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.
“Rabbinic Traditions” features legal texts composed before 500 CE and preserved in the Mishnah, the Tosephta, and both the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds. David Instone-Brewer, Ph.D., senior research fellow in Rabbinics and the New Testament, Tyndale House, Cambridge, is responsible for its content. Read the introduction and then browse the Six Orders of Rabbinic Law; Hebrew and English texts are provided.
The West Semitic Research Project is affiliated with the University of Southern California; Bruce Zuckerman, professor in the School of Religion, is director. For over thirty years, WSRP has employed advanced photographic and computer imaging techniques to document ancient objects and texts. The result is a vast collection of very unique images available to the public.
The Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project is a service of the Israel Museum that enables the public access to numerous manuscripts of the Second Temple period. George Blumenthal and the Center for Online Judaic Studies fund the project, and a board of experts direct its efforts. The scans are amazing, as texts unscroll online. This is the finest site of its kind on the Internet, complete with articles and introductions.
The “Online Critical Pseudepigrapha” has as its goal the development and publishing of electronic editions of the best critical texts of this literature and that related to it. The current site editor is Ken M. Penner (2006 to present), St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, and a review board. An introduction and Greek or Hebrew text are provided for most works belonging to the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha.