The HUC-JIR Library system follows the Library of Congress (LC) cataloging (subject headings) and classification (call numbers) system. Biblical texts and works about the Bible are shelved in the "BS" section.
Finding Bibles in the catalog
According to the Library of Congress (LC), "Bible" refers to the Christian Bible made up of the Old Testament (O.T.) and the New Testament (N.T.). LC assigns uniform titles to all Biblical texts. This means that no matter what title appears on the book itself, all versions of the same book will be called by the same name and shelved in the same place. This can make finding a text easier - you don't have to know if the book is titled Torah, Hamishah humshe Torah, Pentateuch, the Five books of Moses, etc. - everything will be filed under: Bible. O.T. Pentateuch. On the other hand, this system can be tricky to use, if you don't happen to know the exact way that LC assigned a name.
Bible. O.T. Pentateuch
Bible. O.T. Exodus
Bible. O.T. Isaiah
Bible. O.T. Five Scrolls
If the work is a translation, this will be reflected in the uniform title as well.
Bible. O.T. Genesis. English
You may also find references to specific chapters and verses
Bible. O.T. Genesis XI, 1-9 (chapter is indicated by Roman numerals and verse by Arabic)
Finding Bibles on the shelf
In general, LC will put a "whole" before a "part." Therefore, LC shelves "whole" Bibles (O.T. and N.T.) first under BS 1-680. The next biggest "parts" are the Old Testament (BS 701-1199) and the New Testament (BS 1901-2545). Similarly, smaller parts of the O.T. are shelved in (BS 1200-1830) after the O.T. as a whole. See below for individual O.T. books.
Bible as subject.
You can find books about the Bible by doing a subject search on the uniform title. You will often see subject terms with subdivisions tacked onto the end. Some common subdivisions are:
- --Criticism, interpretation, etc.
- --Feminist criticism.
There is sometimes confusion about the first 2 this list. A work with "Commentaries" will usually cover a whole portion of the Bible. It will look at the text verse by verse or at least chapter by chapter. A work with "Criticism, interpretation, etc." will generally take a theme and discuss how it appears in throughout the Bible (or some part). Subdivisions can appear on any of the uniform titles discussed above.
You may also find subjects of the form: <topic> in the Bible. For example: Animals in the Bible.
Bible as History.
To find books discussing the Bible as history, do a subject search under Bible
These are all in the BS section, under the number(s) given. Generally, within a section you will find books arranged in this order: multilingual translations, manuscripts, Hebrew editions, English editions, other languages, early commentaries (before 1950), contemporary criticism (1951-2000) contemporary commentaries, contemporary sermons, special topics, and then the newest books (2001- ). Of course, we may not have a book in every category.
Here are the locations for individual books and common groups. They are all in the "BS" section.
Apocrypha and Apocryphal books 1691-1830
Ben Sirach 1761+
Book of Proverbs 1461-1467
Chronicles (1&2) 1341-1345.6
Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah (together) 1550
Ezra (1 Esdras) 1351-1355.6
Ezra, Daniel, Nehemiah (together) 1550
Five Scrolls 1309-1310
Former Prophets 1285.6
Haftaroth BM 670 H3
Job, Psalms, Proverbs (together) 1410
Kings (1&2) 1331-1336
Latter Prophets 1501+
Minor prophets 1560
Nehemia (2 Esdras) 1361-1365.6
Nehemiah, Ezra, Danial (together) 1550
Prophetic books 1501-1505.6
Prophets (Nevi'im) 1286
Proverbs, Psalms, Job (together) 1410
Psalms, Proverbs, Job (together) 1410
Samuel (1&2) 1321-1326
Song of Solomon 1481+
Song of Solomon 1481-1490
Tobit (Tobias) 1721+
Wisdom of Solomon 1751+
Wisdom literature 1455-1456
Jewish texts at Snunit
Includes the Hebrew texts of the Tanakh, Mishnah, Tosefta, Talmud Bavli, Talmud Yerushalmi, and Mishneh Torah
Navigating the Bible II
Produced by ORT, this site shows the Torah portion, both with and without vocalization, translation, and transliteration. The site is similar to the CD-ROM program which is also available in the Library.
Book-by-Book MP3 Recordings of the Hebrew Bible
Each book is read (not chanted) with the Sephardic pronounciation. The files can be streamed or downloaded.
Hebrew - English Bible
According to the Masoretic Text and the JPS 1917 Edition
Tanach / electronic version of the Leningrad Codex maintained by the Westminster
This illuminated manuscript (1489) of the Tanach at the Yeshivah University has been digitized and is available online.
Jastrow Dictionary at Tyndale Archive of Biblical Study
Dictionary of the Targumim, the Talmud Babli and Yerushalmi, and the Midrashic Literature
This is a searchable site on Art of the Bible. You can search by subject, artist, and portion.
RAMBI This free Internet site is published by the Jewish National and University Library. It has articles from scholarly journals and chapters of books.
ATLA This index is available in various forms. You can access it from this page at the New York and Cincinniat campuses. At the Los Angeles campus, you can access the full database through the USC databases. It is also available through the Jewish Studies Portal. It has articles from scholarly journals and chapters of books. It focuses on Western religions with an emphasis on Bible and Christianity.
Frequently asked questions
Where can I find the weekly Torah portion?
Navigating the Bible II (ORT)
Where can I find the Tikkun?
They are generally shelved in the Reference section under BS 1222 (they may be in the oversized (folio) section)
How can I find a specific commentary?
If you know the exact title and spelling, you can search by that (ex. title phrase = Etz Hayim). You can also do a combination search with the author's last name with the smallest part of the Bible that you think is reasonable. (ex. author keyword = Rashi ; subject keyword = pentateuch). You can use the filters screen to limit the results by language, date or place.
If you have any further questions about finding information on this, or any other topic, ask your local HUC-JIR librarian or email us using the form on the homepage.