˝When Louis Ginzberg died in 1953, he was recognized as the world's outstanding scholar in the field of Talmudit learning. His studies were carried on at the universities of Berlin, Strassburg and Heidelberg, and since 1902 at the Jewiah Theological Seminary in New York, where he served with distinction as Professor of Talmud for more than half a century. He was bors in Lithuania in 1873, and he settled permanently in the United States in 1899. The first volume of his The Legends of the Jews, of which this book is an abridgment, was published in 1909. He wrote in German, the language in which he had begun his research, and the manuscript was translated into English. By the fourth volume he was his own translator. The index alone to the complete work runs to 612 pages, and the notes fill two volumen. When Harvard University gave him an honorary degree in 1936 at its Tercentenary Celebration, the citation called him "profound scholar of the laws and legenda in Talmudic literature."
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