This volume is the culmination of over forty years of study and accumulation the president of Hebrew Union College. It displays the scope and depth of the author's udition. Among the areas of folk rites studied are those connected with birth, taboo, ,"" ""Akikah"" circumcision, baptism, the ""sacrifice of hair,"" marriage, and death. Though a considerable amount of scholarly apparatus is evident, the writing is clear orderly, making the content available to the non-specialist reader. A substantial to the field, and useful especially to Biblical scholars.