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and will, unless we are greatly mis- Zöckler's arguments are valid, and, taken, be generally pronounced one in view of such attacks as have of the ablest and best. The Com- recently been made on it, e.g., by mentary on Ezekiel is from the
Dean Stanley, in his third series of German of the late Mr. Schröder, a lectures on the Jewish Church, it preacher and theologian of con- has great value. The assignment of siderable eminence, a sound Hebrew the book to the age of the Maccascholar, and an expositor of more bees is the result of a predetermined than ordinary insight. The work rejection of the supernatural; and, of translation and editing was under- apart from that unscientific prejutaken by the late Principal Fair- dice, we should hear little of the bairn, of the Free Church College, difficulties which arise from pecuGlasgow, who himself wrote our best liarities of language and style, from English commentary on Ezekiel ; the Greek names of musical instruand the present edition, though he ments, &c. Zöckler's work is a did not live to see it completed, is real addition to our critical and enriched by many valuable quota- hermeneutical literature ; and an tions from his work. Dr. Fairbairn's ordinary student will require no fur· writings are invaluable to the theo- ther help than he can here find. logical student, and invariably dis- There is certainly no other complay the fruits of mature scholar- mentary which presents so many ship, sound judgment, and fervent and such varied excellences as this, Evangelical faith ; and Mr. Schröder's and it ought to have a place in every comments have in the English theological library in the kingdom. translation gained greatly in worth by these additions from the Scotch expositor. The section on Daniel is from the pen of Dr. Otto Zöckler, MEDITATIONS ON THE LOVING WORDS who has already furnished contribu- OF OUR LOVING LORD AND SAVIOUR. tions to the Lange series on the By James Grant, author of “Our Books of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Heavenly Home," &c. London: and the Song of Solomon. It is W. H. Guest, 29, Paternoster translated, edited, and enlarged by Row. Dr. Strong, of Madison, New Jersey. Zöckler's views are generally trust
valuable worthy. He is of the liberal-evan
contributions to Christian instrucgelical school, and, while he con
tion and edification our friend Mr. ducts his investigations with the Grant has made, we estimate none fearlessness of one who is resolutely at a higher rate than this charming bent on the discovery of the truth, little volnme. It is just such a he rarely forgets the reverence and work as every Christian will delight humility by which all such investi- in for private perusal. Mr. Grant's gations should be guided. Occa- comments are devout, impressive, sionally he concedes more than is and suggestive ; they do not profess necessary to the demands of Rational- to be exhaustive, nor do they burden istic criticism; and we are glad that
the reader's mind with either diffuhis editor has delicately, but firmly, sive or recondite speculations. They combated his position as to ex have been written, and we believe eventu interpolations in ch. x.--xii., will be read, under the influence of and more particularly in xi. 5--39. the memorable utterance, « The On the general question of the in- words that I speak unto you, they are tegrity of the Book of Daniel, Spirit and they are Life."
PULPIT AND Pew: Sketches of strain if he had read Mr. Brown's
Popular Preachers of the Period. “Quarter of a Century in the Noncon. By An Anglican Layman. London:
formist Ministry,” or if he heard him William Tegg & Co., Pancras
“constantly." in his own chapel.
There are other instances of an unfair Lane, Cheapside. 1877.
judgment in reference both to Church. THE “Anglican Layman” has made men and Dissenters, and we regret himself acquainted with most of the them the more becauso the writer has popular preachers of the day, and in this way marred an otherwise endeavoured, often with considerable capital book. success, to describe the main characteristics of their style. There are
OUGHT PROTESTANT CHRISTIANS TO about fifty sketches, brief and suggestive, the subjects of which are
CIRCULATE ROMISH VERSIONS OF selected from all sections of the THE WORD OF GOD? By the Christian Church, the writer having Rev. Brewin Grant, B.A. Lonaimed at strict impartiality. His don: Trinitarian Bible Society, volume is a useful one, and intro- 96, Newgate Street, E.C. 1077, duces us to men whom it is a pleasure to know. His standpoint is not ours,
MR. GRANT's essay obtained the first and he does not seem to us to have prize, as awarded by the Trinitarian formed in all cases a fair and un.
Bible Society, for the best work on prejudiced estimate of the men whom “The Origin, Growth, and Effects of he places in the balauce. His sym.
the Circulation of Romish and other pathies strongly incline to the Broad Corrupted Versions of the Holy ScripChurch party, and he is certainly not,
tures in Foreign countries; and on in the commonly understood sense of
the Best Means of putting an End to
the Pernicious Practice.' the word, an Evangelical; neither is
We have he free from prejudice against Dissent. never been among the most ardent He knowe it tolerably well. Are we
admirers of the British and Foreign wrong in thinking that he himself Bible Society, and consider that its once had a place in its ranks, and that
action in relation to the labours of our he cherishes for it “the affection of a
missionaries in India is strangely out deserter”? To many of his sketches
of harmony with its professed object; we can take little exception; others
while the adoption of Roman Catholic are decidedly partial. Restricting our
versions, acknowledged to be corrupt, remarks to sketches of Nonconformist
is no loss anomalous. Our ministerial ministers, those of Mr. Spurgeon, Mr.
readers will have received a copy of Hall, Dr. Punshon, Dr. Dykes, Mr.
