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Catalogue of Commentaries & Expositions

GENESIS
  1. ALFORD (HENRY, Dean of Canterbury. 1810-..1871). The Book of Genesis and part of the Book of Exodus [Ch. I.—XXV.]: a revised version, with Commentary. Demy 8vo. 12/-Lond., W. Isbister & Co. 1872. The works of this eminent scholar are too well known and appreciated to need even a word from us.
  2. BLUNT (HEnRy, M.A.) Genesis [Vol. I. of a Family Exposi-tion of the Pentateuch. 12mo. Lond., Hatchards. 1841]. S. x/6. Simple Expositions for family reading. Good, but not brilliant.
  3. BURROUGHS (W. K., M.A.) Lectures on Genesis. 8vo. Dub., 1848. Useful to grocers and buttermen. Worth nothing to students.
  4. BUSH (GEORGE. Prof. of Heb. and Orient. Lit., New York). Notes on Genesis. 2 vols., small 8vo. New York, 1852. Reprinted in London in 1 vol., 8vo. S. 5/-Bush has in the most barefaced manner taken copious verbatim extracts from Andrew Fuller, without acknowledgment, and he has also plagiarized Lawson on Joseph by wholesale, without even mentioning his name. For such a scholar to be guilty of wholesale plunder is inexcusable. It is one of the worst cases of robbery we have ever met with, and deserves a far stronger denunciation than our gentle pen and slender space will permit.
  5. CALVIN (JOHN). Genesis, translated by Tho. Tymme. Black letter. 4to. Lond., 1578. 9/-Participates in the general excellencies of Calvin's works.
  6. CANDLISH (ROBERT S., D.D.) Lectures. New edition. 2 vols., 8vo. 10/6. Edinb., Adam Black. 1842. We venture to characterize this as THE work upon Genesis, so far as lectures can make up an exposition; we have greatly profited by its perusal. It should be in every Biblical library.
  7. CLOSE (FRANCIS, D.D., A.M., Dean of Carlisle). Historical Discourses. 12mo. Lond., 1828. S. 2/6. A course of smoothly-flowing, respectable, quiet, evangelical sermons. Nobody could be so wicked as to call them sensational.
  8. COGHLAN (C. L.) Genesis and St. Matthew. 2 vols., 8v9. 1832. 3/6. Consists entirely of parallel and illustrative passages of Scripture printed in full; it is superseded by the Commentary Wholly Biblical.
  9. CUMMING (JOHN, D.D., F.R.S.E.) Scripture Readings on Genesis. Small 8vo. Lond., J. F. Shaw. 1853. S. 2/-Dr. Cummings works are not very original, but his style is flowing, his teachings are always evangelical, and he puts other men's thoughts into pleasing language.
  10. DAWSON (ABRAHAM). New Translation of Genesis [I.—XVII.], with Notes. 4to. Lond., 1763. 2/6. Tainted with infidelity. A writer of the Geddes school.
  11. DIMOCK (HENRy). Notes. 4to. Gloucester, 1804. 2[-. to 4/-Chiefly taken up with the various readings of Hebrew MSS. The young student will not value it. The same author has written on Exodus and the Prophets.
  12. FRANKS (JAMES, A.M.) Sacred Literature; or, Remarks on Genesis. 8va. Halifax, 18c/2. S. 2/-to 4/' This writer collected notes from various authors. As the sources from which he drew his extracts are within reach, we can select for ourselves.
  13. FULLER (ANDREW, 1754—1815). Expository Discourses on Genesis. One small vol., 1/6. (Also in Fuller's Works.) Weighty, judicious, and full of Gospel truth. One of the very best series of discourses extant upon Genesis, as Bush also thought.
  14. GIBBENS (NICHOLAS). Questions and Disputations concerning Holy Scripture. Genesis. 4to. 1602. 3/-In his own fashion this antique writer tries to answer curious questions which are suggested by Genesis. His day is over.
  15. GREENFIELD (WILLIAM, M.R.A.S. Editor of the Comprehensive Bible). Genesis in English and Hebrew, with an Inter-linear Translation, Notes, and Grammatical Introduction. 8va. Lond., 1862. S. 3/-This work will not only enable the Student to get at the literal meaning of the text, but may be used as an introduction to the Hebrew language. The plan is most admirable, and we earnestly commend it to the attention of those uninstructed in the sacred tongue.
  16. GROVES (HENRY CHARLES, M.A.) Commentary on Genesis, for readers of the English version. Small 8va. Land. and Camb., Macmillan & Co. 1861. S. 2/-to 6/-Physical science, the discoveries of travelers, and the results of criticism, so far as they bear upon Genesis, are here brought within the reach of the general reader.
  17. HARWOOD (T.) Annotations. 8va. Lond., 1789. 1/6. The author professed to offer his work with great diffidence, and he had just cause to do so: he had better have burned his manuscript.
  18. HAWKER (JOHN, M.A.) Bible Thoughts in Quiet Hours. Genesis. Small Cr. 8va. 3/-Lond., Yapp. 1873. Deeply spiritual reflections, not without learning and critical power. The preacher will find here many hints for sermons.
  19. HEAD (F. A.) The World and its Creator. Cr. 8va. Lond., 1847. 2/. One of the many good books which from lack of vigor are only "born to die."
