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Subjects of Catechetical Examinations.—The following Table contains the subjects of the Catechetical Lectures and Examinations :
Michaelmas Term (and Hilary Examination).—The Gospel according to
St. Luke. Hilary Term (and Trinity Examination). The Acts of the Apostles. Trinity Term (and Michaelmas Examination).— Archbishop Secker's Lec
tures on the Creed, (Lectures on the Church Catechism, vi. to xvii. incl.)
Michaelmas Term (and Hilary Examination). --Genesis, and the first
twenty chapters of Exodus. Hilary Term (and Trinity Examination). -Joshua, Judges, Ruth, the two
Books of Samuel, and the two Books of Kings. Trinity Term (and Michaelmas Examination). — Those parts of Isaiah,
Jeremiah, Daniel, Micah, Zechariah, and Malachi, which are prophetical of the Messiah.
LECTURES FOR BACHELORS OF ARTS. AFTER having passed his Degree Examination, the Student is denominated a Candidate Bachelor, until he receives the Degree of A. B. During the remainder of that year, terminating with the anniversary of his Degree Examination, he is denominated a Junior Bachelor; and for the two succeeding years he is termed a Middle Bachelor and a Senior Bachelor respectively.
The Lectures to be attended by Bachelors in Arts, who are Professional Students in any of the Schools of Divinity, Law, Medicine, or Engineering, will be found under these respective heads. Vide p. 47, seq.
The Public Lectures, which may be attended by those Students resident in the University, who have not joined any of the Professional Schools, are enumerated in the next section. There remain to be mentioned some Courses of Private Lectures, which do not come under either of the foregoing heads.
1. Mathematics. -Erasmus Smith's Professor of Mathematics delivers Lectures to Fellowship Candidates on three days in the week during Term.
Junior Bachelors are entitled to present themselves as candidates for Bishop Law's Mathematical Prizes.
2. Natural Philosophy.—The University Professor of Natural Philosophy delivers Lectures on three days in the week during Term.
3. Hebrew.--The Professor of Hebrew delivers Lectures in the Prophet Isaiah every Tuesday during Term. These Lectures are specially intended for Hebrew Students of the Third or Senior Bachelor year. The other classes of Students are lectured by the Assistants to the Professor.
For the regulations connected with the Primate's Hebrew Prizes, cide p. 51.
4. Oriental Languages. — The Professor of Oriental Languages teaches Arabic, Chaldee, Syriac, Persian, or Hindustani, to such Students as may present themselves for instruction at the commencement of each Term, at the rate of two guineas per Term. He also receives Pupils at any time, at the rate of three guineas for thirty Lectures.
The Board have authorized the Professor to give Certificates (similar to those given by the Professor of Hebrew) to such Students as he may, upon examination, think entitled to that distinction.
The Board have instituted an annual Prize of £10 for proficiency in Arabic, and £5 for proficiency in Chaldee and Syriac. An Examination will be held annually in Trinity Term, of Students desiring Certificates, or wishing to compete for the above Prizes. No Student will be admitted to this Examination unless he has studied under the Professor for, at least, three Terms.
5. Sanscrit.— The Lecturer in Sanscrit delivers Lectures, and receives Pupils, under the same regulations and conditions as the Professor of Oriental Languages.
Attendance of Scholars at Lectures.-In December, 1849, it was resolved by the Board to adopt the following Rules as to the attendance by Scholars at Lectures :
1. That the period during which they shall be liable to such duties shall begin in the Hilary Term of the Junior Bachelor year of the Class, and end with the Trinity Term of the Senior Bachelor year, thereby comprising eight Terms.
2. That two Courses of Lectures be required from each Scholar in every such Term. That one of these must be a Divinity Course, either with the Regius Professor of Divinity, or Archbishop King's Lecturer on Divinity, or with one of their Assistants, unless the Scholar has passed the final Divinity Examination with the Regius Professor.
3. That full three-fourths of the Lectures of a Course be required, to constitute sufficient attendance.
4. That the Lectures of the Regius Professor, Archbishop King's Lecturer, and those of their Assistants, be all considered separate Courses,
5. That Medical Lectures by an University Professor be allowed to reckon as a Course, provided the Professor send a certiticate to the Senior Proctor of the Scholar having attended three-fourths of the Lectures given by the Professor during the Term.
6. That a Scholar conditionally suspended must, in order to restore himself by attendance in a Term, attend a third Course in that Term.
PUBLIC LECTURES. Divinity.--The Regius Professor of Divinity delivers a Course of public general Prelections during each of the three Academical Terms. The Lectures are delivered on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 o'clock. These Lectures are open to the public, but must be attended by Students of the Senior Divinity Class.
