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the first Mennonite Baptist churches witb respect to the sense, an obvious takes place in the direction of North counterpart in which Elohi is used inHolland. And now here I must take stead of Eli; and, when Hebrew is ex leave of you till my next, after adding pressed by Greek letters, Elohi becomes a few words on the Baptist church at Eloi.t By analogy, therefore, we may Amsterdam. There were, formerly, conclude that the word Eloi in Mark two churches in that city, distinguished xv. 34, is a synonym of Eli in Matt. by the names of the Sun and the Lamb. xxvii. 46. Their difference of religious opiuion That Eli was the real expression was, at first, and for a considerable used at the cross, may be inferred from length of time, important, but approx- the supposition of the Jews, that our imating by degrees near to each other Lord invoked Elijah. For, though the in this respect; the two churches Hebrew word Elijah was Elias in united in one upder their respective Greek, yet in Syro-Chaldaic, or the pastors. They together consist of language spoken by our Lord, ihe name about one thousand eight hundred of that prophet appears to have been members, and are supplied with four Elia, f and was probably pronounced pastors; one of whom, Professor Koop- Jike alia in our word regalia, whilst Eli man, directs the theological studies of was probably equivalent in sound to the young candidates for the ministry. ali in the same word. The number of deacons is about twenty- It may also be seen that Eli, Eli, are four. There is a fund for defraying the the Hebrew expressions used at the expenses attending preparing students beginning of the twenty-second Psalm, for their ministry, which fund is in the where, as the ancestor of Christ, David hands, and under the direction of the exclaims, “ My God, my God, why Church of Amsterdam. The students, bast thou forsaken me." As the word as in Edinburgh, lodge in the town, EL, therefore, was one of the ancient and not under one roof, as is the case names of God, the word ELI, or MY in our semioaries. Accept of my best GOD, was not only the language of regards, and present the same to the the Jewish scriptures, but it was also bretbren of the Committee; and I remain, in the hope of soon writing you
ing OF ME: and GOD OF ME in the again from the Zaan,
Hebrew idiom is equivalent to MY GOD Yours always truly,
in the English idiom. W. H. ANGAS.
+ In this compound word, ELO' means GOD; and, consequently, ELO'I is
equivalent to Eli, and signifies MY GOD. ELI AND ELOI.
In the passage, however, in the second book of Samuel, the Hebrew points seem
to have induced our faithful translators to To the general reader tbere may ap- render the Hebrew, « The God of my pear to be something extraordinary in Rock," rather than “My God, my Rock, the respective accounts of Matthew and consistent with the Hebrew when divested Mark, when they direct our attention of the points. But the Septuagint or to the words yttered by our Lord on ancient Greek version never seems to the cross at the ninth bour. For have been affected by those guides to the Matthew states, that the first two words Masoretical pronunciation : and hence, were Eli, Eli; whereas, Mark's lan
the very same Greek words for “ My guage leads to the inference, that the
God" in Mark's translation of Eloi, are exclamation began with Eloi, Eloi.
also used for “ My God" in 2 Sam. xxii. Those persons, however, who read the in hot
3, and in Ps. xviii. 2. In short, the sense
in both places appears on investigation to Hebrew Bible, are, in some measure, be " My God, my Rock, in him will I prepared to solve the difficulty, baving take refuge;" and the Hebrew in each met with the very same variation in the case is precisely the same, with the exOld Testament. Thus the two English ception of Elo'i in the former passage, and words “ My God" in Psalm xviii. 2, of Eli in the latter; and from the coinci. are expressed by the Hebrew word dence of the Greek where the Hebrew Eli,. wbilst in 2 Sam. xxii. 3, we have, thus differs, it is obvious that Eli and Elo'i
were accounted convertible terme. * Strictly speaking, El comprises two See the Syriac Version of the New words, EL meaning GOD, and I sigpify. Testament.
the language of those who lived in the ing partly in bis native tongue, and ages of antiquity. It was patural then, partly in the language of Abraham, that the ancient word Eli should be Isaac, and Jacob, we must bave gone to devontly uttered by the suffering Sa. Calvary, and have heard it from the viour who was no stranger either to lips of Him who once said to the Jews, antiquity, or to the Hebrew scriptures. “Before Abraham was, I am,” (Jobn -Bit as ELO'I was the Syro-Chaldaic vii. 58;) and who was not only man word for “MY GOD," and as the lat. but Immanuel, “God with us." ter part of our Lord's exclamation was Bromley, Middlesex.
J. F. in that language, it was as proper to use the appropriate and intelligible sub
ON CIRCUMCISION. stitute Clo'i in any Syro-Chaldaic narrative, as it was for the Hebrew writers Were female infants members of the to substitute Jehovah for antiquated Jewish church? If so, how were thev names of God, used by those who had made members of that religious comnever known the Deity by that sacred monity? Not by circumcision. If name.
they were members of the Jewish Thongh, however, the first accounts church, it must follow, that circumof Christ might be adapted to the land cision was not an essential pre-reof Judea, yet such was to be the pro- quisite to church-membership, and since gress of the gospel, that the Greek lan- females were once constituted memguage was eventually adopted in order bers of the church without any cerethat inspired narratives might be fur- mony, it seems that the gospel has pished to distant nations, and to gene- abrogated their privilege ; for, it is said, rations then unborn: and, under these they cannot now be members of the circumstances, Matthew's gospel takes church without having the initiatory the original mixture of Hebrew and rite of Christianity applied to them. If, Syro-Chaldaic, as uttered at the cross, however, the gospel church be the confor the basis of his Greek translation of tinuation of the Jewish church, these our Lord's exclamation; whereas, in females are members without submitthe gospel by Mark, recourse is had to ting to any ceremony. Will it be said, the Syro-Chaldaic dialect for the sense, that females were ineapable of circumand to the Greek for conveying that cision? It is readily granted, but the sense to others.
question still returns. How were they It may be concluded, therefore, that made members of the church? Can the ancient Hebrew word Eli was the we suppose that God instituted an orexpression used by our Lord, and that dinance as introductory to the covenant the vernacular term Elo'i exactly con- of grace, which, from its very nature, veyed its meaning to a native of Judea: necessarily excluded all the female sex and thus it should seem tbat such was from the possibility of entering into the antiquity of our Lord's phraseology that covenant? that the Jews themselves did not un- If the men among the Jews believed derstand him, but actually thought that circumcision was the only introhe meant to say, “ Elijah, Elijah, why duction into the covenant of grace, hast thou forsaken me.” There was, they must have concluded that women however, something very affecting in were not in the covenant. Ifcircumcision the expiring Saviour's exclamation. was the only introduction into the It was a mode of expression in which covenant, is it not very unaccountable the language used by him from bis that we never read of one female doubtearlier years in this world, was solemnly ing her interest in the covenant. The mingled with the language of ages that title of the man was explicitly anhad long rolled away. It is not, indeed, nounced, but an awful silence is mainsurprising, that any man in the agonies tained as to the title of the woman. of death should utter words familiar to The sexual aspect of circumcision, was bim from bis youth. For in such an calculated to fill the female mind with extremity the strongest man appears gloomy apprehensions, that, as the as the weakest, and the most skilful woman was the first in the transgresorator uses the unadorned language of sion, all hier female descendants were natural feeling. But to have heard a excluded from the benefits of the cove. dying man in the Christian age speak. nant of grace. In exact proportion to
the certainty of the man's salvation, Let us endeavour to give its full force the uncertainty of the woman's salva-. to this pathetio allusion. Picture to tion would appear. She might be yourself a case which must have resupposed to say, “I see bow God loves peatedly occurred in the course of the the man," but as his salvation seems to forty years Moses spent with his pcoplo turn on the difference of the sexes, in the wilderness. An Israelite, wo does not this circumstance prove, that will suppose, soon after he became a females have nothing to do with the father, is bereaved of the delight of his covenant of grace? as circumcision is eyes, wbile an only pledge of conjugal the outward sign of the salvation of affeetion remains, alternately to in. the man, it seems to be the visible crease and assuage his grief. How token of the woman's perdition! But, weighty, but how interesting would be if circumcision was not then considered feel that charge, which yet he would as the introduction into the covenant not for all the world decline or transof grace, these apprehensions could not fer ; a neighbour's wife might be hire have been cherished. It appears very to suckle it; but he bimself would also plain, that females, as well as males, feed it, with the freshest manna, and were members of the Jewish church. as much as possible, take the care of It was theirs by birth-right: and, if we it himself. However long and tedious must speak of the privilege of one sex bis march by day, parental affection above the other, doubtless the female would make the burden of a motherless enjoyed the greater privilege of being babe not only light but pleasant : and, exempt from the painful rite of circum- at vight, he would lay it to rest in his cision; for circumcision was a yoke of own bosom. When God visited the bondage, and we have reason to rejoice, sins of Israel with fiery serpents, which that it is not imposed on the gentiles. bit them, so that much of the people Was the man who now pleads so loudly died, how would this nursing father feel for circumcision as a privilege, com- bis anxiety increased! His only son manded to confer this privilege on bis would scarce ever be off his knee in son, bis very heart wonld bleed within his tent, never out of bis bosom on bim; and probably, like Moses, he their journies: and, if in spite of all his would defer the bloody rite, till bis very precautions, a serpent bad bitten bis life was endangered by his neglect to darling child, its deadly poison was perform it. Exod. iv. 24.
