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Anne Curtis (Macmillan). An introduction to the study of the
books of the prophets from a decidedly traditional point-of-view
is contained in the handy volume
A Guide to the Prophets
by
Sidney B. Hoenig and S. H. Rosenberg (Bloch). I t endeavors
to demonstrate the underlying value of the teachings of the
prophets for Jews and non-Jews as well. A curious approach to
the study of the Bible, primarily intended for religious schools,
is found in
Who's Who and What's What in the Bible
by Rabbi
Charles Williamowsky. Harry H. Fein presents the Song of Songs
in the form of a lyric drama in five scenes in his
The Vineyard
Keeper
(Humphries). Biblical themes, such as Abraham and Isaac,
the story of Jacob, Ramoth Gilead, the burden of Nineveh, etc.,
are presented in a collection of
Palestine Plays
by Laurence
Housman (Scribner). Biblical personalities are always suitable
for treatment in popular works of fiction, especially when designed
to serve the needs of young readers. They also offer appropriate
and certainly suggestive themes for poets. Jack Greenberg’s
recently published collection of verse is entitled
The New Isaiah
,
Prairie Fire and Other Poems
(Humphries). A beautiful publica-
tion presenting the story of Moses for boys and girls by John W.
Flight and Sophia Lyon Fahs is entitled
Moses
,
Egyptian prince
,
nomad sheikh
,
lawgiver.
I t is interestingly illustrated by Dorothy
Bayley (Beacon Press). Another book designed for school use,
entitled
Scholars of Judah
, by Caroline N. Jacobs, presents a
number of biblical stories, incidents and characters (Friends
General Conference).
A ll the Trumpets Sounded
, a novel by
William George Hardy (Coward-McCann) is based on the life of
Moses while Alfred Duff Cooper’s
David
is an appreciative bi-
ography of the warrior king and psalmist (Harper). Saul Raskin
has added another volume to the series of illustrated Hebrew
texts which he issues periodically. To his Pirke Abot and Passover
Haggadah he has now added an edition of the Hebrew Psalter with
beautiful illustrations. A small booklet of eig'hteen
Favorite
Psalms for Children
contain illustrations by Marie Stern (Grosset
and Dunlap). A remarkable study of the
Marriage Laws in the
Bible and the Talmud
by the Rev. Dr. Louis M. Epstein was
published as the twelfth volume of the Harvard Semitic Series.
The increased interest in the study of the Talmud among
American Jews produced the need for handbooks from which
the student can gain some help. Rabbi Harry Silverstone en-
deavors to meet this need with his
Guide to the Talmud
(Romm
Press). In the republished collection of Aunt Naomi’s
Jewish
Fairy Tales and Legends
much of Talmudic lore is again made
available to the young reader (Bloch). In recent years a greater
interest was manifested by young Jewish people in the religious
aspects of Jewish life. Both the Synagogue and the Jewish home
have assumed a greater significance in modern Jewish life. Rabbi
Samuel H. Markowitz, in his
Leading a Jewish Life in the Modern
World
(Union of American Hebrew Congregations), endeavors
to clarify the religious aspects of Jewish home and synagogue life
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