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REL 112: Studies in Religion

Spring 2012

Julie Gilbert
Mary Solberg

Table of Contents:

Reference Books
Reference books are shelved on the Beck Hall side of the library's main floor (right behind the eclassroom). Signs on the sides of the shelves will direct you further. Note that this is not a comprehensive list of books on your topic - browse the shelves to find additional books.
  • 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)
  • Atlas of Medieval Jewish History
    New York : Simon & Schuster 1992
    Covers the time period from the 5th century to the mid 17th.
    • Location(s): Ref G 1034 .B413 1992
  • Dictionary of Judaism in the Biblical Period1996
    Brief entries provide overviews of topics related to the era when the sacred writings of Judaism and Christianity were formulated, from about 450 B.C.E. - 600 C.E.
    • Location(s): Ref BM 50 .D525 1996 (2 vols.)
  • Encyclopaedia Judaica
    Detroit: Macmillan Reference 2007 2nd ed. edition
    An excellent source for information on the Jewish people and religion, offering scholarly and in-depth articles, recently updated to include current research on historical and contemporary topics.
    • Location(s): Ref DS 102.8 .E496 2007
  • The Encyclopedia of Judaism
    Continuum 1999
    Essays provide excellent overviews of major themes within Judaism, including doctrine, practice and teachings.
    • Location(s): Ref BM 50 .E63 1999 (3 vols.)
  • Encyclopedia of Religion
    Detroit: Macmillan Reference 2005 2nd ed. edition
    Covers religions from around the world and through history as well as people and ideas related to religion. The articles are written by experts in their fields and include excellent bibliographies. This new edition includes hundreds of new articles, thoroughly revised coverage of all topics in religion, and a handful of "visual essays" that illustrate visual culture as a significant aspect of religion.
    • Location(s): Ref BL 31 .E46 2005
  • 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
  • The Jewish Religion: A Companion
    Oxford 1995
    This one-volume source provides concise definitions of concepts related to Judaism, including Jewish beliefs, practices and figures.
    • Location(s): Ref BM 50 .J28 1995
  • Medieval Jewish Civilization
    Routledge 2003 edition
    Contains detailed entries on all aspects of medieval Jewish civilization.
    • Location(s): Ref DS 124 .M386 2003
  • New Catholic Encyclopedia
    Detroit: Gale 2002
    This recently-revised encyclopedia covers many general topics, but is particularly thorough in its coverage of Catholic doctrine, history, and traditional practice. Includes many illustrations.
    • Location(s): Ref BX 841 .N44 2002
  • The New Encyclopedia of Judaism
    New York University Press 2002
    Useful for overviews and definitions of figures and teachings in Judaism.
    • Location(s): Ref BM 50 .E63 2002
  • 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
  • The Papacy: An Encyclopedia
    Routledge 2002
    This set provides history, background and overviews of all the popes (and antipopes), as well as topics related to the papacy.
    • Location(s): Ref BX 955.2 .D53 2002 (3 vols.)
Finding Books
  • MnPALS Plus
    Also available from the library's front page. Be sure to play with your search terms; the ones you use first may not match those used by catalogers. When you find a book that looks interesting, write down the call number. Most of the religion books that you can check out are on the upper level. When you get to the shelves, be sure to browse.

  • Maps
    There are maps of each floor of the library on this page. There are also signs in the classroom & around the building to help you navigate the shelves.
Finding Articles
You can access ATLA through the Articles tab on the library's homepage or through the following link:
  • 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
    Full-text backfiles to over 350 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, and Language & Literature collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year. To limit your search to full text articles, make sure that the option to "include links to external content" is turned off.
    1831-recent years
Need to Bounce Ideas Around?
  • Ask a reference librarian!
    You can always contact me by e-mail (Julie Gilbert - jgilber2 @ gustavus . edu) or talk to any of the librarians, who universally rock.

    If you're in the library, chatting with a reference librarian face to face might be easiest, but if you're not in the library this chat form gives you a way to ask a quick question. It works during the hours that a librarian is working at the reference desk - generally between 10 am and 10 pm but with breaks and never on Saturday (but yes, we are around on Sunday, 2pm until 10pm.) If you don't get an answer right away, the librarian is probably busy helping someone else but he or she will eventually get back to you.

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