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Jewish Studies

A general introduction to library resources for Jewish studies. Intended audience: undergraduate students. The guide assumes no specialist background in Jewish studies.



For a good overview of the available resources, see the review article "Bible Atlases: Which Ones are the Best?" in the Biblical Archaeologist.


For a good overview of the available resources, see the review article "The Use and Abuse of Archaeology in Current Bible Handbooks" in The Biblical Archaeologist.


Introductory Works

Interpretation and Commentary

Browsing Tip: For interpretations and exegeses of the Bible (including the Christian New Testament), begin browsing at 220.6; for general Bible commentaries, begin browsing at 220.7. For interpretations and exegeses of the Tanakh, begin browsing at 221.6; for general Tanakh commentaries, begin at 221.7.

Special Topic: Qumran Community

Browsing Tip: Begin browsing, on the shelf or in the catalog, at 221.44 and also at 296.155 for Dead Sea Scrolls and the Qumran Community.

See also the Lawrence A. Schiffman article in Religious Studies Review, "New Tools for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls": v.20 (1994), 112-16.

Special Topic: Archaeology and History of the Biblical World

Special Topic: Book History of the Bible

This section is a guide to the history of the Bible as a book: its transmission and publication history.


The new Oxford annotated Bible.
New Revised Standard Version. Good introductions.
JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh : the traditional Hebrew text and the new JPS translation.
Hebrew text side-by-side with the English translation.
Bible in English.
Online resource. 20 different versions of the English Bible from the tenth to the twentieth centuries.
Torah Shelemah = The Complete Torah.
In Hebrew. 42 vols.
Tanach : the Torah, Prophets, Writings : the twenty-four books of the Bible, newly translated and annotated.
Text in Hebrew; translation and commentary in English.