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BLOCH ---- THE YEAR ’S BOOKSHELF
by Raymond Calkins (New York, Harper, 1947). I t is a stimu-
lating treatment by a leading scholar.
Archeology contributed much to the clarification of many a
moot point in connection with events recorded in the text of the
Sacred Scripture. In the first part of
Ancient records and the Bible
by James McKee Adams (Nashville, Broadman, 1946) which is
devoted to the Old Testament, the author follows advantageously
the results of modern biblical criticism without accepting conjec-
tures of the higher critics. I t deals with antiquities, their evidence
and authority. Interesting light on some biblical texts is cast by
Alexander Heidel in
The Gilgamesh epic and Old Testament parallels
(Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1946) in which an Assyrian
story of the deluge is compared to related Biblical, Babylonian and
Assyrian documents. All these works are written by Christians
and, as is to be expected, contain statements unacceptable to Jews.
For all tha t, they may be recommended to the Jewish reader, who
will study them with pleasure and profit.
No commentaries of importance on any of the books of the
Bible appeared during the year. There are a few titles which
cannot be ignored.
The book of Job
translated from a critically
revised Hebrew text with commentary by Rev. Edward J. Kis-
sane (New York, Sheed and Ward, 1946) is a Catholic contribu-
tion to biblical exegesis. A Jewish contribution to the under-
standing of the same book is
Job
, with Hebrew text and English
translation; commentary by Rabbi Dr. Victor E. Reichert (Hind-
head, Surrey, Soncino, 1946). Though published in England, it
is a product of American Jewish scholarship.
There are not many titles of juvenile interest in this year’s
output of American Jewish books. The few volumes recorded here
are not without merit. They tend to make Jews and Jewish life
attractive to the young reader. Tha t several of them drew upon
the Bible for the material they present is not surprising. In
The Bible story of the creation
by Mary Alice Jones; illustrated by
Janice Holland (Chicago, Rand, McNally, 1946), the seven days
of the creation of the world, as told in
Genesis
, are interpreted
poetically for children. The great names from the Hebrew Bible
belonged to people whose problems and experiences are easily
understood when they can be read about in as fresh a retelling of
Bible stories as
God's first children
by Esther Salminen [translated
from the Swedish by Eugene Gay-Tifft] with lovely imaginative
illustrations by Kaj and Per Beckman (New York, Roy, 1946).
The book is clearly and tranquilly written and designed for children
between the ages of 8 to 12. Another book for children of the
same age is
Picture stories from the Old Testament
by Marion