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A fVord in Season
, sermons and occasional addresses,
by Louis Hammer, is the latest addition to this type of literature.
Except in the field of homiletics the Bible has not received the
measure of attention it merits in the literature of the year. Few
are the titles representing studies in Scriptural subjects which are
of Jewish interest.
The Hebrew Bible in Art
by Jacob Leveen
(London, British Academy, 1944) deals with a much neglected
subject. Saul Raskin issued
Genesis the First Book of Moses
his attractive drawings (New York, 1944). In manner of illustra-
tion and make-up it forms a companion volume to the handsome
series of classical Hebrew texts which, in previous years, have
been treated in a like fashion by the same distinguished artist.
A defense of the claims for the Mosaic authorship of the Penta-
teuch by a fundamentalist Christian scholar is contained in Oswald
Thompson Allis’
The Five Books of Moses
(Philadelphia, The
Presbyterian and Reformed Pub. Co., 1943). Dr. G. Ernest Wright
has written a delightful booklet on
The Challenge of Israel's Faith
(University of Chicago Press, 1944) in which certain aspects of
biblical theology are treated briefly.
Studies in the Prophets
Benjamin Oscar Herring (Nashville, Broadman Press, 1944) is a
guide for college students. A more pretentious contribution to
the exposition of a biblical text is Prof. William A. Irwin’s
Problem of Ezekiel
, an inductive study (University of Chicago
Press, 1943) in which it is argued that the Prophet Ezekiel was
“not a psychic abnormality but a man of healthy mind” and that
most of his work was done in Jerusalem. In his
Daily Life in Bible
(New York, Scribner, 1943), Albert Edward Bailey endeav-
ors to reconstruct life in Bible times based upon extensive study
and personal familiarity with the sites. Much light is cast upon
the Bible and the civilization it portrays by Chester C. McCown
in his
The Ladder of Progress in Palestine
, a story of archeological
adventure (New York, Harper, 1943).
Bones and Verdure
, an
appreciation of science in biblical expressions by Dr. David I.
Macht (Baltimore, 1943) is a novel exposition of Isaiah 66, 14,
though it deals with other scriptural texts as well. I t “ is intended
to cultivate a greater appreciation of the literary beauty and
accuracy of facts recorded in the Bible and its translations.”
The Jewish Teachings on Peace
by Marcus Wald (New York, Bloch,
1944) discusses the Scriptural background of the ideas of peace as
expounded in Jewish traditional lore and literature.
Judaism as a religious system unites its adherents through
beliefs and practices. Its teachings must be kept alive; they must
be subjected to frequent exposition. Their meaning often requires
reinterpretation in order to make clear their compatibility with
ever changing tendencies in the realms of thought and scientific
experimentation. Moreover, their relation to the teachings and
practices of the dominant religions in Christian lands certainly
require it that no doubt be allowed to prevail as to the vital differ-
ences dividing the two religious systems. Dr. Trude W. Rosmarin
in her
Judaism and Christianity
(New York, Jewish Book Club,
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