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MILLER / FROM JEWISH FESTSCHRIFT
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field and the growing numbers of secular institutions offering
courses and programs in Jewish studies, university presses, aca­
demic publishers such as Scholars Press, Eisenbrauns, and Ktav,
and even trade publishers are handling Festschriften. Moreover,
with the availability of an International Standard Book Number
to even the smallest publisher it can be hoped that the difficulties
Berlin described will be increasingly something of the past.
OTHER FORMS
In the past several years a new kind of publication has
appeared which must be considered in any discussion of the
changing fortunes of the Jewish Festschrift: the publication of
conference proceedings held in honor or memory of a scholar. In
1982 the Israel Academy of Sciences published the proceedings
of a study-conference held in December 1977 in honor of the
eightieth birthday of Gershom Schalom entitled “The Messianic
Idea in Jewish Thought.” Similarly, the academy published in
1983 the proceedings of a 1978 study-conference entitled
“Research in Talmudic Literaturre” to honor Saul Lieberman.
There is still another phenomenon that has become current in
the publication of Festschriften. It is the increasing use of jour­
nals, periodicals, and annuals as the venue for the Festschrift. But
this is hardly new. At times the prestigeous
Monatsschrift fiir
Geschichte und Wissenschaft desJudentums
devoted special issues to
scholars on signal occasions. Among those celebrated in this man­
ner were Ismar Elbogen,13 Zacharias Frankel,14 and Moritz
Soberheim.15The reason for the increasing use of periodicals for
Festschriften is simply the expense of publishing a book of such
limited interest and distribution as a Festschrift. Since 1980
Hebrew Annual Review
has devoted three of its annual issues to
Festschriften honoring Sheldon Blank,16 S. D. Goitein,17 and
Robert Gordis;18
Jewish Quarterly Review
published an issue of
Essays in honor of Leon Nemoy,19 and
Hebrew Studies
issued a
13
MGWJ,
vol. 78, no. 4.
14
MGWJ,
vol. 45, no. 3.
15
MGWJ,
vol. 76, no. 4.
16
HAR,
vol. 8.
17
HAR,
vol. 9.
18
HAR,
vol. 7.
19
JQR.NS,
vol. 73, no. 2.