American Oriental Society -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 034:135 (Jul 1877)
Article: American Oriental Society
Author: Anonymous

American Oriental Society1

The publication of the Proceedings of the American Oriental Society has been unusually delayed, as has also that of the Second Part of Vol. x. of the Journal. The Society, however, still flourishes; and a notice of some of the recent communications of which an abstract is given in the Proceedings may interest our readers. At the meeting in May 1875, a paper was read by Prof. T. O. Paine, of Elmwood, Mass., on “the Way Collection of Egyptian Antiquities in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston,” in which some remarkable inscriptions were translated and commented upon. Egyptology has had few cultivators in this country; and it is gratifying to find so enthusiastic a student of the subject as Professor Paine turning to account the materials for its study which our collections supply. His interesting paper will appear in the next number of the Journal, soon to be issued. At the same meeting, the Rev. Selah Merrill presented a short, but carefully prepared essay on “The Condition of Woman in Assyria,” as illustrated by the cuneiform inscriptions. Dr. A. O. Treat, of the North China Mission, exhibited and described a curious praying-machine in use among the Mongols, which enables the devotee to offer prayers with great velocity, by a manual operation, while walking, riding, talking, or smoking.

At the meeting in November 1875, perhaps the most interesting communication was from the Rev. S. I. J. Schereschewsky, of Peking, on “The Versions of the Scriptures in the Chinese Language,” with remarks on a proposed Mongolian version on which he is himself engaged. There were also papers by Prof. Avery and Prof. Whitney, of special interest to Sanskrit scholars.

At the meeting in May 1876, Prof. Paine presented a communication on “the Holy Houses, or the Hebrew Tabernacle, the Temple of Solomon, and the Later Temple,” giving some of the results of the studies of this subject which have occupied him for many years. These results will be embodied in a new, greatly enlarged, and improved edition of his work on “Solomon’s Temple,” etc., originally published in 1861. Prof. Whitney read a paper on “The Classification of the Forms of the Sanskrit Aorist,” and another on “Ζεῦ = dyaùs, and other Points relating to Sanskrit Grammar as presented in M. Müller’s Recent “Volume of ‘Chips.’” We

would call special attention to this latter paper, as in it Prof. Whitney takes up in detail the four points belonging to Sanskrit grammar on which Prof. Müller, expressly or by implication, charges him with gross ignorance or carelessness. The prestige of Muller’s name i...

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