  20. HUGHES (GEORGE, B.D., Puritan, 1603—1667). Analytical Exposition of Genesis, and of XXIII. chapters of Exodus. Folio. 1672. 10/6 to 15/-The deductions which Hughes draws from the text are of the nature of homiletical hints, and for this reason he will be a treasure to the minister. He belongs to the noble army of Puritans.
  21. JACOBUS (MELANCTHON W., Professor of Biblical Literature, Alleghany, U.S.). Notes. 2 vols. sm. 8vo. New York, 1866. S. 8/-A very valuable work, in which Colenso is boldly met and answered. It contains much Gospel teaching, and aids the preacher greatly. Not easily to be obtained. It ought to be reprinted.
  22. JERVIS-WHITE-JERVIS (JOHN) Genesis: a New Translation collated with the Samaritan, Septuagint, and Syriac, with Notes, 8vo. 12/-Lond., Bagsters 1852. S. 5/-Brings out very vividly the oriental character of Genesis, and although we cannot reconcile ourselves to Abh-rauhaum, Is'hauk, and Y'aakobh, and find it hard to believe in Saurauh and Haughaur, we have been glad of the light which the East and its languages have here afforded.
  23. JUKES (ANDREW). Types of Genesis. 8vo. 7/6. Lond., Long-roans, 1858. S. 3/6. In many places far too forced, and therefore to be read with caution; but: in its own spiritualizing way very masterly. Jukes dives deep.
  24. LANGE'S COMMENTARY edited by Dr. Schaff. Vol. 1. Commentary on Genesis. Imp. 8vo., 21/-; or to subscribers, x 5/-Edinb., T. & T. Clark. 1868. The best of the series, and in all respects beyond price.
  25. M[ACKINTOSH] (C. H.). Notes on Genesis. By C. H. M. 12mo. Second Edition. 2/6. Zend., G. Morrish. 1858. Precious and edifying' reflections marred by peculiarities.
  26. MACGREGOR (SIR C., BART., M.A.) Notes for Students in Divinity. Part 1. [Chap. i.-xi.] 8vo. Lond., Parker. 1853. S. 3/' Contains a great deal of learning, of small use to the preacher. Many curious and knotty points which arise in the first eleven chapters of Genesis are discussed with considerable ability.
  27. MURPHY (JAMES G., LL.D.,Professor of Hebrew, Belfast). Commentary on Genesis, with a New Translation. 8vo. 10/6. Edinb., T. & T. Clark. 1863. S. 5/6. "A work of massive scholarship, abounding in rich and noble thought, and remarkably fresh and suggestive."—Evangelical Mag.
  28. OSBURN (WILLIAM). Israel in Egypt; or, the Books of Genesis and Exodus illustrated by existing Monuments. Small 8vo. 5/-Lond., Seeleys. 1856. S. 2/-Not a Commentary; but a volume full of interest, which should be studied by all who would understand this portion of history.
  29. PAUL (WILLIAM, A.M.) Analysis and Critical Interpretation of the Hebrew Text, preceded by a Hebrew Grammar. 8vo. Edinb. and Land. W. Blackwood & Sons. 1852. S. 8/-Designed to promote the study of Hebrew. Not a comment, but rather a grammatical exercise. Useful to students of the sacred tongue.
  30. PRESTON (THEODORE, M.A.) Phraseological Notes on the Hebrew Text. 8vo. Lond., 1853. S. 4/' Intended to explain and illustrate the most remarkable peculiarities and anomalies of matter, style, and phrase in the Book of Genesis. It may interest Hebraists, but can little aid the preacher.
  31. SIBTHORPE (RICHARD WALDO, B.D.) Genesis, with Brief Observations. Imp. 8vo. /,and., 1835. S. 2/6. Mere platitudes. Paper spoiled.
  32. TURNER (SAMUEL H., D.D., Prof. Columbia Call., New York): A companion to Genesis. 8vo. New York, 185r. S. 4/6. In Horne's Introduction we read:—"Though not designed to be a Commentary, this valuable work furnishes the Biblical student with abundant aid for the exact and literal interpretation of the Book of Genesis."
  33. WARNER (RICHARD). Exposition. 12mo. Lond., Longmans. 1840. S. 2/-Common- place remarks; intended to be used at family worship. Likely to send the servants to sleep.
  34. WHATELEY (WILLIAM). Prototypes; or, the Primarie Precedent Presidents out of the Booke of Genesis. Shewing the Good and Bad Things they Did and Had. Practically adapted to our Information and Reformation. Folio. Lond., 1640. 5/6. A queer old book. The oddity of the title is borne out by the singularity of the matter. It does not expound each verse; but certain incidents are dwelt upon.
  35. WILLET (ANDREW. 1562—1621). Hexapla. A sixfold Exposition of Genesis. Folio. 1605. 5/-to 8/- This work is called by its author a Hexapla, because he treats his subject under six heads, giving "a sixfold use of every chapter, showing, x. The method, or argument, 2. The divers readings.:3-The explanation of difficult questions and doubtful places. 4. The places of doctrine. 5. Places of confutation. 6. Moral observations." Willet is tedious reading; his method hampers him. In all his Commentaries he lumbers along in his six-wheeled wagon.
  36. WRIGHT (C. H.H.) Book of Genesis in Hebrew, with various Readings, Notes, &c. 8vo. 5/-Lond., Williams & Norgate. S. 3/6. Intended to assist the student who has mastered the elements of Hebrew Grammar to acquire a better knowledge of that language. Rather a class-book than a Commentary.

