Learning and Teaching Resources
This is a curated list of full text resources, databases, teacher resources, and recommended reading including articles and books in Jewish Studies. Use these resources for your own personal course of study or in a classroom setting.
Jewish history is intertwined with the history of other nations and sociopolitical movements worldwide, as well as with the emergence of three Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—and it can be divided into biblical, rabbinic, medieval, early modern, modern, and contemporary periods. MORE>
Throughout history, artistic expression has played an essential role as a hallmark of Jewish identity. From biblical times until today, Jews have produced sacramental objects, painting, sculpture, ornamentation, book design, and many other forms of visual art, including dance, music, theater, and literature. MORE>
The 21st century brings new challenges and more facets to Jewish individuals and communities. For the majority of postmodern Jews, Judaism has become not their single source of identity but a matter of personal choice, cultural affiliation, and preference. MORE>
The Hebrew Bible has always played a key role in the development of Judaism and Jewish identity. Other post-biblical Jewish religious texts that have shaped normative Jewish thought in Israel and the diaspora include the Mishnah, Talmud, rabbinic Midrashim, Aramaic Targumim, Jewish medieval Bible commentaries, and a variety of philosophical, liturgical, and mystical treatises. MORE>
The Jewish people have maintained deeply held connections to the land of Israel for thousands of years. Israel is a home, an identity, and a relationship with roots in religion, ancestry, and self-preservation. MORE>
Judaism is often perceived as devoid of dogmatic postulates or theological notions. The common claim that Jewish theology is irrelevant to Jews has been greatly contested within the contemporary field of Jewish Studies. Jewish theology is a systematic study of God grounded in the Hebrew Bible and the extrabiblical Jewish literature. MORE>
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