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Oxford Biblical Studies Online - Access to six Oxford editions of the Bible alongside commentary, reference material, primary texts, maps, images, and interactive timelines.

One-Volume Commentaries and Dictionaries

Commentaries

Paulist Biblical Commentary  The Paulist Biblical Commentary is a one-volume commentary on the books of the Bible designed for a wide variety of Bible readers, especially those engaged in pastoral ministry. While based on classical approaches to Scripture, the commentaries and articles are not limited to historical-literary issues, but draw upon relevant theological and pastoral ideas found in the text.
Reference BS491.3 .P38 2018

The Oxford Bible Commentary  This is a line-by-line critical commentary on the Bible, covering all the books that appear in the NRSV. This book provides authoritative, non-denominational commentary written by an international team of more than 70 leading scholars from various religious backgrounds. The contributors examine the books of the Bible in exhaustive detail, taking a historical-critical approach that attempts to shed light on the scriptures by placing them in the context in which their first audiences would have encountered them.
Reference BS 491.3 O94 2001

The International Bible Commentary  The International Bible Commentary brings together many voices speaking from different cultural perspectives to interpret God's word in the Bible. These voices, gathered from South America, Europe, Australia, Africa, North America, India, Asia, and the Philippines, have written their commentaries and articles from a variety of perspectives so that the spirit of many world cultures can be experienced in the celebration of the Bible today.
Reference +BS 511.2 I57 1998

New Jerome Biblical Commentary This verse-by-verse commentary examines the scientific, literary, and historical content of the Scriptures - reflecting the exegetical variation found within the community of scholars. While a little dated, the topical articles are helpful.
Reference +BS 491.2 N485 1990

Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible  The primary objective of this work is to clarify the meaning of each section of the Bible. The Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible focuses on principal units of highlighting their interconnectedness with the rest of the biblical text. The volume also addresses and answers major issues -- including the range of possible interpretations -- and refers readers to the best fuller discussions. This volume also includes thirteen introductory and context-setting.
Reference +BS491.3 E37 2003

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible The Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible is a reference tool that introduces readers to key names, theories, and concepts in the field of biblical interpretation. The contributors come from a variety of backgrounds, and the dictionary covers a broad range of topics with both clarity and depth.
Reference +BS440 D495 2005

A Dictionary of the Bible Containing over 2,000 authoritative entries, it provides clear and concise information about all of the important places, people, themes, and doctrines of the Bible.

Oxford Companion to the Bible  The Oxford Companion to the Bible provides an authoritative one-volume reference to the people, places, events, books, institutions, religious belief, and secular influence of the Bible.
Reference BS440 .M434 1993

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation  This work fills a crucial need in the field of biblical studies by providing detailed, comprehensive treatments of the latest approaches to, and methods for, interpretation of the Bible.
Reference BS511.3 .O88 2013 (2 vols.)

Topical Dictionaries

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Archaeology  The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Archaeology represents a new way of conceiving of the relationship between archaeology and biblical studies that allows the results of a wide cross-section of excavations and regional studies to contribute to the interpretation of the biblical text through an elucidation of the lifeways of the ancient world.

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Ethics  This encyclopedia explores the intersection between biblical sources and ethical issues, both historical and modern, through extensive analytical and constructive treatments of a wide range of topics by leading biblical scholars and ethicists. Combining traditional theoretical frameworks, such as comparative religion, with more recent approaches

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender Studies  This encyclopedia seeks to advance the scholarly conversation by systematically exploring the ways in which gender is constructed in the diverse texts, cultures, and readers that constitute "the world of the Bible."

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Law  In comprehensive overviews, scholars at the forefront of biblical studies and law address three foci: (1) biblical law itself-its nature, collections, and genres; (2) the ancient contexts of biblical law, throughout the ancient Mediterranean (ancient Near Eastern, Greco-Roman, and Early Jewish); and (3) the afterlife and influence of biblical law in antiquity and in modern jurisprudence around the world.

Oxford Encyclopedia of The Bible and The Arts The Oxford Encyclopedia of The Bible and The Arts is an in-depth, comprehensive reference work that covers the cultural history of biblical texts, themes, characters, images, and the Bible itself in the literary, visual, and musical arts.

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology situates itself at the intersection between what the Bible meant and what it means, with the objective of providing a resource for constructive theological reflection in the marketplace of public discourse.

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible Books of the Bible provides a single source for authoritative reference overviews of scholarship on some of the most important topics of study in the field of biblical studies.

Oxford Guide to People and Places of the Bible  This essential guide offers 325 articles that describe the people and places that appear in the New Testament and Old Testament of the Bible.

Text and Translations

An Introduction to the New Testament Manuscripts and Their Texts  This book is a major English-language introduction to the earliest manuscripts of the New Testament.
BS1904.5 P37 2008

The Text of the Old Testament: An Introduction to the Biblia Hebraica  Focuses on textual criticism of the Old Testament.
BS1136 W813 1995

The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption, and Restoration Focuses on textual criticism of the New Testament.
BS 2325 M4 1992

Lexicons

A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament
PJ4833 G4 1966

The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (5 volumes)
PJ4835 E5 K 58

The Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature
+PA881 B38 2000

A Greek-English Lexicon
PA445.E5 L6 1996

Historical and Cultural Backgrounds

The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts This volume addresses the most important issues related to the study of New Testament writings.
DS122 W67 2013

Dictionary of New Testament Background  This volume sets out for readers the wealth of Jewish and Greco-Roman background that should inform our reading and understanding of the New Testament and early Christianity.
Reference +BS2312 D53 2000

A History of Israel
DS121 B72 2000

Ancient Israel: From Abraham to the Roman Destruction of the Temple
DS121 A53 1999

A Guide to Biblical Sites in Greece and Turkey  Two well-known, well-traveled biblical scholars offer a fascinating historical and archaeological guide to these sites.
BS621 F36 2003

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Archaeology The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Archaeology represents a new way of conceiving of the relationship between archaeology and biblical studies that allows the results of a wide cross-section of excavations and regional studies to contribute to the interpretation of the biblical text through an elucidation of the lifeways of the ancient world.

Method

The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies This authoritative and state-of-the-art survey of original research is designed for scholars and students who need to command linguistic, historical, literary, and philosophical skills.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation This work fills a crucial need in the field of biblical studies by providing detailed, comprehensive treatments of the latest approaches to, and methods for, interpretation of the Bible

A Guide to Biblical Research: Introductory Notes
BS417. B3913 2006

Biblical Exegesis: A Beginner's Handbook
BS476 H35 1982

Handbook of Biblical Criticism
BS511.2 S 68 1981

Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation (2 volumes) 
Reference +BS500 D5 1999

Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters
Reference +BS501 A1 H57 2007

Apocrypha and Primary Sources

Old Testament Pseudepigrapha.  (2 Volumes)
BS 1830 A 3 1983

New Testament Apocrypha (2 Volumes)
BS2832 S3 1963 

Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament.
BS1180 P83 1974

Paul

The Blackwell Companion to Paul  

BS2651 B53 2011

Dictionary of Paul and His Letters

Reference +BS2650.2 .D53 1993