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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


Hebrew and Semitic Studies

Last updated December 2021




Please visit the Cambridge University Library's Electronic resources page for a full list of e-resources in our subject areas.

The Bible in English
Searchable database (by period, Old and NewTestaments etc.). Contains 20 different versions of the English Bible including 12 full Bibles, 5 New Testament texts, 2 versions of the Gospel only, and William Tyndale's translations of the Pentatench, Jonah, and the New Testament.

Brill's Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World

Dead Sea Scrolls Electronic  Library of Biblical Texts (Brill)
The Dead Sea Scrolls Electronic Library presents a complete Hebrew transcription and English translation of the Biblical texts, together with high-resolution images. The contents of this online publication is identical to that of the Dead Sea Scrolls Electronic Library Biblical Texts CD-ROM, published by Brill and Brigham Young University but its interface is adapted to Brill's online platform for reference works.

Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics
ACCESSIBLE from machines with IP addresses within the domain.For machines outside the University members may use their RAVEN password to login. 
The Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics Online offers a systematic and comprehensive treatment of all aspects of the history and study of the Hebrew language from its earliest attested form to the present day. 
The Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics Online features advanced search options, as well as extensive cross-references and full-text search functionality using the Hebrew character set. With over 850 entries and approximately 400 contributing scholars, the Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics Online is the authoritative reference work for students and researchers in the fields of Hebrew linguistics, general linguistics, Biblical studies, Hebrew and Jewish literature, and related fields.

Encyclopaedia Judaica
ACCESSIBLE from machines with IP addresses within the domain. For machines outside the University members may use their RAVEN password to login.
Provides an overview of Jewish life and knowledge from the Second Temple Period to the contemporary State of Israel, from Rabbinic to modern Yiddish literature, from 'Kabbalah' to 'Americana', and from Zionism to the contribution of Jews to world cultures.

Provides access to a wide range of information from newspapers, news wires, websites, company reports and more (over 36,000 sources) from 200 countries and 28 languages. Continuously updated. Searchable in Hebrew by keyword via iDiscover. Alternatively, search Factiva itself by selecting the language.

Ma'agarim: the Hebrew Language Historical Dictionary project
ACCESSIBLE from machines with IP addresses within the domain. For machines outside the University members may use their RAVEN password to login.
The dictionary covers thousands of Hebrew works from the Dead Sea Scrolls to the eleventh century, and is constantly being expanded. It can be used to search for all occurrencies of a Hebrew root, work, form, or expression, in all or some subset of corpus. The texts can be read online in full, according to the best manuscripts, along with variant versions and bibliography.

index of articles in Jewish Studies

Responsa Project - global Jewish database
ACCESSIBLE on and off campus. RAVEN password required off campus. 

The Bar Ilan Responsa Project is the world's largest electronic collection of Torah literature of its kind. It encompasses the best of the Jewish sources representing a period of over three thousand years of heritage and tradition. All texts are fully and professionally typed in, proofread and hyper-linked. The database includes the Bible and its principal commentaries, the Talmud Bavli and Talmud Yerushalmi with commentaries, Midrash, Zohar, Halachic Law (Rambam, Shulchan Aruch with commentaries), a large Responsa collection of questions and answers ('Shut' in Hebrew), the Talmudic Encyclopedia etc.



Bible Society (Cambridge University Library)

The Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit

The Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts

Jewish date converter

Learn Hebrew Online

Mapping Jewish Communities of the Byzantine Empire

Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls

SHEBANQ: online environment for studying the Hebrew Bible. Through SHEBANQ you can fire queries at the morphological and syntactical BHSA database. You can share and publish those queries here and send the links around.

StreetWise Hebrew: free website to learn Hebrew

The Taylor-Schechter Genizah Collection (Cambridge University Library)

Web Torah Library