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: firstname.lastname@example.org