    GENESIS—EARLY CHAPTERS, AND PATRIARCHS
  37. BONAR (HORATIUS, D.D.) Earth's Morning; or, Thoughts on Genesis. 12mo. 5/-Lond., Nisbet & Co. 1875. An exposition of the first six chapters only. The author endeavors "to investigate the meaning of each verse and word; that, having done so, the exact revelation of God in these may be brought' out, and the spiritual truth evolved." He has in a great measure attained his object. What more could be said in his praise?
  38. BUNYAN (JOHN). Ten first chapters of Genesis, and part of the eleventh. [In Bunyan's Works.] Complete works, S. 30/-Allegorical and spiritual. Bunyan's characteristics are very prominently manifest.
  39. EDERSHEIM (ALFRED, D.D.) World before the Flood, and History of the Patriarchs. Small sq. 8vo. 2/6. Lond., Religious Tract Society. 1875. The author has mainly aimed at giving instruction to the Sunday School Teacher, and the Bible Class Student. He may be read with profit by students of a higher grade. The work is not a Commentary, but is full of instruction.
  40. HENRY (PHILIP, M.A. 1631—1696). Exposition of the first eleven chapters of Genesis. 18mo. Lond., x$39. S. x/-Interesting as the exposition of Matthew Henry's father, taken down from his lips at family prayer by Matthew, his son. This probably suggested the famous Commentary.
  41. HURDIS (.TAMES). Select Critical Remarks upon the English version of the first ten chapters of Genesis. 8vo. Lond., x 793. 2/-" Judicious observations"; but it is so easy to be judicious. Unimportant.
  42. LUTHER (MARTIN). On the first five chapters of Genesis, translated by Dr. Henry Cole. 8vo. Edinb., 1858. S. 5/6. Cole made a choice selection. Luther left four volumes upon Genesis in Latin. How these Reformers worked 1
  43. MACDONALD (D.) Creation and the Fall. The first three chapters of Genesis. 8vo. Edinb., T. & T. Clark. x z/-"We do not hesitate to designate this volume as the most complete examination of the literature and the exegesis of the Creation and the Fall which has appeared in England."—Journal of Sacred Literature.
  44. NEEDLER (BENJAMIN). Expository Notes, with Observations, towards the opening of the five first chapters of Genesis. Small 8vo. Lond., 1655. 3/- Needler was one of the eminent divines who took part in the famous Morning Exercises. The little work is a curiosity, but nothing more.
  45. ROSSE (ALEXANDER). Exposition of the fourteen first chapters of Genesis. 8vo. Lond., 1626. 4/6. A very scarce catechism by that Scotch divine who is mentioned in Hudibras in the lines—

    "There was an ancient sound philosopher
    That had read Alexander Ross over."

