9780685362532-0685362531-Encyclopedia Judaica (16 Volume Set)

Encyclopedia Judaica (16 Volume Set)

ISBN-13: 9780685362532
ISBN-10: 0685362531
Edition: 16 + 2 Yearbooks
Publication date: 1994
Publisher: Keter
Format: Hardcover 11122 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780685362532
ISBN-10: 0685362531
Edition: 16 + 2 Yearbooks
Publication date: 1994
Publisher: Keter
Format: Hardcover 11122 pages

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A striking difference between the first edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica (henceforth: EJ) and the second edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica (henceforth: NEJ [= new Encyclopaedia Judaica]) is the almost complete lack of visual images in NEJ. Whereas EJ contained some 8000 photographs and portraits (judiciously selected from a larger pool of 25,000), NEJ has only 8 pages of photographs in the center of each volume. Thus, for example, the entry on Solomon Dubno (d. 1813) in EJ is accompanied by a striking portrait of him [reproduced below]. The portrait is lacking in NEJ. Similarly, the entry on Vilna in EJ is accompanied by some 9 photographs that make the city come to life; none appear in the NEJ entry on Vilna. The almost complete lack of visual images in NEJ is a fatal flaw that renders it the least attractive (and arguably, the least informative, for often pictures inform even more than words) of all the Jewish encyclopedias. In sum, the returns are hardly in. Not for nothing did we label these comments "preliminary observations." Much more needs to be investigated before one can judge how well NEJ has captured the totality of past Jewish life, and the pulse of present Jewish life, as reflected in the 2007 edition. But until all the returns are in, hold on to your 1972 edition of EJ for dear life! It is not at all clear that NEJ has superseded, or that it will ever supersede, EJ. All public libraries and private collectors will do well to retain their 1972 editions of EJ and keep them precisely on the same shelves they have now occupied for some 35 years. Shnayer Leiman http://seforim.blogspot.com/search/label/Shnayer%20Leiman?updated-max=2008-09-23T14:20:00-04:00&max-results=20&start=6&by-date=false

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