The Revised Versions of the Old and New
A CONTROVERSY, partly founded on the bad opinion of the New Testament Revision which prevails in certain quarters has (says the London Standard) sprung up with regard to the form of publication suitable to the complete work. The sceptics who declare that the new version is a disgrace to English scholarship are loud in their protests against its being bound up with the revised version of the Old Testament. The Arch- bishop, as we have already said, has told us that the work on the Old Testament had been in one respect easier than on the New, because the revisers had not to "translate a translation," so that critics may antici- pate fewer faults in the one than they profess to have discovered in the other. At all events, the Dean of Chichester, and those who think with him, consider that the mere fact of the New Testament being bound up with the Old would be sufficient by itself to bring dis- credit on the latter, on the principle, we suppose, of noscitur a sociis, and that the University press has no right to insist on selling them together, so that the better of the two articles may be made to carry off the worse. On the other hand, it is strongly urged that to divide the New Testament from the Old would break the continuity of the Bible, and weaken the doctrine,
which ought to be zealously maintained, that the second Dispensation is only the continuation of the first. How this controversy will end it is impossible to say. Nor is it even certain, as far as we know, that the University Press has come to any final decision. Be this as it may,
however, the very protest shows the strength of the feeling which has been excited by one of the two new versions, and we can only express a hope once more that it will not be allowed to prejudice the other, or prevent fair play being accorded to it by any class of
critics or divines.
Upjohn, the late flagellator and hangman for the colony of Victoria, has been sent to Sydney, as it is believed there was a plot among some expirees whom he had flogged to murder him.