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.
Is the Bible God's word?
How the Bible is similar to and different from other ancient Near Eastern literature.
How the Bible became a closed corpus of literature.
External texts from the Second Temple period.
An overview of the Mishnah, Talmud, and other literature of the "oral Torah."
The Mishnah is Judaism's first major canonical document following the Bible.
Since the Talmud, countless texts have been produced to analyze and codify Jewish law.
Jewish law undergoes constant development.
Maimonides' halakhic magnum opus.
Storytelling has always been an integral part of Jewish life.
Poetry permeates the High Holiday liturgy.
Holocaust survivor, novelist, memoirist, and Nobel laureate.
Charting the landscape of American Jewish literature--125 books at a time.
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.
A Bible commentator in medieval Spain.
A 20th-century educator who changed the face of Bible study.
This Spanish Bible commentator earned a place alongside Rashi.
Alfasi's groundbreaking legal code invited criticism, defense, and supplementation.