I am delighted to record my sincere thanks to Professor Jacob Neusner, Research Professor of Religion and Theology and Senior Fellow, Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College, Annandaleon-Hudson, New York, Editor of the Brill Reference Library of Judaism, for inviting me to publish this book in this series. I thank Brill Academic Publishers, and especially Senior Acquisitions Editor Joed Elich, and Religion and Social Sciences Editor Ivo Romein, for bringing this project to fruition.
I am pleased also to record my sincere thanks to my three adult sons—Rabbi David Shalom Gruber, Mr. Jehiel Benjamin Gruber, and Rabbi Hillel Boaz Gruber—for their important contribution many years ago as children to the research that lies behind this book. Over a period of several years my sons filed the index cards that served as a dictionary of the exegetical, linguistic and theological terminology employed by Rashi in his Commentary on Psalms. I utilized this dictionary to make certain that my translation and notes reflected both Rashi's consistent use of certain expressions and his homonymous usage of some of those same expressions. My eldest son David also helped me in the preparation of the cumulative bibliography at the end of this volume.
I am pleased to acknowledge my indebtedness to Prof. Robert A. Harris of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York City for his critical review of my earlier Rashi's Commentary on Psalms 1–89.* Several leading questions posed in that review inspired me to write section IV of the introduction to the present work, which describes the totality of Rashi's literary output.
Special thanks are due the Austrian National Library in Vienna for granting me permission to publish both the text of Rashi's Commentary on Psalms found in Austrian National Library Cod. Hebr. 220 and my translation of that text. I record my deep appreciation to Dr. Michael Carasik for transcribing the Hebrew text from the
* Robert A. Harris, Review of Rashi's Commentary on Psalms 1–89 (Books I-III) by
Mayer I. Gruber, in Hebrew Studies 40 (1999), pp. 331–334.