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HYMAN / HARRY AUSTRYN WOLFSON
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pearing in it illumine many aspects of Jewish philosophy that
had never been clarified before. In addition, he dealt in numer­
ous essays with topics in the philosophies of Isaac Israeli,
Saadiah, Judah Halevi, Maimonides, Gersonides, Crescas and
others, and his learned studies helped much to advance the field.
“Scholarship,” Wolfson once wrote, “by its nature is a priestly
craft. It is only right that its guardians be zealous for its purity
and fearful of its being contaminated by the gaze and touch of
the uninitiate.” In his work Wolfson was a high priest of learning
who guarded its purity, kept it from vulgarization, and selected
for himself the kind of integrity and discipline which were ex­
pected of the high priest of old. This was fittingly summarized
at his funeral where the following verse from the prophet
Malachi (2:7) was read: “For the priest’s lips keep knowledge,
and they shall seek instruction from his mouth. . . .” The schol­
arly heritage and the many personal reminiscences which Pro­
fessor Wolfson left shall be a blessing for us and for generations
to come.