General Tools for Biblical Study

Study Editions Introductions Dictionaries Maps Commentaries
Primary Source Collections Indexes and Guides Journals Reviews |Other Bibliographies

1. Up-to-date Study Editions: listed in the order of my preference

The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha, edited by Bruce M. Metzger and Roland E. Murphy (New Revised Standard Version), Oxford University Press, 1991.

HarperCollins Study Bible: New Revised Standard Version, Wayne A. Meeks, ed., HarperCollins, 1993.

The Oxford Study Bible: Revised English Bible, with the Apocrypha, edited by M. Jack Suggs, Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, and James R. Mueller, Oxford University Press, 1992.

The Catholic Study Bible: New American Bible, Donald Senior, ed., Oxford University Press, 1990.

The New International Version is a populartranslation produced by a team of conservative scholars, but is not yet available study edition with notes that would be comparable to those in the editions listed above. Perhaps the closest is published by Zondervan, 1985, but its orientation is more devotional than academic. It also lacks the apocrypha. Back to Top

2. Useful Introductions

Anderson, Bernard, 1987 Understanding the Old Testament. Prentice-Hall.

Barker, Glenn W. & Lane, W. & Ramsey, M., 1969 The New Testament Speaks. Harper and Row

Barr, David L., 1995 New Testament Story: An Introduction. Wadsworth

Gottwald, N. K., 1985 The Hebrew Bible: a Socio-literary Introduction. Philadelphia: Fortress Press.

Hayes, John H., 1986 Introduction to the Bible. Westminster Press .

Kümmel, Werner G., 1966 Introduction to the New Testament. Abingdon Press

Johnson, Luke, 1986 The Writings of the New Testament. Fortress Press

Schüssler Fiorenza, E. (Ed). , 1993 Searching the Scriptures: A Feminist Introduction. Crossroad.


3. Dictionaries:

Anchor Bible Dictionary, 1992. The best. [BS440 .A54 1992 ]

Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, 1962 and 1976. [ref BS 440 I63]

Harper's Bible Dictionary, 1985. [ BS440 .H237 1985]

New Bible Dictionary, 1962. [ BS440 .D6 1962a ]

The Oxford Classical Dictionary, 1970. [DE5 .O9 1970]

Encyclopedia Judaica, 16 vols. plus supplement, 1972. [ref DS 102.8 E53]


4. Some Good Maps

Oxford Bible Atlas (3d edn. ed.). Oxford University Press. May, H. G. 1985

The Harper Atlas of the Bible Harper & Row Pritchard, James B. 1987

5. Commentaries: One Volume

Brown, R. E., Fitzmyer, J. A., & Murphy, R. E., 1990, The New Jerome Biblical Commentary. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall. [Roman Catholic].

Bruce, F. F. , 1986, The International Bible Commentary: with the New International Version (revised ed.). Grand Rapids: Zondervan. (Original work published 1979) [Evangelical Protestant]

Guthrie, D., & Moyer, J. A. , 1987, The Eerdman's Bible Commentary (Third Revised ed.). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.. [Evangelical Protestant]

Mays, J. L., 1988, Harper's Bible Commentary. San Francisco: Harper & Row. [Protestant]

Newsom, C., & Ringe, S., 1992, The Women's Bible Commentary. Westminster: John Knox. [Feminist]


6. Commentary Series: each volume is by a different author and quality will vary, but on the whole these are excellent works.

Anchor Bible Commentary

Interpreters' Biblical Commentary


6. Primary Sources

Barrett, C. K. (ed), 1958, The New Testament Background: Selected Documents. Harper

Danby, Herbert (trans), 1933, The Mishnah Oxford University Press

Epstein, Isadore (ed), 1935, The Babylonian Talmud in English (36 vols.) Soncino

Hennecke, E. & Schneemelcher (eds), 1965, New Testament Apocrypha Westminster

Josephus, Flavius, 1985, The Jewish War. Dorset Press

Kee, Howard Clark, 1984, The New Testament in Context: Sources and Documents. Prentice Hall

Vermes, G. (trans), 1962, The Dead Sea Scrolls in English Penguin Books Top

7. Journal Indexes

Religion Index: One [Z 7753 A5]

L'Annee philologique, especially in section I (Histoire Litteraire, and its subdivision Litterature judeo-chretienne) and section V (Histoire, and its subdivision D, Histoire religieuse et mythologie). [Z7016 M35A]

Elenchus Bibliographicus Biblicus.

Arts and Humanities Citation Index [ABS/IND A 13 A 28]

New Testament Abstracts [BS 440 N35]



Journal of Biblical Literature

New Testament Studies

Catholic Biblical Quarterly


Novum Testamentum


Biblical Theology Bulletin

Harvard Theological Review

American Academy of Religion Journal Top


Index to Book Reviews in Religion

Book Review Index Top

Bibliographic guides

M. A. Powell, The Bible and Modern Literary Criticism, 1992.

J. A. Fitzmyer, An Introductory Bibliography for the Study of Scripture, 1981;

F. W. Danker, Multipurpose Tools for Bible Study, revised, 1993;

R. T. France, ed., A Bibliographic Guide to New Testament Research, 1979. [ref BS 2530 M54]

D. M. Scholer, A Basic Bibliographic Guide for New Testament Exegesis, 1973. Stuart, 1990. Top

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