How do you look up a reference in the Talmud?

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Steve Nicholson | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Jun 22 2011 10:12 PM

I have purchased the Jerusalem & Babylonian Talmuds but have not found it possible to look up references to the Talmud from other resources in my Library. There does not appear to be hyperlinking from other resources to the Talmud that I can find. It appears that we still have to manually locate a talmudic reference - is this correct? If so, this is a great disappointment since it is one of the principal reasons that I purchased the Talmud. Has anyone devised a quick way to look up references to the Talmud in other resources in the Talmud itself?

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Jonathan Pitts | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jun 22 2011 11:49 PM

The presence of hyperlinks depends on those links having been created when the referring book was first published by Logos. New resources should start to have links to the Talmud. Some older resources are also being retagged: this is going to be important for resources like Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, which has thousands of missing links to Logos resources that have been published subsequently. However, for links from commentaries, I think we may be waiting a long time.

The syntax also seems to have to be exact, making it difficult to simply copy and paste a reference from a commentary to the reference box at the top of the Talmud resource. I find the easiest way to work is to use the table of contents to find the correct tractate. Once the correct abbreviation is shown in the reference box, I can then type in the page or section number that I want.

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