TALMUD RESOURCES

I’ve listed some websites and books that you may find useful for learning more about the Talmud. Please contact me if there are any other resources that you think should be included here, or if any of the links on this page are broken.

ONLINE RESOURCES

Some of the websites I have listed below give more detail about the Talmud, others are sites where you can begin to read the Talmud. I have also included some of the best known sites dedicated to academic study of the Talmud.

ABOUT THE TALMUD

  • A Page from the Babylonian Talmud
    An interactive page of the Talmud describing all the elements printed on the page
  • Printing the Talmud
    A detailed and beautifully presented website constructed to accompany the Printing the Talmud Exhibition at the Yeshiva University Museum in New York.
  • 13th Century Talmud
    A rare manuscript in the British Library's collection. This manuscript is one of the few which survived the period when Talmud burnings were rife.

READING THE TALMUD

  • Vilna Edition of the Talmud
    A full, searchable, online copy of the classic Vilna edition of the Talmud (in Hebrew).
  • Soncino English Talmud
    A downloadable, English translation of the Talmud.
  • Daf Yomi
    A great resource if you take part in, or are thinking of joining, the Daf Yomi programme of studying one page of Talmud a day.
  • Talmud for Beginners
    An free, online, video course presented by a rabbi from the Chabad movement.
  • Webshas
    An online index to the Talmud. You can search topics by category or by alphabetical list.
  • The Society for the Interpretation of the Talmud
    An ongoing project, creating a scholarly commentary on the Talmud that aims to address a wide reading audience.

ACADEMIC ARTICLES ON TALMUD (IN ENGLISH)

BOOKS

This is just a small selection of the many, very good books on the Talmud. They include anthologies, introductions, academic studies and histories. Please let me know if you think there are other books of a similar nature I have overlooked.

The Talmud: A Selection; Norman Solomon

An outstanding anthology of selections and explanatory material

Everyman’s Talmud; Abraham Cohen

A classic study of the doctrines and teachings of the Talmud

A Rabbinic Anthology; Montefiore and Lowe

A classic anthology of Talmudic and Rabbinic literature

The Essential Talmud; Adin Steinsaltz

An introduction to the beliefs, attitudes and methods by the renowned Talmud scholar and commentator

Rabbinic Thought in the Talmud; Louis Jacobs

A detailed look at the nature and scope of the Babylonian Talmud

The Talmudic Argument; Louis Jacobs

Examines a number of passages in detail to show how Talmudic reasoning operates

The Cambridge Companion to the Talmud; C.E. Fonrobert and M. S. Jaffee (eds)

A guide to contemporary scholarly approaches to rabbinic literature.

Becoming the People of the Talmud; Talya Fishman

How the Talmud's pre-eminence in Jewish study and its determining role in Jewish practice was solidified in medieval Jewish society
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