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The Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960


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Retrospektive allgemeinbibliographische Datenbank mit rund 141.000 Titelnachweisen von Veröffentlichungen in hebräischer Sprache sowie in anderen jüdischen Sprachen, die das hebräische Alphabet verwenden (Jiddisch, Ladino, Judäo-Arabisch, Judäo-Griechisch, Bucharit u.a.). Berichtszeitraum: 1473-1960. Updates: laufend.

The Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1473-1960

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The Institute for Hebrew Bibliography, Goldman Publishers

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Verlagsinformation :: Publisher's information

"The Bibliography of the Hebrew Book" is a bibliographic database covering approximately 90% of all the books published in the Hebrew language over a period of 500 years - from the year 1470 to 1960.

The Bibliography of the Hebrew Book features a complete list of books in Hebrew and thousands of books featuring text in Ladino and Yiddish, as well as hundreds of books in lesser-known Jewish languages such as Judeo-Arabic and Bucharit.

The Institute of the Hebrew Bibliography (IHB), also known as the Mif'al Habibliographia Ha'ivrit (MHH) is jointly administered by the Hebrew University and the Ministry of Education and Culture. Usually the Head of the Board of Administration is the Director of the Jewish National University Library. Since 1991, the Director of the project has been Mr. Isaac Yudalov.

The Repository Scope

The scope of the database - Today, the repository contains about 141,000 documents, and more than 15,000 biographies of authors, covering more than 90% of all books published in Hebrew languages between the years 1470-1960.

Since the first edition was published a decade ago, twenty thousand new titles have been added in different Hebrew-Judeo languages; Bucharit, Judeo-Arabic, and about 3,800 in Yiddish and more than 2,800 in Ladino. Some of the books that appear in the repository are in rare Hebrew Languages, such as Judeo-Greek , Judeo-Afrikaans and Judeo-Kurdish. The Institute of the Hebrew Bibliography is continually improving and updating the database. The Researchers of the Institute see the project of the Hebrew Bibliography as a consistently growing work.

The repository can be searched via different searching methods, including Boolean and Proximity searches, by words, expressions,etc.

The search engine also supports searches for words in the same sentence, paragraph, or within a specified range. It also provides the option of full-text or fielded searches according to the book's name or author, year or place of print, the language in which the book was written etc.


The objectives of the Hebrew Bibliography electronic publishing project are to help to create a database of Hebrew books and authoritative files of authors, publishers, printers and place names that can be used as the definitive research tool of the Hebrew Bibliography.

We do not intend this to be a one time publication, but a continually updated and corrected process.

We would hope that others will join us in making the Hebrew Bibliographic Project a continuing and open-ended process.

The National Hebrew Bibliography Project seeks to create a full bibliography of all books printed with Hebrew characters from the beginning of Hebrew printing in 1470, to the end of 1960.

The guidelines that were followed in preparing the bibliography are:

  • As a basis of its work, the Institute used the catalogue of the Jewish National and University Library, but the entries were always made only from the books themselves. No book was entered without being examined by the Editorial Staff, unless not a single copy was known to exist.
  • Only a printed publication of this bibliography was considered or even imagined in 1960; So the books were entered alphabetically by the authors' names, starting with a biography card giving the authors name in Hebrew and Latin characters. Jewish authors are frequently cited as pseudonyms,along with basic biographical details. In their case, there was at least one reference source from which the information was drawn. Next comes a detailed list of the author's works also arranged in alphabetical order. Secondary cards and cross reference cards were also created at the same time.
  • Books printed by typography, lithography, photography or stereotype are included, but books produced by stencil or cyclostyle are included only in exceptional cases.
  • Off-prints are listed only if they incorporate major changes or include new texts.

Using the repository - features

The repository includes Boolean search options as well as Wildcards and Proximity searches, phrase searches, words in the same sentence, paragraph, or within a specified range. You can also make either full-text or fielded searches according to the Book's name or author, year or place of print, the language in which the book was written etc.

  • Full authority control in both Hebrew and Latin characters for names and place names has been done in conjunction and under the control of the Jewish National and University Library.
  • The most complete listings of many types of classical religious works like: The Bible (over 5,000), commentaries on the Bible, Mishnah, Talmud, Midrash, Zohar, responsa etc. are entered under the customary headings.
  • Prayer books are entered under the customary heading. As an example of the coverage of this publication, there are listed over 4,000 Haggadot. In the Bibliography of the Passover 1960, by Abraham Yaari, printed in 1960, he lists only 2,700, and many of these only noted from hear-say.
  • For books containing letters of approbation: the signatories to such letters, together with the place and date are fully indexed. Similarly, letters of praise and poems which appear at the beginning of the book. Information on introductions and forwards of importance not written by the author of the book are also not indexed.
  • In the case of translated works, the title of the original and its year of publication is provided.
  • Full searching on all forms of an author's name and place names in both Hebrew and Latin characters.
  • Searching by all essential fields in both Hebrew and Latin characters.

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