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Divinity Research Resources: Publishers

Why the publisher matters

In doing academic work, you want to make sure that the books and journals you are using have been edited with a rigorous scholarly standard.  One indication of this standard is the publisher.  Besides commercial academic publishers (Routledge, Brill), there are publishers sponsored by scholarly associations (Society of Biblical Literature, National Association of Professors of Hebrew) and university presses (Yale, Oxford).  In the field of religious studies, there are also publishers with a specific theological perspective (Eerdmans, IVP) or that are sponsored by a denomination (Abingdon, Liturgical).  

Being aware of the publisher or source of any resource you use is important when one is doing research in areas that may have perspectives that vary across denominations or could be theologically contentious.

Publishers in Religious Studies

The following are reputable publishers who specialize in Religious Studies texts:

  • Abingdon Press (United Methodist)
  • Anchor Bible
  • Augsburg Fortress (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)
  • Baker Book House
  • Bloomsbury/T&T Clark
  • Brill/Leiden
  • Chalice Press (Disciples of Christ)
  • Condordia (Lutheran)
  • Eerdmans Publishing Co.
  • Gorgias Press
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Hendrickson Publishers
  • InterVarsity/IVP Academic
  • Judson Press (American Baptist)
  • Liturgical Press (Roman Catholic)
  • Morehouse Group/Trinity Press (Episcopalian)
  • Paulist Press (Roman Catholic)
  • Pilgrim Press (United Church of Christ)
  • Routledge
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Westminster John Knox (Presbyterian Church USA)
  • Zondervan Publishers

and

  • University Presses, i.e. Oxford, Chicago, Yale, Baylor, UNC-Chapel Hill
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