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OCTOBEB, 1907 


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