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same period the number o f University Press books in Jewish
Studies has grown at an even more accelerated pace, from an av­
erage o f 8 titles per year to an average o f 40 titles per year. This
constitutes a 500% increase, compared with only a 300% increase
in the total output o f Judaica books. We find an even larger in­
crease in the number o f University Presses that have published
titles o f Jewish interest and a growing number o f book series in
Judaic Studies. While Salamon Faber, in 1970, mentioned 7 uni­
versity series in the field, we note many newcomers in recent
years. The Judaic Studies series at the University o f Alabama
Press began with the publication in August 1969 o f
Judaism De­
spite Christianity,
edited by Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy. The publi­
cation o f
Dori: The Life and Times o f Theodor Herzl in Budapest
Andrew Handler, brings to twelve the number o f titles in the
series. Brown Judaic Studies lists in its catalog over 60 titles, with
the first one published only 5 years ago.17 Indiana University
Press has announced recently three new series: Jewish Literature
and Culture, edited by Alvin Rosenfeld; the Modern Jewish
Experience, whose editors are Paula Hyman and Deborah Dash
Moore; and Contemporary Jewry, under the editorship o f Daniel
J. Elazar and Steven M. Cohen. The number o f University
Presses which have published titles in Judaica has also grown,
from less than 10 in the forties to a few score in the eighties.
Which Universities have presses that are involved in the pro­
duction o f Jewish Studies books? In the early years o f the period
surveyed, we note that most titles published by University Presses
were the product o f a small group o f universities, mostly on the
East Coast and in the Ivy League. From the outset, universities
like Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, Rutgers, Wayne State,
the University o f Chicago, and the University o f Pennsylvania
published titles in Jewish Studies. O f these early leaders, some
preserved their leadership role, as shown by the production table
for the seventies (Appendix 5). In addition to the strong newcom­
ers who place among the top ten Judaica publishers, there are
scores o f University Presses that have added fewer titles, some o f
which, however, represent substantial contributions.
Thus far we have drawn attention to a dual growth: in the abso­
lute numbers o f Jewish studies titles published by University
Presses, and in the number o f University Presses involved. Addi­
tional growth can be pointed out in the market share o f the Uni­
versity Presses in the field. While in the forties University Presses