New York: Hermon Press, 1969. Later printing. Hardcover. 8vo. 3 vols. (10), 549, xviii; (16), 640, xvi; (12), 338, xvi, (2)pp. Index. Blue buckram with gilt lettering on spine. Frontispiece photographs of Genizah texts. Forewords, prefaces and title pages in Hebrew and English. Text in Hebrew.
A reprint of the original edition first printed in 1928. Vol. I. Midrash and Haggadah. Vol. II. Geonic and Early Karitic Halakah. Vol. III. Liturgical and Secular Poetry.
A collection of rabbinic midrashic and aggadic texts from the famous Cairo synagogue genizah explored by the great early 20th century Judaic studies scholar Solomon Schechter. In the last years of his life, Schechter left Cambridge University for the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, bringing with him much of the ongoing project of deciphering the Genizah texts. Vol. 1 contains the commentary of Saadiah Gaon on Genesis, parts of Midrash Tanumah and the Mikhiltah of R. Simeon. Vol. 2 offers a collection of geonic and early Karaite texts. Includes responsa from R. Amram Gaon, R. Hai Gaon and R. Sherira Gaon. There are also fragments from a Karaite prayer book. Vol. III is a collection liturgical and secular poetry. These texts form the essential foundation for the modern scholarly understanding of Jewish life in the Near East from the 10th-13th centuries. The volumes were edited by two of the luminary scholars at the Jewish Theological Seminary in the early 20th century Louis Ginzberg and Israel Davidson. Near fine. Item #50727