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"Midrash" in general refers to commentary on the Bible. Often though, it is used to describe particular collections of midrash written from the 2nd to the 10th century, with a few later works as well.  The midrash include  commentaries, interpretations,  stories  that illustrate biblical  passages and sermons.


Below is a list of most of the Aggadic Midrash by period.  You'll notice that "Midrash Rabbah" is not listed.  In the 1500's, collections of midrash on the Torah and then later including midrash on other parts of the Tanakh were published together as "Midrash Rabbah" (i.e. Genesis Rabbah, Exodus Rabbah, Leviticus Rabbah, etc.)


Early Period (Amoraic) 400–640

Genesis Rabbah

Eichah (Lamentations) Rabbah

Pesikta de-Rav Kahana

Esther Rabbah

Midrash Iyyov (Job)

Leviticus Rabbah 

Midrash Tanhuma


Middle Period 640–1000

Pirkei de-Rabbi Eliezer

Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) Rabbah

Canticles (Songs) Rabbah

Devarim Rabbah

Devarim Zutta

Midrash Samuel

Midrash Proverbs

Ruth Rabbah

Baraita of Samuel

Targum sheni (on Esther)

Ruth Zuta

Eichah Zuta

Midrash Tehillim 

Midrash Hashkem

Exodus Rabbah

Canticles Zutta


Late Period (1000–1200)

Midrash Tadshe

Sefer ha-Yashar

Numbers Rabbah


Period of Anthologies (1200-1550)

Yalkut Shimoni

Yalkut Makiri

Midrash ha-Gadol


Midrash Jonah

Smaller midrashim


Finding Midrash on the shelf

Most individual works of midrash are shelved in BM 517.

Collections of aggada (from the midrash and/or Talmud) are in BM 516 (including Sefer ha-Agadah and Ein Yaakov)

Other translated collections are in BM 512

Books about Midrash are in BM 514

Halakhah in the Midrash are in BM 515


Finding Midrash in the catalog


Remember that your local librarian is there to help!


Finding Midrash online


The Legends of the Jews by Louis Ginzberg

V. 1-4


Seforim Online

This site focuses on the works of the Rishonim and Acharonim


Pirqe Rabbi Eliezer Electronic Text Editing Project, Lewis M. Barth, Editor




Responsa Project - Torah literature and Jewish texts | פרויקט השו"ת - ספרות תורנית

This database includes Torah, Talmud, codes, and commentaries in addition to works of responsa. Texts are available in Hebrew only. Basic searching is available to anyone, but advanced features are only available to subscribers.  The HUC community can access the full features through the Jewish Studies Portal

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