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REL 290: Jesus in Tradition and History

Spring 2010

The library has many tools to help you conduct research on your topics. Use this guide to explore everything available to you. If you have questions, encounter problems, or simply want to talk about your topic, stop by the Reference Desk to chat with any of our librarians. You are also more than welcome to contact Julie directly at or x7552.

Julie Gilbert
Agnes Choi

Table of Contents:

Reference Books
The library owns several biblical commentaries that will be very useful to your research. These books can be found in the Reference section, located immediately to your right as you face the Reference Desk.
  • Anchor Bible Dictionary
    New York: Doubleday 1992
    This definitive and current work covers not only names, places, and events of the Bible, but also includes cultural history, social institutions, archeological sites, and other topics of particular interest to Biblical scholars today.
    • Location(s): Ref BS 440 .A54 (6 vol)
  • The Books of the Bible
    New York: Scribner's 1989
    Focuses on treating the books of the Bible ans texts, emphasizing their literary nature and structure, discussing origins, content, purpose, and theological interpretations of each book.
    • Location(s): Ref BS 540 .B62 1989
  • Dictionary of the Bible
    Oxford University Press
    Provides information about the books of the Bible, customs, religions and worship, history, and theology, important places, and personalities.
  • Harper's Bible Commentary
    San Francisco, CA: Harper and Row 1988
    Follows the arrangement of the Bible, giving a brief introduction to each book of the Bible, then a short explanation of major passages. It is very good at making the language of the Bible clear, explaining context, and linking related passages together.
    • Location(s): Ref BS 491.2 .H37 1988
  • New Interpreter's Bible
    Nashville, TN: Abingdon 1994
    Provides the text in two translations, NRSV and New International Version, side by side. Following the texts, there are sections of scholarly commentary and reflections.
    • Location(s): Ref BS 491.2 .N484 1994
  • New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible
    Abingdon 2006
    A solid five-volume alphabetical set offering short scholarly articles on topics, people, and parts of the bible.
    • Location(s): Ref BS 440 .N445 2006
  • Oxford Companion to the Bible
    New York: Oxford 1993
    A handy reference volume for key people, places, events, concepts, institutions, and circumstances of biblical times.
    • Location(s): Ref BS 440 .M434 1993
Finding Books
For books in the Gustavus library, use the MnPALS catalog. Write down the call number and location information. Use the maps on the library's website, the tags on the sides of shelves, or stop at the Reference Desk to figure out where your book is shelved. To request books from other libraries, visit the Interlibrary Loan page for more information or use the FindIt! button in WorldCat.
  • MnPALS Plus
    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All Libraries" in the search options to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary Loan. View our MnPALS Plus tutorial.
  • WorldCat
    Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. Access to WorldCat is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM); the database can also be searched through its free web interface, at
    1000 CE-present; updated daily
Finding Articles
Search for articles in any of these databases. If the full text is not available through the database, click on the yellow FindIt! button. The FindIt! button will search all other databases and our print copies to see if we have access to the article. An SFX screen will pop up, directing you to full text options. If you see an option for ILL, it means we will have to request the article from another library. Click the Go button next to the ILL option to be taken directly to the ILL form.
  • ATLA Religion Database & ATLA Serials
    A comprehensive research database in the fields of religion and theology produced by the American Theological Library Association. Includes bibliographic citations and abstracts to journal articles from over 1,500 titles, citations to essays and book chapters, book reviews, and Doctor of Ministry projects. Many journal articles and book reviews are also available in full text.
    1949-present; updated quarterly
  • Biblical Archaeology Society Online Archive
    Search and browse the full text of 8 religion books and journals published by the Biblical Archaeology Society, including the Biblical Archaeology Review and the Bible Review.
    1975-present; updated monthly
  • Old Testament Abstracts
    Old Testament Abstracts is a product of a partnership between ATLA and the Catholic Biblical Association. The database features indexing and abstracts for journal articles, monographs, multi-author works, and software related to Old Testament studies. Content from over 450 journals is covered. All abstracts are in English, regardless of the language of the original work. Topics covered include antiquities, archaeology, biblical theology, philology and much more. Coverage in the database dates back to 1978. (description from EBSCOHost)
Additional Resources
Use these pages to explore other library resources.
  • Interlibrary Loan
    For information on requesting books and articles from other libraries, visit our Interlibrary Loan page.
  • Reference Desk
    Visit with librarians at the desk, by phone, email or chat for help with any library or research question. Click on the link for more information about this service.

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