Religious Studies: Judaism

Reference Materials
Other Background (Reference) Materials
Audiovisual Materials


This guide is intended to provide an introduction to resources available from the University of Lethbridge Library in the area of religious studies and Judaism.

It is a guide to get you started; there are many more resources available, so this is just a jumping-off point for your research. If you require more help finding resources, please visit the Information and Research Assistance Desk on level 10 of the library, or phone us at 403.329.2263.

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Reference Materials

Encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference materials can be used to identify important concepts, find definitions, and gather background information on a topic. The University of Lethbridge Library has a large collection of reference materials related to religious studies. Following are a few of the key reference resources related to Judaism:

The Jewish Religion: A Companion (BM 50 J28 1995, Reference Collection, 9th floor)

The Encyclopedia of the Jewish Religion (BM 50 W45 1986, Reference Collection, 9th floor)

The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe (DS 135 E8 Y578 2008, Reference Collection, 9th floor)

Encyclopedia Judaica (electronic resource)


Following is a list of general religious studies resources which you may also find useful is beginning your research:

Encyclopedia of Religion (BL 31 E46 2005, electronic resource )
A core reference text which takes a cross-cultural approach that emphasizes religion's role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture.

The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions (BL 31 O84 1997, Reference Collection, Level 10)
Provides a general overview of a broad range of religious studies concepts.

Religion: A Cross-cultural Encyclopedia (BL 80.2 L463 1996, Reference Collection, Level 10)
Another resource providing a general overview with a focus on the historical origins of religions

New 20th-Century Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge (BR 95 N48 1991, Reference Collection, Level 10)
A resource comprised of hundreds ofarticles on the most influential people in culture and Christendom. Each entry gives a short description a person's historical significance or main theological beliefs.

Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion (BL 65 P7 E53 2007, Reference Collection, Level 10)
This work traces the historical roots of the relations between politics and religion in the modern world, especially over the past two centuries.

Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America (BL 458 E52 2006, Reference Collection, Level 10)
A comprehensive and current description and analysis of women and religion in North America. The encyclopedia is interreligious, interracial, and multicultural and is aimed at a broad general audience.

Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion (BL 458 E53 1999, Reference Collection, Level 10)
The work endeavours to be a "culturally and historically comprehensive reference work that reflects contemporary approaches to women's history and experience in world religion from the beginning of time to the present."

Sexuality and the World's Religions (BL 65 S4 S5 2003, Main Collection, Level 9)
A look at how the world's major religions influence the sexual values, attitudes, and practices of their adherents.

Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature (BL 65 N35 E53 2005, Reference Collection, Level 10)
Critically explores the relationships among human beings, their environments, and the religious dimensions of life in 1,000 entries from 520 international. contributors.

Dictionary of Philosophy and Religion: Eastern and Western Thought (B 41 R43 1996, Reference Collection, Level 10)
A useful reference book with extensive inclusion of terms and concepts from Eastern religions"

The Continuum Dictionary of Religion (BL 31 C67 1994, Reference Collection, Level 10)
Includes 5,000 entries which explain theological concepts, religious practices, deities, beliefs, religious articles, schools of theological thought, and religious groups and traditions. Each definition explains what a thing is and its significance to the religion to which it belongs; it also note similarities between the term defined and ideas in other religions and refer the reader to those entries either through embedded cross-references.

The History of Science and Religion in the Western Tradition: An Encyclopedia (BL 245 H57 2000, Reference Collection, Level 10)
Comprehensive treatment of the subject of science and religion.

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Other Background (Reference) Materials



Sacred texts of the world: A universal anthology (BL 70 S247 1982, Main Collection, 9th Floor)
Provides a broad overview of numerous world religions.


There are many versions and translations of the holy religious texts available in the library. Following is a selected list:

The Babylonian Talmud Translated into English with notes, glossary, and indices under the editorship of I. Epstein

The Mishnah: A New Translation

Genesis Rabbah: The Judaic commentary to the book of Genesis: A New American translation

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The library's catalogue provides access to the collections in this library which are of books, as well as audiovisual materials, government documents, microforms, and electronic resources. You can search the library catalogue for specific titles, works by a particular author, or on a specific subject.

Subject Headings are terms assigned to each item to describe its content, using a set of standards that is applied to all items in the database. Below are a few of the standard subject headings used to describe Jewish content in area of religious studies:



Judaism - doctrines

Orthodox Judaism



Fasts and Feasts Judaism


Judaism - customs and practices

Bible -- O.T.

Notice all of the sub-headings beneath the major subject terms which allow you to get more and more specific in terms of topic or geographic location.

These same terms (and more) will work as keyword searches, but you will get many more (and possibly irrelevant) results using a keyword search. Try both and take it from there. If you search any term in the 'subject' field, the catalogue will try to suggest related subjects for you to try, as well as more sub-categories of the subject. Of course, if you know the title or author of a book, you can search the catalogue using those fields as well.

General Resources

A few examples of some of the research guides on religious studies in the main collection that may help you get started with your research are listed below:

Research Guide to Religious Studies (BL 41 W5 1982, Main Collection, 9th floor)

Library Research Guide to Religion and Theology: Illustrated Search Strategy and Sources (BL 41 K45, Main Collection, 9th floor)

You can also do an 'advanced keyword search' and restrict the 'material type' to limit your search to e-books only.

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The most current information and research on any academic topic is generally found in articles. To find articles in journals, newspapers and magazines (also dissertations, conference proceedings, government documents, and book chapters), search in the Library's subscription databases. The University of Lethbridge subscribes to several specialized databases for religious studies.

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Scholarly Approaches to the Study and Teaching of Religion A website developed by the University of Lethbridge Department of Religious Studies with numerous links to aid in the academic study of religion.

BBC Religion: Judaism
An informative introduction to all major religions of the world.

Jewish Studies Internet Directory Directory of links to numerous resources for the study of Judaism maintained by the Institute of Jewish Studies at Dussledorf University.

Judaism and Jewish Resources
An independent website containing numerous useful inks related to Judaism.

Judaica Europeana A work in progress, this site endeavors to provide open access to Jewish culture collections. The plan is to digitize 10,500 photos, 1,500 postcards and 7,150 recordings as well as several million pages from books, newspapers, archives and press clippings. The digitized content will be available at

Museum of Jewish Heritage Very useful resource on the Holocaust and Jewish life in the 20th century. Search for specific items by name or keyword, or browse the montage presented on each page.

Fortunoff Video Archive of Holocaust Testimonies A collection of over 4,400 videotaped interviews with witnesses and survivors of the Holocaust.

Jewish News Archives Contains the news archives of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), a nonprofit international Jewish news agency, from 1923 to 2008.

Yiddish Sources An internet portal for those studying Yiddish and Yiddish Culture.

Intute: Arts and Humanities A collection of web links for religious studies evaluated and maintained by subject specialists in the UK.

Religious Studies Web Guide A collection of free internet resources of use to researchers involved in the academic study of religion maintained at the University of Calgary.

The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA)
Information on denominations, specific congregations, locales, historical perspectives, and more... Data are available via hundreds of data files, searchable by country, category, popularity, denomination, etc.  

Religion... by the numbers
A huge array of sites which offer statistics on various religious denominations.

Internet Sacred Text Archive
A collection of Western, Eastern, and traditional religious texts.

Virtual Religion Index
Index with numerous links to religion related websites.

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Audiovisual Materials

To find audiovisual materials in the library catalogue go to 'Advanced Keyword' search and then limit by material type (film/video). For example there are numerous films and video on the topic of religion and Judaism.

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