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Biblical Studies and Theology - Old Testament: Subject Guide

Keywords & Search Tips

Need articles on a scripture passage?  1.) In the ATLA database click on a top link, "Scripture", to view articles written on Genesis, for example. 2.)  Also in ATLA, you can put in "SC" (a field code for "scripture citation") to search even more specifically; e.g., this search "SC colossians 1:15-20", will pull all articles written on Colossians 1:15-20.  3.)  Put the scripture in quotes, e.g., "John 3:16."  

Need a commentary?  search the catalog "[book of the bible] commentary"; e.g., a search of "Matthew commentary" will find commentaries.

Society of Biblical Literature (for how to cite sacred text)

Keywords:  Ancient Near EastAncient PalestineBiblical Law;Hebrew PoetryName of GodOld Testament Canon;PentateuchPentateuchal criticismTemple of Jerusalem;Ten Commandments.


Recommended Resources

Commentary sets:  (REF indicates in the Reference room)

Need an online commentary?  Search our catalog and limit your results to ebooks; Search the Oxford Bib Studies Online database or's commentaries

Anchor Bible - REF BS 192.2 .A1 1964 G3          
Ancient Christian commentary on scriptures NT REF BS 2575.53 .M29
Berit Olam - REF BS 1151.2 .B474
Expositor's Bible commentary - BS 491.2 .E96 (and REF)
Tyndale New Testament - REF BS  2341.2 .T85    
International critical commentary - REF BS 491 .I6   
Interpreter's Bible - REF BS 491.2 I55            
Lange's commentary - REF BS  491.2 .L36  
New Interpreter's Bible - BS 491.2 N484 (and REF)                                    
New international commentary on the New Testament - REF BS 491.2 .N42
New International Greek Testament commentary - REF BS 2341.3 .N34
Sacra Pagina - REF BS 2341.2 .S32   
Smyth and Helwy's Bible - REF BS 491.2 .S688
Word biblical commentary - REF BS 491.2 .W67

Find Books on the shelf

Books about the Bible are found in the BS section.

For Commentaries from Genesis to Malachi:

see BS 1235s -- BS 1675’s in the lower level

(Genesis starts with the BS 1235s and the books are on the shelves in OT book order (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, etc.) until you get to Malachi at BS 16752).