Research Guide: Bible and Belief (TH 113)

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Bible Commentaries

Anchor Bible Series--various call numbers in the circulating collection, library lower level

over 90 books of Christian commentary covering all the books of the bible and other topics in the history of Christianity. Search for them by series name "Anchor Bible" with a keyword of your choice. (See an illustration)

Collegeville Bible Commentary—R220.7 C69 1992
Offers literary historical and theological commentary by respected contemporary scholars.

New Jerome Biblical Commentary--R220.7 B87a
Offers Biblical commentary written by Roman Catholic scholars according to the principles of modern biblical criticism.


Oxford Bible Commentary--R220.7 O98

Combines traditional critical views and newer approaches to the interpretation of the Bible from an international and ecumenical cast of scholars. Provides background and context for each biblical book.


Sacra Pagina--R225.77 S12

This series presents fresh translations and modern expositions of all the books of the New Testament. Provided by Catholic biblical scholars.


The Ancient Christian Commentaries—R220.7 A54n
This set offers readers an opportunity to study sacred texts under the instruction of the great minds of the ancient church. The focus is on tracing the historical development of Christian interpretations in the early Church.


Bible Concordances

Concise Concordance to the New Revised Standard Version. Kohlenberger, John R. ed.

R220.45 C74 1993


Saint Mary's Press Essential Bible Concordance: NAB (New American Bible) Singer-Towns, Brian ed.

R220.52053 S14


Saint Mary's Press Essential Bible Concordance: NRSV (New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition) Singer-Towns, Brian ed.

R220.520433 S14

Bible Dictionaries

Use to find background information on all topics discussed in the Bible

  • Anchor Bible Dictionary--R220.3 A54
  • Dictionary of Biblical Imagery--R220.3 D55a
  • Harper's Bible Dictionary--R220.03 H29
  • The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible--R220.3 I61 2006


Excellent resources to find more detailed background information on topics discussed in the Bible and ideas, practices, and persons in the religious experience.

  • Encyclopedia of Religion—R200.3E56e 2005
  • Encyclopedia of Religious Practices—R200.903 W92
  • Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics--R203 E56
  • New Catholic Encyclopedia--R203 N53c 2003

Databases & Indexes--find articles


Academic Search Premier

Large, scholarly, multi-disciplinary database containing indexing for over 8,000 journals with full text for more than 4,600 scholarly publications. Covers all subjects. Good place to start your search.

1975--current | Some full text | More info



ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials combines the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion with ATLA's online collection of major religion and theology journals.

1994--current | Some full text | More info


 CPLI (Catholic Periodical and Literature Index)

Covers all aspects of the Catholic faith and lifestyle, and includes over 419,000 index citations of articles and reviews published in Roman Catholic periodicals, Papal documents, church promulgations, and books about the Catholic faith that are authored by Catholics and/or produced by Catholic publishers

1981--current | Citations only | More info


Expanded Academic ASAP

Gale®’s premier database for research in all the academic disciplines. Provides over 4,000 journal titles many of which are in full text. (from Gale's InfoTrac )

1980--current | Some full text | More info


New Testament Abstracts

"A product of a partnership between ATLA and the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, this database has become an indispensable research and bibliographic aid for scholars, librarians, clergy and students of the New Testament and its historical milieu. Contains more than 40,000 article abstracts, 1,200 review abstracts, 14,900 book abstracts, and 50 software abstracts." (from EBSCO)

1985--current | Citations and abstracts only | More info


Old Testament Abstracts

"A product of a partnership between ATLA and the Catholic Biblical Association, this database features indexing and abstracts for journal articles, monographs, multi-author works, and software related to Old Testament studies. Topics covered include antiquities, archaeology, biblical theology, philology and much more."

197--current | Citations & abstracts only | More info



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