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Saul Lieberman Institute for Talmudic Research

Created through the generosity of the Dr. Bernard Heller Foundation, By Professor Shamma Friedman, the institute honors the memory of Professor Saul Lieberman (1898-1983) and strives to attain the high standards of scholarship and teaching that he set for his students.
The Lieberman Institute specializes in developing modern Electronic Digital research tools for Talmud study. The Mission of the institute is to continuously develop and improve our databases that enable sophisticated digital access to the vast wealth of Talmudic scholarship , and advance Talmudic research with the highest standards of the digital age To support this goal, the following extensive, computer-based research tools have been developed:
The Sol and Evelyn Henkind Talmud Text Data Bank, which includes drawings from the Lieberman Institute's complete collection of Talmud manuscripts, facsimiles, photographs, and genizah-fragment photocopies. The computerized data bank provides scholars with the means to analyze the Talmud's literary and stylistic features through the breadth and depth of the entire Talmud.

In addition to the Text Databank the Lieberman Institute is proud to present our newest feature: full synopses of all textual witnesses prepared for entire chapters of the Babylonian Talmud.
A full review of the new project was published by the Talmud Blog and can be found here:

If you wish to receive a synopsis of a particular chapter from the Babylonian Talmud, please contact us at lieberman.index@gmail.com.

The Index of References Dealing with Talmudic Literature:
The Index is a comprehensive online research tool directing the user to discussions and interpretations of Talmudic passages found in both modern academic research and medieval Talmudic scholarship.
By Supplying scholars with quick and easy access to pertinent information the Index is revolutionizing Judaic studies research in many ways:
• The Index radically alters old methods of bibliographical searching and brings Talmudic research up to par with contemporary standards.
• The Index increases the access and exposure to Talmudic scholarship within the wider field of Judaic studies.
• The index gives researchers access to thousands of references to Talmudic passages in both modern research and medieval scholarship.

The Lieberman Institute's Index of References Dealing with Talmudic Literature

The Lieberman Institute's Index of References Dealing with Talmudic Literature


What is the Index?
The only research tool of its kind, the Lieberman Institute Index is an extensive online database enabling access to scholarly writings relating to the texts of Talmudic literature. The Index offers quick and easy access to discussions and interpretations of Talmudic passages found in both modern academic research and medieval Talmudic scholarship; the selection of any Talmudic passage directs the user to the specific references in scholarly books, articles, and various treatises that discuss that passage.

How does the index work?
When Users select any specific Talmudic passage via http://lieberman-index.org (listed by chapter and paragraph or folio number and side) they receive a list of references to that passage in scholarly works providing the full bibliographical information, including title, author, page number / footnote number, bibliographic information and (when available) a direct link to the text itself either in full text/PDF form or in a searchable format using open sources (i.e Hebrewbooks or Google books).
For example, if one is studying Bavli Berakhot 55b’s discourse on dream interpretation, and wishes to find relevant scholarly works that discuss the ancient view of dreams and its social-historical context one can easily do so by using the index. After choosing the text in question, the user is shown relevant traditional and academic works with their bibliographical information, including specific page and footnote numbers.

In addition to those involved directly in Talmudic studies, the index is a vital aid to those engaged in all Judaic, ancient near east, and comparative religion studies as they relate at times to Talmudic texts, The Index points the user to the specific articles/books/rabbinic works that discuss a Talmudic passage under study, thereby lowering a significant barrier that has often prevented those lacking the requisite expertise to make use of the great strides in modern academic Jewish studies that have occurred over just the past one hundred years.
The Index includes references to classics such as Lieberman's Tosefta ki-feshuta and J.N. Epstein's Mavo le-nusaħ ha-Mishna (Introduction to the Mishnaic Text); studies in related disciplines such as:
Biblical and Talmudic Medicine, The Laws of Qumran, Jewish Women and Divorce; Heresy, Christianity, and Jewish Identity in Late Antiquity; Jesus, the Sabbath, and Jewish Debate. and updated on a regular basis with the latest scholarship including recent titles  such as: Heger, Women in the Bible, Qumran, and Early Rabbinic Literature (2014), Vidas, Tradition and the Formation of the Talmud (2014), Secunda, The Iranian Talmud (2014) Brody, Mishnah and Tosefta Studies (2014), and Secunda, The Iranian Talmud: Reading the Bavli in its Sasanian Context (2014).

The Index is revolutionizing Judaic Studies research by supplying scholars with quick and easy access to pertinent information. Preceding the establishment of the index project, the task of finding specific bibliographical references that today takes minutes would take many hours or even days of work. The Index radically alters old methods of bibliographical searching and brings Talmudic research up to par with contemporary standards

The Lieberman Index is an invaluable Electronic resource  part of any University’s online databases. Some Institutions already utilizing this online research tool include; Bar Ilan University, Columbia University, UC Berkeley, University of Chicago, Harvard University, Hebrew University, Northwestern University, NYU, University of Pennsylvania, Tel Aviv University, University of Vienna Library & Archives, Yale University, and Yeshiva University.
The Lieberman Index is a “must have” research resource and is offered it to all Educational institutions, Libraries and research facilitates, for further information and subscription application, please contact us at: 

The Lieberman Institute:   lieberman.index@gmail.com

The Lieberman Institute's Sol and Evelyn Henkind Talmud Text Databank

During the last 27 years the Seminary's Lieberman Institute has produced a digitized text version of all primary witnesses to the Babylonian Talmud: first printed editions, full and fragmentary manuscripts (more than half of the known genizah fragments of the Talmud, and a large number of European binding fragments have been input). Through a long series of operations from assembling photographs, deciphering and transcribing the text, and proofreading to building a database capable of efficient and sophisticated searches, the Institute produced a first edition of the Talmud manuscript corpus, which has been distributed in the past by CD ROM. Today we launch this powerful tool as a online Database.
The Databse includes many updates including transcriptions of hundreds of additional genizah fragments, and updating on a continuous basis, as our work progresses. In addition to the transcribed text, the Databse, contains hundreds of manuscript images, including all JTS genizah Talmud fragments, and European binding fragments.
This resource can open a new era of Talmud study, by facilitating access to the precision and variegated tradition of the received text before the invention of printing.  allows the student and scholar to perform tasks previously impossible even over an entire lifetime.
Online Database was developed by CDI Systems. The database is distributed by subscription to individuals and institutions, an arrangement which allows Scholars wroldwide to use the site. Subscriptions have been acquired by universities and libraries in Israel and worldwide which incorporate the Lieberman Text Databank  as part of the Electronic research resources serving each institution's community.
Please reccomend the Databank to your institution, and ask the responsible officer to acquire a subscription. Encourage others – colleagues, students and friends – to do the same. This will enhance the study of the Talmudic corpus, and benefit all involved.
For information regarding institutional subscriptions and trial periods for individuals please contact Hila at hila@cdisys.com
The databank's previous version (#5 on disc) still can be ordered through this site for $300. This version of the databank contains c. 250 manuscript and first editions units and more than 750 Geniza fragments from the Seminary Library, Oxford, and Cambridge. Added in this version are more than 1,700 digital photographs of Mishnah and Talmud fragments from the Adler Geniza collection in New York (JTS) and early European fragments from libraries and archives in Italy.

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