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BLOCH ----THE YEARNS BOOKSHELF
available in
Counterattack
: scapegoats or solutions, by Mortimer
J. Cohen and Maurice B. Fagan (Philadelphia, Jewish Community
Relations Council, 1945). Aspects of anti-Jewish manifestations
among pupils and teachers in the public schools are described by
Marie Syrkin in her
Your school
,
your children
; a teacher looks at:
what’s wrong with our schools (New York, Fischer, 1944).
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
Both Judaism and Christianity seek authority for their religious
teachings and practices in the writings of Sacred Scriptures. A
proper understanding of the text of these Scriptures and of the
history they record and represent is therefore essential. Hence
the frequent appearance of works dealing with biblical themes.
In
It all happened before
(New York-Nashville, Abingdon-Cokes-
bury Press, 1944), the Rev. Roy Lemon Smith surveys Jewish
history to the year 586 B.C.E. The volume comprises the Menden-
hall lectures delivered in 1943 at De Pauw University. In
The
Bible and the common reader
, Mary Ellen Chase (New York,
Macmillan, 1944) presents an interpretation of the Scriptures
(King James version) as literature and as history. Information
most frequently sought about the Bible is offered in question
and answer form by George William Stimpson in
A book about the
Bible
(New York, Harper, 1945). A fine interpretation of the
teachings of the prophets and their bearing upon our problems,
in which the meaning and worth of the Hebrew prophetic writings
are stated in positive terms, is contained in
The relevance of the
prophets
, by Professor Robert B. Y. Scott (New York, Macmillan,
1944).
Meet Amos and Hosea
, the prophets of Israel, by Rolland
Emerson Wolfe (New York, Harper, 1945), presents a stimulating
background of the two prophets. The Christian fundamentalist
position in the study of the Sacred Scriptures is represented best
in important reference books which have appeared during the
year, such as the
Encyclopedia of Bible life
, by Madelaine Sweeny
Miller and John Lane Miller (New York, Harper, 1944). Fully
illustrated, it places more emphasis on the racial and religious
backgrounds than on the archaeological. To the Westminster
aids to the study of the Scriptures were added two very useful
volumes: The handy
Westminster dictionary of the Bible
by John
D. Davis, competently revised and rewritten by Henry Snyder
Gehman (Philadelphia, Presbyterian Board of Christian Educa-
tion, 1944), and
The Westminster historical atlas to the Bible
, edited
by George Ernest Wright and Floyd Vivian Filson (Philadelphia,
Westminster Press, 1945), which offers a chronological arrange-
ment of maps and text beginning with the world of the patriarchs,