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Getting Started with Biblical Studies

Holdings of the Dulaney-Browne Library are organized according to the Dewey Decimal System.  Books on Religion have a call number between 200-299. Within this range, call numbers between 220-229 are on the Bible. Numbers beginning with 220 are about the Bible generally, or about the entire Bible. Numbers 221-224 cover the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament; 225-228 the New Testament; and 229 the Apocryphal and Pseudepigraphical works.

The First Floor Reference collection includes Bible Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Study Bibles, and several commentary series. The Reference collection is available for use in the Library.   The Second Floor Circulating collection includes the majority of other works on the Bible, including many other commentaries, and may be checked out by OKCU students, faculty, staff and residents with a courtesy card.

We also have an increasing number of commentaries in our eBook collections.

Catalog search hint: try a keyword search with "bible commentary" plus the name of the book of the Bible you are looking for.

Resources for studying Biblical languages (primarily Hebrew and Greek) and the meanings of words in those languages may be located with either the appropriate Bible call number or the call number for the language.  So, for example:

Brown, Francis. The Brown, Driver, Briggs Hebrew and English lexicon: With an appendix containing the Biblical Aramaic: coded with the numbering system from Strong’s exhaustive  concordance of the Bible. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Publishers, 1996 printing. Call Number: R 492.45 G391b 1996

Botterweck, G. Johannes. Theological dictionary of the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1974-1990.  Call Number: R 221.3 B659tEw

Grimm, Carl Ludwig Wilibald. A Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament : being Grimm's Wilke's Clavis Novi Testamenti: translated, rev. and enl. by Joseph Henry Thayer. Grand Rapids : Baker Book House, 1977.  Call Number: R 487.4 G864g

Kittel, Gerhard.  Theological dictionary of the New Testament. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1964-1976.  Call Number: R 225.3 T342

Bible Oddyssey is a web resource from the Society of Biblical Literature featuring educational articles, videos, searchable NRSV and CEV texts of the Bible, and the HarperCollins Bible Dictionary.

Bible Gateway provides search capabilities for dozens of Bibles in many different languages, including Greek and Hebrew. 

The Bible and Interpretation endeavors to bring the latest news and information in the field of biblical studies to a wide readership and to contact scholars for comment and analysis.

Working Preacher enlists biblical scholars, theologians, homileticians and pastors to provide timely, compelling and trustworthy biblical content.

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