons and sketches without et posing himself to the charge of unwis precipitance ; but his brother could not have declined to give them fort without exposing himself to the chara of unwise reserve. Only two or thre of the sermons pretend to anything like completeness of form, and not on of them perhaps is complete as a piece thinking. Sometimes the thinking suddenly ends as if the thinker found himself at once, and unexpectedly, un dark: there is occasional vaguenet and there is sometimes, though rarely elevation of style without a corresponde ing elevation of thought. But there is thinking always; and the faults the sermons are such as few could come mit-only such as are inseparable from the thinking and utterances of a min thoughtful, earnest, and original, lid immature. Had Mr. Hull lived, would probably have been the Robert son (Brighton) of the Dissentit pulpit. There is indeed, some thing of Robertson's mannerism these sermons, but this is the resulta mental likeness and spiritual sympathy rather than of slavish copying. There is the keen rapid action of the mind, the full spiritual insight, the power of fresh poetical illustration and the nervous handling of language which are the charm of Robertson's de courses ; and there is the entire absence of the occasional bitterness, the curte catures of Calvinism, and the diluted gospel by which they are marred. In the Dissenting pulpit were to set up the standard which Mr. Hull had a up for himself, and find men capable of reaching it, it would become a greater power in the land than it has ever yet been.
The Destiny of the Human Race. Simpkin, Marshall, & Co. 1863.
The author who has invested labour nd capital in the production of these wo handsome volumes must possess a omewhat singular opinion on the leasure of interest felt by respectable eople in England on the “destiny of he human race." With whom can e have associated to believe that even re hundred readers can be found for series of chapters on the future des ny of mankind-and specially of the cathen nations ? So far as our own sperience goes in this matter and has been tolerably extensive-there searcely one man or woman in a housand who cares a jot what is true especting the futurity of the human ste, taken as a whole. The public inerest is devoted day by day to far Dore important questions than the kscussion of what the Scripture aches on the final results of human le. The details of business, the shions of dress, the various schemes amusement, the hopeful battles of elesiastics, the tangled skein of poics, -all these topics are of more count than the question whether the riptures really teach that, in conselence of the sin of one person thounds of years ago, all his descendants
born with moral tendencies which ll, unless they have the good fortune die in childhood, ensure their going misery without any end, if unsaved; en if they have been born and rught up in the thick darkness of athenism. What matter if such an inion be false ? What matter if it
sent the character of God under a olly perverted aspect to all the be? What matter if some few teptical" minds are dissatisfied with
evidence ? Life is too short to be voted to such difficult inquiries. Ir fathers held this belief, and it is d enough for us. Besides, “the tiny of the human race is no affair ours. It is in the hand of God, 1 the Judge of all the earth will right." Thus, between obstinate rldliness, Sadducean indifference, Ta grovelling credulity, the gene
rality are willing to leave theology to men who have their living by theology, by things established, and to continue sending forth to India and China statements under the name of Christianity which, at least, are denounced as uncritical, heretical, and false by. many of the ablest expositors of the Gospel at home.
The author of these volumes seems to be willing to make one more effort to arouse the public from this torpor, and to effect some modification of the established creed. We say creed, for it is not an active belief. The English people believe nothing in real earnest respecting the world and its destiny, One has only to look in at an average missionary meeting to see thus much clearly and decisively. There is an unreal tone in all the references to heathen “danger.” What the causes of this may be we will not here discuss. It is of more importance to maintain that the Scripture does distinctly declare the whole world of sinners to be in imminent danger of some sort, from which they are to be delivered by the grace of God revealing itself in many forms, of which the highest and chief is Christianity. All forms of mercy reach the world for Christ's sake, but all do not reach it in the form of Chris. tianity. There are some types of European theology which we cannot wish the Asiatic nations to exchange for their own religions, so fearfully corrupt and unscriptural are some of the Western heathenisms which strive to propagate themselves in the East. We believe the present yolumes, which are written by Mr. Henry Dunn, to be a step in the right direction. On many of the details of his interpretations we should disagree, with earnest protestations against their critical sufficiency; but no one can read the volumes without seeing that what is termed Eschatology is of all others the department of theology which requires a thorough sifting in England. When such books as Professor Hudson's most learned and able treatise on “Debt and Grace" (in which, with American carefulness, the author examines the recent minute efforts of the English
wisdom with which the truth on death repentance is told, that no one can possibly be tempted by this narrative to try the dangerous experiment for themselves. We commend this pub lication to Christian families and schools with equal confidence and pleasure. Mr. Moule's intelligeral interest in several secular subjects proved by his other publication gives additional reason for listening ti him when he speaks of the spiritus lite. The special moral of the tale tue danger of angry temper in person of strong mental and physical consti tution.
evangelical school in this direction) are not even generally named on this side of the Atlantic, we may fairly say that there is room for improved knowledge of the subject among our fellow-countrymen. Hope against Hope. A Narrative of
the Conversion of Preedy the Murderer. By the Rev. Mr. Moule, Rector of Fordington, Wilts. Nisbet. 1863.
Mr. Moule is a clergyman of the best stamp, and a writer who cannot fail to concilitate deep regard from all who read this touching narrative. It is a deliberate defence of the opinion that one of the most wicked men may be saved, and give satisfactory evidence of salvation at the eleventh hour, aud an application of this opinion to the case of Preedy the murderer. With the narrative of the “dying thief" in the fore-front of the Gospel history, it is impossible to doubt the general truth of the opinion that the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ suffices to save bad men even at the last—especially bad men of the animal and criminal class ; and certainly we have never read of any modern example in which it appeared more likely that the professed faith and repentance were perfectly sincere. The story derives interest from the uncommonly forcible character of the convict, and still more from the apostolic perseverance and wisdom of the wretched man's spiritual adviser. Some passages, especially the pages detailing the scene in the condemned cell on the day preceding the execution, and on the fatal morning itself, are full of a lofty and divine pathos which must reach all hearts, and mois ten the hardest eyes. It is a story which may be read with advantage by all ranks, and by none with more benefit than by those who are farthest removed from the criminal class. So remarkable is the heart-searching
Slare Life in Virginia and Kentucky
or, Fifty Years of Slarery, recounted by an Escaped Slave. With a Pre face by the Rev. C. LEE, of Holy Trinity Church, Kentish Town Wertheim & Macintosh. London, 1863.
We have every reason to beliete that this is a true story. It is most suitable for promiscuous reading, but will repay attention as another rent lation of Southern manners and cu toms.
A Formulary of Derotion, for
use of Schools ; composed chiefly the language of Scripture. By Rer J. T. DOBNEY. Relfe Brothers Aldersgate-street,
The idea on which this little prayer book is framed is good, and much 4 the execution is suitable to the ex cellent conception. We find fallen however, with the excess of Latinised words and constructions. Boys ough to be taught to speak Saxon in prayer In another edition the excision of such blemishes, and the shortening of the boys' rather long-winded response would, in our judgment, greatly in crease the value of this Formulary of Common Prayer.