This guide serves as an introduction to library sources related to Bible research.
Last Updated: Feb 19, 2015
The sources listed in this guide have been selected to help you develop a better understanding of the Bible. The guide will include sources for background information such as encyclopedias and dictionaries as well as sources for biblical interpretation such as commentaries and criticisms. If you need help please contact a librarian. If you would like something included in the guide let us know.
This document gives you an overview of the types of Biblical commentaries, their scope and the appropriate use for scholarship.
Before you head off into particular sources in pursuit of your research you may want to consult one of these encyclopedias or dictionaries that will give you some bacground on your topic.
Anchor Bible dictionary
Call Number: Ref. BS440 .A54 1992
Up-to-date and comprehensive treatment of biblical subjects and scholarship.
New Interpreter’s dictionary of the Bible
Call Number: Ref BS440 .N443 2006
"The New Interpreter's® Dictionary of the Bible (NIDB) in five volumes provides the best quality in contemporary biblical scholarship on a comprehensive range of topics from the Old and New Testaments, the Deuterocanonical books, and from contextual studies of the ancient Near East and the Greco-Roman worlds and their literatures. The dictionary contains maps, charts, and illustrations to further clarify the written material. The biblical text used is the NRSV translation.
A diverse group of 900 scholars from 40 countries have contributed 7100 fresh new articles with 8400 entries including persons, places, things, theological concepts, and much more. These contributors were selected by the editorial board for their expertise in their field and for the quality of their scholarship in publication. Special care was taken to select authors who could provide a variety of perspectives from different theological traditions (Protestant, Catholic, Jewish), diverse theological trajectory (conservative and liberal), and from the social locations of gender, ethnicity, and race. "
Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible
Call Number: Ref BS440 .Z63 2009
“The newly released Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible is a comprehensive study tool to be considered a core reference work of value to families, college and lay students, as well as pastors and more serious scholars. Clearly written in a contemporary style and presented in a user-friendly format, this updated version of a classic reference work is an excellent resource for homeschool study. Presenting information on both the biblical text and historical context of Scripture, The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible clearly articulates the vast gamut of knowledge foundational to a study of Scripture.” — Shelly Beach, award-winning author and contributor to The NIV Stewardship Resource Bible