The Five Scrolls has been published in three editions: The congregational edition (reviewed here) includes both the translation of the five books and prayers to accompany the reading of the books in the synagogue on the holidays when it is traditional to do so; the next version, without prayers, in a larger format than the congregationnal ($60), and the special limited edition in large format printed on rag paper with a hand-pulled Baskin etching, signed and numbered by the artist ($675). In all three versions, Baskin’s 37 watercolor illustrations are included.


The first five books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy and Numbers.


The pseudepigrapha are a class of texts from the Greco-Roman period which take their name from the fact that many of them are spuriously attributed to biblical figures. This term is used in biblical studies to describe other texts from this period as well.


See “First ‘Dead Sea Scroll’ Found in Egypt Fifty Years Before Qumran Discoveries,” BAR 08:05, Raphael Levy, and the sidebar entitled “Genizah Collection at Cambridge University 2,000 Years of History.



Demus’s earlier publications on the churh of San Marco include a monograph on the mosiacs, Die Mosaiken von San Marco in Venedig, 1100–1300 (Baden, 1935) and The Church of San Marco in Venice: History, Architecture, Sculpture Dumbarton Oaks Studies, 6, (Washington, D.C., 1960).


The project was initiated and sponsored by the Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies. Additional support was given the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.