A Scripture Index to Rabbinic Literature

edited by Caleb T. Friedeman

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Retail: $59.95
Size: 7 x 10
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 540
Pub Date: April 2021
ISBN: 9781683071938
ISBN-13: 9781683071938
Item Number: 071938
Categories: Judaism; General Reference Works

Product Description

A Scripture Index to Rabbinic Literature is a comprehensive Scripture index that catalogs approximately 90,000 references to the Bible found in classical rabbinic literature. This literature comprises two categories: (1) Talmudic literature (i.e., the Mishnah and related works) and (2) midrashic literature (i.e., biblical commentary).

Each rabbinic reference includes a hard citation following SBL Handbook of Style, the page number where the reference can be found in a standard English edition, and an indication of whether the biblical reference is a direct citation, allusion, or editorial reference. This incredibly handy reference work is the first of its kind and is a welcome addition to Hendrickson’s well-crafted line of reference books.

Key points and features:
• A comprehensive Scripture index to classical rabbinic literature in English
• Includes references to the Mishnah, the Tosefta, the Jerusalem Talmud, and the Babylonian Talmud, as well as the Mekilta, Midrash Rabbah, Pirqe Rabbi Eliezer, and many more
• Approximately 90,000 references include a hard citation, a page number in a standard English edition, and an indication of whether the biblical reference is a direct citation, allusion, or editorial reference
• Saves researchers large amounts of time and energy by bringing together a vast amount of data that was previously located across many disparate resources.


“A Scripture Index to Rabbinic Literature is a most welcome addition to the tool kit of resources for the critical study of rabbinic Judaism’s creative interpretation of the Bible, covering its first thousand years. The Index is user-friendly, clearly organized, and attentive to the highest standards of such study. This is the first and only such index that is intended for the English-language reader. It promises to set the standard for many years to come.”
—Steven D. Fraade, Mark Taper Professor of the History of Judaism, Yale University

“ASIRL is an extraordinary contribution to the existing fund of resources for the study of rabbinic literature. It will be valuable not only to those students without access to the original Hebrew texts but even to those with Hebrew because it points them to the existing English translations, which are often indispensable guides to meaning. And especially valuable is ASIRL’s ranking system between direct citations, allusions, and editorial references. Nothing like this has ever been attempted before.”
—David Stern, Harry Starr Professor of Classical and Modern Jewish and Hebrew Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University

“Caleb Friedeman and his team of editors have given the scholarly world an important gift with the completion of A Scripture Index to Rabbinic Literature. A judicious and comprehensive index of English translations of classical rabbinic literature, ASIRL helps to open up the rich world of rabbinic scriptural interpretation to student and scholar alike. This reference work will prove to be an essential and time-saving resource for research in the field.”
—Jonathan Kaplan, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Judaism, The University of Texas at Austin

Editor Bio

Caleb T. Friedeman (PhD, Wheaton College) is David A. Case Chair of Theology and Ministry and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Ohio Christian University. He is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene and the editor of Listen, Understand, Obey: Essays on Hebrews in Honor of Gareth Lee Cockerill (Pickwick, 2017).