spreading rapidly through its veins, he
began to be convulsed, and nothing Familiar Illustrations of the Sacred but the remedy prescribed by the merWritings.
ciful JeHOVAH could save him from tho No. III.
agonies of death; how would the father Psalm xxxix. 1. “ I said, I will take
run, and hold him up in his arms, heed to my ways, that I sin not with my gently forcing open bis closing eyes to tongue.”
view the brazen serpent! With what It is related of one of the ancients. gratitude would his bosom glow, when that a man, without learning, came to be perceived bis infant instantly revive! bim to be taught a psalm. He turned How would he, after this recovery, to the thirty-ninth; but when he bad pursue his course with renewed vigour; beard the first verse of it, he would and, though he knew himself doomed bear no more. saving, this was enough to fall in the wilderness, he would if he could practise it; and when the fondly anticipate his offspring's future instructor blamed him that he had not possession of the promised land; and seen him for six months : he replied that hope would counterbalance all his that he had not done the verse and present affliction and toil. O, my breforty vears after he confessed he had ihren in the ministry! this is the patbeen all that time studying it, but bad tern we are taught by the text to place not learned to fulfil it. “ If any man of
before us. With sach feelings as these, fend not in word, the same is a perfect man,
may we direct the eyes of our dear and able also to bridle the whole body."
people to a crucified Saviour: with Numbers xi. 12. “That thou shouldest such feelings as these may we bear say unto me, Carry them in thy bosom, as them in our bosoms to the confines of a nursing father beareth the sucking child, glory.
DR. RYLAND. unto the land which thou swearest unto. Folkestone. their fathers."
6. , ... J. B.. . VOL. XVII,
Obituary and Recent Deaths. ;
REV. JAMES DORE,
ON Lord's-day morning, March Obituaries are not exempt from 20th, died James Dore, M. A. aged objections on the part of some serious sixty-one, late pastor of the church persons. When the lofty joys and cemeeting in Maze-pond, Southwark. Testial triumphs of a dying saint are It is forty-two years since Mr. Pict
are since Mr pictured in glowing colours, the doubt
• iny Christian, far from being encouDore, then at the Academy at Bris
· raged, is sometimes tempted to sustol, received an invitation from that
pect more strongly the safety of his church, to succeed the late Mr. state. The lively hopes and exulting Wallin; which, after twelve months expressions of some, as recorded by of supply and deliberation, he ac- survivors, are so remote from all that cepted.--He was born of pious pa- the feeble and harassed believer has yet rents belonging to the Establish- enjoyed, as to induce him even to
question altogether the reality of his ment, and when a little boy, became
own conversion, and to anticipate, at decidedly religious and devout, by his own dissolution, a very different some occasional preaching of Sir termination. This effect may be Harry Trelawney: but afterwards heightened by the silence generally, an aunt, giving him “ Reasons in maintained in reference to all the
Their imFavour of Episcopacy:" sei him to blemishes of the deceased. search the scriptures, which caused
choucod morality or irreligion before conver
sion, the defects of their Christian prohis being baptized at fifteen, by bis
by his fession, their weaknesses in domestic brother, William Dore, of Ciren- or public life, all may be unnoticed. cester,
The cbarity of the recording friend coHis ministry, in which he too ar- vers a multitude of sins; affection for dently spent himself, was remark- the departed will not permit him to reably blessed to a numerous circle. late the faults which he cannot altogeof rather retired tastes and charac
ther forget. And, indeed, memory, ter.
when under the influence of a wellThough his praise has long earned partiality, very speedily remits sounded among the churches; yet, all that once gave pain, and retains as by principle he inade his own only all that is lovely in its nature, and church his home, moving not from celestial in its origin. it, he was comparatively less known Nor will the authority of scripture, than he deserved.
in its biography of the most eminent • For the last fourteen years he has saints, justify that impartial exhibition
of good and evil, in the character
which some demand in the modern gably nursed by the dearest and best Obituary. He who tries the heart, who of wives, in his sick chamber: still, is the Head and Lord of the church; however, dispensing instruction, and He who is to judge the living and the laying himself out in bis Master's dead; He, in his book, may record the service, and exemplifying the tenservice and exemplifuing the tun. infirmities and the crimes of his own derest interests of the friend and
children, for the warning and the in
astruction of other children. Holy men, the Christian pastor; dying, (to use in that book, wrote as they were moved his own words,) "in good hope by the Holy Spirit. Bui brethren are through grace,” with “ Maze Pond" not warranted by such a procedure on written upon his heart.
Christ's part, to publish to the world