The SIDIC-Rome Library
Service International de Documentation Judéo-Chrétienne
In the center of Rome, two steps from the Piazza
Venezia, at 112 via del Plebiscito, is the international SIDIC-Rome Center
(Service International de Documentation Judéo-Chrétienne).
For more than thirty years it has been diffusing information about Judaism and promoting better relations between Christians and Jews.
The SIDIC-Rome library
contains over six thousand volumes, principally in English, French, German,
Italian and Hebrew. The biblical, talmudic and midrashic sources are available
in the original languages.
a) Biblical sources
biblical texts, dictionaries, concordances, commentaries, introductions and various essays related to the Tanach (Torah, Nevi'im and Ketuvim) and to the targumim. As for the New Testament, preference is given to texts on the Jewishness of Jesus and works which focus on the Jewish context underlying the formation of the gospels and the Pauline writings.
b) Talmudic sources
both the Babylonian and the Jerusalem Talmuds, with corresponding translations in English or French; the Mishna, Tosefta, Midrash Rabbah, etc.
both general and specific works dealing with Jewish culture, traditions, identity, theology, philosophy, etc.
d) Jewish-Christian dialogue
works related to the turning-point initiated by Nostra Aetate and essays dealing with the re-discovery of Judaism and of its importance for Christianity.
works dealing with the history of antisemitism and its roots, Christian antisemitism, the deicide charge, the Church and the Holocaust, Nazism and the Holocaust, etc.
Jewish and Christian liturgy, the synagogue, the Sabbath, the Jewish feasts, the Passover Seder, etc.
from the early stages of Jewish history up to the contemporary period, with particular focus given to major internal movements in Judaism: Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, Karaites, Kabbalah, Hassidism, Sionism, the birth of the State of Israel, etc.
h) Jewish Diaspora
Europe, America, Asia, India, Africa, Australia, etc.
The library and documentation service is open for consultation by professors and students who purchase a library card. It is not a lending library. Books are classified by author and title according to the Dewey Decimal system. The collection is computerized within the URBE system (Unione Romana Biblioteche Ecclesiastiche) through the Centro Pro Unione.
- from Monday to Friday (except for public holidays): 10.00
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