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Dr. J. H. Kurtz's Manual of Sacred History is the production of & very able and pious divine of our church in Europe. The author is particularly distinguished for his learning, his orthodoxy, his liberality, his piety, and his originality. He writes with great clearness and condensation, and presents in a brief compass a large amount of matter. His various works, and particularly his Histories, have received the highest endorsement abroad in their popularity and multiplied editions, and are commended in the strongest terms by the most eminent divines. Guericke, Bruno Lindner, and Rudelbach, laud his Histories in the strongest terms, and the Evangelical Review,* in the United States, has furnished evidence of his great merits from authentic sources. The admirable Manual of Sacred History, translated by Dr. Schaeffer, (and, having examined some parts of the translation, we may say well translated,) will constitute a rich contribution to our theological literature. Having encouraged the translator to undertake the work, we are the more free to express our high opinion of it, and the fidelity with which it has been executed. We hope this will be the forerunner of other translations of works of the author.
C. P. KRAUTH, Professor of Sac. Phil. Church Hist. and Past. Theol., Gettysburg, Par
Sept. 16, 1854.
The Sacred History of Dr. J. H. Kurtz, does not belong to the ordinary class of historic Manuals, with which the literature of Germany abounds. On the contrary, after considerable acquaintanee with it, we hesitate not to pronounce it a production of very superior merit in its department, possessed of high literary and theological excellence. Its style is pure and perspicuous, its divisions are natural and appropriate, and the grouping of events felicitous and impressive. Without assenting to every sentiment of the author, we cordially recommend his work to the patronage of the Christian public, and consider Dr. Schaeffer as entitled to the gratitude of the church, for presenting this Manual to the English public in 60 accurate and exeellent a translation.
S. S. SCHMUCKER, Professor of Didactic, Polemic and Homiletic Theology, in Theol. Sem.
of Gettysburg. Sept. 17, 1854.
* July, 1853, p. 138.
A GUIDE TO THE UNDERSTANDING
Of the Divine Plan of Salvation
ACCORDING TO ITS HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT.
PROFESSOR OF CHURCH HISTORY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF DORPAT, ETC.
TRANSLATED FROM THE SIXTH GERMAN EDITION,
CHARLES F. SCHAEFFER, D.D.
LINDSAY & BLAKISTON.