248 historical perspective, and to use methods of history of ideas and com- parative religion, which he chose not to do. This book, therefore, is a meaningful achievement in the critical presentation of an important Hebrew text, enabling other scholars to proceed, on firm textual ground, in their research concerning the history and development of the story and its relation to Jewish culture as a whole and to the spiritual struggle be- tween Judaism and Christianity which was probably its source and on which it had most impact. Joseph DAN 1) The presentation of the versions in a synoptic way was done by the use of a special computer program, developed by Dr. REEG. Previously he assisted in the development of the program for P. SCHAEFER'S Synopsis of Hekhalot Literature (Mohr, Tübingen 1981). It seems to me that this is one of the finest examples of using a computer program for textual presentation in Jewish studies. 2) Section 4.8, pp. 54-55. 3) This problem was dealt most clearly by S. ZEITLIN (The Legend of the Ten Martyrs, JQR 36 (1945/46), 1-16), who concluded that an understanding of this text as a description of a historical occurrence was impossible,
Journal for the Study of Judaism – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1987
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