Page 4, 27th January 1939

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Father McNabb's Life of Our Lord

A Life of Our Lord. By Vincent McNabb. 0.P. (Shoed and Ward, 6s.)

Reviewed by ALBAN GOODIER, Set (Archbishop of Flierapoffs)

FR. NeNabb's Life of Our Lord is, perhaps misnamed. It begins by saying that "once and for all it (the life of Jesus Christ) has been written by the four evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John." Instead, therefore, of attempting a complete " Life." he has contented himself with—shall we say?— certain comments on the original, i.e.. on the four Gospels, and hints that may help in the reading of them as a "Life."

Theme comments and hints are collected under five headings or chapters, whose titles alone shew how much Fr. McNabb has quite intentionally omitted; the hints themselves are divided from each other by marks, which suggest the commentary rather than the contintioue "Life."

The tone of these comments is characteristic of the author. Many are written with an eye on the age in which we live, many hark back to St. Thomas and the theologians; many contain the conclusions of modern Scripture scholarship; many are just the author's own.

M'Connachie and J.M.E. (Peter Davies, 7s. Bd.), a volume of speeches of J. M. Barrie, with a foreword by Hugh Walpole. The people addressed are oddly assorted: Universities, girls' schools, Rhodes scholars are mingled with Australian cricketers. critics, newspaper societies, bazaars, and the children's hospital at Great Ormond Street.

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