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ILLUSTRATIONS OF SCRIPTURAL FACTS AND CUSTOMS,
By analogous Reference to the Practice of other Nations.
Gen. xvi. 1, 3.—"Now Sarai, Abram's wife, bare him no children: and she had a hand
maid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. And she took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to
her husband Abram to be his wife.” Gen. xxix. 24.-" And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah, Zilpah her maid, for a
handmaid.” Also Gen. xxix. 29. Gen xxx. 3, &c.
The people of Florida generally married one wife, and she was obliged to continue faithful to her husband. The men, however, did not conceive themselves bound by this law, but connected themselves with other women, which custom prevailed amongst all the Indian nations of the new world. This connexion was, however, always conducted with a deference to the first legitimate wife : the others being rather handmaids than wives, acting as servants; their children were illegitimate, inferior in rank, and incapable of inheriting with those of the lawful wife.—Ensayo Cronologico, v. 2, p. 6.
THEOLOGICAL STUDIES. It will ever be our wish to render all the assistance in our power to the young Divine, in prosecuting his Theological studies. With this view we have commenced, in our present number, a series of
papers on the “Early Fathers ;” and shall be happy, at any time, to give such information on any particular subject, as our limits and our plan will permit. In accordance with the solicitations of several of our friends, who have been anxious to be furnished with a comprehensive list of books which are absolutely necessary, or more especially serviceable, for the student in divinity, it is our intention to submit one to their consideration. Previously, however, to so doing, it has been thought advisable to re-publish, in a few successive numbers, several lists, which have been recommended by different Bishops, and other eminent divines of our Church, which may serve as a direction, according to the method of reading which any individual student may wish to pursue.
Our own list will be arranged in such a way, as to point out, in the first place, the works, with the subjects of whi
date for holy orders, whether deacon or priest, who would wish to distinguish himself at his examination by the Bishop, ought to be thoroughly acquainted :-Secondly, Those which the young clergyman will find it advantageous to peruse, in the further prosecution of his theological inquiries :--and lastly, Such standard works as seem essential to the formation of a small, but select and comprehensive Theological library. In order to make the list as valuable as possible, we shall add the current price to each work, and the dates of the best editions.
Proceeding, therefore, with the lists in our possession, in Chronological order, we commence with the books recommended by Dr. Waterland, in his “ Advice to a Young Student,” which will be found in the sixth volume of his Works, edited by the present learned Bishop of Durham, page 315. We have not thought it necessary to include the course of Classical reading recommended to the young student.
No. I. DR. WATERLAND's List.
Norris's Practical Jenkins's ReasonJan. Sharp's Sermons. Tillotson'sSermons,
Discourses, 1st ableness of ChrisFeb. Calamy's Sermons. vol. i. fol.
and 2d parts..
Mar. Sprat’s Sermons.
May Hoadley's Sermons. Tillotson'sSermons, Clagget's Sermons, Bennet on Popery. June South's Sermons. vol. ii. fol.
Abridg. L. Cases.
Supposing now that you have in four years gained a competent skill in Greek and Latin authors, and in the arts and sciences, and that you have laid some foundation in English Divinity, from reading sermons; and that you have a general view of the controversies on foot from the books mentioned, and some insight into Church history; next (if not done already) learn Hebrew: then take in hand some good commentator, Grotius or Patrick, and read it through. You may take Josephus's History along with it, and Dupin's Canon of the old Testament. From thence proceed to the New Testament, which also read carefully over with some commentator, Grotius, Hammond, or Whitby; the last I should prefer to be read through, and the others to be consulted on occasion. From thence go on to the Church writers, taking them in order of time; first seeing a character of their works in Dupin, or Cave, or Bull; and let Bingham's Ecclesiastical Antiquities be consulted, where he treats of such matters as you meet with, that have any difficulty in them. Thus go on till you come to the fourth century, at least, if your time, business, and other circumstances will permit. If not, you must be contented to take the easier and shorter way; and study such books as may more immediately serve to furnish you as a preacher: which may be these that follow, besides those beforementioned. Bull's Latin Works, fol. Grab. edit. Fleetwood's Relative Duties. Nelson's Life of Bull, with his English Stillingfleet's Origines Sacræ. Works, in 4 vols. 8vo.
Burnet's History of the Reformation. Feasts and Fasts.
F.Paul's History of the Council of Trent.
Stillingfleet's Cases, 2 vols.
