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Biblical Studies Library Research Guide: Commentaries

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Commentary and Reference Survey.  John Glynn.  Grand Rapids:  Kregel, 2003.  REF BS 511.3 .G59 2003

A Guide to Selecting and Using Bible Commentaries.  Douglas Stuart.  Dallas:  Word Publishing, 1990.  REF BS 491.2 .S78 1990

New Catholic Encyclopedia, 2nd edition

Bible Commentaries

Calvin's Commentaries.  Ed.  Charles William Bingham.  22 v.  Grand Rapids:  Baker Books, 2003 reprint.  REF BS 485 .C3413 2003

Commentary on the Torah, with a New English Translation.  Ed. Richard Elliott Friedman.  San Francisco:  HarperSanFrancisco, 2001.  REF BS 1225.3 .F7495 2001

Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation.  Ed.  John H. Hayes.  Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1999.  REF BS 500 .D5 1999

HarperCollins Bible Commentary.  Ed. James L. Mays.  San Francisco:  HarperSanFrancisco, 2000.  REF BS 491.2 .H37 2000

Hellenistic Commentary to the New Testament.  Ed. M. Eugene Boring.  Nashville:  Abingdon Press, 1995.  REF BS 2341.2 .H44 1995

International Bible Commentary, a Catholic and Ecumenical Commentary for the Twenty-First Century.  Ed.  William R. Farmer.  Collegeville:  Liturgical Press, 1998.  REF BS 511.2 .I57 1998

JPS Torah Commentary.  Philadelphia:  Jewish Publication Society, 1991.  REF BS 1225 .S325

New Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture.  Ed. Reginald C. Fuller.  Nashville:  Nelson, 1975.  REF BS 491.2 .N48 1975

Oxford Bible Commentary.  Ed.  John Barton.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 2001.  REF BS 491.3 .O94 2001

Peake's Commentary on the Bible.  Ed. Matthew Black.  New York:  T. Nelson, 1962.  REF BS 491 .B5

Anchor Bible Commentary Series

This flagship series of original translations and commentaries on each book of the Bible is a premier source for Biblical study.  Volumes include historical and critical analyses, information on various scholarly theories, and verse-by-verse commentary and exegesis.  Yale purchased the whole series from Doubleday in 2007 and now publishes the new titles and revisions of the older volumes.  In Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library, the series is available under REF BS 192.2 .A1G3.  Most of the volumes are also available in the circulating collection.


This commentary provides users with the historical, literary, religious and scientific content of the Scriptures and includes the variety of interpretation within the scholarly community.  It is located under Ref BS 491.2 N485 1990.

Additional Major Commentary Resources

New Interpreter's Bible:  General Articles & Introduction, Commentary, & Reflections for Each Book of the Bible, including the Apocryphal-Deuterocanonical Books.  12 v.  Nashville:  Abingdon Press, 1994.  REF BS 491.2 .N484 1994

New Jerome Biblical Commentary.  Ed. Raymond E. Brown.  Englewood Cliffs:  Prentice-Hall, 1990.  REF BS 491.2 .N485

Word Biblical Commentary.  Ed. Bruce A. Metzger.  Nashville:  Nelson, 1999 and 6 volume update. CD-ROMs at Circulation Desk