At every stage in the preparation of this volume we translators have benefited from the tireless and good-humored efforts of Jackie Finlay. We would also like to thank the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and particularly the able library staff for their unfailing and courteous aid.
This book has been published with the assistance of the Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature in Ramat Gan, Israel. Permission to publish the English translations granted by Zmorah Bitan Publishers, Tel Aviv, is gratefully acknowledged.
D. P. and E. S.
Oxford and Cincinnati