Those essays have been initially meant for presentation to Professor Erwin Ramsdell Goodenough at the party of his seventy-fifth birthday. earlier than his loss of life, in March, 1965, he knew of our plans for this quantity and was once gladdened by means of them . . . The editor hopes that those papers, a lot of which fruitfully make the most of Goodenough's scholarship, might give a contribution to the severe dialogue of a few difficulties of shock to him in the course of his lifetime. He can conceive no greater, nor extra applicable, act of reverence for the reminiscence of a cherished instructor and good friend. From the Foreword via Jacob Neusner
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