Over the next few days, I want to share a few remarkable websites that are accessible at no cost to the public and are related to the types of topics in which CECS specializes. The links provided are active, so merely click to enter. A few lines of text describe each site in order to assist users navigate the content. These have taken several months to accumulate and are the result of evaluating numerous contributions that are currently maintained under the auspices of universities, organizations, foundations, and outstanding scholars.
This is a product of Wesley Center Online, Northwest Nazarene University (founded in 1913), and includes numerous articles on the principal Jewish texts composed or circulated between the close of the Hebrew scriptures and the beginning of the New Testament including the Pseudepigrapha. Introductions and translations are provided. The format is easy to navigate and each text scrolls on a single page.
The Bodleian Libraries hosts “Maimonides’ Code of Jewish Law” in the Hebrew language. Its introduction to Maimonides (1135-1204) is superb, as is the look and feel of the site. To access the manuscript, activate “click to enlarge,” and slide the red bar to zoom in and out. Even at the greatest magnification the image is clear. This site contains no translation, only the Hebrew text as found in the manuscript.
Chaver.com features two types of material online: newly formatted texts of the Torah and the Mishnah and analytic essays about them. The editor is Moshe Kline, a graduate of St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD, and of Yeshiva University. The site hosts academic articles, audio excerpts of rabbinic texts, unique contributions from the editor, as well as provocative commentary.
Gary J. Goldberg, Ph.D., is the editor of “The Flavius Josephus Home Pages,” founded in 1998 and dedicated to the works of the famous first-century Jewish historian. The format is easy to follow, and the downloadable files are plenty. The site hosts several fine articles involving all the writings associated with Josephus in addition to related subjects, such as women, rulers, archaeology, and early church.