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Marcus Ambivius held for a very short time the office of Roman 
procurator in Judaea, and positively had no opportunity of sending 
to Rome so detailed a specification of the architecture of the temple 
and the ceremonies performed therein. The constant use of the 
imperfect tense (Wl with the participle) throughout this part of 
the book is by itself a sufficient proof that the writer of the descrip- 
tion never saw the temple, the pageant, or any parade of similar 
character in Jerusalem. Besides this, he does not himself know 
whether he describes Ezra's or Herod's temple. 

I will not deal here with the Passover sacrifice, of which the 
mirp D3B> gives a handsomely graphic description, but I cannot help 
remarking that Ben Verga's statement, according to which King 
Alfonso ordered once this ceremony to be revived in his own palace, 
affirms something which was too good to be true. It only does credit 
to the fertile imagination of the Spanish author. 

L. Belleli. 


The error (concerning the Machzor) to which Dr. Belleli rightly 
objects was the result of a mere misprint for which Dr. Poznanski 
was not responsible. 

The " Procession " passage does, however, occur in editions of the 

It may be found, for instance, in some editions of the widely used 
Machzor pitN )2,"\p. Thus, in the Warsaw edition (1894) it is printed 
before the Mussaf service of the Day of Atonement. 

Again, in the very fine — in many ways the finest extant — edition of 
the Machzor by the late Isaac Berlin (Hanover, 1837), the whole 
passage is given in a German translation immediately after the title- 
page of the Day of Atonement service. 

I. Abrahams.