The Midrash Project will encompass a series of volumes related to Midrash, including critical editions of at least six midrashim. Published by the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, each critical edition will include the text utilizing the best manuscript, selected variant readings, mesoret hamidrash which refers to all rabbinic parallels and a commentary. Professors David Golinkin and Shamma Friedman serve as the project’s general editors.
To date, The Midrash Project has published two books which can be purchased through the Schechter Institute Bookstore: Legends of the Jews (three double volumes and an index volume) by Prof. Louis Ginzberg, second Hebrew edition edited by Prof. David Golinkin and Midrash Shmuel, the first critical edition in the series, edited by Prof. Berachyahu Lifshitz. Synoptic editions of Midrash Shmuel , edited by Prof. Berachyahu Lifshitz and Esther Rabbah, edited by Prof. Yosef Tabori and Dr. Arnon Atzmon are available online. A printed edition of Esther Rabbah will appear in mid-2010.
The Midrash Project will encompass in its entirety:
Legends of the Jews, Louis Ginzberg, 2nd Hebrew edition; edited by Prof. David Golinkin
Midrash Shmuel, Prof. Berachyahu Lifshitz
Midrash Esther Rabbah, Prof. Yosef Tabori and Dr. Arnon Atzmon
Ecclesiastes (Kohelet) Rabbah, Prof. Marc Hirshman and Dr. Reuven Kiperwasser
Ruth Rabbah, Prof. Myron Bialik Lerner
Lamentations (Eicha) Rabbah, Dr. Paul Mandel
Song of Songs Rabbah, Dr. Tamar Kadari