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Here are some important Bible commentary series. To find additional commentaries, search the Five College Catalog using the subject term "Bible [name of book] commentaries" (for example, "Bible Job commentaries").
BS 192.2 .A1
Word Biblical Commentary
BS 491.2 .W67
Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary
Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching
Old Testament Library
Hermeneia: A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible
International Critical Commentary on the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments
New Cambridge Bible Commentary
New Interpreter's Bible
Reference BS 491.2 .N484 1994
NRSV & NIV versions
Bible Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Anchor Bible Dictionary
Reference BS 440 .A54 1992
New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible
Reference BS 550 .N5563006
New Catholic Encyclopedia
Reference BX 841 .N44 2003; also available online
Reference DS 102.8 .E496 (17 vols.); also available online
Dictionary of Judaism in the Biblical Period
Reference BM 50 .D525 1990
Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism
Reference BM 176 .E34 2010
Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament
Reference BS 440 .B5713 1977
Searching for Scriptural Commentary in ATLA
Search the ATLA Religion Database to find articles on specific chapters and verses in the Bible. For example, to find articles about Genesis 1:1, click on "Scriptures" at the top of the page, and follow the path.
1) Click the "Scriptures" tab.
2) Select the Book and Chapter you want and click "Expand."
3) Then choose the verse.
4) Each article should have at least some commentary or interpretation of your selected verse.
- You may need to look at several commentaries to find one or more that is appropriate for your research question.
- You may want to look at commentaries for a whole book or chapter, even if your question is about a specific verse.
- You may need to use Interlibrary Loan if the Five Colleges do not own a copy of the article or book that you need. Click on SCLinks to link to the Interlibrary Loan service.
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