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of today by Joseph Miller Gettys (Richmond, Va., John Knox
Press, 1949).
No book in the Hebrew Scripture has played a greater role
in the hymnology of the Synagogue and Church than the Book
of Psalms. Its influence on the literature of the world is pro-
New versions and new commentaries are published
perennially. A rendering of the Psalter into modern English
is available in
The modern message of the Psalms
; the Psalms
in basic English by Russell A. Peterson (Boston, Meador, 1948).
A fresh translation and a revealing commentary in which the
deeper meaning of the Psalms and their application to issues
of modern life are given for many who turn time and again
to the Psalter for spiritual enrichment and comfort charac-
The Psalms
translated and interpreted in the light of
Hebrew life and worship by Elmer A. Leslie (Nashville, Abing-
don-Cokesbury, 1949).
Like the Psalms, the five scrolls in the Hebrew Scripture,
too, have their place in the liturgy of the synagogue. Each
one of them is read in the synagogue on a feast or fast day.
As such they play a role in Jewish liturgy and have attracted
the attention of illustrators. One welcomes
The five Megilloth
Hebrew and English with illustrations by Siegmund Forst (N.Y.,
Ktav, 1948).
Much of what forms an essential part of early Jewish history
falls within the scope of interest of the student of Sacred Scrip-
tures and of the days and circumstances under which they were
created. Moreover, considerable portions of the biblical nar-
ratives are universal in their scope and contribute a measure
of knowledge toward the understanding of physical and cultural
developments in civilization. A re-examination of these narra-
tives and related materials, in the light of Jewish tradition and
modern exploration, has been made by the Rev. Dr. Philip
Biberfeld in a
Universal Jewish history
(N.Y., Spero Foun-
dation, 1948) to be issued in five volumes, of which the first
is devoted to ancient Jewish history. Written with a piety that
is contagious and from a strictly traditional religious viewpoint,
it presents a discussion of primitive times as recorded in Scrip-
tural history, beginning with the creation to the days of Abraham.
Events of early Scriptural history in relation to the civilization
which surrounded Israel are also dealt with in
Sacred history:
the civilization of the Old Testament world, by Henry Daniel-
Rops (N.Y., Longmans, 1949). The author, a French Jewish