I don't know much at all about Lie algebras or representation theory, and I'm trying to read Ribet's `Review of Abelian l-adic Representations and Elliptic Curves'.

Is there a standard reference for $l$-adic Lie algebra stuff, or a general reference on lie algebras and representation theory which is more suited to learning about $l$-adic lie algebras?

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I would recommend Serre's Lie Groups and Lie Algebras and then Bourbaki : Lie Groups Vol1. –  DBS Jul 10 at 5:18