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P R E I L ---- R E C E N T BOOKS IN I S R A E L
The second book of a projected twelve-volume work, truly invaluable to
the student and scholar. The concision employed, as well as the scope, are
models of their kind.
B
o d e n h e i m e r
, S
h i m o n
.
Hachai bartzot hamikra {The fa una of the lands of the
Bible).
Jerusalem, Mossad Bialik, 1949. 350 p.
A first, truly pioneering effort to review, describe, and analyze, historically,
paleontologically, and archeologically, animal life in the Mediterranean
countries.
B
r a v e r
,
A. J. ,
Eretz Israel {The Land of Israel).
Tel Aviv, Mossad Bialik-Dvir,
1949. 494 p.
A geographic work which, for thoroughness and authoritative treatment, is
the equal of any in the field. Covering, as it does, Israel’s geologic peculiarities,
as well as climate, flora and fauna, economics, population, etc., it is intended
for student and specialist alike, and supplements, in a way, Avi-Jonah’s
historical geography.
H
e i n e m a n n
, I
t z c h ak
..
Darkai Haagada {The ways of the Agada).
Jerusalem,
Masada, 1949. 284 p.
Primarily intended for the serious student, this is a book dealing with the
various aspects of Talmudic historiography and philology pertinent to the
Agada.
K
l a u s n e r
, J
o s e p h
.
Historia shel habayit hasheni {History of the Second Temple).
Jerusalem, Ahiasaf, 1949. 3 vs: 322 p.; 276 p.; 273 p.
A comprehensive, truly encyclopedic work, by a famous scholar and his-
torian. The history of this period, important per se, gains immeasurably by
the author’s trenchant analysis of events as they affected the Mediterranean
world at the time.
L
a c h o w e r
,
F., and
T
i s h b i
, I
s a i a h
.
M ishnat hazohar {Teachings of the Zohar).
Jerusalem, Mossad Bialik, 1949. 504 p.
An interesting addition to the ever-growing bookshelf on Jewish mysticism,
it is a basic textual presentation accompanied by a pi thy and knowing inter-
pretation of the Zohar. The greater par t of the book is a scholarly translation
of the original Aramaic into Hebrew.
V
i l n a i
, Z
e e v
.
Agadot Eretz Israel {Israel legends).
Jerusalem, Kiryat Sefer, 1949.
296 p.
A rich collection of stories, sayings, and folklore, derived from various
Jewish and non-Jewish sources, well-documented, and conscientiously pre-
pared by a specialist. With 116 maps and illustrations.
ESSAYS AND LETTERS
B
e n
G
u r i o n
, D
a v i d
.
Bamaaracha {On the fron t line).
Poalai Eretz Israel, 1949.
318 p. v. iv, par t 2.
The final volume of letters, speeches, and papers, by Israel’s Prime Minister,
it is a valuable contribution to the literature of both statesmanship and
practical idealism. The point of departure is British policy in Palestine.
Ben Gurion’s grasp of the problems created by successive crises is impressive.
C
a h a n
, I
s r a e l
.
Demut el demut {From image to image).
Tel Aviv, Dvir, 1949.
3 1 2 P •
A volume of essays, dealing with the Hebrew literary scene, that is fresh,
frequently provocative, full of insight, and written in elegant style.
K o p e l o w i t z ,
J
a c o b
,
Bdor Oleh {In a rising generation).
Tel Aviv, Mossad Bialik-
Dvir, 1949. 223 p.
One of the older Hebrew critics and poets here gives a finely-balanced and
knowledgeable account of literary achievements and personalities.
P
i n k e r f e l d
- A
m i r
, A
n d a
,
editor,
Lamed hei {The thirty-five).
Jerusalem, Youth
Department Zionist Org., 1949. 262 p.
A book of tributes, commemorating the death of thirty-five young men on
their way to succor their beleagured comrades in the recent conflict with the
Arabs. A stirring testimonial, it has been carefully and lovingly prepared and
edited.