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of titles published in a given period depend largely upon the
sponsoring university’s interest in a Jewish Studies Program.
Where such programs exist, with faculties and students pursuing
research in the various disciplines of Jewish learning, e.g. history,
philosophy, contemporary Israel, art, linguistics, Jewish law, etc.,
more Judaica materials are included for publication by that uni-
versity’s press. Since departments and chairs in Jewish studies are
of relatively recent origin on most campuses,7 the Judaica pro-
duction is rather limited in comparison with the press’ total out-
put. This is invariably confirmed by
Publishers Trade List Annuals.
Some presses, especially those sponsored by older established
universities, list series in Judaica. We describe these series alpha-
betically, without making judgments as to the value or impact of
the published works upon Jewish scholarship. Sample works will
be singled out, wherever logical, to indicate the publisher’s orien-
tation or special interest in the selection of subject matter.
1. Cornell University Press lists a series “Studies in Modern
Hebrew Literature.” Only two titles were published as of this
year:
Abraham Mapu
by David Patterson (1964), and
Saul Tscher-
nichowsky
by Eisig Silberschlag (1968). The name of the series
describes its specific limited scope.
2. Harvard University Press lists among its 79 series the “Philip
W. Lown Institute of Advanced Jewish Studies.” Four titles in
Jewish thought and history were thus far published under its
aegis:
Biblical and Other Studies
(1963),
Studies in Nineteenth-
Century Jewish Intellectual History
(1964);
Biblical Motifs: Ori-
gins and Transformations
(1966); and
Jewish Medieval and
Renaissance Studies
(1967). All four volumes were edited by
Alexander Altmann.
3. Oxford University Press8 is known for its “Scripta Judaica.”
Among its heretofore published titles are
The Emergence and
Linguistic Background of Judeo-Arabic
by Joshua Blau (1965);
Jewish Matrimonial Law in the M idd le Ages
by Zeev W. Falk
(1966);
Isaac Israeli’s Works, Translated with Comments and Out-
line of H is Philosophy
by Alexander Altmann and S. M. Stern
(1958);
Exclusiveness and Tolerance: Studies in Jewish Gentile
Relations
by Jacob Katz (1961);
Qamran Studies
by Chaim Rabin
(1959);
Joseph Karo: Lawyer and Mystic
by R. J. Werblowsky
(1962). Apparently, the interest and program of this series are all
7 Comp. Jacob Neusner, “Everybody but the Jew,”
Jewish Spectator,
Jan.
1970, p. 16 ff.
8Though Oxford and Cambridge Universities began their presses early in
the 16th century, their programs of Judaica are apparently guided by the
same criteria as those of the American university presses.