11 FEBRUARY 1905, Page 22

The Century Bible : Samuel i.-ii. Edited by A. R.

S. Kennedy, D.D. (T. C. and E. C. Jack. 2s. 6d. net.)—The reader of The Century Bible will expect to find the subject treated with con- siderable freedom. Professor Kennedy sees various origines in the books as we have them now; in the early chapters, for instance, he perceives that the "dominant note is one of hostility to the Monarchy." Then in 1 Samuel ii. 35, " I will raise me up a faithful priest," Sec., he sees a reference to Zadok, "the future head and ancestor of the Jerusalem priesthood," and in the following verse, "It shall come to pass, that every one that is left in thine house," he., " a picture of the straits to which the priests of the local sanctuaries were reduced when the latter were abolished by the Reformation of Josiah." We feel it better to suspend our judgment on this or that detail ; but it is safe to say that the commentary will throw light upon ninny passages hitherto obscure, or even unintelligible.