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Gerald Friedlander’s
Jewish Sources of the Sermon on the Mount
the critical note comes over with vigor, excluding almost com.
pletely information as to who the original author was. On the
other hand, Professor Orlinsky’s “Prolegomenon” to the three
volumes of Arnold B. Ehrlich’s
Mikra Ki-Peshuto
provides an
incisive account of the personality and labors of the author and
also information not generally available as to the progress of
Bible studies.
In Moses Gaster’s
Exempla of the Rabbis,
William G. Braude
furnishes not only instances of the shortcomings of Gaster’s in-
terpretations bu t—important with that careless scholar—a list of
corrigenda. A preface by Gaster often yields something that is
excitingly irrelevant. In the present work he resurrected quite
gratuitously a scandal that had been laid to rest nearly thirty
years earlier (“. . . the memory alone is sufficient to deepen the
bitterness from year to year . . .”). Gaster was loved for his foibles,
and a sense of having been wronged seems to have fortified him
as he lived to a vigorous old age.
A reprint of a selective kind sponsored by Ktav is
The Jewish
Experience in America,
edited by Rabbi Abraham J. Karp. He
has combed the fifty-seven volumes of the
Publications of the
American Jewish Historical Society,
latterly known as the
Ameri-
can Jewish Historical Quarterly,
and he has chosen contributions
illustrative of a particular period in American Jewish history.
To each volume Rabbi Karp has written an introduction review-
ing the period in question. Perhaps this was a case in which
something more than a reprint was called for. The field of
American Jewish history is one in which materials and expertise
have increased with the years, and probably some of the earlier
writings stand in need of correction.
Whole series of learned periodicals have been reprinted. The
Monatsschrift fuer die Geschichte and Wissenschaft des Juden-
thums,
for more than eighty years the fountainhead of Jewish
scientific scholarship in Europe, has reappeared in Germany it-
self. The very last issue of the
Monatsschrift
was confiscated and
destroyed by the Nazis; only the chance survival of two copies
enabled the complete reprint to be made.
The
Monatsschrift
appeared first in 1851; its English counter-
part,
The Jewish Quarterly Review ,
which also has been reprinted,
first saw the light of day in 1888. For twenty years it was edited
by Israel Abrahams and Claude Montefiore. The latter footed
the bill. Montefiore had the delightful practice not only of paying
contributors—never the invariable practice in the case of learned
journals—but of building up the fee if he thought that an indigent
scholar needed support. It was Israel Zangwill who characterized
Montefiore in the couplet: