This guide is intended to help you with Biblical exegetics. You will find a variety of resources to help you delve deeper into the Bible, its times, particular books and authors, and even individual passages.

  • Bible Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
  • Dictionaries are a great place to better your understanding of a Biblical term, a book of the Bible, an author or place, or a particular concept. The possibilities are endless.

    Encyclopedias, when compared to dictionaries, generally offer a more detailed explanation of a term, concept, person, or place. The benefits of using an encyclopedia are: they can be easily read in a short period of time they provide authoritative information often times written by specialists in the field they often contain valuable bibliographies that point to other more comprehensive works.

    Some good places to start are:

    The Anchor Bible Dictionary - REF 220.3 A538f

    The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible - REF 220.3 C929i

    The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible - REF 220.3 T299z

  • Bibles
  • The library has a a variety of Bible versions in the Reference collection at 220.5.... If you are searching for a particular version (e.g., NIV, ESV, NRSV, etc.), use the library catalog by searching for the full name of the version (e.g., English Standard Version).

  • Commentaries
  • Commentaries are a good way to begin studying a passage of the Bible. Many contain information on the historical setting, the writer's intent, and the meaning or interpretation of the book and passage.

    One way to find commentaries on the Bible is to browse the Reference Collection at 220.7. There are also commentaries in the Main Collection for check out. You can search for these using the library catalog. Search using the term "commentaries" combined with the name of the book of the Bible in which you are interested.

    Examples include:

    The Expositor's Bible Commentary - REF 220.71 G127e

    The New International Commentary on the Old/New Testament - REF 220.71 H321n

    The New Interpreter's Bible - REF 220.71 K25n

    The Tyndale Old/New Testament Commentaries - REF 220.71 T987

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  • Theological Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
  • Dictionaries are a great place to better your understanding of a Biblical term, a book of the Bible, an author or place, or a particular concept. The possibilities are endless.

    Encyclopedias, when compared to dictionaries, generally offer a more detailed explanation of a term, concept, person, or place. The benefits of using an encyclopedia are: they can be easily read in a short period of time they provide authoritative information often times written by specialists in the field they often contain valuable bibliographies that point to other more comprehensive works.

    Some good places to start are:

    New Dictionary of Biblical Theology - REF 230.041 A378n

    Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible - REF 230.3 V256d

    Evangelical Dictionary of Theology - REF 220.3 E52e

 

Content created by UNW Librarian Greg Rosauer