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edge, research and literary activity. Thousands of titles are listed
in its catalog. Yet in the field of Judaica, this record is about
the smallest of any of the large university presses. Only about
half a dozen enumerated titles can be classed in Judaica.10
The University of Chicago Press lists a dozen titles in Jewish
philosophy and religion, folklore and Bible. It has not published
heretofore any works in Jewish history, nor in Jewish law. This
press began in 1891 with three scholarly journals, one devoted to
Near Eastern studies, originally named
In its Judaica
group belong
Patterns in the Early Poetry of Israel
by S. Gevirtz
American Judaism
by Nathan Glazer (1957);
The Ten
by Solomon Goldman (1958);
The R oo t and the
by Robert Gordis (1965);
The Religion of Israel by
hezkel Kaufmann (1960);
Guide of the Perplexed
by Maimonides,
translated with introduction and notes by Shlomo Pines (1963);
Legends of the Hasidim
by Jerome Mintz (1968);
Folktales of
by Dov Noy (1963);
Major Trends in Modern Hebrew
by I. Rabinovich (1968);
The Challenge of Israel’s Faith
by G. E. Wright (1944) and a number of other notable works.
They total only a small fraction of the press' latest catalog of
some 1500 titles.
Columbia University Press offers a more diversified range of
Judaica in history, literature, literary criticism, philosophy and
sociology. Among its notable contributions are
A Social and
Religious History of the Jews,
by Salo W. Baron (1952-60);
Jews of the United States, 1790-1840: A Documentary History,
co-edited by Joseph L. Blau and Salo W. Baron (1964);
The Book
of Delight
by Joseph Ben Meir Zabara, translated by Moses Hadas
Macabees, Zealots and Josephus
by W. R. Farmer (1956);
Agenda for American Jews
by Eli Ginzberg (1950);
The French
Enlightenment and the Jews
by Arthur Hertzberg (1968);
by Maurice Wohlgelernter (1964). Its latest offering
Isaac Cardozo: A Study in 17th Century Marranism and
Jewish Apologetics
by Y. H. Yerushalmi, and
A Vassal Jewish
Principality in Carolingian Frankland
by A. J. Zuckerman (both
titles in 1969).
The University of California Press was organized in 1893, the
same year Columbia's came into existence. Both list in their
catalogs for 1969 about 1000 titles. But while the latter includes
some 20 titles in Judaica subjects, the former has less than half a
dozen. Obviously these figures are related to the university’s pro­
10 However, George R. Barnes in
Cambridge University Press: L ist of Books
(Cambridge, 1935) lists a substantial number of Judaica titles, e.g.
De Legibus Hebraeorum
by J. Spencer (1685);
Hebrew Grammar
by I. Lyons
(1735, 1738, 1757);
The Ancient History of the Hebrews,
by S. Squire (1741),