Archbishop King's Lecturer in Divinity also delivers a similar Course of Lectures in each Term, on Mondays and Thursdays, at 11 o'clock. These Lectures are open to the public, but must be attended by Students of the Junior Divinity Class.
Hebrew.- The Professor of Hebrew delivers a public Prelection every Saturday during Term, which is open to the public, but must be attended by Students of the second Hebrew Year.
Ecclesiastical History. The Professor of Ecclesiastical History lectures during two of the three Terms in each year. The days of Lecture are announced at the beginning of each Term.
Biblical Greek,- The Professor of Biblical Greek delivers a course of public general Prelections, during two of the three Academical Terms of the year; and also special Lectures on particular Books, the subjects and days being announced at the beginning of each Term.
Oriental Languages. The Professor of Oriental Languages delivers Lectures on subjects connected with his department of Literature, of which public notice is given.
Moral Philosophy.--The Professor of Moral Philosophy delivers Lectures on days of which notice is given at the commencement of each Term.
Natural Philosophy.-Erasmus Smith's Professor of Natural Philosophy delivers Lectures in Mechanics and Experimental Physics on every day in alternate weeks during each Term, in the Philoso
Astronomy.—The Professor of Astronomy delivers his Lectures in Trinity Term in the Philosophy School.
Political Economy. The Professor of Political Economy delivers a course of at least nine Lectures, during some one of the three Academical Terms of the year, which are free to all gownsmen, and to which he may also, if he please, admit the public.
Anatomy and Chemistry. The Professors of Anatomy and Chemistry, at the beginning of the Medical Session, deliver each a course of twelve Lectures, which are open to the public.
Irish.—The Professor of Irish lectures on two days in the week during Term.
Oratory and English Literature.—The Professor of Oratory and English Literature delivers courses of public Prelections in two of the three Academical Terms of the year.
Geology.-The Professor of Geology delivers in Michaelmas and Hilary Terms a course of Lectures, to which the public are admissible. The subjects of the Lectures are given in page 65. Botany.
The Professor of Botany delivers a course of Lectures in Trinity Term, to which the public are admissible.
The College Herbarium is open to the public on two days during Term; any person desirous of verifying specimens may obtain admission on other days by applying to the Curator.
DONNELLAN LECTURE. The regulations on which this Lectureship was established are contained in the following extract from the Registry, dated February 22, 1794:
“Whereas a Legacy of £1233 has been bequeathed to the College of Dublin by Mrs. Anne Donnellan, of the parish of St. George, Hanover-square, in the county of Middlesex, spinster, for the encouragement of religion, learning, and good manners; the particular mode of application being left to the Provost and Senior Fellows :
“RESOLVED :— That a Divinity Lecture, to which shall be annexed a salary, arising from the interest of £1200, shall be established for ever, to be called Donnellan's Lecture. 2. “That the Lecturer shall be forthwith elected from
the Fellows of said College, and hereafter annually on the 20th of November.
3. “ That the subject or subjects of the Lectures shall be determined at the time of election by the Board, to be treated of in Six Sermons, which shall be delivered in the College Chapel after morning Service on certain Sundays, to be appointed on the 20th of November next after the election of the Lecturer, and within a year from said appointment.
4. “ That one moiety of the interest of the said £1200 shall be paid to the Lecturer as soon as he shall have delivered the whole number of Lectures, and the other moiety as soon as he shall have published four of the said Lectures; one copy to be deposited in the Library of the College; one in the Library of Armagh ; one in the Library of S. Sepulchre; one to be given to the Chancellor of the University; and one to the Provost of the College.”
The foregoing regulations have been slightly modified by recent orders of the Board, containing the following provisions :
1. The Donnellan Lectureship shall be open to all Fellows, ExFellows, Doctors in Divinity, and Bachelors in Divinity, of the University.
2. The Lecturer shall be elected annually on the last Saturday in November of each year.
3. Applications for the Lectureship, stating the Testimonials of the applicant, and the subject on which he proposes to lecture, must be sent in to the Registrar at least one week previous to the day of election.
4. The Lectures must be preached, if possible, before the close of the year following his election.
5. The entire annual interest of the sum invested for the Donnellan Fund shall be paid to the Lecturer, on the sermons being preached, and approved of by the Board.
The Rev. John Cotter MacDonnell, B. D., has been elected Donnellan Lecturer for the year 1857. The subject of his Lectures will be
“The Doctrine of the Atonement; with especial reference to the Opinions expressed by some recent Authors."