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With this number, the Jewish Quarterly Review
enters on its twentieth volume. The Editors have decided
to discontinue the serial publication of the Review after
the issue which will appear in July, 1908.
This decision has been made, and is persisted in, with
much reluctance. Except for some disappointment of their
hope that the Review might be the medium for a living
Theology, the Editors have derived unalloyed pleasure
from their undertaking, and it has been a source of
happiness to them to be associated with one another in
this literary work just as they have been intimately
united in personal friendship. Moreover, many scholars
have in the most generous terms expressed their appre-
ciation of the services rendered to Biblical and later
Jewish literature and theology by the Review, and several
of them have urged the Editors to reconsider their
intention to discontinue the publication. But, for reasons
upon which it is here unnecessary to dwell, the editorial
work has fallen almost entirely upon the Editor whose
name stands first upon the title-page. Twenty years is
a long period to have borne the brunt of the labour, and
the work, though sweetened by appreciation, grows more
and not less onerous as the Editor grows older. He thinks,
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and his colleague agrees with him, that he has earned the
right to relinquish an undertaking which makes such
serious inroads on his time and energy as to prevent
him from devoting himself to his own literary work.
But the Editors do not intend to make a complete end
to the Review. It is the serial publication that they
find it imperative to abandon next July. From time to
time the Editors hope to issue volumes which will be
constituted on the same general lines as before, with, if
possible, rather more attention than previously to Theology.
Yet, on the whole, these new occasional volumes (which
will not necessarily be published annually, or at any
regular intervals) will not essentially differ (except in size)
from the present annual volumes of the Review.
These occasional volumes, at whatever intervals they
may happen to appear, will continue to bear the old title
even when it no longer accurately describes the publication.
Such an inconsistency between title and character has
a precedent in the Fortnightly Review which comes out
once a month. Moreover, it will be much more convenient
for purposes of reference, if the first " occasional " volume
be termed vol. XXI of the Jewish Quarterly than if a
brand new title were invented.
It will be the endeavour of the Editors to make the
occasional volumes worthy of the reputation of the Review.
Relying, as they feel confident they may, on the continued
support of the eminent scholars, Jewish and Christian,
whose work has made the Review what it is — the Editors
hope that their publication will, in the future as in the
past, contribute to the record of research and the pro-
mulgation of ideas which may benefit learning and promote