  46. WHITE (John, M.A.,4 Puritan Divine, called" The Patriarch of Dorchester." Died 1648.) The Three First Chapters of Genesis. Folio. 1656. 7/' to 10/6. A folio upon three chapters! There were giants in those days. Manton says, "To speak of the worth of the author is needless, his praise being already in all the churches," and he adds that he had been greatly refreshed by the perusal of this book.
  47. WILLIAMS (Isaac, B.D.) Beginning of Genesis, with Notes. Sm. 8vo. 7/6. Lond., Rivingtons. 1861. A very remarkable work by a high churchman, opening up in a masterly manner the mystical teachings of the early chapters of Genesis. To be read cum grano salis.

    ['The following works are placed in chronological order.]
  48. BONNET (L.) The Exile from Eden; Meditations on the Third Chapter of Genesis, translated from the French, by Rev. W. Hare. Small 8vo. Lond., 1839. S. 5/' After the French manner. In nine meditations the salient points in the all-important story of the Fall are touched upon. One of the best separate treatises upon the subject.
  49. OLMSTEAD (J., American.) Noah and his Times. 2/. Edinb., Collins. One of the dreariest works ever written. We have often wondered why it was reprinted, or even printed at all It is as dry as Noah in the ark.
  50. BLUNT (HENRY, A.M.) Twelve Lectures on the History of Abraham. 12mo. 5/6. Eight Lectures on the History of Jacob. 4/6. Lond., Hatchards. 1842. S. 1/6 each. Like the rest of this author's lectures. Good, plain addresses.
  51. SHUTE (JOSIAS, B.D. "Above three-and-thirty years Rector of St. Mary, Woolnoth.") Sarah and Hagar; or, Genesis xvi. opened in Twenty Sermons. Folio. 1649. 5/-In shape, the editor tells us, "this book is somewhat slender, like the encouragements of learning." He informs us that the author was "one of the five famous brother-preachers, somewhat like the five fingers on the right hand of fellowship;" and that Chrysostom did so much lie in his bosom that he became like him in his flowing style and golden eloquence. He writes like a learned man, and treats the Scriptures as if "each book were a course, each chapter a Benjamin's mess, and ever3' verse a morsel of the food of angels."
  52. BOUCHIER (BARTON, M.A.) History of Isaac. 12mo. Lond., Houlston. S. 2/-A charming book, in Bouchier's gracious style.
  53. ROLLINSON (Francis, B.D.) Twelve Prophetical Legacies; or, Twelve Sermons upon Jacob's Last Will, recorded in the 45th chapt, of Genesis. 4to., [.and., 1612. Scarce. Hardly to be priced. Say 5/' Old-fashioned learning, and singular remarks; its rarity is no great calamity.
  54. CUMMIN. G (JOHN, D.D.,F.R.S.E.) The Last of the Patriarchs; or, Lessons from Life of Joseph. Sm. 8vo. 1856. S. 2/-Fitted for popular reading: ministers need more thought.
  55. GIBSON (T.) Lectures on Joseph. 8vo. Lond., 1848. 1/-Very respectable sermons, bringing out the gospel of Joseph's history.
  56. LAWSON (GEORGE, D.D., 1749—1820). Lectures on Joseph. 2 vols., 12mo. Edinb., 1807 & 1812. 4/-, Dr. Lawson had a fertile mind, and a heart alive both to the human and divine side of truth. ]are writes with pleasing simplicity of style. One of the highest compliments to this book is found in the fact that a distinguished American scholar issued much of it as his own.
  57. SMITH (THORNLEY). History of Joseph viewed in connection with the Antiquities of Egypt, and the times in which he lived. Cr. 8vo. 4/-Edinb., W. Oliphant. 1875. "Written under the full light of the most recent archecological discoveries, modern scholarship, and theological science, it is THE book on the subject. Now we have it, we cannot dispense with it."—Homilist.
  58. WARDLAW (RALPH, D.D.) Life of Joseph and the Last Years of Jacob. 12mo. 1845. S. 2/3. Wardlaw, though rather wordy, is always instructive.

