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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
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depends upon the literature in English for his understanding of
the Bible who has reason to exclaim: “They made me keeper of
the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept ,” (
Song of
Songs
1,6) since he must, of necessity, constantly turn to works
by non-Jewish students of the Bible. Among such books are quite
a few written by competent hands and attractively published and,
as is to be expected most of them are Christological in tone. A
few of such publications may be recorded here.
Light from the an-
cient past
, the archaeological background of the Hebrew-Christian
religion by Jack Finegan (Princeton, Princeton University Press,
1946), shows how archaeology has shed so much light on the history
and civilization of the early Hebrew and Christian religions. I t is
a continuous account extending from 5000 B. C. E. to 500 C. E.
A popular introduction to the Bible is
The Old Testament
, its form
and purpose, by Lindsay Bartholomew Longacre (Nashville,
Abingdon-Cokesbury, 1945). Originally delivered as the second
annual Southwestern University Lectures at Georgetown, Texas,
the author stressed the unities of viewpoint and purpose in Old
Testament writings as revealed by modern scholarship. I t presents
a discussion of the religious value of the Old Testament and its
place in today’s world defined through a clear unification of
available analytical and historical studies. In another series of
(Bohlen) lectures delivered in 1943, the Rev. Dr. Samuel A. B.
Mercer discussed
The supremacy of Israel
(Boston, Christopher,
1945) pointing out how great is the debt, spiritual, cultural, and
literary tha t modern civilization owes to the Hebrews. Another
book of lectures is
Events in eternity
by Paul E. Scherer (New York,
Harper, 1945) in which is offered a fine exposition of Chapters 40
to 66 of the Book of Isaiah. I t is written with insight, warmth and
glow and with close relevance to our life and times. A documented
survey of the growth of the idea of the holy from Jeremiah to
Deutero-Isaiah, against a historical background of the period is
offered by Dorothy Batho in her
The birth of Judaism
(New York,
Macmillan, 1945). In
Our roving Bible
, Lawrence E. Nelson
(Nashville, Abingdon-Cokesbury, 1945) endeavors to find traces
of the Bible in British and American authors from mediaeval times
to World War II .
The ark
,
the ephod
,
and the
“tent of meeting *
by Julian Morgenstern (Cincinnati, Hebrew Union College Press,
1945) forms the second volume of the Henry and Ida Krolik
memorial publications. I t originally appeared in volumes 17 and
18 of the
Hebrew Union College Annual
and represents another one
of Dr. Morgenstern’s learned contributions to the elucidation of
ancient Semitic customs and practices, many of which still survive,
and traces of which are found in the Hebrew Scriptural records.
Revelation in Jewish wisdom literature
by J. Coert Rylaarsdam