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“ Watchfulness and dependence in prayer," "Prayer for temporal blessings,” Intercessory prayer,” “Thanksgiving and praise.” 15.—Norway and the Norwegians ; or Feats on the Fiord. A
Tale. By Harriet Martineau. New York: D. Appleton
& Co., 1842. pp. 180. This neat little volume surpasses our expectations in value and interest. It is partly fact and partly fiction, which are so woven together as to present a more striking and comprehensive view, than any isolated narrative could furnish, of the manners, character and superstitions of the Norwegians. The reader who begins will be almost certain to finish the book ; and he will rise from its perusal, feeling, not only that he has been entertained, but instructed. He will be conscious that he now possesses an acquaintance with real life in those hyperborean regions, though derived from descriptions of scenes and events, which, perhaps, have never been witnessed in the precise order in which they are here presented.
16.- A Demonstration of the Authority and Wisdom of Punish
ment by Death for Murder. By Rev. George B. Cheever.
New-York: M. W. Dodd, 1842. We have observed with interest the arguments lately put forth in England, in defence of capital punishment for the crime of murder; and we cannot regard with indifference the circumstances, among ourselves, which have enlisted the pens of several American divines on the same subject. Recent endeavors, in the Legislature, to change the laws of the State of New-York, have rendered it a topic of special interest to her citizens. Many clergymen have preached on the subject, and several have published single discourses. Mr. Cheever has attempted a more labored and extended argument. He defends the authority and wisdom of capital punishment for murder on the grounds of Scripture and expediency. In conducting the Scripture argument, he maintains the correctness of the common translation of the passage in Genesis,_"Whoso sheddeth man's blood,” etc.,—considers the circumstances of the human race when this ordinance was promulgated, its universality and comprehensiveness, the Mosaic statutes respecting it, its confirmation in the New Testament, and the consentaneousness of Divine Providence. In respect to the final causes of the ordinance, the author regards its bearing upon the principles of the Divine government as one of the most important branches of the subject. The whole discussion is conducted with ingenuity and adroitness, and with a thoroughness of research which is highly creditable to the author. We recommend it as well suited to correct and settle the views of candid inquirers, whose compassion for even the guilty, under suffering, has shaken their confidence in principles of government which are demanded both by the authority of God and the best interests of human society.
Capital Punishment, sustained by Reason and the Word of God; being the substance of a Sermon preached in the Spring-street Presbyterian Church, by Rev. William Patton, D. D. New York. Dayton and Newman, 1842. The questions raised in this Sermon are: Whether man has any right to take away the life of the irrational creature, or of man; which, on the ground of certain grants and ordinances the author answers in the affirmative; and states several things obviously forbidden in the sixth Commandment. The argument is brief and well stated.
The Juvenile Naturalist ; or Walks in the Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. By B. H. Draper. New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1842. 2 Vols. pp. 237, 232. These little volumes are in the publishers' best style of printing and binding, and are illustrated with numerous engravings. They are among the very best books for the young which we have seen. We earnestly recommend them to the attention of parents, who would provide for their children objects of thought tending to their elevation and improvement.
Our Country; its Capabilities, its Perils, and its Hope. Be. ing a plea for the early establishment of Gospel Institutions in the Destitute Portions of the United States. "Published by the Executive Committee of the American Home Missionary Society. New York, 1842. This is a pamphlet of sixty pages. Its object is "to presnt a condensed view of the facts which constitute our country's claim, on all her sons, to promote the moral improvement of Society at home.” Its statistics are authentic and accurate, and its argument cumulative and irresistible.
SECOND SERIES, VOL. VII. NO. II.
ARTICLE X I.