    EXODUS
  59. BIRKS (T. R., M.A.) The Exodus of Israel; its Difficulties explained and its Truth confirmed. 8vo. 1863. S. 3/6. A reply to Dr. Colenso's famous assault upon the Pentateuch. The great abilities of the author are known to all.
  60. BLUNT (HENRY, M.A.) Exodus and Leviticus. Vol. 2 of A Family Exposition of the Pentateuch. 12mo. 6/-Lond., Hatchards. 1842. S. x/-Profitable for household and private reading: not very striking.
  61. BUSH (GEORGE). Notes on Exodus. 2 vols., sm. 8vo. New York, 1856, &c. S. 5/6. Of considerable value. We do not know that it is a plagiarism.
  62. COTTAGE READINGS on the Book of Exodus. [Anon.] Sm. cr. 8vo. 5/' Lond., Nisbet & Co. S. 2/-Not at all a student's book; yet many preachers might learn from it how to put things plainly. There is a similar volume on Genesis.
  63. CUMMING (Joliet, D.D.) Sabbath Morning Readings on Exodus. Sm. 8vo. Lond., J. F. Shaw. 1853. S. 2/-Dr. Cumming's style is a model, but his matter seldom verges upon originality. He always gives you the gospel when he is not prophesying.
  64. EXELL (JosEPH S.) Homiletic Commentary on Exodus. [Being Part x of THE PREACHER'S COMMENTARY, publishing by Dickinson in monthly parts, 1875. 1/-each.] It excels, so far as we have seen.
  65. HUGHES (GEORGE). See No. 127.
  66. JACKSON (THOMAS, D.D., Dean of Peterborough.—1579—1640). Paraphrase on the eleven first chapters of Exodus, with Annotations, &c. Works, 8vo., IX., 384. Folio, III., 191. 3 vols. folio 35/'; 12 vols. 8vo. 50/-George Herbert set great store by Dr. Jackson's writings, for he said,—"I bless God for the confirmation Dr. Jackson has given me in the Christian religion, against the Atheist, Jew, and Socinian, and in the Protestant against Rome." ]it would hardly repay a student to purchase three folio volumes to obtain the small portion allotted to his Paraphrase. So far as commenting is concerned it is not important.
  67. M[ACKINTOSH] C.H.) Notes. By C. H.M. 12mo. 2/6. Lond., G. Morrish. 1858. Not free from Plymouth errors, yet remarkably suggestive.
  68. MILLINGTON (THOMAS S.) Signs and Wonders in the Land of Ham. A Description of the Ten Plagues of Egypt. Post 8vo. 7/6. Lond., Murray. 1873. It has been an intellectual treat to read this interesting work. On the same subject there is an old work by James Bryant, 1794; but Millington is enough.
  69. MURPHY (JAMES G., LL.D.) Commentary on Exodus. New Translation. 8vo. Edinb., Clark. 1866. 9/-The result of laborious study by a scholar of ripe learning.
  70. WILLET (ANDREW). Hexapla; or, Sixfold Commentarie upon Exodus. Folio. Lond., 1608. 6/-to 10/-See No. 142. Full, exhaustive, and exhausting.

    LIVES OF MOSES
  71. HAMILTON (JAMES, D.D.,F.L.S. 1814—1867). Moses, the Man of God. Sm. cr. 8vo. 5/-Lond., Nisbet. Beautiful as a poem, like everything' which fell front Dr. Hamilton's pen. It would be impossible to study it without profit.
  72. OOSTERZEE (J. J. VAN, D.D.) The Life of Moses. Edinb., T. & T. Clark. [In preparation].
  73. SMITH (THORNLEY). History of Moses; viewed in connection with Egyptian Antiquities, and the times in which he lived. Cr. 8vo. 3/6. Lond., Hamilton. 1862. Of the same class as Kitto's Daily Readings: well executed.
  74. SPONG (JAMEs). Moses.—The Hero of the Desert. Cr. 8vo. 3/6. Lond., Partridge & Co. A book for the public. Not for students

