Chapters on Jewish Literature
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Title: Chapters on Jewish Literature
Author: Israel Abrahams
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CHAPTERS ON JEWISH LITERATURE
BY ISRAEL ABRAHAMS, M.A. Author of "Jewish Life in the Middle Ages"
PHILADELPHIA THE JEWISH PUBLICATION SOCIETY OF AMERICA
COPYRIGHT, 1899, BY THE JEWISH PUBLICATION SOCIETY OF AMERICA
The Lord Baltimore Press BALTIMORE, MD., U.S.A.
These twenty-five short chapters on Jewish Literature open with the fall of Jerusalem in the year 70 of the
current era, and end with the death of Moses Mendelssohn in 1786. Thus the period covered extends over
more than seventeen centuries. Yet, long as this period is, it is too brief. To do justice to the literature of
Judaism even in outline, it is clearly necessary to include the Bible, the Apocrypha, and the writings of
Alexandrian Jews, such as Philo. Only by such an inclusion can the genius of the Hebrew people be traced
from its early manifestations through its inspired prime to its brilliant after-glow in the centuries with which
this little volume deals.
One special reason has induced me to limit this book to the scope indicated above. The Bible has been treated