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Hebrew & other Semitic languages

[resources are available to all Library users on-campus; some resources will be available to SOAS students & staff only if off-campus]

  • Aleppo Codex Online
    Website devoted to the oldest extant copy of the Hebrew Bible (dating from around 930). Contains comment and analysis as well as a searchable, digitized copy of the text.
  • A bibliography of Semitic linguistics (1940-2010) Digital version of a traditional bibliography compiled by Dr. Gregorio del Olmo Lete (University of Barcelona). It covers a range of Semitic languages from ancient Akkadian and Ugaritic, through Ethiopic to modern languages such as Hebrew and South Arabic.
  • Early Hebrew Newspapers Project (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
    Digitised copies of major titles of the early Hebrew press in the diaspora and Eretz Israel in the 19th and early 20th century. The site is in Hebrew and requires the free image viewer viewONE to be downloaded in order for the texts to be read.
  • Friedberg Genizah Project
    The project (in conjunction with the Jewish Manuscript Preservation Society, Toronto) aims to make an inventory of all extant Cairo Genizah manuscripts. A selection of the fragments can be viewed in detail. Click “Demo” to see bibliographies, scanned catalogues and images.
  • Hebraica Libraries Group
    Established for librarians and specialists working in the field of Hebraica, but also open to other scholars and researchers interested in the Hebrew language and culture, particularly of the book.
  • Jewish National University Library (JNUL) Digitized Book Repository
    Over 1000 rare books printed from the late 15th century to the early 20th century (in Hebrew, Arabic and European languages) on a variety of topics relevant to Jewish and Hebrew studies are currently available on open-access.
  • Learn Hebrew Sites
    Jacob Richman has drawn together a range of web resources to assist Hebrew language learners, including songs, games and podcasts.
  • Taylor-Schecter Genizah Research Unit (University of Cambridge)
    The Cambridge collection comprises some 190,000 fragments from the Cairo Genizah, mainly in Hebrew, Arabic and Judeo-Arabic. View the newsletter "Genizah fragments" and the "fragment of the month" along with links to other Genizah archives and related resources.
  • Yiddish Prints
    An online collection of over 800 scanned Yiddish books held in the University in Frankfurt am Main (Universitaetsbibliothek Frankfurt-am-Main) (in German / Yiddish)