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Philo: Selected Writings
, 1946, (Hans Lewy),
Solomon Schechter:
Selected Writings
, 1946, (Prof. Norman Bentwich)
Jehuda Halevi:
Kuzari
, 1947, (Dr. Isaak Heinemann) and
Ahad Ha1Am: Essays
Letters
Memoirs
, 1946, (Sir Leon Simon). Two other scholarly
works recently produced by the same firm are
Moses
by Martin
Buber (1946) and
King Solomon
by Frederic Thieberger (1947).
Ernst Muller’s smaller but illuminating
History of Jewish Mystic-
ism
(1948) is also published in the East and West Library. Other
works of a more or less similar character that have been published
recently in England are Martin Buber’s
Between Man and Man
(Macmillan, 1948), a new edition of Maimonides’
Guide fo r the
Perplexed
edited by Professor Leon Roth (Hutchinson’s Univer-
sity Library, 1948) and the two books giving an interpretation of
Judaism from opposite points of view —
The Jewish Way of Life
by Rabbi Isidore Epstein (Edward Goldston, 1947), the Principal
of Jews’ College, and
The Essentials of Liberal Judaism
by Rabbi
J. J. Mattuck (George Routledge and Sons, 1947), the Emeritus
Rabbi of the foremost Liberal Jewish synagogue in England.
Among other recent books that are not quite for the general
reader are two series put out by the Soncino Press, another
Jewish publication company of high standard:
The Soncino Books
of the Bible
, for the editing of which the Dr. A. Cohen is respon-
sible, and the Soncino edition of the Talmud which began to
appear before the outbreak of war, was suspended during that
interval, and has more recently been resumed. Of the Bible
series the following volumes have already appeared:
Proverbs
(1945),
The Psalms
(1945),
The Five Megilloth
(1946),
Job
(1946),
Chumash
(1947),
The Twelve Prophets
(1948) and
Isaiah
(1949).
Dr. Lazarus Goldschmidt’s
Hebrew Incunables:
A
Bibliographical
Essay
(B. H. Blackwell, 1948) stands by itself.
The Cairo Genizah
by Paul E. Kahle, who is not a Jew although a refugee from Nazi
Germany (The British Academy, 1948), consists of a series of
lectures delivered by him before the British Academy.
Legends of
Israel
by J. B. Levner (James Clark, 1947) is of a lighter character.
In the sphere of Jewish history and biography, in addition to
Cecil Roth’s excellent
A Short History of the Jewish People
, that
has already been mentioned, and a volume of
Transactions
of
the Jewish Historical Society (No. XV) and another of its
Mis-
cellanies
(No. V), there has appeared Rabbi L. Rabinowitz’s
Jewish Merchant Adventurers
(Edward Goldston, 1948), the first
sizeable attempt in English to write the story of the Radanites,
early medieval Jewish merchants who when most of the world was
still in darkness were accustomed to traverse regularly all that
was known of it across both continents from France to China.
Hermann Schwab deals with the story of the Jews in Germany in