A magnificent collection of scholarly yet easily readable essays by the friends of Abba Hilldi Silver, one of the great of this , in honor of his 70th birthday. These essays cover a wide range of subjects from the details of the origin of the ""marriage canopy"" to the establishment of the State of Israel; from an examination of Paul's conversion to the records of the oldest synagogue in North America; from Biblical archaeology to religion in a free society -- twenty-six in all. Each essay is written by an eminent student in his particular field, the range wide enough to interest Zionists and non Zionists and everyone interested in the birth of Israel. Among these contributors are names that carry their own significance,- David Ben-Gurion, Yitzhak Ben Zvi, Abba , Nelson Glueck, Robert Gordis, Gershom Scholem and Moshe Sharett, etc. The range and richness of these essays make it a ready volume for a wide public. None will arouse controversy- that is not their purpose- but all information and grounded on scholarship. A signal contribution to Biblical and Jewish scholarship.