Reference Book Spotlight: Encyclopaedia Judaica

By - Library Web Services / Archives Assistant April 9th, 2009

Lura Sanborn – Reference Librarian

Encyclopedia JudaicaEncyclopaedia Judaica edited by Fred Skolnik, Thomson Gale, 2nd ed., 2007.

Find it in Ohrstrom at: REF 296 Sk5

This revered set, first published in 1972, was recently updated and released in its second edition.  Considered the standard reference material for Jewish history, culture and life, this new edition features updates to 11,000 entries as well as an additional 2,600 new entries.

A sampling of entries from its 22 volumes:  Yom Kippur War, Copper Serpent, Holiness Code, Talmud – Musical Rendition, and Passover – Origin.

The original 1972 edition is still available, housed in the Faculty Lounge Library.  Its English-language predecessor, Jewish Encyclopedia, (1906) is now in the public domain online HERE.

Helpful for: Humanities, Religious Studies, Women’s Studies, Jewish Studies

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