PREFACE.

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The present volume contains a selection from the papers read to the Society during the Sessions 1924-1927. Some of the remaining papers will be printed in a later volume.

Since the publication of Volume X. of the Transactions (1924), the following works have been issued :-Miscellanies," Part I. (1925);

Jews in the Canary Islands," by Lucien Wolf (1926); and the following " Arthur Davis Memorial Lectures" :-

1924. "Monotheism among Primitive Peoples," by Dr. Paul Radin;

1925. "Napoleon and Palestine," by Philip Guedalla, M.A.

1926."Some Mediaeval Hebrew Poesy," by Herbert Loewe, M.A.

1927."Some Aspects of the Greek Old Testament," by Dr. St.
John Thackeray.

will be seen from the contents of the present volume that none of the periods of Anglo-Jewish history?the pre-Expulsion, the Middle, or the Modern?is being neglected. New recruits to the ranks of the Society's researchers are represented by Miss H. M. Chew, Mr. Bernard Shillman, and Miss Beth Zion Lask. Miss Chew's paper is the fruit of the inspiration of Mr. Hilary Jenkinson, whose Introduction to the"
Calendar of Plea Rolls of the Jewish Exchequer," to be published shortly (after the third and last volume of the Calendar), will attempt an estimate of the true nature of the Scaccarium Judaeorum.

Mr. Shillman's paper increases our knowledge of the history of the Jewish Community in Ireland, while Miss Lask has opened up a new field, the literary history of Anglo-Jewry.

The President for the Sessions 1924-26 was Mr. Israel Zangwill; and for 1926-27, Mr. Lucien Wolf. In 1924 Mr. J. M. Eich succeeded the Eev. E. Levine, M.A., as Hon. Secretary.

The membership of the Society is now 705, in addition to 8 Honorary and 17 Corresponding Members. The Society has suffered heavy losses by death during the past three years. In 1925 there died Sir Isidore Spielmann, Dr. Israel Abrahams ("I.A."), and Mr. H. S. Q. Henriques, K.C., all Past Presidents, and Mrs. Eedcliffe Salaman, whom her colleagues on the Council of the Society looked forward to seeing in the Presi? dential Chair. Tribute is paid to their work in the memoirs at the end of this volume. In 1926 the Society lost its President, Mr. Israel Zangwill. Ill-health had prevented him from playing the part he would have wished in the Society's activities, and how great a loss it meant may be judged from the Memorial Address by Mr. Lucien Wolf, also printed in this volume. In the same year Sir Adolph Tuck and Mr. J. M. Eigg (editor of the first two volumes of the " Plea Eolls of the Jewish Exchequer and in 1927 Mr. Abraham Abrahams and Mr. S. J. Solomon, E.A., all Members of the Council, passed away. Mr. Abrahams had very much at heart the desirability of bringing up to date the Biblio theca Anglo-Judaica of Mr. Joseph Jacobs and Mr. Lucien Wolf, and had already started the work, which the Society hopes shortly to complete.

It may be mentioned here that at the time of his death Dr. Abrahams was editing for the Society (in collaboration with Canon Dr. Stokes)

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