Wednesday, August 1, 2007

The Legends of the Jews by Louis Ginzberg

I had been aware for a couple years that The Legends of the Jews by Louis Ginzberg had been published online. This is an invaluable resource displaying incredible familiarity with rabbinic traditions. Unfortunately, this public domain online edition does not include the footnotes and indices of vols 5-7 which are really needed to make full and proper use of the text. There is a search function on the site that helps but not much.
I just discovered, however, that Volume 5 with the footnotes to vols 1-2 has the "Search Inside" feature on Amazon. Similarly, check out Volume 6 (notes to vols 3-4) and Volume 7 (indices).
Amazon appears to be tightening up how many pages you can check out, and it takes a bit of work to find the footnote you want, but in a pinch, this is immensely helpful. Using the search feature with the indices of volume 7 is particularly useful.

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