Mr. Grant's essay, as well as of Mr. Mursell, Mr. Maclaren, Mr. Dale, and Froggatt's (the second-prize essay), Dr. Donald Fraser are (considering and
we trust thoy will read both, and the author's standpoint) good; those
find in them an incentive to aid the on Dr. Landels and Mr. Stowell
circulation of such versions only as are Brown are conspicuously unfair. Dr. accurate and faithful. Landels is anything but“ a political Parson, ,” and does not unduly introduce politics into the pulpit, and we
THE MARTYR GRAVES OF SCOTLAND. imagine the writer has confused his Second Series. By the Rev. J. platform and pulpit utterances; be- H. Thomson, Eaglesham. Edinsides which Dr. Landels is intel
burgh : Johnstone, Hunter, & Co. lectually a stronger man than this sketch would suggest. Neither is Mr. We are glad to find that the former Stowell Brown a
man of "
coarse volume by this modern “ Old Morwit." He did not, even on the occa- tality” has me with a large sale. sion referred to, indulge in “bitter Mr. Thomson has completed his work and ignorant denunciation of a body with great care, and it will be treaof gentlemen,” &c., nor is he fond of sured in ages to come even more giving the rein to his enmity. The highly than now.
“For the righteous writer could not have written in this shall be in everlasting remembrance.”
MRS. GEORGE. On February 20th, Mrs. George, widow of the Rev. Jonathan George, formerly pastor of the Church at Arthur-street Chapel, Camberwell Gate, departed this life for the better, at the ripe age of sighty.one.
Her life was one of child-like trust in her Redeemer, and deep interest in His cause. As a prudent wife, an excellent mother, and a helper in good, her memory is endeared to many. Confined to home long before her death, she there served the Lord in suffering, as before in action, and she was at length permitted literally to "fall asleep” in her old arm-chair. “So He giveth His beloved sleep."
The funeral, conducted by her pastor, took place on the 27th February, at Nunhead Cemetery ; and on Lord's Day morning, March 4th, her death was improved from the words “A mother in Israel.”
She has left behind two sons to mourn their great loss and rejoice in her gain. We magnify the grace of God in her.
News of the Churches.
Bangor, Rev. T. P. Davies, February 20th.
Backhouse, Rev. S., Every Street, Manchester.
Williams, Roy. J. R., Rhondda Valley, February 12th.
V. THE REV. WILLIAM LANDELS, D.D. THE addresses delivered by Dr. Landels from the Chair of the
Baptist Union, raised a needlessly long and angry controversy,
in the course of which he was subjected to criticism as unjust as it was ungenerous. He has not, however, lost the esteem of those who know him best, either in our own or in other churches ; on the contrary, he is, as many who cannot unreservedly assent to his main position will testify, more widely " honoured for his brave words," while the wise administrative power, the unwearied diligence, and the evident self-sacrifice with which he has fulfilled the duties of the Chair, have met with a cordial appreciation, and will long form one of the brightest chapters in the history of our denomination. It is not, however, on this account that we include the name of Dr. Landels in the present series of articles. Apart from his recent proininence as the representative of the Baptist Union, he would have claimed our attention as one of the best-known and most influential preachers in the metropolis, and an acquaintance with his honourable and successful career should supply an incentive to ministers and students to “stir up the gift that is in them,” and to aim at the highest measure of power within their reach.
Like his predecessor in the Chair of the Baptist Union, Dr. Landels is a Scotchman. He was born at Eyemouth, a small fishing village, not far from Berwick-on-Tweed, in 1823. His parents were members of one of the Presbyterian churches, and duly instructed their children in the doctrines of the Westminster “Shorter Catechism ” and “Confession of Faith "—those ancient and venerated “Standards" from which, in Presbyterian families, and in Presbyterian churches and Church Courts, there is supposed to be no appeal. Our friend, however, was, even in his early years, too thoughtful and self-reliant blindly to accept the teachings of even the most august “assembly of divines,” and fearlessly made his appeal to the one “ law and testimony” on which all churches must ultimately rest : and the result of this appeal was that he became a member of the Morisonian or Evangelical Union Church---a church which may be briefly, and with sufficient accuracy, described as Congregational in polity, and Arminian in doctrine, and for whose separate existence there would have been no scope if a spirit of larger and wiser tolerance had animated the religious communities of the North.
It was natural that a young man who was distinguished among his companions both by strength of intellect and devoutness of spirit should turn his thoughts to the Christian ministry. Mr. Landels
' first efforts at preaching were, we have been told, among the Wesleyans, “ before he was well out of his teens.” He afterwards entered the Evangelical Union College at Glasgow, but the curriculum in those days was not so long as it has since become. His first church was in a village in Ayrshire, but he did not retain it long, for his study of the Scriptures engendered in his mind doubts as to the law. fulness of infant baptism. The subject was investigated with that thoroughness and impartiality which have always been so conspicuous a feature of his character; his convictions underwent a change; he abandoned his connection with the denomination in which he was rapidly rising to distinction, and avowed himself a Baptist. After some time he accepted an invitation to the church at Cupar-Fife, where he laboured in a manner which gave unmistakable signs of his future eminence. The Baptists in Scotland were at that time much more “isolated” than-thanks to their old
their old "Association" and more recent “Union”—they are now; and the young minister of Cupar was one of a small band who strove earnestly to remove this reproach, and to bring the churches into closer sympathy and connection. He also devoted himself, in company with several other ministers, to Evangelistic labours in districts where the Baptists were unrepresented, and where, indeed, there was a crying need for help.
Had he remained much longer in Scotland, he would soon have become the most popular minister in the denomiuation; but he was strongly recommended to the Church which met in the Circus Chapel, Birmingham. The recommendation was more than justified, and the acceptance of the offered pastorate formed its natural and appropriate sequel. Even in a town where John Angell James was at the height of his popularity—where George Dawson was attracting general attention – Mr. Landels was welcomed by the Nonconformist churches as a valuable ally and recognised as one of their leaders. The congregations of the thinly-attended chapel rapidly in