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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
the most important o f the books recorded here were published
by University Presses. Increasingly, in all aspects o f academic life,
including religion and philosophy, there is a place for the expres­
sion o f Jewish interests and Jewish points-of-view provided that
the modes o f statement and the forms o f expression fall within
the range o f responsible scholarly discourse.”
In volume 18 o f the Jewish Book Annual, Harry M. Orlinsky13
surveyed “Recent Selected Books on Biblical History and Archae­
ology.” Out o f 82 titles published in the United States, 11, or
15.49%, were by University Presses. A few years later Orlinsky
published a shorter updated review o f books published on the
same topic during 1960-1966.14 In that list, which included 32
titles published in the United States, 7, or over 21%, were pub­
lished by University Presses. The share o f the University Presses
in these subjects and the recognition o f their role were on the in­
crease. In volume 28 o f the Annual, Herbert C. Zafren16 pub­
lished an updated bibliography o f Jewish Reference Books. O f
the titles in this list, 111 were published in the United States.
Seven o f these, or 6.3%, were published by University Presses.
This is almost double the percentage in the earlier list by Zafren.
While the list still shows that reference works as a whole were not
the favored topic o f University Presses, certain subjects in that
field were increasingly receiving attention. The list is divided into
subject categories and o f the books listed under History and
Biography, 27.7% were University publications.
ROLE OF JEW ISH STUDIES
Salamon Faber also participated in volume 28 o f the Annual
with an article entitled, “Judaica Production o f University
Presses,” in which he pointed to the many Judaica materials pub­
lished by University Presses. The selection and quantity o f such
materials, according to Faber, depend largely upon the spon­
soring university and its interest in aJewish Studies program. He
listed the following Judaica series in his article: 1. Studies in Mod­
ern Hebrew Literature — Cornell University; 2. Philip W. Lown
Institute o f Advanced Jewish Studies — Harvard University; 3.
Scripta Judaica — Oxford University Press; 4. Jewish Symbols in
the Greco-Roman Period — Princeton University; 5. The World
History o f the Jewish People — Rutgers University Press; 6. The
Morris and Emma Shaver Publications Fund for Jewish Studies