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Jewish and Hebrew Studies Guide

Shelf numbers

Shelf numbers of books in the main library (some are prefixed with EJ).


Major Shelf numbers for Jewish Studies and Hebrew are:

221 Old Testament

222 Historical books of Old Testament

223 Poetic books of Old Testament

224 Prophetic books of Old Testament

296 Judaism

296.07 Education, research, related topics

296.082 Women—religion—Judaism

296.083 Children—religion—Judaism

296.09 Historical, geographic, persons treatment

 296.1 Sources

296.3 Theology, ethics, views of social issues

296.4 Traditions, rites, public services

296.6 Leaders, organization, religious education, outreach activity

296.7 Religious experience, life, practice

296.8 Denominations and movements

492 Afro-Asiatic languages; Semitic languages 

839.09 Yiddish

892 Afro-Asiatic literatures; Semitic Literatures

892.4 Hebrew literature

892.416 Hebrew poetry--1947-1999

892.417 Hebrew poetry—2000-

892.435 Hebrew fiction--1885-1947

892.436 Hebrew fiction--1947-1999

930 History of ancient world to ca. 499

933 History of Ancient World; Palestine to 70 CE

940 Holocaust

956 Israel; Palestine

968 South African Jewish History


Welcome / Wamkelekile / Welkom

This Guide is aimed at providing resources and information to students, researchers and academics in the field of Jewish and Hebrew Studies. 


It is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather a starting point for your research.


If you are having any problems finding suitable information or just need help getting started, please contact me via email or telephone.


The Jewish and Hebrew Studies collection has been integrated into the main library collection. It contains an interdisciplinary multilingual collection of books, pamphlets & periodicals. It also holds an extensive collection of archival materials from Jewish institutions and private individuals in the Western Cape, that is administered by UCT Libraries’ Manuscripts and Archives Department.

Contact details are:


Telephone: +27 21 650 5944


Government Publications Library

The Government Publications Department houses a collection of documents (both current and historical) from local, provincial and national government bodies, for example, the Census, legislation, parliamentary proceedings, and documents  dealing with planning, policy, public finance and statistics.  South African government documents, and documents from regional bodies and governments across Africa are also collected, as are publications from the United Nations system and from former colonial powers.  The library is on Level 4 of the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library.  

Subject Guide

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Glynnis Johnson
University of Cape Town Libraries
Private Bag X3, Rondebosch, 7701
Office 5, Research Wing (Level 4)
Main Library
Tel: + 27 (0)21 650-5944