    JOURNEYINGS OF THE CHILDREN 0F ISRAEL
  75. BUDDICOM (R. P., M.A., F.A.S.) The Christian Exodus, in a Series of Discourses. 2 vols., 8vo. Lond., 1826. S. 3/-Able discourses, using the Exodus spiritually and wisely.
  76. CARDALL (WILLIAM, M.A.) Israel's Journeys, illustrative of the Divine Pilgrimage. 8vo. Lond., Hatchards. 1848. S. 2/6. Twenty evangelical lectures manifesting respectable ability.
  77. FORSTER (CHARLES, B.D.) "Israel in the Wilderness"; or, Gleanings from the Scenes of the Wanderings. 8vo. Lond., Richard Bentley. 1865. S. 2/-if the author's renderings of the desert inscriptions are indeed correct, this is a wonderful book. That, however, is a question for the learned, and they have pronounced against him.
  78. JOURNEYINGS OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, and their Settle. ment in the Promised Land. (ANON.) 18mo. I/6. Lond., Religious Tract Society. 1832. Useful to the young, but the engravings are of almost Pre-Adamite antiquity, and nearly as ugly as the profoundest master of the ridiculous could have made them.
  79. KRUMMACHER (GOTTFRIED DANIEL. 1774—1837). Israel's Wanderings. 2 vols., Sm. 8vo. Lond., Nisbet. 1837. S. 7/6. Written by the uncle of the author of Elijah the Tishbite. A good, thought-breeding work.
  80. OSBURN (W.) See under Genesis, No. 135.
  81. SEATON (W.) Church in the Wilderness. 2 vols 12mo. S. 2/-2ndedition, Lond., 1821. Enlarged. 2vols.,8vo. S.4/' Of the thoroughly evangelical school, fraught with much experimental truth and sound doctrine soberly discussed.
  82. WAGNER (GEORGE). The Wanderings of the Children of Israel. Cr. 8vo. 6/-Lond., Nisbet & Co. 1862. A book which we have read with great pleasure and profit, and very heartily recommend.

    THE DECALOGUE

    [This list does not include comments contained in Bodies of Divinity, &c., but those forming separate volumes. In many theological works there are lengthy portions set apart for the Commandments.]

  83. ANDREWES (LANCELOT, Bp. of Worcester. 1555—162.6). The Patterne of Catechisticall Doctrine at large; or a Learned and Pious Exposition of the X Commandments. Folio. 1675. 7/6 to 10/-
        This is a book indeed; it is a joy to read it, for it flashes with thought and illustration, and sparkles with ingenious remarks. Profound learning did not lead the Bishop into the depths of dullness, as it has done many another divine; he manifests the happy quaintness of Latimer side by side with great scholarship. He was highly esteemed by his contemporaries; but we can hardly believe that his death

    "Left the dim face of our dull hemisphere
    All one great eye all drown'd in one great tear."

