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Jewish Studies

An overview of scholarly resources in Jewish Studies

Resources in Rabbinics

The codification of central works in Late Antiquity, such as the Mishnah and the two Talmuds, marked the inception of Rabbinic literature followed, and further developed by a rich tradition of legal and non-legal commentaries. This textual tradition is constituted of a variety of genres ranging over two millennia, many of which remained hitherto inaccessible for scholarship research. Thanks to recent technological developments in research and information–science, many of these sources are now available electronically in various forms.

The electronic resources provided in this page are divided into four categories: (1) Databases: sites under this category provide access to primary and secondary sources, some of which are academic in nature. In some sites, such as HebrewBooks, sources can be downloaded and saved as PDF files. (2) Manuscripts: there are currently several projects which aspire to provide digitized pictures of manuscripts of Rabbinic sources, dating back to both Late Antiquity and Middle Ages. Notably among these resources are the Friedberg-Genizah and the NLI Ktiv projects which contain collections form dozens of libraries. Other sites, such as Achi Garsinan, specialize in particular areas of Rabbinic literature. (3) Indices: this category includes resources for tracing secondary literature on Rabbinic works. Most of this secondary literature is Academic in nature, though the Lieberman and Rambish indices provide bibliographical references to secondary literature composed by Rabbinic, nonacademic, scholars; (4) Tools: few of the resources offered here provide lexicographical and linguistic tools for dealing with early, as well as later Rabbinic texts. Some of these resources, such as Maagarim, also provide the option of a comparative examination of Hebrew words and terms. 

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