The Lieberman Institute's Sol and Evelyn Henkind Talmud Text Databank on the internet!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.