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fear that there is matter in the re- lennium,” Mr. Duff means those demaining points involved in the dis- monstrable points which we have cussion, which prevent Mr. Wolff before enumerated, we should defrom coming off triumphantly, not- precate the distinction of essential withstanding the elaborate exposi- and non-essential, as calculated to tion of the subject with which he is lead Christians to suppose, that they supported by Mr. Frere, and which are at liberty to neglect the latter ; is printed in the Journal. It must which consequently proves a means strike their antagonist likewise as of those doctrines being at length a strange circumstance, and lead lost sight of by the Church, and him to conclude that the propheti. this to the unavoidable detriment cal truths of Christianity must be and loss of many, as we are perfounded upon a very capricious ba- suaded has been the case in the presis, to find the disciple with whom sent instance. We believe that we he disputes taking 2300 years as the are, in the most fundamental sense, period of the vision of Daniel viii. saved by the precious blood of and the master assuming 2400 years Christ, and therefore that the atoneto be the true reading and declaring ment is an important doctrine : but that his disciple was aware of it !
we believe also that we are “ saved The statements of Mr. Wolff in by hope;"—and as this declaration regard to prophecy have drawn forth is immediately connected with the some kind and judicious hints from redemption of the body, the deliverthe Rev. Mr. Duff, the eminent Mis. ance of creation from bondage, and sionary of the Scottish Society ; the manifestation of the sons of God, whose advice Mr. Wolff himself eli. (Rom. viii. 19—24) we are bound cited, and whose letter Mr. Wolff to consider these matters important with great candourand simplicity pub- likewise ; and no man can say—as lishesin his journal. Mr. Duff says:- regards the means which God may
I might say, that it would be well employ to keep him in the way, after to introduce the subject of the Mil. he has awakened him-how conlennium at all times with a notifica. necting a link in the chain of salvation, that you did not consider your tion any one doctrine of divine review of it an essential article of faith; velation may prove. but merely as your own opinion, We must not conclude without which you are ready to deliver when observing, that there is much in Mr. required. I would suggest that you Wolff's Journal which renders it might always limit and define what interesting : the latter part of his you mean by the literal interpreta- travels, narrating his adventures, tion of prophecy; not literal always after his entering upon the territoin word, but in sense.” p. 435. The ries of Runjeet Singh, has more of latter hint we consider a very saga. the charm about it of romance,
than cious one, and wish the definition of the sobriety of real life. We were more frequently kept in view. must confine ourselves however to a The former we likewise concur in, notice of that which forms the prinon the assumption that Mr. Duff al- cipal object of Mr. Wolf s enterludes to matters of detail respecting prise, viz. his researches after the the condition of the saints and men Ten Tribes ; and this leads us back in the flesh, &c, during the Millen- rather to the earlier part of his narnium ;-matters in regard to which rative. It was a desire to explore many have advanced unwarrantable the regions of Bokhara and Affghaimaginations. But if by " the Mil. nistan that first prompted him to
undertake his perilous journey. Our the Jews of Yazed, on account of readers are doubtless aware that the bad character of the latter; that many conceive the Affghans to be they have no hatred towards Jesus descended from the ten tribes who Christ, neither have those of Toor. were led into captivity : we may kestaun and Khorossaun which sum up the discoveries of Mr. Wolff caused Mr. Wolff to infer, that they concerning them in the following were of the ten tribes who had no statement.
share in the crucifixion. (page 159.) He was informed by the Jews of He also states, that the Jews be. Bokhara and Balkh, cities of Toor- lieved the Affghans to be descendkestaun which he visited, that they ants of the Jews ; an admission are the ancient Habor and Halah which we may be quite sure a Jew mentioned in 2 Kings xvii. 6, and would be slow to make in regard to xviii. 11; but that the Jews lost those who are living as Gentiles, their written account of this matter unless he had strong and irresistible in the time of Jenghis Khan. This reasons for so concluding. And he account was corroborated by the adds, that Aga Levi, one of these Musselman Mullahs; who told him Jews, informed him, that the tribes further, that the first name of Balkh of Benjamin, Simeon and Joseph were was Hanah and afterwards it became carried to Candahar ; where they Halah, and that it had been built lost their books, and then turned by a son of Adam. Mr. Wolff was Mahommedans. Page 134. indeed himself led to conclude, that On the other hand Mr. Wolff has Toorkistaun is the same as the land some doubts respecting the Affghans; of Nod, and Balkh the situation where First, because they have not the Nod stood. (p. 186.) This appears Jewish physiognomy; secondly, beto decide, so far as tradition can do cause there existed a contrary trait, that this is the region in which dition, that they were descended the ten tribes were formerly located. from the Copts ; thirdly, because he
