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Introduction to the New Testament. By Theodor Zahn. Translated by

J. M. Trout and others. Vol. II. (T. and T. Clark.)—It is needless to commend to theological students this second instalment of Professor Zahn's great work. The writer occupies a standpoint which is not common among his countrymen. He might almost be said to belong to the "Extreme Right" of Biblical critics. He defends, for instance, the genuine- ness of 2 Peter. (He is disposed to hold it earlier in date than 1 Peter.) He is emphatic we see, in rejecting the Pauline authorship of Hebrews, and regards the authorship of 13arnabas as an hypothesis rather than a tradition. He sees no objection to the Apollos theory, but comes to the conclusion at which Origen arrived: " The truth as to who wrote this Epistle, God knows." The second part of the volume is given to the Synoptic Gospels and Acts. All through we find the subject treated with the most exhaustive completeness. We cannot always accept Professor Zahn's conclusions, but we have nothing but praise for his method, so thorough is it, and so carefully worked out.