Research Guide for RELI4637: Talmudic Narrative


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Beth Berkowitz


Research Guide

Welcome! This page highlights key resources that may be helpful for conducting research on the Talmud.

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Research Guides


Online Editions and Translations of the Talmud


Reference Works

  • Cambridge History of Judaism
    This four-volume work includes essays describing four periods in ancient Judaism: 1) The Persian Period 2) The Hellenistic Age 3) The Early Roman Period 4) The Late Roman-Rabbinic Period
  • Encyclopaedia Judaica
    Presents the contents of the print Encyclodaedia Judaica (call number DS102.8 .E496) in e-book format. Entries are displayed in alphabetical order, and they cover diverse aspects of Jewish religious, social, and cultural history.
  • EBR: Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception
    Offers a comprehensive and in-depth rendering of the current state of knowledge on the origins and development of the Bible according to its different canonic forms in Judaism and Christianity, and documents the history of the Bible's reception in Judaism and Christianity as evident in exegetical literature, theological and philosophical writings of various genres, literature, liturgy, music, the visual arts, dance, and film.
  • Index of references dealing with Talmudic literature
    Discussions and interpretations of Talmudic passages found in both modern academic research and medieval Talmudic scholarship (Geonim and Rishonim).



    Finding Articles

    • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
      Multidisciplinary database covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities.
    • ATLA Religion Database
      Abstracts for articles in periodicals and collections of essays in religion and theology; book reviews are also included.
    • Google Scholar
      Only finds scholarly materials - articles, books and citations - but searches full text, and will often find too many irrelevant articles. Go to Settings and enable "Library Links" for Columbia University - this will make the Columbia e-Link show up in the results list so that you can easily go to the full text.
    • Index to Jewish Periodicals
      Provides citations to English-language articles and book reviews in journals devoted to Jewish Studies and Jewish affairs, with coverage back to 1988.
    • Maftea' le-ma'amarim be-'Ivrit - The Index to Hebrew Periodicals
      Database in Hebrew with citations to articles from periodicals and monographs dealing with Israel.
    • Old Testament Abstracts
      Presents citations and abstracts for journal articles and books related to the Hebrew Bible. All abstracts are in English, regardless of the language of the original work.
    • ProQuest
      An interdisciplinary database with full-text articles and abstracts from scholarly journals, newspapers and dissertations.
    • RAMBI: The Index of Articles on Jewish Studies (Reshimat ma'amarim be-mada'e ha-Yahadut)
      From the Jewish National and University Library, provides citations to scholarly articles in Jewish Studies and the study of Israel.


    Finding Books

    • CLIO
      Online catalog of the Columbia University Libraries, including the Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary and Barnard Library, but excluding Teachers College and the Law Library.
      Useful call numbers:
      • B - Philosophy
      • B154 - B158 - Ancient Jewish Philosophy
      • BM - Judaism
      • BM497-509 - Talmudic literature
      • BS - Bible / Biblical Studies
      • DS101 - DS151 - History of Israel and the Jewish People
      • PJ4501 - PJ4937 - Hebrew Language
      • PJ5001 - PJ5060 - Hebrew Literature
    • Kotar
      A collection of e-books in Hebrew from Israeli puiblishers.
    • Otzar HaHochma
      A large collection of e-books on all aspects of Judaism.
    • JTS
      The online catalog of the Jewish Theological Seminary Library.
    • WorldCat
      Searches libraries worldwide.


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