Welcome to the Research Guide for Bible Study. This guide is organized in the following manner:
- Research Starters
Use our Discovery search above to search our physical collection and most of our digital resources. The remaining digital resources can be accessed for searching using the buttons beside the Discovery search.
These are designed to give an overview of the subject.
- Credo Reference database is great for searching terminology, people, topics, etc. for academic research starter content.
- Bible study (Christian). By: Ungvarsky, Janine, Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2019
- Bible Interpreters of the Twentieth Century : a selection of evangelical voices / by Walter A. Elwell
- Dictionary for theological interpretation of the Bible / by Kevin J. Vanhoozer
- Dictionary of Biblical Criticism and Interpretation
- Dictionary of Biblical imagery : [an encyclopedic exploration of the images, symbols, motifs, metaphors, figures of speech and literary patterns of the Bible] / by Leland Ryken (eBook, book)
- New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis (5 volume set)
- New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology (original and updated and abridged)
- Dictionary of New Testament Background: A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship
- Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
- Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch : A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship
- Evangelical Dictionary of Theology : 2nd edition
Books can provide a rich source of information. The books suggested here represent a selection of general works on topics related to this subject. Not all necessarily hold to a view of Scripture or a doctrinal position similar to Carolina University.
If you are looking for a particular book that is not available in our library, fill out our interlibrary loan form and we will get it for you as soon as possible.
The books listed below are intended to assist you with your research on this subject. This is not a comprehensive list, but rather books which the Library has judged to be beneficial.
- Grasping God's Word : A Hands-on Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible - 2nd edition / by J. Scott Duvall
- Handbook of Biblical Criticism : 2nd ed. Rev.and augm. / by Richard N. Soulen, 1933-
- New Testament Exegesis : A Handbook for Students and Pastors - 3rd edition / by Gordon D. Fee
- Old Testament exegesis : a handbook for students and pastors - 3rd edition / by Douglas K. Stuart
- Your Indispensable Guide to Writing Quality Research Papers : For Students of Religion and Theology / by Nancy J. Vyhmeister
Many databases provide access to journal articles. They are searchable by subject, author, or keyword. If you want to search just a specific database, use our Databases directory.
The use of Boolean operators can narrow or expand your search. This option is often found by clicking on Advanced Search in a database's searching interface.
AND – requires the source to have all the search terms – it will limit your search
OR - allows the source to have either of the search terms – it will expand your search
NOT – eliminates some search terms from your search – it, too, will limit your search
Truncation is another helpful strategy. In truncation, one types a portion of a search term and then follows with an asterisk. This also helps broaden the search.
- Find ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials on our databases list (or follow this link).
- Click Scriptures in the top left of the page.
- You’ll see a list of books of the Bible. If you click the title of the book, you will find all the items in the database on any passage within that book. If you click Expand next to the title you are interested in, you will find a list of chapters in that book.
- If you expand a book, you can then click on a chapter or expand the chapter and select a verse.
- Your results for Genesis, chapter 1, verse 1 might look like this:
Websites can be a source of useful information but must be used judiciously. The C.R.A.A.P. Test is a guide for evaluating websites.
Another source for Website evaluation: Harris, Robert. "Evaluating Internet Research Sources." VirtualSalt. 21 January 2015, http://www.virtualsalt.com/evalu8it.htm. Accessed February 8, 2019.
- Academic-Bible -. This website provides the newest editions of the Septuagint, Greek New Testament, Hebrew Old Testament, and even the Latin Vulgate.
- BibleGateway - BibleGateway lets you read the Bible in many different translations in both English and Spanish.
- BibleWebApp - The BibleWebApp provides a side-by-side reading experience for multiple translations, including Greek and Hebrew as well as modern languages. It also includes interactive features such as images and maps.
- BibleHub - BibleHub provides access to various translations of the Bible, as well as commentaries and lexicons.
- BlueLetterBible - BLB lets you view verses in different translations, and provides study tools such as interlinear and audio pronunciation of Greek and Hebrew words.
- BibleProject - BibleProject makes short, accessible videos on a variety of Bible topics, including book overviews, biblical themes, and word studies. They also have other resources like podcasts that are designed to help people understand the story of the Bible.
- The ARDA (Association of Religion Data Archives) - The ARDA contains datasets related to religion, include results from surveys, profiles of different countries and congregational membership, and much more.