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Or hadash al sefer Yirmiyahu {New light on the book of Jere-
Tel Aviv, Am Oved, 1950. 154 p.
A guide to the book of Jeremiah which takes us on a tour of the parts of
the country where the prophet lived and worked. The author elucidates many
difficult passages on the basis of a living contact with the land.
Kitve Avraham Epstein {Writings of Abraham Epstein
), v. 1. Jerusalem, Mossad
Harav Kook, 1950. 391 p.
The writings of the 19th-century scholar here re-published include his
valuable work on Eldad Hadani (which makes use of the available historical
and manuscript material) and his monographs on various Jewish scholars of
the past. There is an introduction on Epstein by Rabbi J. L. Maimon, an
autobiography by Epstein and a bibliography of Eldad Hadani items by
A. M. Habermann, the editor of the volume.
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Historia shel ha-sifrut ha-Ivrit ha-hadasha {History of modern
Hebrew literature
), v. 6. Jerusalem, Magnes Press of the Hebrew University,
Professor Klausner, who served as the first professor of Hebrew literature
at the Hebrew University, has here brought to a close his large-scale work
representing 22 years of effort. In this volume he presents chapters on the
conservative and socialist writers of the 19th and early 20th century and
brings his work down through Mendele Mocher Sefarim, who receives detailed
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Historia shel ha-bayit ha-sheni {History of the Second Temple).
Jerusalem, Ahiasaf. v. 4, 1950, 310 p.; v. 5, 1951, 327 p.
At the age of 76, the eminent historian has brought to a close the new and
expanded edition of his work on Second Commonwealth history. The fourth
volume treats the Herodean dynasty, and the final volume the era of the
destruction. The author’s gift of lucid expression has brought this period in
Jewish history to life and made his work a best-seller.
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Ma'amar al Yehude Venezia {Essay on the Jews of Venice
Jerusalem, Mossad Bialik, 1950. 175 p.
An historical text published for the Israeli Historical and Ethnographical
Society and edited by the late A. Z. Aescoly. I t consists of an article by the
17th-century rabbi of Venice, written in an apologetic vein and attempting to
show the useful role which the Jews played in the economy of the city. In-
eluded are an analytical appraisal of the work by R. B. Baki and a biography
of its author by M. A. Shulwas.
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Ha-mahshava ha-Yehudit ba'et ha-hadasha {Jewish
thought in modern times),
v. 2. Tel Aviv, Am Oved, 1950. 303 p.
The author sums up the Jewish contribution to modern thought from
Moses Mendelsohn down to our times. He discusses it according to trends
and offers competent surveys of the thought-systems of such thinkers, among
others, as Formstecher and Hirsch, Cohen and Rosenzweig, Rabbi Kook and
A. D. Gordon.
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M. Z.
Mavo la-mikra {Introduction to the Bible),
v. 4. Jerusalem, Kiryat
Sefer, 1950. 245 p.
In this part dealing with the history of the Bible, the author, professor
emeritus of Biblical Exegesis at the Hebrew University, treats the development
of the biblical text, the Samaritan Bible, and biblical translations and exegesis.
Prof. Segal has also completed a popular commentary on the entire Bible.
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Ha-lashon v'ha-sefer {The language and the book
), v. 2. Jerusalem,
Mossad Bialik, 1950. 436 p.
The second part of Professor Tur-Sinai’s work brings together 30 essays on
the Bible and its literary character. The author holds the theory that the
Bible was originally a “ frame-story,” into which were interwoven psalms,
prophecies and laws. The various essays deal provocatively with individual
books of the Bible, the origin of the aleph bet and other linguistic problems.