Norris's Humility and Prudence, 2vols. Scot's Christian Life, 5 vols.
Reason and Faith. Lucas's Inquiry after Happiness, 2 vols. Wilkins's Natural Religion. Hammond's Practical Catechism. Dean Sherlock's Works.
VOL. XII. NO. I,
Butler's Analogy. Ostervald's Causes of Corruption.
History: Sherlock, Bishop of London, on Pro- Archdeacon St. George's Examination
phecy, Trial of the Witnesses, &c. for Holy Orders. West on the Resurrection.
Stackhouse's History of the Bible. Observations on the Conversion of St. Nichols's Defensio Ecclesiæ Anglicanæ. Paul.
Cave's Primitive Christianity.
Fiddes's (3 vols.)
Blair's (4 vols.) Barrow's.
Abernethy's. Hickman's (2 vols.) Seed's (4 vols.)
Bishop Sherlock's. Bragg's.
Balguy's (2 vols.) Beveridge's.
Dodwell's (2 vols.)
ON A SINGULAR COINCIDENCE IN SUPERSTITIONS
RESPECTING CHRISTMAS-DAY. MR. EDITOR,—The following extracts are so singularly coincident in allusion, that I cannot help requesting you to insert them for the amusement of readers. The origin of the former superstition may be familiar to many; and that of the latter is, probably, to be found in the traditional remembrance by some early colonist of the notions of his forefathers. There are several passages in the ancient writers, which make mention of a consternation amongst animals on occasion of an extraordinary birth; and, probably, both the superstitions of the Devonians and the Canadian Indians, may have been derived from an earlier date than that of Christianity, although applied to one of its mysteries ; since, as is well-known, Pagan nations were, in the first ages of our era, Christianized for the benefit of converts.
A superstitious notion prevails in the north of Devonshire, that at 12 o'clock at night, on Christmas-eve, the oxen in their stalls are always found on their knees, as in an attitude of devotion; and that, (which is still more singular,) since the alteration of the style, they continue to do this on the eve of Old Christmasday. There is an old print of the Nativity, in which the oxen in the stable, near the virgin and child, are represented upon their knees as in a suppliant posture. This graphic representation has, probably, given rise to the above superstitious notion on this head.-BRAND's Popular Antiquities, Vol. I.
When it was midnight, I walked out, and strolled in the woods contiguous to the house. I was suddenly roused from a delicious reverie by observing a dark object moving slowly and cautiously among the trees. At first I fancied it was å bear, but a nearer inspection discovered an Indian on all-fours; for a moment I felt unwilling to throw myself in his way, lest he should be meditating some sinister design against me; however, on his waving his hand and putting his finger on his lips, I approached him, and, notwithstanding his injunction to silence, inquired what he did there. "Me watch to see the deer kneel,” replied he; “ this is Christmas night, and all the deer fall upon their knees to the Great Spirit and look up." The solemnity of the scene, and the grandeur of the idea, alike contributed to fill me with awe. It was affecting to find traces of the Christian ith existing in such a place, even in the form of such a tradition.”— Sketches of Upper Canada, by John Howison, Esq. p. 191.
Such a parallelism in the superstitions of people put asunder, “ as far as the east is from the west,” by civilization, localities, and religions, is, at least, curious.
SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE.
Diocesan Committee within the Diocese of Ely. At a General Meeting of the above Bibles, 3,388 Testaments, 9,945 Prayer Committee, holden in the Combination Books, 47,744 other Books and Tracts. Room of St. John's College, on Tues
The Sub-Committee have great saday, November 17, 1829; the Right tisfaction in stating that the increased Rev. the Lord Bishop of Ely in the distribution of the present year has chair: the list of Benefactors and arisen in a great measure from the Annual Subscribers for the year ending extension of Sunday Schools in the at the Audit in November 1829, hav- Diocese. ing been presented, the following
The Sub-Committee state, with restatement was read and unanimously gret, that the Rev. Richard Duffield adopted :
has signified his wish to resign the The Sub-Committee have to report, office of Secretary to this Committee. that in each year since the year 1821, After which, the following resoluthey have distributed the number of tions were proposed and unanimously books and tracts as undermentioned, agreed to :viz.
1. That a donation of 301. be remitted to the Treasurers of the Parent
Society. 1822..144 264 319 1,310
2. That the best thanks of this 1823..123 133 251 1,584 1824..134 203
Committee be given to the Rev.
