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Biblical Studies

Designed for Biblical studies students, this guide takes you through the Library’s resources to improve your research.

Bible Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Bible Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

  • Offer entries relating to people, places, customs, doctrine and biblical criticism. Entries can vary in length from very brief to in-depth studies that are multiple pages.
  • Highlight biblical text through short Bible commentaries, maps, historical backgrounds, archaeological background, tables of weights, lists of kings, and much more.
  • Illuminate aspects of the Bible for greater understanding.

Here is an example from Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary Genesis 9:21. "And he drank of the wine, and was drunken—perhaps at the festivities of the vintage season. This solitary stain on the character of so eminently pious a man must, it is believed, have been the result of age or inadvertency."

Bible Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

You will find most Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias in the Reference Collection on the Main Level of the Library. A select few titles are also housed in the Main Collection. Those may be checked out while the ones in the Reference Collection are kept in the Reference area so that they will be readily accessible on demand. 

Dictionaries and encyclopedias covering the entire Bible may be found in the 220.3 area. Some are focused on specific parts of the Bible such as: Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels

Online Reference Tools

Oxford Reference

Oxford Reference

Offers multidisciplinary and cross-searchable dictionary and reference works published by Oxford University Press.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

Provides encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.


Other Reference Resources

Biography in Context

Provides biographical information for thousands of significant people throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.

Contemporary Authors

Provides biographical and bibliographical information and references to thousands of international authors.