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Biblical Study and Scholarship Resources

Biblical Study and Scholarship Sources Overview

Click here for books of interest for Biblical scholarship recently added to the Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library collection.

Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library has a rich collection of Biblical study tools.  Use the tabs across the top of this page to aid in identifying specific sources which may be useful. Please note that the sources listed in this guide are only a starting point. The lists of resources are not comprehensive and there are many other excellent resources that space did not permit to be included.

More general resources are also very useful for Biblical studies.  These include databases (e.g. ATLA, Catholic Periodical and Literature Index Online, Academic Source Complete, etc.), journals (e.g. Journal of Theological Studies, Modern Theology, etc.) and encyclopedias (e.g. New Catholic Encyclopedia).  These and other general sources are included in the Religion and Theology Subject Guide.  

Although many of the print sources listed in this guide are reference copies (shelved in the reference section of the library on the first floor), we do have circulating copies of many of the titles.  Check the online catalog to see what's available.  And if you want to browse through the print books on the Bible, this link will provide an overview of where they are located (click on "Subclass BS, the Bible" for detailed list).

Oxford Biblical Studies Online...Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library is excited to announce that we now have access to a major resource for Biblical study and scholarship, the Oxford Biblical Studies Online.  This resource is very rich in content and includes the full-text of six different Bibles as well as in-depth commentaries and concordances.  You can look up specific Bible verses and compare them with another text or commentary.  Use this link to view a short introduction to OBSO by Michael Coogan, the Editor in Chief.

New Catholic Encyclopedia, 2nd ed...This 15 volume, second edition features revised and new articles. Among the 12,000 entries in the encyclopedia are articles on theology, philosophy, history, literary figures, saints, musicians and much more.

The Cambridge Companion Series contains the full-text of many Cambridge companions on religious topics and persons. 

The eBook Religion Collection contains the full-text of over 4,100 scholarly books on a very broad range of religious topics, including ethics, history of religions, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and religious texts.

Additionally, the Loeb Classical Library Online, which provides the full-text of every book in the Loeb Classical Library, includes works of Church Fathers (Basil, Clement of Alexandria, Eusebius, Ignatius, Polycarp and others).

Oxford Biblical Studies Online (OBSO) provides a comprehensive resource for the study of the Bible and Biblical history.  The integration of authoritative scholary texts and reference works with tools that provide eaes of research into the background, context and issues related to the Bible make OBSO an invaluable resource.  Michael Coogan, Editor in Chief of OBSO provides a short introduction.

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ATLA is the premier scholarly database for the study of religion and for Biblical scholarship.  Journal articles, book reviews and collections of essays are included and journals are carefully selected based on their scholarly merit and scope.

All major religious faiths and major denominations as well as numerous language groups are covered.  Coverage extends back to 1949 and has retrospective indexing for some journals as far back as the 1800s.  ATLA's indexing of multi-author works, such as Festschriften and conference proceedings, is unique among religion databases as ATLA indexes each individual essay.  Areas of coverage include:  the Bible; archaeology & antiquities; church history, missions and ecumenism; pastoral ministry; world religions and religious studies; theology; philosophy; and ethics.

To search ATLA for information about specific books, chapters or verses in the Bible click on "Scriptures" located at the top of the page while in the advanced search mode or use the Scripture Citation Index by clicking on "Indexes" at the top of the page and selecting "Scripture Citations" from the drop-down box.

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 The Catholic Periodical and Literature Index Online is the product of a partnership between ATLA and the Catholic Library Association.  The database covers all aspects of the Catholic faith and lifestyle, and includes over 470,000 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.

To search Catholic Periodical and Literature Index Online for information about specific books, chapters or verses in the Bible click on "Scriptures" on the top of the page or on "Indexes" and then select Scripture Citations from the drop-down box.

NOTE:  The ATLA title list is around 1700 titles compared to the Catholic Periodical and Literature Index Online list of approximately 240.  There is very little overlap, however, so both should be included in your list of resources to use. 

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Old Testament Abstracts Online 

The Catholic Biblical Association and the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) partner to produce this scholarly source of articles and other information on the Old Testament.

New Testament Abstracts Online 

This database is produced jointly by Boston College and the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) and is an in-depth source of articles for New Testament scholarship.

 

 

 

For introductory commentary and information on a specific Scripture citation, use the Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries located under Ref BS 192.2 .A1 G3 in the reference section on the first floor of Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library.  These volumes on specific books of the Old and New Testament are prepared by top Catholic, Protestant and Jewish scholars.  Their goal is to produce the very best of contemporary scholarship. For each Biblical book, an exact translation from the ancient language is prepared and the book is then considered in its historical, cultural and literary context.

To locate books on a specific book of the Bible, go to the Catalog Quick Search bar and enter bible  followed by the name of the Biblical book (e.g. bible genesis or bible matthew).  For more specific information, add a chapter number.  NOTE:  CHAPTER NUMBERS ARE PROVIDED IN ROMAN NUMERALS e.g.. bible genesis I-XI). 

You may want to find specific items that are identified in your search or use the general call number for the Biblical book to browse the shelves.

Four databases available at Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library have specific search tools for locating Scripture information at the chapter and verse level:  (1) ATLA Religion Database, (2) Catholic Periodical and Literature Index, (3) New Testament Abstracts Online, and (4) Old Testament Abstracts Online.

Although there is some overlap between the four databases, if you are doing a comprehensive search you should search each one separately.  For a less comprehensive search or more limited time frame, ATLA will often provide enough articles.

To search any of these databases, use the advanced search mode and look for: (1) the link at the top of the page for "Scriptures" which will take you directly to a list of Scripture citations or (2) the "Indexes" link where you can use the drop-down box to select "Scripture Citations" and enter your citation of interest into the "Browse" search bar.

For helpful tutorials produced by ATLA on these search techniques go to the "Best Databases for Biblical Study" tab in this subject guide.

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