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Biblical Studies Guide: Home

A guide to researching topics in the field of Biblical Studies

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Biblical Studies Research Sources

This subject guide provides resources related to research on the bible. Methodological approaches to the study of the bible can vary between literary studies, historical criticism, homiletical approaches, and postcolonial research. On the second tab, you'll find direct links to the library catalog on specific books of the bible.

Key eresources available to our students include:

More Useful Tools

  • Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online 
    Most recent expansive dictionary of deities and demons in the Bible.
  • BILDI -- Documentation for Biblical Literature, Innsbruck 
    A bibliography of biblical and biblical-archaeological literature, covering articles, collected works, and monographs. Coverage for some of its 540 periodicals begins in 1985.
    Note: Open Access
  • The Text This Week 
    A webpage geared to pastors, with resources for the study of the lectionary, worship planning, and other worship-related materials. 
    Note: Open Access
  • Oxford Bibliographies in Jewish Studies  
    OBO offers over 150 bibliographies on topics in Jewish Studies, including historic figures, Jewish culture (US and Europe), the Shoah, and modern Jewish politics.
    Note: Access: current students, faculty, staff, on campus visitors
  • Oxford Scholarship Online  
    Access nearly 2,000 recent scholarly books published by Oxford University Press at this link or through the library catalog. All areas of religious research are included.
    Note: Access: current students, faculty, staff, on campus guests
  • Bible Basics Pronunciation Guide 
    NET Ministries guide to pronouncing most words relevant to biblical and theological studies, from Aaron to Zuphite. Provides audio files as well as written phonetic notation. 

Citing Your Sources

There are three different style guides available for students of the Bible. Listed below, in order of preference & accessibility, are your professors' preferred citation styles:

  • SBL Handbook of Style 
    The Student Supplement for the SBL Handbook of Style. This offers students resources on the basics of SBL Style as well as information on the many, many abbreviations that are used in Biblical studies. 
  • Chicago Manual of Style Online 
    Find it. Write it. Cite it. The Chicago Manual of Style Online is the venerable, time-tested guide to style, usage, and grammar in an accessible online format. Turabian is a shortened version of The Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Turabian -- A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations is available in print at both libraries in the reference room at LB2369 .T8

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