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in Jerusalem, the Biblioteca Rosenthaliana in Amsterdam, the
Bodleian Library in Oxford, and the Central Zionist Archives
in Jerusalem. Much painstaking technical work was involved in
copying from thousands of volumes of varied sizes and states
of preservation. Only thereafter could the detailed catalogues
be edited in Oxford, printed in Leiden and dispatched all over
the world.
So far, 15 catalogues have been issued. Short explanatory
remarks have been added to many items. Some of the lists con-
tain detailed introductions, written by experts. In two cases,
at least, the catalogues may even be looked upon as comprehen-
sive bibliographies and can very well serve as such. Considerable
savings can be achieved with microfiches over the cost of printed
editions. Moreover, any large outlay of funds can be spread over
a number of years, with a free Reader added.
T he Project Outline indicated the sub-divisions of the overall
theme, and not all of the subjects have been covered as yet.
“Religion and Philosophy” is ultimately to include: Bible Re-
search, Post-Biblical and Talmudic Research, Mediaeval Philos-
ophy, Kabbalah and Hasidim. T he titles for Post-Biblical and
Talmudic Research were selected by A. Rosenthal, in consulta-
tion with Prof. E. E. Urbach, both of the Hebrew University,
Jerusalem. These include mainly introductions and commentaries
to the Mishnah, the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds, Ha-
lachah and Aggada, written during the 19th and the early
20th centuries, with carefully chosen added texts. In addition,
one finds here dictionaries and grammars pertaining to rab-
binic Hebrew. Special mention should be made of
D ikdukei
(1867-1897) by Rabbinowicz, which again makes avail-
able variant readings of the Talmud from manuscripts and early
printed editions; the seven volumes of Ginzberg's
Legends of the
(1910-1938) ; and, among the dictionaries, Levy’s
hebraeisches and chaldaeisches Woerterbuch ueber die Talmu-
dim and Midraschim
(1876-1889)—here represented by its sec-
ond edition (1924), which includes important additions by
Fleischer and Goldschmidt.