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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
62
are translations now in a number of languages and an excellent
recent one in English, by the late Reverend Moses Hyamson.
Towards the end of the 19th century, a manuscript on the
Reflec-
tions of the Soul
, attributed to Bachya, was found in the National
Library in France. It is based on the Neoplatonic theory of eman-
ation and on the psychology of the times. There are indications
from this book that Bachya was also the author of several other
works. These could have neither enhanced, nor diminished the
cherished place Bachya occupies in the heart and mind of the
lewish people who associate him with the duties of the heart and
who have found in some of his passages adequate expression for
their own prayers.
The nine hundredth anniversary celebration will bring nearer
to us a great epic of the human soul, whose vitality can carry
it to numerous generations to come. Its moral impact, its cos-
mopolitan spirit, its intention to be of service not solely to Jews,
but to mankind as a whole, make it a fitting companion to the
outstanding ethical treatises of our day.