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of Jewish Studies, University of Massachusetts, Dr. Robert Cha-
zan, professor of History, Queens College, N. Y., and Dr. Michael
Meyer, professor of Jewish History, Hebrew Union College, Cin­
cinnati, Ohio. The judges selected
The World o f a Renaissance Jew :
The Life and Thought o f Abraham ben Mordecai Farissol
by David B.
Ruderman, published by Hebrew Union College Press. It paints a
portrait of a Jewish intellectual who lived in Italy during the
heyday of the Renaissance and is a study of the dialogue between
Italian and Jewish cultures. Other nominees for the award were:
Jacksonian Jew: The Two Worlds o f Mordecai Noah
by Jonathan D.
Sarna (Holmes
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Meier), and
Piety and Society: Thefew ish P ietists o f
Medieval Germany
by Ivan Marcus (E.J. Brill).
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The judges for this award were Dr. David Sidorsky, professor
of Philosophy, Columbia University, Dr. Arnold Ages, professor
of French, University of Waterloo, and Dr. Sidney Z. Leiman,
professor of Judaic Studies, Brooklyn College. The judges unan­
imously selected
The A r t o f Biblical Narra tive
by Robert Alter,
published by Basic Books. The author shows how the biblical
writers depicted characters, and analyzes the interplay between
narration and dialogue in the Bible. There were no other
nominees for this award.
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The judges for this award were David Szonyi, free-lance jo u r ­
nalist, Robert Cohn, editor, St. Louis Jewish Light, and Dr. Alvin
Rosenfeld, Jewish Studies Program, Indiana University. The
judges unanimously selected
Vichy France and the Jews
by Michael
R. Marrus and Robert O. Paxton (Basic Books) for this award. It
presents a detailed account of Vichy’s anti-Semitic policies and
practices, and is based on newly available German documents as
well as French sources. Other nominees for the award were:
Terrible Secret: Conspiracy o f Silence Surrounding H itler’s
‘F inal Solu­
tion
by Walter Laqueur (Little Brown), and
The Tremendum: A
Theological Interpretation o f the Holocaust
by Arthur A. Cohen
(Crossroad Publishing).