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gram in Jewish studies. Columbia has had this program for many
years. California only recently began to develop one. The Cali-
fornia press recently brought out
Mediterranean Society: The
Jewish Community of the Arab World as Portrayed in the Docu-
ments of the Cairo Geniza
by Solomon D. Goitein (1968), and
Archives from Elephantine: The Life of an Ancient Jewish M ili-
tary Colony
by Bezalel Porten (1968).
Johns Hopkins University Press lists only four Judaica titles:
two in archeology by William F. Albright;
Covenant: The His-
tory of a Biblical Idea
by Delbert R. Hillers (1969); and
Britain’s
Moment in the M idd le East
,
1914-1956
by Elizabeth Monroe
(1963).
The New York University Press lists six Judaica titles among a
total of about 400 in its last catalog. Included are
Judaism and
Islam
by Abraham I. Katsh (1953);
Jews in 19th Century Egypt
by Jacob M. Landau (1969);
Jewish Education in a Pluralistic
Society
by Nathan S. Winter (1966); and two works on Isaac
Bashevis Singer which will be discussed later. Of very special
interest, however, is
Birth Control in Jewish Law
by David M.
Feldman (1969), one of the few books in Jewish law published
with the imprint of a university press.
University of Toronto Press lists works in archeology, Hebrew
and Near East studies in the “Near and Middle East Series.” In
addition to a number of guides and outlines of Palestinian archeo-
logical collections in the Royal Ontarion Museum, this press
published
Hebrew Opinions
by Theophile J. Meek (1950);
Hebrew Texts and Palestinian Vocalization
by E. J. Revell (in
preparation);
Hebrew Syntax: An Outline
by R. J. Williams
(1867);
Mosaic Tradition
by Frederick V. Winnett (1949).
Our discussion up to this point centered on large presses, those
producing a score or even scores of titles in the course of the year.
What of the smaller press, which publishes annually only five to
ten titles? Are Judaica materials included in its program? The
answer is in the affirmative. Its acceptance for publication of a
Judaica title depends upon many factors, not all related to an
interest in Jewish learning. For example, Indiana University
Press published in 1960
Studies in Biblical and Jewish Folklore,
edited by Raphael Patai and others. This was due only to the
fact that Dov Noy, one of the co-editors, happened to be at the
time associated with that university. But generally speaking, an
author’s standing in the world of scholarship will influence a
press to be identified as publisher of his work.
Some interesting conclusions emerge from an analysis of the
types of Judaica materials frequently selected by university
presses, especially the smaller ones.