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Biblical Studies

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


Commentaries provides explanation and interpretation of the Bible, typically by book, chapter and verse. They may cover one book of the Bible, several books (e.g. gospels, prophets, epistles, etc.) or all books of the Bible in one volume or set. Zondervan Library has over 2,500 Bible commentaries.

In WorldCat Research Station you can enter the search: bible Genesis commentaries (or change Genesis to any book of the Bible) to find commentaries on the specific passage you have chosen.

Commentaries located on the Upper level are available for you to check out. 

Note that each book of the Bible has a unique number and most of them are generally arranged in the same order where found in the Bible. 

The readership level of commentaries varies from the very scholarly, well-researched ones to others that are designed for the lay person with non-academic language.

Biblical Commentaries

Some commentaries may cover the entire bible in one or two volumes. Some focus on one or two individual books of the Bible. Other key commentary sets have volumes covering each book individually. 

The multi-volume entire Bible commentary sets can be found in the call number area of 220.7 in the Main Collection (upstairs).

Bible Commentary

Other Commentaries

Bible Hub

Bible Hub combines several kinds of sources for studying the Bible. The commentaries included in Bible Hub provide one searchable site for many resources, versions,and study guides. Note that many of the commentaries are several years old, out of copyright, and do not reflect current scholarship. For contemporary analysis of a passage or theme you should use other sources beyond this one.

Bible Gateway

Has a selection of Bible Commentaries.

Online Reference Tools

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

Provides encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Oxford Reference

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


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.

STEPBible: Scripture Tools for Every Person

STEPBible: Scripture Tools for Every Person

The "STEP" in STEP Bible stands for Scripture Tools for Every Person. This free online resource containing Bibles and commentaries. Tyndale House provides oversight of STEP Bible, with Crosswire serving as a partner for software and Bible translations.