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Primary Sources for Jewish History
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About Primary Sources
What are they and how do I find them? Archives & Special Collections
  • American Jewish Archives.org
    http://americanjewisharchives.org/
    The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives is committed to preserving a documentary heritage of the religious, organizational, economic, cultural, personal, social and family life of American Jewry. Our collection policy is available here.
Web sites
  • Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
    http://chnm.gmu.edu/teaching-and-learning/
    CHNM uses digital media and technology to preserve and present history online, transform scholarship across the humanities, and advance historical education and understanding. Includes links to information on: Children and Youth in History, Historical Thinking Matters, History Matters, Imaging the French Revolution, Interpreting the Declaration of Independence by Translation, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution, Logo for Women in World History, Making the History of 1989 (fall of Communism in Eastern Europe), Object of History, Popular Romance Project, Probing the Past: Virginia and Maryland Probate Inventories, Teachinghistory.org, Women in World History, World History Matters, and World History Sources
  • VHA Visual History Archive
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/indexes/vha
    With a collection of nearly 52,000 video testimonies in 32 languages and from 56 countries, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute's archive is the largest visual history archive in the world. The Institute interviewed Jewish survivors, homosexual survivors, Jehovah's Witness survivors, liberators and liberation witnesses, political prisoners, rescuers and aid providers, Roma and Sinti survivors (Gypsy), survivors of Eugenics policies, and war crimes trials participants. Developed by the USC Shoah Foundation for Visual History and Education Presented by the University of Minnesota Libraries and the University of Minnesota Office of Information Technology.
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Searching MNCAT for Primary Sources
  • Strategy for MNCAT searching
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I. From the Bible to Rabbinic Judaism
  • Zohar
    Zohar. English The Zohar / translation and commentary by Daniel C. Matt. Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2004-<2009>
    TC Wilson Library Reference BM525.A52 M37 2004
II. From Medieval to Modern
  • The Jew in the medieval world : a source book : 315-1791
    http://books.google.com/books?id=PCalmtflYtEC&printsec=frontcover&cd=1&source=gbs_ViewAPI#v=onepage&q&f=false
    Jacob Rader Marcus ; with an introduction and updated bibliography by Marc Saperstein. Cincinnati : Hebrew Union College Press, c1999.
    TC Wilson Library DS124 .M34 1999
    Free Internet access: link above is to full text partial preview in Google Books (click on Contents to view available text)
  • Qur'an online
    http://www.usc.edu/schools/college/crcc/engagement/resources/texts/muslim/quran/
    source University of Southern California Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement
  • Zohar. English
    Zohar. English The Zohar / translation and commentary by Daniel C. Matt. Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2004-<2009>
    TC Wilson Library Reference BM525.A52 M37 2004
  • Spinoza - via Past Masters database
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/2524
    Title Past masters [electronic resource].Published Charlottesville, VA : InteLex Corp., c1997.
    INCLUDES: Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677. Works. English. IN The Continental rationalists: Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz
    Internet Access for University of Minnesota, Twin Cities only.
    • Spinoza - Collected works vol. 1
      http://library.nlx.com/xtf/view?docId=rationalists/rationalists.00.xml;chunk.id=div.ratio.pmpreface.1;toc.depth=1;toc.id=div.ratio.pmpreface.1;brand=default&fragment_id=
III. Modern History
  • IIIA. World War II and the Holocaust
IV. Jewish Thought and Culture in Historical Perspective V. Sacred Time, Spaces and People

Selected Titles in the University of Minnesota Libraries collections

Selected Primary Sources for Jewish Studies

Anti-Semitism in Europe : Sources of the Holocaust. Ed. David W. Zisenwine. New York: New York : Behrman House, 1976.


Back to the Sources : Reading the Classic Jewish Texts. Ed. Barry W. Holtz. New York: New York : Summit Books, 1984.


Barber, Russell J. The Emperor's Mirror : Understanding Cultures through Primary Sources. Ed. Frances Berdan. Tucson: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, 1998.
The Blackwell Companion to Judaism. Ed. Alan J. (Alan Jeffery) Avery-Peck. Malden, MA: Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2000.


The Canon Debate. Ed. James A. Sanders. Peabody, Mass.: Peabody, Mass. : Hendrickson Publishers, 2002.


Classics of Jewish Literature. Ed. Arthur F. Beringause. New York: New York : Philosophical Library, 1987.


Deutsch, Nathaniel. The Gnostic Imagination : Gnosticism, Mandaeism, and Merkabah Mysticism. Leiden ; New York: Leiden ; New York : E.J. Brill, 1995.
Elbogen, Ismar, 1874-1943. Ha-Tefilah be-Yiśraʼel be-Hitpatḥutah Ha-Hisṭorit. Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv : Devir, 1972.


---. Jewish Liturgy : A Comprehensive History. Philadelphia : New York: Philadelphia : Jewish Publication Society ; New York : Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1993.


Faith and Piety in Early Judaism : Texts and Documents. Ed. Michael E. Stone. Philadelphia: Philadelphia : Fortress Press, 1983.


Glatzer, Nahum Norbert,1903- comp. The Judaic Tradition; Texts,. Ed. Nahum Norbert Glatzer. Boston: Boston, Beacon Press, 1969.


Hertzberg, Arthur. Judaism : The Key Spiritual Writings of the Jewish Tradition. New York: New York : Simon & Schuster, 1991.


Holo, Joshua, 1971-. Byzantine Jewry in the Mediterranean Economy. Cambridge, UK ; New York: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Into that Dark Night Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1933-1939. Ed. Drew University. Jerusalem : Madison, N.J. : Chapel Hill: Jerusalem : Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority ; Madison, N.J. : Drew University ; Chapel Hill : distributed by the University of North Carolina Press, 2003.

Jewish Life and Thought among Greeks and Romans : Primary Readings. Ed. Meyer Reinhold. Minneapolis: Minneapolis : Fortress Press, 1996.

Judaism and Islam in Practice a Sourcebook. Ed. Jonathan E. Brockopp. London ; New York: London ; New York : Routledge, 2000.

Judaism in Practice : From the Middle Ages through the Early Modern Period. Ed. Lawrence Fine. Princeton, NJ: Princeton, NJ : Princeton Univ. Press, 2001.

Kramer, Naomi. The Fallacy of Race and the Shoah. Ed. Ronald Headland. Ottawa: Ottawa : University of Ottawa Press, 1998.

Law in the Documents of the Judaean Desert. Ed. Inc ebrary. Leiden ; Boston: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2005.

Modern Jewish Thought : A Source Reader. Ed. Nahum Norbert Glatzer. New York: New York : Schocken Books, 1977.

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