Germany. DR. PLUcker has been appointed professor at Bonn in the place of Dr. Argusti. Dr. H. A. G. Hävernick, recently professor extraordinary at Rostock, has been made professor of theology at Königsberg. The Library of the University of Tubingen has just received a valuable accession in the department of Orieniul MSS.; the Arabic, Persian, and Turkish MSS., which belonged to Prof. Schulz, (who was killed in Kurdistan, in 1829,) have been added to the collection. Dr. Wuttke of the University of Leipsic' has discovered and published a manuscript Autobiography of Christian Wolff; the editor has appended as Essay on the philosophy of Wolff, with a part of his correspondence. Among the recent publications of Germany, we notice Luther's complete works, Vol. XXX, coniaining a portion of his polemical writings; Umbreit's Practical Commentary on the Prophets of the Old Testament, Vol. I., it being Part I. of his Commentary on Isaiah; the Life and Works of Melancihon by Matthes; Karl Otfried Müller's History of Greek Literature to the Age of Alexander, from a MS, of the author by Dr. Ed. Müller.
Holland. According to the latest account which we have seen of the Dutch Universities, they had 1397 students; in Leyden there were 634, in Utrecht, 484. Of this number, 323 were studying theology; 502, jurisprudence; 366, medicine; 65, natural science; 141, philosophy.
George A. Peters proposes soon to publish, at the office of the American Biblical Repository, a new work in one volume, to be denominated, “The Principles of Æsthetics, in their application to Literature," or the “Elements of Lite rary Taste." By Rev. Charles B. Hadduck, Professor of Intellectual Philosophy and English Literature in Dartmouth College, Hanover, N. H. For a specimen of the work, see Article VI, present No. of the Repository.
John S. Taylor & Co., New-York, have in press, and will publish in a few days, Prof. Gaussen's work on “Theopneusty, or Plenary Inspiration of the Bible,” translated from the French by Rev. E. N. Kirk. It will be in one volume of about 300 pages. For an account of the original work, see Biblical Repository of July last. Wiley & Putnam, New York, are preparing for immediate republication, "A Dictionary of Science, Literature, and Aris; compris. ing the history, description, and scientific principles of every branch of human knowledge," etc., illustrated with engravings. Edited by W. T. Brande, F. R. S. and Joseph Cauvin, Esq. It will appear in 24 parts, at 25 cents each. Allen, Morrill and Ward well, propose to publish, at the Codman press, Andover, Sermons and Literary Remains of Rev. William Bradford Homer, late Pastor of the Cong. Church, South Berwick, Me. Edited, with a Memoir, by Rev. E. A. Park, Professor in the Theol. Sem., Andover. Jonathan Leavitt and J. F. Trow, of New-York, will publish in April, a beautiful reprint of Hahn's edition of the Greek New Testament, superintended by E. Robinson, D. D.
INDEX TO VOLUME VII.
on Domestic Economy, noticed
Cheever, Rev. George B., review of
Chemistry, Élements of, by Alonzo
Chemistry, Lectures on, by C. U.
Chrislian Church, History of the first
Christianity, the history of, by Mil-
D'Aubigne's History of the Reforma.
Devotional, Music, the principles and
Dictionary, the School and Family, traditions of primitive times, Elex-
the antiquities of Alhens 446,
scriptions lately brought to light
Aristotle 452, the ruins of the Par-
thenon and its sister temples 452,
Roman Catholicism, noticed 240. by the present government 454,
ges of ancient customs 456, the
persons here spoken of had been ancient Athenians 458, the Areo-
new them again by repentance 223.
eral meaning of the passage 352; Hadduck, Prof. Charles B., on Prose
Harvard University, Quincy's His-
tory of, reviewed 89, 175, 253.
Hebrew and Chaldee Concordance of
School and Family Dictionary, heimer, reviewed 467, remarks on
the importance of the work 468,
pared with those of a Lexicon 470,
brew 472, remarks on Gesenius'
Ionian Islands, etc., reviewed 441. Hebrews 6:4-6, Exposition of, 208.
of certain points of, 89.
viewed 89, 175, 253.
Germany and Switzerland, by
of Wordsworth and Gifford on, re- History of Christianity, by Milman,