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The Redemption of the Body, by W. Fitzhugh Whitehouse, M A., published by Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, London, E.C. Probably there is no limit to the number of interpretations which may be put upon Scripture. Such is the elasticity of words, and so infinitely ingenious is the human mind that the apparently simplest passages are given a wide variety of applications. Commentary, however (which is the search for Truth amongst words), has its uses. It stimulates the intellect, and by the confusion to which it ultimately leads causes men to fall back upon something more real and substantial than disquisitions upon phrases. The Commentary under review introduces an original interpretation of Romans VIII., 18-23. The author says that "The Epistle to the Romans . . . has ever been regarded as first in importance among the Epistles of S. Paul," and that this Epistle "Has been the grand arena on which theological combatants have been contending for centuries." Thereupon he enters the "arena" as another combatant, albeit he comes with gentle weapons, not egotistically contending for his own interpretation against that of others, but introducing it as one amongst many. He also finds some grounds for his conclusions in a suggestion of S. Augustine's. It is a book for the scholar, and for those who delight in learned and ingenious interpretations of Biblical text.

Babylonian Religion, by William Loftus Hare, published by C. W. Daniel, 3, Amen Corner, London, E.C. This is one of a series of books on the World's Religions. The author has brought together, in a small space, a considerable mass of facts concerning the religious beliefs and practices of the Babylonians.

Phrenometry; and Healing, Mental and Magnetic, published by L. N. Fowler and Co., 7, Imperial Arcade, Ludgate Circus, London, E.C., are No.'s V. and VI. of the "Psychic Manuals," by R. Dimsdale Stocker.

A Book About Salads, by Albert R. Broadbent, Manchester, is an excellent pamphlet for the housewife during the summer months. It gives exhaustive instructions on the making of vegetable salads.

We have received two sets of "English Fruit Picture Post Cards" from "Pitman" Health Food Co., Birmingham. They represent bunches of English fruit, and are highly artistic productions. There are six cards in a set.

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