296 2,932 1825..341 245 530 5,295
Richard Duffield, for his valuable ser1826..324 344
vices during the time he has discharg1827..318 289 1,042
ed the office of Secretary. 1828..340 338 817 6,275 3. That the Rev. John Graham, 1829..448 352 1,033 9,435 Fellow of Jesus College, be requested And that since the institution of this to accept the office of Secretary to this Committee they have distributed 5,159 Committee.
SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE GOSPEL IN
FOREIGN PARTS. The Fourth Annual Meeting of the
local state of the Society, it appears Society established in the Diocese of that during the last year the sum of Ely and University of Cambridge, in 241. 1s. has been received in donations, aid of the Incorporated Society, for and the annual subscriptions amount the Propagation of the Gospel in to 2331. 58. In the latter there has Foreign Parts," was held in the Town been a diminution, which is accounted Hall, on Tuesday, Nov. 17, and re- for from the circumstance of many spectably attended.
members having quitted the UniverThe Lord Bishop of Ely, on taking sity, who consequently have disconthe chair, requested that the report, tinued their subscriptions. which had been prepared, of the pro- Some able speeches were delivered ceedings of the society during the by the Bishop of Lincoln, Dr. Chafy, past year, might be read.
Dr. Turton, Professor Sedgwick, and The Rev.J. Griffith, B.D. Secretary, others, pointing out the claims which then read a satisfactory report of the the Society has upon us as Christians, operations of the Society, in which and the encouragements which we several facts were detailed of an in- have
to persevere in so good a teresting nature. In allusion to the work.
CLERGY MUTUAL ASSURANCE SOCIETY.
County of Huntingdon.
On Friday the 30th of October, 1829, That the Huntingdonshire Local a Meeting of the Clergy of the county Board be governed in all their proof Huntingdon was convened, for the ceedings according to regulations to purpose of taking into consideration the
be approved by the Board of Direcpropriety of establishing a Local Board tors in London : and that the Chairin the above county. The Rev. Dr. man be requested to make known to Maltby being in the chair, the follow- the Directors the resolutions passed ing resolutions were unanimously at the meeting of this day, and to adopted :
obtain authority for incurring expenses 1. Moved by the Rev. E. Edwards, on account of the Society in transacting and seconded by the Rev. William local business. Palmer,
6. Moved by the Rev. R. S. Barton, That this meeting do express
their and seconded by the Rev. D. J. Hopapprobation of the Clergy Mutual kins, Assurance Society, as tending to in- That the cordial thanks of this crease the comfort and respectability meeting be given to the Rev. John of the Clergy and their families, and Hodgson for his attendance as Secrethat they are anxious to co-operate tary to the Board of Directors, and the with such Society in the furtherance of clear and able explanations giving by its objects.
him respecting the designs of the So2. Moved by the Rev. R. A. Nash, ciety. and seconded by the Rev.D.J.Hopkins, (Signed) Edward Maltby, D.D. That a Local Board, to communicate
Chairman. with the Board of Directors of the Clergy Mutual Assurance Society, be
The Chairman having left the chair, now formed in this county, for the ac
it was moved (with permission) by the commodation of the Clergy thereof,
Rev. John Hogdson, and seconded by and other interested parties residing
the Rev. William Palmer, that the therein, and that the meetings of such
thanks of the meeting be given to the Local Board be held at Huntingdon.
Rev. Dr. Maltby for his kindness in 3. Moved by the Rev. Edward Peck,
taking the chair upon this occasion,
and for his zealous attention at all and seconded by the Rev. B. Puckle, That the Huntingdonshire Local
times to whatever may tend towards Board do consist of the Clergy and
promoting the welfare and respectGentry now named. The Lord Bishop ability of the Clergy. of Lincoln has been pleased to allow
J. Fell, Secretaries to the himself to be nominated President, and
J. White,) Local Board. the Rev. Dr. Maltby Chairman of the Assurances may be made in this Board.
Society by Clergymen, for provision in 4. Moved by R. Smith, Esq. and Sickness, annuities in Old Age, payseconded by the Rey. H. Maule, ments at Death, and endowments for
That the Rev. John Fell and the the education and settlement of Rev. John White be appointed Secre- Children. taries of the Huntingdonshire Local Application to be made to the Rev. Board.
, Huntingdon, or the Rev. 5. Moved by David Veasey, Esq. John White, Brampton, of whom proand seconded by the Rev. John Fell, spectuses may be had.