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articles. T o indicate the wide range of his interests, it will
suffice to point out tha t chronologically the book begins with
a discussion of the position of the Book of Daniel in the
biblical Canon, and tha t it closes with an appreciation of his
friend, Max L. Margolis. T he geographical areas covered are
equally broad and include studies on aspects of Jewish life in
Southern France and Spain, Italy, Bohemia and Moravia, and
even remote Cochin. Not less varied are the subjects discussed:
astrology among the Jews in the 12th and 13th centuries; new
accounts on the expulsion of the Jews from Spain; a study
relating to a famous controversy surrounding a wealthy Jewish
banker in Ferrara in the first decades of the 16th century; notes
on Hebrew incunabula; illustrated Haggadahs; Jewish book
collectors; the history of the library of the great rabbi, leader
and bibliophile, David Oppenheimer; and a pioneering study
on the use of Hebrew type in non-Hebrew books from 1475
to 1520.
Another collection of Marx’s studies is entitled
Essays in
Jewish Biography.
In this charming work there are assembled
scholarly portraits of some of the great men of the medieval and
modern periods. Reverence and adm iration are coupled with
original critical research, again often on the basis of hitherto
unexplored materials in the biographies of Saadia, Rashi and
Maimonides. Among the moderns the lives and work of Stein­
schneider, Schechter, Sulzberger, Malter, Hoffmann, Friedlander
and others are studied and appraised. Marx’s shorter bibliogra­
phical notes and his annual reports on the growth of the
Seminary Library, containing the bibliographical descriptions
of many extremely rare items, were recently collected and pub ­
lished, together with an index, in a 600 page volume, under
the title:
B ibliographical Studies and Notes on Rare Books and
Manuscripts in the L ibrary of the Jewish Theological Seminary.
In addition to the contributions collected in the volumes men­
tioned above, Marx was also the au thor and editor of many
more writings. He published the first ten chapters of the
ancient work of chronology, the
Seder Olam,
and Rabbi Bezalel
Aschkenazi’s
Kelalei ha-Talmud,
and he dealt with the textual
tradition of the Geonic prayer book,
Seder R av Amram Gaon.
He contributed frequently to the
Jewish Quarterly R eview
and