Page 65 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 5 (1946-1947)

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the final set of volumes embracing Zeraim, Kodashim and Teha-
roth. I t is noteworthy that leading Christians, including Professor
H. Danby (whose masterly translation of the Mishnah into
English was published by the Oxford University Press some years
ago), are urgently appealing for funds to assure the completion
of the translation of the Talmud into English. Professor Danby,
in his appeal on behalf of Christian students, states that the provi-
sion of a dependable and readily available version of post-Biblical
Jewish classics will go far towards abolishing that peculiar attitude
prevailing among normally fair-minded non-Jewish scholars and
writers, whose work brings them into the field of Christian-Jewish
problems at one historical stage or another.
The Authorised Prayer Book
(Siddur), in three volumes, with a
commentary by the late Chief Rabbi, is an important contribution
to Jewish liturgy in English. Some essays and sermons from
the same vigorous pen, that appeared before he died, covering
diverse Jewish subjects and phases of Jewish life and bearing the
imprint of scholarship and wide reading, are of abiding value. Of
unusual importance is the volume published in honor of the late
Dr. Hertz on the occasion of his 70th birthday. No less than
forty-one writers, including six non-Jews, are represented in the
book, which is mainly in English but also contains nine essays in
Hebrew. Jewish philosophy, the Bible, Talmudic literature,
history, ethics, philology and theology, poetry and many other
subjects, are discussed by scholars of great eminence in their
respective fields. The volume, hardly accessible to the average
reader on account of its price, naturally also contains articles on
the personality of the late Dr. Hertz.
An interesting miscellany is the
Anglo-Jewish Scrap-Book
, by
Dr. A. Cohen, published by Ceilingold. The author has collected
numerous references to Jews in the works of English writers and
their position in the different countries of their travels. These
references are collected systematically from different sources and
periods, beginning with . ^00, up to 1840. The volume records
many historically interesting and other observations.
Saadya Studies
, in commemoration of the thousandth anni-
versary of the death of Saadya Gaon, is particularly noteworthy,
since, apart from the quality of learning, the book was published
by the Manchester University Press, thanks to the efforts of the
former head of the Semitic Department, Professor Robertson,
whose love for, and interest in, Hebrew is shown by the fact that
he was instrumental in Manchester University publishing the
Hebrew volume
, a collection of scholarly studies. Pro-
fessor Robertson (a non-Jew) is in fact one of the editors, the other
being Mr. Meier Wallenstein.