Louis Jacobs gained his rabbinical ordination from Gateshead, at the age of 21. He occupied his first position at the Golders Green Beth Hamedrash (Munk’s Synagogue) as assistant rabbi, while at the same time enrolling at University College London for a B.A. There, he was first exposed to academic scholarship. Under the tutelage of Siegfried Stein, he started reading the works of Wissenschaft scholars and their successors: Krochmal, Ginzberg, Frankel, Schechter and others. He continued his studies upon moving to Manchester, when he assumed the pulpit of the Central Synagogue in 1948, and finally received his doctorate in 1952, completing a dissertation on The Business Life of Jews in Babylon. The work is presented here under for the reader to appreciate.