    Yet so we are informed at the foot of his effigies.
  84. BARKER (PETER). A Learned and Familiar Exposition. 4to. 1624. 5/' Old-fashioned, remarkably quaint, and even coarse in places. Barker's work abounds in Scriptural illustrations, but it is almost forgotten,
  85. DALE (R. W., M.A., of Birmingham.) The Ten Commandments. Cr. 8vo. 3/6. Lond., Hodder and Stoughton. 1873. Written in a clear, bold, and trenchant style. We could not subscribe to all the author's views, but we admire his practical remarks, and their outspoken manner.
  86. DOD (JOHN) & CLEAVER (RoBERT). Familiar Exposition. Eighteenth edition. 4to. Lond., 1632. S. 2/6. This work was published by John Dod and Robert Cleaver, with an intimation that the name of the author was purposely suppressed. Our edition, dated 1632, is the eighteenth, so that the work enjoyed a rare popularity in its own time. it has been frequently reprinted since. The book has been long held in high esteem.
  87. DOWNAME, OR DOWNHAM (GEORGE, D.D., Bishop of Derry. Died 1634). Abstract of the Duties Commanded and Sinnes Forbidden in the Law of God. 8vo. Lond., 1635. x/6. A sort of catalogue of sins, arranged in a tabular form under the Ten Commandments. These are the heads and divisions of a larger treatise, which does not appear to have been published. These mighty men could afford to leave in the oblivion of manuscript works which would cost modern weaklings half a life-time to write.
  88. DURHAM (JAMES. 1622—1658.) Exposition, with a resolution of several momentous questions, and cases of conscience. 4to. Lond., 1675. 8vo., 1735, 2/6 to 4/-Whatever Durham has written is very precious. He has the pen of a ready writer, and indites flood molter.
  89. ELTON (EDWARD), B.D.) God's Holy Minde, Touching Matters Morall; which himself uttered in Ten Commandments. 4to. Lond., 1648. 3/6. This work discusses the Decalogue in question and answer, in a somewhat dull manner; but touches many cases of conscience, and deals wisely with them. Belief in witchcraft comes out very strongly in some passages.
  90. FISHER (EDWARD, A.M. Born about 1600.) A plain, pithy, and spiritual Exposition of the Ten Commandments. [Marrow of Modern Divinity. Numerous editions.] 12mo. 2/-This exposition is part of the work which occasioned the famous Marrow Controversy. One fails to see anything calculated to stir up such a strife. Fisher might have said that the lines had fallen to him in troubled waters.
  91. HOOPER (JOHN. Bishop and Martyr. 1495—1554). A Declaration of the Ten Holy Commandments of Almighty God. 1548, 1550, &c. [Reprinted in Hooper's Works.] After the manner of the English Reformers. The style is harsh to the modern ear, and the matter too much occupied with the controversies raging in the author's times to be very interesting now.
  92. HOPKINS (EZEKIEL, D.D. Bp. of London-Derry, 1633—1690). An Exposition of the Ten Commandments. 4to. 1692. [Reprinted in Hopkins' Works.] Hopkins in this exposition searches the heart thoroughly, and makes very practical application of the Commandments to the situations and circumstances of daily life. His homely eloquence will always make his works valuable.
  93. KNEWSTUB (JOHN). Lectures on Exodus XX. 4to. 1584. 7/6. More valuable for its antiquity than for anything else.
  94. McCAUL (JOSEPH B., Chaplain to the Bp. of Rochester). The Ten Commandments; the Christian's Rule of Daily Life. 8vo. Lond., Saunders, Otley & Co. 186z. S. 3/' The author says, "There is nothing deep in the following pages except their subject ": a modest estimate.
  95. NEWTON (RICHARD, D.D.) The King's Highway. Post 8vo. 2/6. Lond., Nelson. Also 16mo. x/6. Nisbet. Though intended for children, ministers will find it useful, for it teems with illustration, and brings up little points of conduct worth touching upon. Dr. Newton is the prince of preachers to children.
  96. TUDOR (RICHARD), B.A.) Decalogue viewed as the Christian's Law. Cr. 8vo. 10/6. Lond., Macmillan. z860. S. 6/-The author attempts to give the Christian sense of the Decalogue in its application to present needs and questions. With much moderation he discusses many of the disputed points of the day, such as the legislative enforcement of the Sabbath, marriage with a deceased wife's sister, &c. He usually takes the view which is natural to a clergyman; but he says some capital things.
  97. WEEMSE (John. Died about 1636). The Morall Laws. [In Vol. I. of Weemse's Works; 2 vols., 4to. Lond., 1632, &c.] 3/-Solid, sober, weighty. Orme says of Weemse: "He was well acquainted with the original Scriptures, with Jewish manners and antiquities, and with the best mode of interpreting the Bible. The style is quaint, but always intelligible." (See No. 225.)
  98. WHATELEY (WILLIAM Puritan. 1583—1639). A Pithie, Short, and Methodicall Opening of the Ten Commandments. 12mo. Lond., 1622. (Not often in the market.) Exceedingly scarce, but as rich as it is rare.

    THE TABERNACLE

    [Of works on this subject it is not possible to give more than a selection.]

  99. BROWN (W.) The Tabernacle and its Services in relation to Christ and the Church. 8vo. 3/6..Edinb., Oliphant& Co. 1874. An instructive interpretation of the types of the Tabernacle.
  100. GARRATT (S.) Scripture Symbolism. Sm. 8vo. 1848. S. 1/6. Most unexceptionable in doctrine and style. It deals mainly with the sacred vessels.
  101. KITTO (JOHN, D.D.) Tabernacle and its Furniture. 4to. 1849. Artistic illustrations with a little letter-press. Soltau well supplies the place of this rare work.
  102. MUDGE (WILLIAM). The Tabernacle in the Wilderness. 12mo. Lond., Simpkin & Marshall. 1861. S. 2/6. The writer, a thoroughly evangelical second-advent clergyman, makes some very admirable remarks in these Lectures, which were delivered in his parish church. Our copy is in the third edition. We are not surprised to find the work thus popular.
  103. SOLTAU (H. W.) The Holy Vessels and Furniture of the Tabernacle of Israel. [With Ten Chromo-Lithographic Illustrations.] Imp. oblong 8vo. 16/-Lond., Yapp & Hawkins, and S. W. Partridge & Co. A series of sumptuous pictures, executed in the best style of art, impressing the mind far more vividly than any letter-press could do.
  104. SOLTAU (H. W.) The Tabernacle, the Priestly Garments, and the Priesthood. 8vo. 4/6. Lond., Morgan & Scott. Richly suggestive. Exceedingly well worked out in details; but not so wire-drawn as to prevent thought an the reader's part.
  105. WHITE (FRANK H.) Christ in the Tabernacle, with some Remarks on the Offerings. Illustrated by Twelve Chromo-Lithographs. Cr. 8vo., 5/-Lond., S. W. Partridge.:873. Written for the private Christian. Full of instruction and devotion.

