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"Midrash" in general refers to commentary on the Bible. Often though, it is used to describe particular collections of midrash written from the 2nd to the 10th century, with a few later works as well. The midrash include commentaries, interpretations, stories that illustrate biblical passages and sermons.

Below is a list of most of the Aggadic Midrash by period. You'll notice that "Midrash Rabbah" is not listed. In the 1500's, collections of midrash on the Torah and then later including midrash on other parts of the Tanakh were published together as "Midrash Rabbah" (i.e. Genesis Rabbah, Exodus Rabbah, Leviticus Rabbah, etc.)

Early Period (Amoraic) 400-640

Genesis Rabbah
Eichah (Lamentations) Rabbah
Pesikta de-Rav Kahana
Esther Rabbah
Midrash Iyyov (Job)
Leviticus Rabbah
Midrash Tanhuma

Middle Period 640-1000

Pirkei de-Rabbi Eliezer
Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) Rabbah
Canticles (Songs) Rabbah
Devarim Rabbah
Devarim Zutta
Midrash Samuel
Midrash Proverbs
Ruth Rabbah
Baraita of Samuel
Targum sheni (on Esther)
Ruth Zuta
Eichah Zuta
Midrash Tehillim
Midrash Hashkem
Exodus Rabbah
Canticles Zutta

Late Period (1000-1200)

Midrash Tadshe
Sefer ha-Yashar
Numbers Rabbah

Period of Anthologies (1200-1550)

Yalkut Shimoni
Yalkut Makiri
Midrash ha-Gadol
Midrash Jonah
Smaller midrashim

Finding Midrash on the shelf

Most individual works of midrash are shelved in BM 517.
Collections of aggada (from the midrash and/or Talmud) are in BM 516 (including Sefer ha-Agadah and Ein Yaakov)
Other translated collections are in BM 512
Books about Midrash are in BM 514
Halakhah in the Midrash are in BM 515

Finding Midrash in the catalog

Remember that your local librarian is there to help!

Recommended websites


Bar Ilan Responsa Project

Includes the Hebrew texts of the Tanakh, Talmuds, early commentaries, codes, and many responsa. Searching is allowed from anywhere, more features are available (saving, printing, etc.) from the HUC campus or through the Jewish Studies Portal.

Legends of the Jews by Louis Ginzberg

In the early 1900s, Ginzberg collected midrash and aggadic stories about the Bible and Biblical characters and wove them together into one narrative.

Pirqe Rabbi Eliezer Electronic Text Editing Project

Contains digitized images of three manuscripts.


"We are building a free living library of Jewish texts and their interconnections, in Hebrew and in translation. Our scope is Torah in the broadest sense, from Tanakh to Talmud to Zohar to modern texts and all the volumes of commentary in between. Sefaria is created, edited, and annotated by an open community." Translations are available as people submit them and the site offers tools for creating study sheets.

Seforim Online

Many older rabbinic works are available in PDF form on this site.