In regard to the inhabitants of could only trace one word in their this region, the same Jews of Boke language which was strictly Hebrew, hara informed him, that they emigra- viz. 798 or, light. (p. 231.) He conted from Babylon to Persia, and set- fesses however, that there were two tled at Sabzawar, two day's journey tribes of this people—the Youssuf from Meshed; and that before the Szeye and the Khaibaree," which time of Jenghis Khan they were cannot be looked upon without astocarried to Balk and to Samarcand. nishment.—They are the only two When Samarcand fell into ruins a tribes having a Jewish countenance; great number of them went to Bok- their customs are quite patriarchal ; hara; and there, they say, they found and they are the most hospitable of many who originally came from Ba- the Affghans.” (p. 242.) Mr. Wolff bylon, and of whom many had emi- also believes, and gives documengrated to China, which they call tary proof, that the proper names Tsheen Patsheen ; and that these of the Affghans in general are in took their genealogies with them. numerous instances Jewish. They
Mr. Wolff further says, that the have many Hebrew names in their Jews of Meshed, mentioned above, genealogy in tracing themselve up have not the Talmud ; that they to Affghana their ancestor ; and bekeep themselves entirely secluded fore him all is regularly Hebrew up from their neighbours, and never in- to Abraham. (p. 241–2.) termarry with them, nor even with There exists opposing testimony to Mr. Wolff, as regards their lan pointed. This afforded him no opguage, of high authority. Sir Wil. portunity of judging of the inflexions liam Jones says, that the best Per- of the words as they come under sian historians declare them to be regimen ; which is the point to which descended from the Jews : and that Captain Riley speaks : nor is a co)their families are distinguished by umn or two of words accidently asthe names of the Jewish tribes : al. sorted, to be put in competition with though since their conversion to Is- the dictionary which Sir William lamism, they studiously conceal their Jones declares he inspected. Neiorigin.—“The Pushtoo language (he ther does it account for the admitted adds) of which I have seen a diction- fact of the number of Hebrew appelary, has a manifest resemblance to latives. the Chaldaic.” And he notices the There are some speculations of fact, that the Apocryphal Ezra Mr. Wolff, in regard to the existence speaks of a portion of the ten of the ten tribes in other parts, which tribes who separated from the rest, as they reston no satisfactory grounds and settled in a district which he we forbear to enter upon; and we calls Arsareth, and that there was therefore conclude our remarks with then a considerable district under the notice of twoor three very practithe dominion of the Affghans, which cable improvements which Mr. Wolff they call Hazareth or Hazaret.* may make, should he publish a third Captain S. Riley of Nusseerabad, a edition of his Journal. lst we would letter from whom is likewise inser- recommend the suppression of those ted in the Journal (p. 227,) believes numerous letters and notes printed the Affghans to be of Jewish descent, verbatim, and which often contain on account of the great number of little more than an invitation to visit Hebrew proper names in their ap- the house of a friend, or an exprespellatives, and their dialect still re- sion of kindness towards Mr. Wolff; taining the genitive sign of the whilst the complimentary part of Chaldee, and other marks of cognate them is liable to misapprehension. affinity. From a note in Mr. Bick- 2ndly. We would advise that letters ersteth's recently published “ Guide in foreign languages should be transto Prophecy” we also learn, that the lated, for the benefit of English reamissionaries Carey and Marshman ders. 3rdly. The numerous geneastate " that in the Pushtoo or Aff- logical lists and other documents, ghan language there are more He- useful only for reference, with which brew words than in that of any other the work abounds, would have been nation :” and they quote a learned better thrown into an Appendix. Affghan as saying, that his nation And 4thly. Mr. Wolff often reare Beni Israel, but not Yahood”. cords some infidel or sceptical rethat is to say, sons of Israel, but marks, made by an antagonist in the not Jews.
course of argument, without informThe most reasonable conclusion ing us, how he met the argument; therefore is, that Mr. Wolff is mis. and he sometimes relates forcible taken in regard to their language. things said by himself, without tellHe did not understand it, but mere- ing us what impression they made, ly picked up a few words as he tra- or how they were met.
This gives velled, which were given to him in an abrupt character to his work, answer to his inquiries, as the names and often disappoints the reader, of objects to which he probably just when he has excited his interest.
* Asiatic Researches, vol. I. p. 336.
