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Judaic Studies: Getting Started

A general introduction to library resources that support Judaic Studies.

Judaism -- Definition

Judaism - the profession or practice of the Jewish religion; the religion of the Jews, with a belief in one God and a basis in Mosaic and rabbinical teachings (noun).

Source: Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, Ref PE 1635 .S47 2002

Major Areas in Field

Major subject areas of Jewish Studies

  • Judaism, broadly interpreted to include Jewish theology, rabbinical literature, Jewish classical texts and commentaries, liturgy and customs, religious law, mysticism, movements and sects, philosophy and ethics, and synagogue history.
  • Jewish history, a far-reaching field spanning 4,000 years of Jewish life in Paestine, modern Israel, and all countries of the Diaspora, with emphasis on America and Israel. Community history, demography, anti-Semitism, Zionism, Jewish-Arab relations, and the Holocaust are included in this area.
  • Israel is an integral part of Jewish Studies. Emphasis is on the cultural, political, and social aspects of Jewish life in modern Israel.
  • Bible including texts, commentaries, and criticism of the Hebrew scriptures related to the growth and development of Judaism and the Jewish people, written from a Jewish perspective.
  • Hebrew language and literature is collected selectively.

Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library

Good electronic reference sources

Librarian

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Betsy Polakowski
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Cataloging / Serials Librarian

St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity

Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library
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Library of Congress Call Numbers

BM1-990 Judaism


1-449 General


70-135 Study and Teaching
150-449 History
201-449 By Region or Country


480-488.5 Pre-Talmudic Jewish Literature


487-488.5 Dead Sea Scrolls


495-532 Sources of Jewish Religion, Rabbinical Literature


497-509 Talmudic Literature
497-497.8 Mishnah
498 Palestinian Talmud
499-504.7 Babylonian Talmud
507-507.5 Baraita
508-508.5 Tosefta
510-518 Midrash
520-523.7 Halacha
525 Cabala
529 Jewish Tradition
534-538 Relation of Judaism to Special Subject Fields
545-582 Principles of Judaism (General)
585-585.2 Controversial Works Against the Jews
590-591 Jewish Works Against Christianity and Islam
600-645 Dogmatic Judaism
646 Heresy, Heresies
648 Apologetics


650-747 Practical Judaism


651-652.7 Rabbis, Priests, etc.
653-653.7 Congregations, Synagogues
654-655.6 The Tabernacle, The Temple
656-657 Forms of Worship
660-679 Liturgy and Ritual
690-695 Festivals and Fasts
700-720 Rites and Customs
723-729 Jewish Way of Life, Spiritual Life, Personal Religion
730-747 Preaching, Homiletics
750-755 Biography
900-990 Samaritans

Jewish American Heritage Month

World Religions Online

Off Campus Access

ACCESSING ONLINE RESOURCES from OFF-CAMPUS

Online databases and electronic journals subscribed to by the UST Libraries are licensed for use by the St. Thomas community ONLY.  Because of this restriction, we need to verify that anyone accessing these databases is a current member of the St. Thomas community.