Professor Pfeiffer of Harvard and Boston Universities has made in this volume a valuable contribution to the scholarly study of the period extending from 200 B.C. to 200 A.D. The first part of the book deals with the political, religious and literary history of the Jews during that period both in Palestine and in the lands of their dispersion. The material is well organized and clearly set forth and that part of the book should be welcomed by all students of Church history, Catholic, Protestant and Jewish. In the second part of the book the author gives a detailed study of the books of the apocrypha, Esdras, the Book of Tobit, the Book of Judith, the Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiastics, the book of Babuch, I and II Maccabees and other scriptures of that area. There is an analysis of the contents of each book and a literary criticism of these various writings which date from the period covered in the historical study. A scholarly work which will appeal primarily to specialists in the field of church history.