Bible Resources

Links to various resources for studying the Bible.

Links to resources for sermon preparation:

If you or your church follows the lectionary readings for the church year, an indispensable resource for you will be, where they have not only the readings for the week for the various traditions, but links to academic articles, a movie database for sermon illustrations, reflections, etc.  

Ipreach is a very handy and relatively inexpensive subscription to excellent resources for Biblical Studies and Sermon Preparation can be obtained through Cokesbury.  The print value of these resources is over $8000.00, but they are making it available for about$15.00.

Additional Resources for Biblical Study

Guides to Additional Resources: 

Multipurpose Tools for Bible Study (with CD Rom). Frederick. W. Danker. Fortress, 2003.

I. One volume dictionaries, commentaries, atlases, etc.:

One Volume Dictionaries and Basic Resources:

A Dictionary of the Bible, 2nd Ed. (Oxford Paperback Reference).  W.R.F. Browning. Oxford University Press, 2011.

Eerdman’s Dictionary of the Bible. David Noel Freedman, Astrid B. Beck, and Allen C. Myers, Eds. Eerdmans: 2000. Charlotte Reference - BS440 .E44 2000

Harper Collins Bible Dictionary, Revised and Expanded Edition. Mark Alan Powell, Ed. HarperOne: 2011.

New International Bible Dictionary. J.D. Douglas. Zondervan: 1999. 

The Oxford Companion to the Bible. Bruce M. Metzger and Michael David Coogan. Oxford University Press: 1993. Charlotte - BS440 . M434 1993

The Oxford Guide to People and Places in the Bible. Bruce M. Metzger and Michael D. Coogan, Eds.  Oxford University Press, 2001. 

Baker Encyclopedia of Bible People: A Comprehensive Who's Who from Aaron to Zurishadda. Mark Water, Ed.  Baker Books: 2006.

One Volume Commentaries:

Africa Bible Commentary: A One Volume Commentary Written By 70 African Scholars. Tokunbo Adeyemo. Zondervan, 2010 (2nd edition).

Eerdman’s Commentary on the Bible. James D.G. Dunn, Ed.  Eerdmans, 2003.

Harper Collins Bible Commentary, Revised Edition. James L. Mays, Ed., HarperOne: 2000.

New Interpreter’s One Volume Commentary on the Bible. Beverly Roberts Gaventa and David Petersen, ed. Abingondon, 2010.

The Oxford Bible Commentary. John Barton and John Muddiman, Eds., Oxford University Press, 2001. Charlotte Reference - BS491.3 .O94 2001

The Women’s Bible Commentary, Expanded. Carol Newsom and Sharon Ringe, Eds., Westminster/John Knox, 1998. 


Harper Collins Atlas of Bible History.  James B. Pritchard, HarperOne, 2008. Charlotte Reference G2230 .H47 1987

Oxford Bible Atlas, 4th Ed. Adrian Curtis, Oxford University Press, 2009. 

Zondervan Atlas of the Bible. Carl G. Rasmussen, Zondervan, 2010.


The Concise Concordance to the New Revised Standard Version.  John Kohlenburger, III.  Oxford University Press, 1993. Main - BS425 .C655 1993

The NRSV Concordance (Unabridged): Including Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books.  John R. Kohlenburger, III. Zondervan, 1993.

The Analytical Concordance to the New Revised Standard Version of the New Testament. John R. Kohlenburger, III. And Richard Whittaker. Eds. Oxford University Press, 2000. Main Reference - BS2305 .M67

Collections/Anthologies of Important Related Primary Sources Outside of the Bible:

The Apostolic Fathers in English. Michael W. Holmes, trans. and ed. after Lightfoot and Harmer. Baker: 2006.

The Babylonian Talmud: A Translation and Commentary (22 volumes). Jacob Neusner. Hendrickson: 

The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English. Geza Vermesh, Trans. Penguin Classics: 2004.

Jesus Outside the New Testament: An Introduction to the Ancient Evidence (Studying the Historical Jesus). Robert E. Van Voorst. Eerdmans: 2000.

Lost Scriptures: Books that Did Not Make it into the New Testament.  Bart D. Ehrman. Oxford University Press, 2003. 

The New Testament Background: Writings from Ancient Greece and The Roman Empire (Revised Edition). C.K Barrett, Ed. HarperOne, 1995. Main - DS122 .B3 1957

The Nag Hammadi Scriptures: The Revised and Updated Translation of Sacred Gnostic Texts Complete in One Volume. Marvin Meyer and James M. Robinson, Eds. HaperOne: 2009 (reprint edition).

The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha. James H. Charlesworth, Ed. Hendrickson: 2010. Main - BS180 .A3 1983

Readings from the Ancient Near East: Primary Sources for Old Testament Study. Bill T. Arnold and Bryan E. Byer, Eds. Baker Academic: 2002.

Readings from the First-Century World. Walter A. Elwell and Robert W. Yarbrough, eds. Baker Academic: 1998.

The Works of Josephus, Complete and Unabridged. William Whiston, Trans. Hendrickson: 1980. Main - DS116 .J7 1957

The Works of Philo, Complete and Unabridged. C.D. Younge, Trans. Hendrickson, 1993.

II. Multivolume Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Anchor Bible Dictionary (6 Volume set). David Noel Freedman, Ed. Doubleday: 1992. Charlotte Reference - BS440 . A54 1992

New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (5 Volume Set). Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, ed. Abindgdon Press: 2009. Misenheimer Circulation - BS440 .N443 2009

III. Handy Multivolume Commentary Sets

New Interpreter’s Bible (12 Volume Set + Index).  Leander E. Keck.   Abingdon Press, 2003. Main Reference - BS491.2 .N484 1994

IV. Scholarly Commentary Series (best to check on quality of individual volumes, but here is a sample of the most popular series)

Abingdon New Testament Commentaries. Abingdon Press.  Main

Anchor Bible Series. Doubleday/Random House; and Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries (77 Volumes). Yale University Press. Main & Charlotte - BS192.2.A1 1964 G3

Augsburg Commentary on the New Testament. Augsburg/Fortress Press.

International Critical Commentary. T&T Clark. Main - BS491 .I6

Interpretation Commentary: Complete Old and New Testament Series (43 Volumes). Westminster/John Knox.

Hermeneia: A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible (41 Volumes). Fortress Press. Main

Sacra Pagina. Liturgical Press. Main

Word Biblical Commentary. Word Press Main

*Note: Many of the Commentary Series have different Call Numbers for different books, so their Call Numbers are unlisted. Many of the Commentary Series at Pfeiffer are also incomplete. 

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