The study of biblical passages, using the Bible itself, background materials, and commentaries.
BibleWorks is a Bible software program containing the original biblical languages and many translations. It comes with a variety of lexicons, dictionaries, and other research tools for all levels of users. For user assistance: BibleWorks Basics and BibleWorks Tutorial.
BibleWorks is available on campus lab computers (Schertz, Library and AD21 labs) under "Start/Programs."
English versions of the Bible are on the shelves at BS170-BS192, BS192, and parallel versions at BS2025. These are located in the Reference Room and in the circulating collection (the stacks).
To locate various (English) translations in the online catalog,
Spanish versions are at BS29, Mandarin at BS315.C35, and Japanese at BS315.J35.
|The Anchor Bible Dictionary||Ref BS 440 .A54 1992|
|DIctionary of Jesus and the Gospels||Ref BS 2555.2 .D53 1992|
|Eerdman's Dictionary of the Bible||Ref BS 440 .E44 2000|
|Encyclopaedia Judaica||Ref DS 102.9 .E496|
|HarperCollins Bible Dictionary||Ref BS 440 .H235 1996|
|The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE)||Ref BS 440 .I6 1979|
|Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible (IDB)||Ref BS 440 .I63|
|New Catholic Encyclopedia||Ref BX 841 .N44 2003|
|Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament||Ref BS 2312 .K5813 1964|
To locate these and other encyclopedias and dictionaries in the online catalog,
|HarperCollins Study Bible||Ref BS 191.5 .A1 1993 C35|
|The Access Bible NRSV with Apocryphal Books||Ref BS 191.5 .A1 1999 .N49|
|The NIV Topical Study Bible||Ref BS 195 .N37 1989|
Commentaries give interpretations of specific text. There are one volume and multi-volume commentaries. There are commentaries on the entire Bible, on parts of the Bible and on the individual books of the Bible. Multi-volume commentaries are kept as a set in the Reference Room and duplicate copies of the same set are usually separated by title in the stacks.
|The Anchor Bible||Ref BS 192.2 .A1 1964 .G3|
|Believers Church Bible Commentary||Ref BS 491.2 .B44|
|Interpretation, a Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching||Ref BS 491.2 .M474|
|New Interpreter's Bible||Ref BS 491.2 .N484 1994|
|The Women's Bible Commentary||Ref BS 491.2 .W66 1992|
To locate these and other commentaries in the online catalog,
To narrow your search to New Testament (NT) or Old Testament (OT) commentaries, browse in the Subject index for:
To narrow your search further to a book of the Bible (say, the Book of Luke), browse Subjects for:
Concordances are works that list the words of the Bible and give the passages where each word occurs.
|The Analytical Concordance to the Revised Standard Version of the New Testament (1979)||Ref BS 2305 .M67|
|The Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible (comparing KJV words and phrases with 5 other translations)||
Ref BS 425 .S8 1980
|The NIV Exhaustive Concordance||Ref BS 425 .G62 1990|
|NRSV Exhaustive Concordance||Ref BS 425 .N453 1991|
|Nueva Concordancia Strong Exhaustiva||Ref BS 425 .S8 2002|
To locate these and other concordances in the online catalog,
1,300 images of maps, ancient manuscripts, and archeological sites, from the Exodus, other Old Testament sites, the Jerusalem and Galilee of Jesus, and the travels of Paul.
Biblical World in Pictures is available on campus lab computers (Schertz, Library and AD21 labs) under "Start/Departments/Bible."
Harper Atlas of the Bible
|Ref Atlas (on the Atlas stand)|
|The MacMillan Bible Atlas||Ref BS 635.2 .A3 1993|
|Oxford Bible Atlas||Ref BS 630 .O96 1984|
|Westminster Historical Atlas of the Bible||Ref Atlas (on the Atlas stand)|
To locate these and other atlases in the online catalog,
oremus Bible Browser
Version 2.1 of the oremus Bible Browser, (13 February 2007), searches the New Revised Standard Version and King James Versions of the Bible, along with several psalters. Search Bible scriptures or words or phrases, with the capacity to limit to books or ranges of books..
A free service for reading and researching scripture online - various languages and translations except the NRSV.
Tutor: Basic Level
The Overview provides a "big picture" chronological summary of the Old and New Testament Biblical narrative. A Bible Books page sets the books in larger groupings, and provides brief summaries of the books with links to explanations of key terms. People links alphabetically to Biblical characters. Dates links to very basic dates in Biblical history. Places links to maps, as well as pictures of locations with Biblical explanations. General Knowledge links to terms not fitting in the other sections, with illustrations and Biblical explanations.
Internet Christian Library
Particularly useful for links to Biblical translations
King James Version of the Bible (searchable)
Index: Biblical Studies
Biblical research reference tools: full-text translations, tools for Bible study, articles on methods, links to online journals.
For further assistance, please, ask a Reference Librarian