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iTanakh: Resources for Biblical Study

"About iTanakhiTanakh was begun in June 2000 as an effort to index internet resources that might be of use in the academic study and teaching of the Hebrew Bible. iTanakh is designed to help everyone from undergraduates to professors emeriti find useful sites on the web.iTankah’s Editorial PolicyiTanakh’s indexes focus on materials of interest to students of the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible. Although there are fine materials available online on apocrypha and pseudepigrapha, New Testament, theology, and so on, these are not indexed at iTanakh. At the same time, iTanakh conceives the study of the Hebrew Bible rather broadly and in the context of more general ancient near eastern studies. Thus, resources relevant to the Akkadian language, Sumerian texts, and the social world of Ptolemaic Egypt (to name but three categories) would be considered relevant.Similarly, “academic” has been rather broadly conceived in the compilation of iTanakh’s indexes. The editor’s agreement or disagreement with any particular interpretive or theological position does not determine inclusion or exclusion (though it may, admittedly, determine priority in how quickly a resource gets on the list). For example, both preterist and futurist interpretations of, say, the book of Daniel or Deutero-Zechariah are considered to be relevant to the purposes of scholarly study of the Hebrew Bible, despite the personal and professional judgments of iTanakh’s editor as to which of these approaches is preferable.As for quality control, a web page or site must meet one of the following tests to be indexed at iTanakh:The page provides basic dictionary- or encyclopedia-style reference information.The page provides access to browseable or downloadable versions of primary texts (including relevant nonbiblical texts).The page contains analytical material of a quality adequate for research at the undergraduate level or above.The page contains analytical material that has significant value for understanding the historical development of the scholarly study of the Tanakh.In addition, the page’s content must be freely available on the internet; pay-per-view or subscriber-only services will be excluded (with an exception for subscriber-only services where subscription is free of charge).Despite the application of these tests, iTanakh cannot make any representation as to visitors’ judgments as to the quality and usefulness of the material indexed here. Visitors are encouraged to offer suggestions as to the inclusion (or exclusion) of any materials indexed at iTanakh."

Author(s):  Heard, R. Christopher
Format:  Website