Page 19 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 2

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To maintain and to stimulate that interest a number of books in
the field of general Jewish history made their appearance during
the year, which, with but few exceptions, represent reprints, with
or without revision, of works that have enjoyed a long-standing
popularity. Paul Goodman’s handy manual
A History of the Jews
has been issued in a completely revised and brought up-to-date
text (World Publishing Co.) and Milton Steinberg’s
The Making
of the Modern Jew
, a well-written and thoughtful reflection upon
the destiny of the Jewish people was republished (Behrman’s).
Dr. Samuel Rosenblatt’s
The People of the Book
is a readable
history of the Jews from biblical times to the present with em-
phasis on religion, survival and persecution (Behrman’s). The
Union of American Hebrew Congregations did well in reissuing
in one volume, under the title
The Golden Dawnt
two well-written
text-books,
Israel in Canaan
and
In the Days of the First Temple
by Dr. Jacob S. Golub. They cover Jewish history from the earliest
period to 586 B.C.E. Two useful publications, specifically designed
for children’s need, are Dorothy F. Zeligs’
A Child's History of the
Hebrew People
from nomadic times to the destruction of the second
temple, and
A Child's History of Jewish Life
for the first sixteen
centuries of the common era (Bloch). They, like her
The Story of
Jewish Holidays and Customs
for young people (Bloch), should go
a long way in the dissemination of a knowledge of Jewish history
and religion sufficiently adequate for the young. A notable
contribution to the understanding of an unfortunate episode in
Jewish history is offered by Professor Solomon Zeitlin in his
Who
Crucified Jesus?
(Harper). With a wealth of documentary evidence
and logical reasoning Dr. Zeitlin endeavors to prove that neither
the Jews nor their religious leaders are to be held responsible for the
crucifixion but a band of political leaders who with Pontius Pilate
conspired to mete out punishment to Jesus of Nazareth as a
political offender. A learned presentation of the beginnings of
Christianity is offered in
From Jesus to Paul
by Joseph Klausner,
translated from the Hebrew by W. F. Stinespring (Macmillian).
The Bible, the time it covers and the period in which it was
written are as fruitful of literary interest as its religious and ethical
teachings are inspiring. In one form or another they receive ever
new treatment in the current output of printed books. In
The
Social Background of the Old Testament
the Rev. Dr. David Jacob-
son surveys the theories and speculations of leading social anthro-
pologists and archeologists concerning certain customs and institu-
tions of early Semitic society (Hebrew Union College Press).
The
Bible is Human
, a study in secular history by Louis Wrallis, is a
work which aims to bring into view the secular history which
produced the monotheism common to the Jewish and Christian
religions (Columbia University Press). A popular presentation
of the biblical peoples is offered in
One People among Many\
the
ancient Hebrews and their Neighbors, by Ethel Cutler (Womans
Press). The same subject is dealt with in a manner suitable for
young children in
The Story of the Bible People
by Mrs. Muriel
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