Notices Of New Publications -- By: Anonymous
BSac 12:48 (Oct 1855) p. 833
Notices Of New Publications
I. Synonyms Of The New Testament1
We feel some self-reproach that a work, coining so directly within our own peculiar field, should have waited thus long for a notice at our hands. Certainly no book on the subject has given us such unmixed satisfaction. We were prepared to expect much, from the author’s previous works in the
BSac 12:48 (Oct 1855) p. 834
department of interpretation, which have met with such high favor for the richness of their learning and their fine spiritual taste. Few writers have so made all departments of study contribute to a better knowledge and a true feeling of our Saviour’s words and life. Hardly any one has so well shown, how all literature, heathen as well as Jewish, is but a part of that preparatory dispensation, which was to introduce the better light, and is, therefore, not an accidental, but a designed and providential prophecy and illustration of the truths which that light reveals. This relation between secular and. sacred learning, between the truths and, consequently, the literature of nature and of revelation, which the author has traced so clearly, and often with such solemn eloquence, in his Hulsean Lectures on “Christ the Desire of all Nations,” is never lost from view in any of his exegetical works, and gives them a peculiar zest and value, both to the classical and the Biblical scholar. Even language itself, like a nation or an individual, is seen to undergo a discipline, to pass through a probation, by which it grows up to bear the burden of a nobler meaning, and utter more spiritual truths than it fully knew or knew at all in its childhood, its Gentile or Jewish day. This preparation, if it may be so called, through which words pass, and through which especially the Greek language expanded to the expression of supernatural truths, Prof. Trench delights to observe (see, for example, his remarks on the words παλιγγενεσία, παιδεία, ἐκκλησία). and to find in it those “unconscious prophecies of heathendom,” unconscious yet pre-ordained, which to the Christian connect earthly and heavenly wisdom. For only the infidel and the blind believer unite in severing these, as if the one did not in its very helplessness reach out towards the other, crave it, however obscurely,- and confirm it as the best and last light of the world.
Indeed, it is chiefly the recognition and investigation of this blended human and divine life in words, proportioned to, and a true index of, the moral life of the man or the nation, which so greatly ennobles the study of language and especially of sacred philology. To this view the writings of Prof. Trench have very largely ...
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