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Religion 350: Biblical Backgrounds

Religion Subject Guide
The library's subject guide lists sources for the Bible, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, religion in America, and world religions.

Background Information
The Encyclopedia of Religion (REF BL 31 .E46 2005)
Extensive fifteen-volume encyclopedia covering many topics, terms, and people related to the many religions of the world. Updated from the first edition published in 1987, it contains over 1,000 new articles.

Encyclopedia of Religion and Society
This web based encyclopedia contains articles that look at the intersection of religion and society. Although more heavily oriented toward North America, the scope is global, and an effort has been made to address the major traditions of world religious experience.

Oxford Reference: Religion & Philosophy (off campus)
Search inside 15 full-text reference books like The Oxford Companion to the Bible, The Oxford Guide to People and Places of the Bible, and more. You may also want to search the full Oxford Reference.

Versions of the Bible
Bible Gateway
The Bible Gateway is a tool for reading and researching scripture online. It provides advanced searching capabilities to find and compare particular passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference. Contains over twenty English translations of scripture and numerous texts in other languages.

The Bible in English
Twenty-one versions of the Bible in full text, from the 10th to the 20th centuries. more information

The New Interpreter’s Bible (REF BS491.2 .N484 1994)
Multi-volume resource containing the biblical text with commentary. Also contains introductions for each biblical book as well as an outline of the book and a bibliography.

Strongest Strong's Exhaustive Concordance (REF BS425 .S8 2003)
An exhaustive concordance to the KJV Bible, includes the most up-to-date Hebrew and Greek dictionaries for precise word studies.

Muskingum Catalog
For books located in our library, use the Muskingum catalog.

OhioLINK Catalog
To access books from 86 Ohio libraries, try the OhioLINK catalog. You have access to over 47 million books through OhioLINK - remember to leave 2-3 days for delivery. You request OhioLINK books by using the 14 digit barcode number on the back of your Muskingum ID.

Some tips for the Muskingum and OhioLINK catalogs:

  • Use keywords to see what's available, then check books that look good to find appropriate subject headings. Subject headings will get you more accurate search results.
  • Combine subject headings and keyword searches on the advanced keyword search page.
  • Try some of these subject searches: Bible. ; Bible. N.T. ; Bible. O.T. ; Bible -- History. ; Bible -- Commentaries. ;
  • Don't forget to browse the shelves - our books are shelved by topics, so looking at the neighbors to the book you went after can often uncover hidden gems.

Electronic Book Center
Over 500 books on religion are available full-text through OhioLINK. To browse, choose 'religion' from the left menu, or you can do a keyword search through the full-text of all 15,000 books in the EBC. For better results, choose 'advanced search' and then enter 'religion' in the 'limit to subject area' field. Add your keywords in the 'find words in text' field.

Oxford Scholarship Online - Religion
More than 270 full text books from Oxford University Press cover various aspects of religion. Use the quicksearch to search for your topic, or the bibliography search to search for a specific book. You can also browse a list of all available religion books. Many of these are also available in the EBC (Electronic Book Center).

Scholarly Articles on Biblical Issues
ATLA Religion Database
Use to find scholarly articles from a western Christian perspective. Tip: Find articles discussing scripture by searching (book chapter: verse).scr.
example: (Leviticus 18: 22).scr. more information

Religion and Philosophy Collection
Use to find scholarly and popular articles covering such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, and religious history. . more information


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