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False PROPHECIES.-A new Pam- to which he points. They have phlet has just made its appearance, been promised by the spirit, which by Robert Baxter, Esq. of Doncas- is reverenced among them, aposter, entitled “ Irvingism, in its Rise, tles possessed of a full endow. Progress and Present State.” It ment of miraculous gifts, with a contains a brief historical sketch of power of bestowing the Holy Ghost that delusion, which will be found by the laying on of hands ;—they particularly interesting to those who were to have had a baptism of fire;are unacquainted with its real cha- they were to have had an abundant racter ; and we would hope, and do outpouring of all the miraculous sincerely pray, that it may likewise gifts, particularly of those which be made useful to some of those would have endured the scrutiny of who are at present under its in- the sceptical ;-they were to have fluence; among whom, we are free to sent forth Missionaries to all parts confess, there are many whose piety of the earth, qualified by miracuwe admire, whilst we deprecate their lous gifts to preach in all languages: “pernicious ways.” As the conductors but none of these things have come of a Journal on Prophecy we consider to pass ! But we recommend the it our bounden duty to notice and to Book itself ; by which the reader exhibit in their true colours those will at once be enabled to judge, pretensions to prophetical inspira- whether he is to view the alleged tion which may force themselves up- prophecies and gifts as the work of on our observation in the course of the Holy Ghost ; or as the indicaour labours : for if these preten. tion of the rising up in the last days sions be genuine, doubtless the voice of those “ false prophets, which they utter ought to be listen. postles,” and “ false christs,” of ed to; whereby the effort of the stu- which he will find mention as among dent to ascertain by dint of labori- the signs of the last times. The ous investigation the meaning of Pamphlet is published by Nisbet, the prophetic portion of Scripture price One Shilling. would be greatly shortened : and if they be not genuine, they ought as
“ COME AND SEE.”—The Work an-. certainly to be exposed, as mischie- nounced in our last Number under vous devices of Satan, which are in- this title by H. S. L. as preparing tended, on the one hand, to draw off for publication by Subscription, is inquiring men from the patient and for the present suspended : sober study of the prophetic word; shall be happy to give notice and, on the other hand, to bring should its publication be resumed. that word into contempt among in- A summary of the views of the dolent and superficial professors. writer, to be contained in a series The failure of one Irvingite prophecy of papers, has been offered to us we noticed in the Number which clos- for publication ; but considering ed our former series ; Mr. Baxter in that they would probably conaddition brings forward four others flict with Mr. Frere's exposition which have equally failed up to the now publishing, and thus perplex present time; besides various conflict- the reader, we have thought it beting and contradictory "utterances” ter for the present to defer them.
The CottageR'S GUIDE.—We are us called upon to say, that the title desirous to call the attention of our prefixed to his paper in that number readers to a very useful little work for – viz. “ Summary of the views of circulation among the poor, publish- Maramensis”- '—was not his choosed under the forgoing title in num. ing but ours : this we readily acbers, by the Rev. E. Bickersteth, knowledge. He also considers that Rector of Watton. Part I. contain- we represented his opinions as being four numbers may now be had ing diametrically opposed to ours, in cloth, price nine-pence ; or either whereas the difference is not of kind of the four numbers separately at but of degree. We must leave this twopence each. They are upon the fol- for the judgment of the Reader ; as lowing subjects :-No. I. The Holy well as all other topics touched upon Scriptures;—No. II. The Great God; in the letter. We should not have
-No. III. Creation ;-No. IV. Pro printed it at all, but that in his sevidence. This enumeration of their cond letter Maramensis restricts us contents evinces that they are nei- from making any allusion to it withther exclusively nor professedly pro- out we publish the whole: and there- . phetical : but prophetical topics are fore, that we may not misrepresent nevertheless very judiciously and him, we give it entire : but we repractically intermingled.
frain from comment that we may instance for example, in the first not provoke reply. number, the section entitled—“The
New Publications. Bible shows us what is to take The Crisis; or the approaching place;"_" The display of God's grand religious Revolution, and the perfections,” and God our salva. fall of the national Churches, &c.; tion ;" in the second, —". The New in which events are traced down to Creation;" in the third,—and “ The the present time and the nature of Signs of the Times” in the fourth. the great crisis which is approaching
is shewn from the Word of God. MARAMENSIS.—We beg to direct By B. D. Bogie, B. A. Rector of attention to a letter from our old Lusby. London ; Hamilton & Co. and esteemed Correspondent, Mara- 4s. 6d. cloth. mensis, which is on page 5 of the DANIEL'S PROPHECY OF THE SECover. He feels himself aggrieved VENTY Weeks,-By A LAYMAN. by the observations we applied to Interpreted as 490 years of the temhis concluding remarks and general poral covenant with the seed of opinions in the Postscript to the last Abraham, determined upon the house volume of our former Series ; but of Judah for the purpose of bringwhen we received his letter we hesi- ing in the Most Holy through the tated to give it insertion from a Tribe-From a decree of Xerxes conviction that it would, in the very (shewn to be the Darius of Ezra) first number of our New Series, re- to the building of the wall, seven, open that controversy which it was weeks—To the birth of Messiah, one object of the new Series to when the sceptre departed from Juclose. We regret some of our ex- dah, sixty-two weeks—The covenant pressions, which when pointed out to at that time suspended by the Rous by our Correspondent appear to
mans-Renewed for seven years on convey a feeling of contempt for their expulsion. Also suggestions him, which was far from being en- as to difficulties in the Apocryphal tertained by us. In a second letter books of Esdras and Judith. Lond. which we have received, he thinks Rivington : 12mo. 5s.