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586 THE JEWISH QUARTERLY REVIEW
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.
THE HIGH PRIEST'S PROCESSION AND THE LITURGY.
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.