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Religion Research Guide

An introduction to resources that will assist you in Religion research.

Old Testament Commentaries

Top Databases

The American Jewish Archives

American Jewish Archives - View manuscripts, photographs, microfilm, audio and video recordings, and various ephemera on the history of Jews and Jewish communities in the Western Hemisphere. 

Jewish Women's Archive

The Jewish Women's Archive is home to a wide collection of resources on the stories, struggles, and achievements of Jewish women in North American and beyond, including an encyclopedia, biographies, historical material, and digitized issues of The American Jewess, the first English-language publication directed to American Jewish women, published from 1895-1899.

Digital Dead Sea Scrolls

The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls project by the Israel Museum allows users to examine and explore these most ancient manuscripts from Second Temple times at a level of detail never before possible. The Dead Sea Scrolls, which include the oldest known biblical manuscripts in existence, offer critical insight into Jewish society in the Land of Israel during the Second Temple Period, the time of the birth of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism. Five complete scrolls from the Israel Museum have been digitized for the project at this stage and are now accessible online.

Catalog Searching

Use the Otterbein Library homepage to perform a subject search in the main library catalog. Try some of these subject headings:

Database Searching

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HebrewBooks was founded in order to preserve old American Hebrew books that are out of print and/or circulation. Many American Rabbis wrote seforim (Hebrew books) in the early part of the 20th century. They have long since passed away and in many instances so has their holy work. Currently our mission has expanded to include all Torah Seforim ever printed. At you will be able to view and print the entire Sefer online.

Association for Jewish Studies

The Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) was founded in 1969 by a small group of scholars seeking a forum for exploring methodological and pedagogical issues in the new field of Jewish Studies. Since its founding, the AJS has grown into the largest learned society and professional organization representing Jewish Studies scholars worldwide.