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AMERICAN JEWISH NON-FICTION BOOKS
1950-1951
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HE ensuing list numbers a little over a hundred titles. Thus
the number and variety of non-fiction books of Jewish interest
is about the same as in the previous year.
The largest number of these books treated of biblical literature.
They include commentaries on several biblical books intended
for the lay reader, as well as more technical researches. The
first two volumes appeared in the Dropsie College edition of
Jewish Apocryphal literature. Several important works concerning
biblical archeology were published.
Jewish philosophy and theology were represented both by his-
torical studies and by original works. Valuable contributions to
modern Jewish history and sociology were contained in the
Yivo
Annual
, the
American Jewish Yearbook
, and the
Proceedings of
the American Academy for Jewish Research.
The origin and prob-
lems of anti-Semitism were examined in several notable studies.
The new works on American Jewish history should stimulate
interest in the further study of this subject, and elicit support
for new projects.
Our list includes two creditable works in Jewish bibliography
— the two volumes published in honor of Prof. Alexander Marx,
and Dr. Sendrey’s major bibliography of Jewish music.
Alexander Marx jubilee volumes on the occasion of his seventieth birthday. New
York, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1950. 2 vols.
Papers and studies in Hebrew and English on subjects related to Jewish
literature, history and bibliography edited by Saul Lieberman.
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sw a l d
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h om p so n
.
The unity of Isaiah: a study in prophecy. Phila-
delphia, Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing Co., 1950. 34 p.
Maintains that Isaiah wrote the entire book bearing his name.
A
r e n d t
, H
a n n a h
.
The origins of totalitarianism. New York, Harcourt, Brace.
1951. 492 p.
A study of the moral and psychological bases of totalitarianism, with an
extensive analysis of the growth of modern anti-Semitism.
B
e r n s t e i n
, P
e r e t z
.
Jew-Hate as a sociological problem. New York, Philo-
sophical Library, 1951. 300 p.
A discussion of the sociological and psychological roots of group behavior
in relation to the causes of anti-Semitism.
B
e r n s t e i n
, P
h il i p
.
What the Jews believe. New York, Farrar, Straus & Youne,
1951. 100 p.
A popular interpretation of the religious beliefs and practices of American
Jews with a summary of festival observances.
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