Wednesday, January 04, 2006

New Jastrow edition from Hendrickson

We've been waiting for about 3 years for this to appear—the new edition of Jastrow's Dictionary of the Targumim. Anyone who has been forced to use the miniscule print one volume version from Judaica knows what I'm talking about. Judaica Press came out with a little bit larger print edition last year, but it is still "dirty" and hard on my eyes.

The Hendrickson one was supposed to be retypeset and clean, we all could hardly wait. Well, the wait is over. It arrived today.

So what is the verdict? Well, it has not been retypeset. It is obviously several generations removed from the original. But, it is larger than the large Judaica one, in fact I can read it comfortably. So, if you are still using the tiny one from Judaica and your eyes are like mine, it is worth the money. But, if you have the newer Judaica one, don't bother getting this one. The print isn't that much bigger to justify another copy. Unless of course you are need a copy for home and office...

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