Studies in Judaism: Second Series

Studies in Judaism: Second Series

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Studies in Judaism: Second Series

Studies in Judaism: Second Series

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The volume presented herewith to the public, under the title, Studies in Judaism, Second Series, forms, like the preceding series published some ten years ago, a collection of detached essays and articles written at long intervals and called forth by various occasions.

The first two essays, A Hoard of Hebrew Manuscripts, were written shortly after my return from Egypt, when the examination of the contents of the Genizah was still in its initial stage. Since then, the Genizah has been constantly revealing treasures to the world, to which only volumes of description could do justice. The publications containing matter coming from this treasure-trove would by this time make a little library, whilst the editions of Sirach fragments and the literature of' controversies provoked by the publication of he original of this Apocryphal book might fill a fair-sized shelf in themselves. But the work is only just beginning; and as the field is so large and the workers so few, I confess that I look with envy upon the younger students who may one day, at least in their old age, enjoy the full and ripe fruit of these discoveries in all their various branches and wide ramifications.

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