Research Guide: History of the Bible (TH 112)

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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.


Navarre Bible Commentaries--R220.77 N32a
Ten volume set of commentaries for both Old and New Testament books, prepared by the faculty of Theology at the University of Navarre.

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.


Women's Bible Commentary--R220.70822 W87
Provides a woman's view of biblical interpretation, all articles are written by women biblical scholars.

Bible Dictionaries

  • Anchor Bible Dictionary--R220.3 A54
  • Dictionary for theological Interpretation of the Bible--R220.3 D55t
  • Dictionary of Biblical Imagery--R220.3 D55a
  • Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation--R220.603 D55
  • Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels--R226.03 D55
  • Dictionary of New Testament Background--R225.9503 D55
  • Dictionary of Paul and His Letters--R227.03 D55
  • Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments--R225.3 D55
  • Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books--R222.03 D55 2005
  • Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch-R222.103 D55 2003
  • Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings--R223.03 D55
  • Harper's Bible Dictionary--220.03 H29
  • The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible--R220.3 I61 2006
  • Women in Scripture: Dictionary of Named and Unnamed Women in the Hebrew Bible--R220.92 W87


Cambridge History of the Bible. 3 vols.--220.09 C17

Guide to Biblical Sites in Greece and Turkey--220.91 F21

I’m Glad You Asked : 60 Common Questions Catholics Have about the Bible--220.61 P61

National Geographic Essential Visual History of the Bible--R220.95 N27

Oxford Companion to the Bible--R220.3 O98

Databases & Indexes--find articles



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. (from EBSCO)

1949--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. (from EBSCO)

1981--current | Citations only | 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." (from EBSCO)

1978--current | Citations & abstracts only | More info


Academic Search Premier

Large, scholarly, multi-disciplinary database containing indexing for over 8,500 journals with full text for more than 3,900 peer-reviewed publications. Covers all subjects. Indexes some 350 journals in fields of religion and theology. (from EBSCO)

1975--current | Some full text | More info


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