Three main categories of searches that are useful, whether searching in our catalog or in journal databases:
thematic searches, such as Paul's travels, Paul's conversion, Paul on marriage, or biography (most indexes use Paul, the Apostle, Saint or Paul, Saint, Apostle)
textual searches, where you'll look for writing about a particular literary unit, such as Romans or 1st Corinthians 13
genre searches; in this particular case, usually "the epistles of Paul"
Caravaggio--Conversion on the Way to Damascus (Wikimedia Commons)
The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible REF BS440 .N445 2006
Anchor Bible Dictionary REF BS 440 A54 1992
Both of these dictionaries will frequently have quite detailed articles on key texts, themes, names, etc., as well as brief bibliographies of important scholarly studies on the topics. Perspectives of the authors vary, but tend to fall into more "mainline church"/liberal to middle of the road views.
Overviews of authorship, canonicity, historical context, literary structure, and more; useful bibliographies included. (Note that the LS--LinkSource--button under each bibliographic entry will work only for journal articles, not books; search our catalog for books that look valuable for your research.)
E-book version of a recent two-volume Bible commentary with contributions from 75 major scholars.
The New Interpreter's Bible REF BS 491.2 N484 1994 (12 vols.)
The Westminster Theological Wordbook of the Bible REF BS 543 W47 2003
The IVP Bible Background Commentary : New Testament REF BS2341.2 .K445 1993
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters REF BS 2650.2 D53 1993
These reference titles are published by InterVarsity Press and generally reflect an evangelical Protestant perspective.
The NRSV Concordance Unabridged REF BS425 .K645 1991
A more thorough way to look up each occurrence of a word that is used in this particular English translation of the Bible, helping you to locate pertinent texts and observe a range of the word's uses.
Encyclopedia of Early Christianity REF BR162.2 .E53 1990
Encyclopedia of Religion REF BL 31 E46 2005 or online here
15 volumes; be sure to use the index volume to find all relevant articles, if you're using the print, or look at the other index entries at the end of each article, if you're using the online version.
Some starting ideas:
To search for New Testament commentaries or criticism in our catalog, use the following method:
First, search the library catalog at this link;
then format your search like these examples:
Bible. N.T. Romans
Bible. N.T. Corinthians 1st
and browse the entries for both Commentaries and Criticism.
Note especially that you should browse down the list of subject terms to find any books on shorter pieces of your Biblical book, such as
Bible. N.T. Romans VII
You may also find it useful, after selecting a subject heading and getting a list of books, to sort the results by date (newest first).
Unless you are really interested in old American sermons, you can skip all the entries with "Sermons" in the subject.
When using the Quick Search option, by default you are doing a keyword search; all of the terms must appear in the result.
Therefore keep searches normally to just two or three keyword; too many keywords give zero results.
bible romans christ
paul apostle marriage
Use the catalog truncation symbol * after the root of a word to search for any of its forms:
jew* retrieves jew, jews, jewish
When you find a useful book, check the subject headings in the record and click on any of them that look good for further items. You'll often find a topic followed by the subheading "--Biblical teaching"; this is a good phrase to add to other subjects you might want to search.
Remember that the Journals link at the top of the library home page is designed to take you to an A to Z list of journals that Trinity can access; it will let you know whether we have either a print or electronic subscription.
If your journal is listed, it will give a database name to click on, if an online version is available, or direct you to our catalog for the call number, if our library has it in print.
If we don't own the journal title, you are welcome to request the article through Interlibrary Loan at no cost to you.