    LEVITICUS
  106. BONAR (ANDREW A.) Leviticus. With Notes. 8vo. 8/6. Lond., Nisbet & Co. 1861. Very precious, Mr. Andrew Bonar has a keen eye for a typical analogy, but he always keeps the rein upon his imagination, and is therefore safe to follow. He is a master in Israel.
  107. BUSH (GEORGE). Notes on Leviticus. Sm. 8vo. New York, 1857. 3/-The author read extensively to produce this volume. In his later years he became a Swedenborgian, but there is no trace of that leaning in this or his other comments. He inserts the notes of the Pictorial Bible, but handsomely acknowledges them.
  108. CUMMING (JOHN, D.D.) Sabbath Morning Readings on Leviticus. Sm. 8vo. Lond., J. F. Shaw. 1854. 2/-For popular reading. The author wrote too much to be profound.
  109. CUMMING (JOHN, D.D.) The Great Sacrifice; or, the Gospel according to Leviticus. 2/-A companion to the volume last mentioned.
  110. JAMES (HORATIO, M.A.) Sermons on the Levitical Types. Sm. 8vo. Lond., 1847. 1/6. Very attenuated. These sermons, like the lean kine, have eaten up the fat kine of the: types and are never the fatter.
  111. JUKES (ANDREW). The Law of the Offerings [Leviticus, chap. I-vii]. Cr. 8vo. 3/-Lond., Nisbet & Co. 1854. ,4 very condensed, instructive, refreshing' book. It will open up new trains of thought to those unversed in the teaching of the types.
  112. M[ACKINTOSH] (C. H.) Notes on Leviticus. By C. H. M. 12mo. 2/6. Lond., G. Morrish. 1860. We do not endorse the Plymouthism which pervades these notes, but they are frequently suggestive. Should be read cautiously.
  113. MATHER (SAMUEL. 1626—1671). The Figures or Types of the Old Testament. Second edition. 4to. 7/6. Lond., 1705. Though this is a work upon all the types, it contains so much instructive matter upon the Levitical sacrifices that we cannot forbear mentioning it here. It is one of the old standard books of our fathers.
  114. KEACH (BENJAMIN, Baptist Pastor. 1640—1704). Tropologia. Folio and Roy. 8vo. 8/-to 18/-This is a vast cyclopaedia of types and metaphors of all sorts, and was once very popular. It is a capital book, though too often the figures not only run on all-fours but on as many legs as a centipede. It is not strictly upon Leviticus, but we felt bound to insert it in this place.
  115. MICHAELIS (SIR JOHN DAVID. 1717—1791). The Laws of Moses. Translated by Alexander Smith, D.D. 4 vols., 8vo. at)/-Lond., 1814. However much of learning there may be here, we are not prepared to recommend a work which treats so sacred a subject with levity and coarseness.
  116. NEWTON (BENJAMIN WILLS). Thoughts on Parts of Leviticus. 12mo. Lond., Houlston. 1857. S. 2/-' This touches only the first six chapters; but it treats of the offerings in a manner deeply spiritual and helpful. This writer has some peculiarities of style and thought; but in matter and spirit he is far removed from the Darby school.
  117. SEISS (JosEPH A., D.D.) The Gospel in Leviticus. 8vo. 6/-Edinb., Thomas C. Jack. 1860. Twenty-one very admirable lectures, founded upon Bush and Bonar, but containing much original matter. The work deserves attention.
  118. WEEMSE (JOHN). Exposition of the Laws of Moses, Moral, Ceremonial, Judicial, &c. 2 vols., 4to. Lond., 1632. 2/6 or 3/' This contains many useful and curious things, together with fancies and rabbinical trifles. Weemse may generally be bought very cheap, and we should think his work is very little read or cared for. (See Orme's opinion, No. 204.)
  119. WILLET (ANDREW). Hexapla; Leviticus. Folio. 1631. 5/6. Plodding along with his six-fold load, Willet gives us a comparison of ten versions, "handles well nigh two thousand theological questions," and quotes "above forty authors, old and new." He sums up all preceding commentaries, both Protestant and Romish.

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