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Jessie Ball duPont Library

Judaism Research Guide

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Searching for books and other resources

Use the library catalog to identify and locate books, video, audio and other material in our library. It is often best to begin with a detailed keyword search. Once you have identified an item that is within the scope of your research, use the subject headings found in the record describing it to locate similar materials. Also, when you retrieve a book from the shelf, you may wish to peruse the books shelved near it as they are likely to be on the same, or a related, subject.

Use WorldCat to identify materials held by other libraries around the world. Most of these you will need to request via interlibrary loan should you wish to use them. Sewanee ILL, our interlibrary loan system, is linked below. Please feel free to use the interlirbary loan service, but be sure you have planned for the time it will take for books to be shipped here. Articles are usually delivered electronically and, therefore, much quicker.

Google Book Search offers certain advantages such as the ability to search the full-text of works as well as the ability to view the text of works that are no longer restricted by copyright. If you find something in Google Books that appears to be useful for your research, but you cannot view the book, be sure to check to see if the book is in our library. If not, you can place an interlibrary loan request.

Library of Congress call numbers for Judaism

BM1-990                                 Judaism

BM1-449                                       General

BM70-135                                           Study and teaching

BM150-449                                         History

BM201-449                                               By region or country

BM480-488.8                                Pre-Talmudic Jewish literature (non-Biblical)

BM495-532                                   Sources of Jewish religion.  Rabbinical literature

BM497-509                                         Talmudic literature

BM497-497.8                                            Mishnah

BM498-498.8                                            Palestinian Talmud

BM499-504.7                                            Babylonian Talmud

BM507-507.5                                            Baraita

BM508-508.5                                            Tosefta

BM510-518                                         Midrash

BM520-523.7                                      Halacha

BM525-526                                         Cabala

BM529                                                Jewish tradition

BM534-538                                   Relation of Judaism to special subject fields

BM534-536                                         Religions

BM545-582                                   Principles of Judaism (General)

BM585-585.4                                Controversial works against the Jews

BM590-591                                   Jewish works against Christianity and Islam

BM600-645                                   Dogmatic Judaism

BM646                                          Heresy, heresies

BM648                                          Apologetics

BM650-747                                   Practical Judaism

BM651-652.7                                      Priests, rabbis, etc.

BM653-653.7                                      Congregations.  Synagogues

BM654-655.6                                      The tabernacle.  The temple

BM656-657                                         Forms of worship

BM660-679                                         Liturgy and ritual

BM690-695                                         Festivals and fasts

BM700-720                                         Rites and customs

BM723-729                                         Jewish way of life.  Spiritual life.  Mysticism.  Personal religion.  Moral theology

BM730-747                                         Preaching.  Homiletics

BM750-755                                   Biography

BM900-990                                   Samaritans