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Professor Moore Tells Why He Wrote Great Work on Judaism

A description of the development of his interest in comparative religion, from which emerged his chief interest in the formative period of Judaism, was given here yesterday by Prof. George Foote Moore of Harvard, author of the celebrated work on Judaism, who was the guest of honor and principle speaker at the meeting of the New Century Club, composed of leading Jewish professional men of Boston.

Introduced by Dr. Hyman Morrison, president of the club, Professor Moore was compared to the late Viscount Bryce, the Englishman who taught Americans to appreciate American institutions, as Professor Moore taught the Jews the proper valuation of their literary treasures.

Professor Moore said: “I did not write my book for Jews, but for Christian laymen and scholars who have for centuries been misguided by leading Christian theologians, particularly Martin Luther, who misinterpreted Judaism by attributing to it a harsh legalism and an absence of spirituality.”

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