Yes, I admit, I am a fanatic! I became converted to solid research while working on my PhD at Louisiana State University. They rewired my brain but that’s a story for another novel or maybe a non-fiction book. I tend not to trust the “they said” anymore. Show me the original source materials. So when I read in an article that the Torah says something, you can bet I’m going to go look in the Torah to make sure. Granted, because I don’t speak Hebrew, I have to rely on translations, but I get as close as I can. Why? Well, let me give you a recent example:
I found several websites that quoted the Babylonian Talmud “Shabbath 15b” as a reference to Lilith, but when I checked it I discovered a not-terribly-interesting discussion of whether or not a clod of dirt from foreign soil made native soil unclean, or something to that effect. There was no reference to Lilith anywhere to be found. However, with more research, I discovered the reference in “Shabbath 151b.” Somewhere along the trail a “1” had been dropped. That “1” made a huge difference!
On this page, I will be giving you sources that I refer to on other pages such as Legends, Histories, etc. I’ll put links to them as well so you can access them. Be aware though, these aren’t light reading.
As noted on the page:
The New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) is a Catholic translation of the Bible published in 1985. The New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) has become the most widely used Roman Catholic Bible outside of the United States. It has the imprimatur of Cardinal George Basil Hume.
Like its predecessor, the Jerusalem Bible, the New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) version is translated “directly from the Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic.”
The Lilith Library – A good place to start. It gives a lot of information about different cultural myths.