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CUR 140: Biblical Tradition

Fall 2009

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 Gilbert directly at

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Reference Books
The library owns several bible dictionaries, biblical commentaries and concordances that will be very useful to your research. Skim this list to see what might fit best with your research needs. These books can be found in the Reference section, located immediately to your right as you face the Reference Desk.
  • Anchor Bible Dictionary
    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
    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
  • The Complete Parallel Bible
    Gives side-by-side translations for the Old and New Testaments along with the Deuterocanonical Books. Translations include the New Revised Standard Version, the Revised English Bible, the New American Bible and the New Jerusalem Bible.
    • Location(s): Ref. BS 125 .B5 1993
    • Another excellent Bible parallel is Gospel Parallels: A Synopsis of the First Three Gospels, also referred to as Throckmorton, located on the third floor at BS 2560 .I5 1967.
      This resource presents similar passages from three Gospels side-by-side.
    • The Five Gospel Parallels

      Online resource for looking at different translations of passages.
  • Dictionary of the Bible

    Provides information about the books of the Bible, customs, religions and worship, history, and theology, important places, and personalities.
  • Harper's Bible Commentary
    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
    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
    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
  • NRSV Concordance
    One of several concordances available in the library, this volume provides an index of all occurrences of all words in the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.
    • Location(s): Ref BS 425 .K645 1991
    • Bible Browser

      An online NRSV concordance.
  • Oxford Companion to the Bible
    A handy reference volume for key people, places, events, concepts, institutions, and circumstances of biblical times.
    • Location(s): Ref BS 440 .M434 1993
  • Women's Bible Commentary
    Entries about the books of the Bible are written by women scholars with a particular eye toward commenting on the role and status of women within each book. Location: Ref. BS 419.2 .W66 1998
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
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,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=rfh

    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.
  • 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.
  • Old Testament Abstracts,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=oah

    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.
  • Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library Subject Guide for Religion

    Resources in the library and online for research related to religion. Includes a listing of subscribed print journals, book browsing tips, key print reference works, and recommended online databases and websites.
  • 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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