Texts: Books of the Jews
The Dead Sea Scrolls are the most prominent historical record of Jewish life in the Second Temple period. In the past century, scholars pieced together more than 900 documents that comprise this collection--mostly in Hebrew with a few in Aramaic and Greek--and concluded that they belonged to an ancient Jewish sect.Read More
An introduction to the Hebrew Bible, its contents, and its role in Jewish civilization.Authorship
Is the Bible God's word?Bible as Ancient Literature
How the Bible is similar to and different from other ancient Near Eastern literature.Creating the Bible Canon
How the Bible became a closed corpus of literature.Apocrypha
External texts from the Second Temple period.
An overview of the Mishnah, Talmud, and other literature of the "oral Torah."Mishnah
Why this foundational text deserves to be appreciated in its own right -- and not just as a part of the Talmud.Halakhic Texts 101
Since the Talmud, countless texts have been produced to analyze and codify Jewish law.Sources and Development
Jewish law undergoes constant development.Mishneh Torah
Maimonides' halakhic magnum opus.
Storytelling has always been an integral part of Jewish life.Piyyutim
Poetry permeates the High Holiday liturgy.Elie Wiesel
Holocaust survivor, novelist, memoirist, and Nobel laureate.125 Books
Charting the landscape of American Jewish literature--125 books at a time.The New Wave
In the second half of the 20th century, Israeli writers became a voice of critique and protest.
The virtue of the famous Bible commentary by Rashi lies in its diversity.Isaac Abravanel
A Bible commentator in medieval Spain.Nehama Leibowitz
A 20th-century educator who changed the face of Bible study.Ramban
This Spanish Bible commentator earned a place alongside Rashi.Commentaries on Rif
Alfasi's groundbreaking legal code invited criticism, defense, and supplementation.