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Spring 2021-Remote Religious Studies Resources

As you are working on research for your School of Divinity courses, please let me know if I can help in any way!  Please feel free to email me and we can discuss your questions over email, or you can book a time for a Zoom meeting on my calendar.  My regular office hours will be Thursday 3-5p via Zoom.  Please email me for the link or access the link from the weekly School of Divinity Link email.

In the space below, I will add links for the most useful resources which are accessible remotely.  This information will be updated as I learn of new resources, so check back when you can.  Please contact me if you find a resource you think could benefit other students!  

Don't forget that ZSR already has access to thousands of ebooks and millions of online articles through our regular resources in the library catalog and databases such as Atla and JSTOROxford Biblical Studies Online will be particularly helpful right now, and see the Reference tab above for links to other online reference resources.  Additionally, we have access to thousands of streaming films and online images if you need multimedia resources.  Get tips on finding and using these resources from the tabs above.  

And last, but not least, remember to cite your sources!  The Turabian style guide can help you with formatting citations for the sources you find.

Stay healthy and well!
Kaeley McMahan

Two Tech Tips:

  1. Download and use VPN: If you keep VPN running in the background while you access campus resources (ebooks, databases, etc...) it makes it look like you are on campus, so many of the authentication issues you might otherwise have will go away.
  2. ProQuest Ebook Central: If you get this error message, don't fear!  Just do as it says and reload the page and it will take you to your book:

Virtual Biblical Studies & Commentary Series Section

The resources listed here replicate as much as possible what is in the Biblical Studies & Commentary Series Section of the Reference Department, based on ebook availability. 

Biblical Studies Reference
In addition to these sources, see the online collections in the box at the right for access to hundreds of encyclopedias, handbooks, and other reference sources, especially Oxford Biblical Studies Online, Oxford Handbooks Online, and Oxford Reference Online.

The Seminary Student Writes
Anchor Bible Dictionary (limited searching via the Hathi Trust)
New Interpreter's Bible (limited searching via the Hathi Trust: volumes 1, 4, 7, 9 and volumes 2-3, and 5-12)
Women's Bible Commentary (one volume commentary)
Oxford Bible Atlas, 4th ed.
Intervarsity Press Dictionary Series:

Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Dictionary of New Testament Background

Eerdman's Dictionary of the Bible
The SBL Handbook of Style

Commentary Series

These are direct links to what is currently available for each series, keeping in mind that, (1) even in print, a series may not include a volume for each biblical book and (2) not every series we have in print has ebook availability.

Visual Commentary on Scripture (This online resource, from King's College London, " a virtual exhibition comprising a biblical passage, three art works, and their associated commentaries.")
Searching for Commentaries in the Library Catalog
You may also want to search in the library catalog for other commentaries that are not part of these series.  To do this, go to the library catalog and enter the name of the biblical book you are searching for and the word "comment*".
On the results page, limit to Available online under Availability.
Keep in mind that our catalog includes many digitized editions of sermons, commentaries, and letters from the 16th to 19th centuries.  You may want to also limit by publication date range if your particular search is overwhelmed with results from these primary source collections.

Online Reference Collections

Subject Guide

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