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Religion

Databases
ATLA Religion Database
Index to articles, book reviews, and essays in religion and theology. more information

Religion and Philosophy Collection
Index, abstracts, and full text covering such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, and religious history. more information

Oxford Scholarship Online - Religion
More than 270 full text books from Oxford University Press covering various aspects of religion. These titles are also available in the Electronic Book Center.

Arts and Humanities Citation Index (ISI Web of Science)
Index and cited references for articles in the arts and humanities. more information

Reference Sources

Encyclopedia of Religion (eBook)


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. Articles include the different theoretical traditions and research styles that have emerged over the century. 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.

Bible
The Anchor Bible Dictionary (REF BS440 .A54)
Six-volume dictionary containing entries on issues, major terms, every name mentioned in the Bible, places, deities, objects, and historical and archaeological subjects. Covers both the biblical canon and noncanonical texts.

Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (REF BS 1235.3 .G46)
Multi-volume work providing passages from both the Old and New Testaments and commentaries on those passages made by ancient Christian writers.

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

Bible Gateway
The Bible Gateway is a tool for reading and researching scripture online -- all in the language or translation of your choice! It provides advanced searching capabilities, which allow readers to find and compare particular passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.

A Dictionary of the Bible
Over 2,000 entries covering customs, history, people, places, religions, and theology.

The New Interpreter’s Bible (REF 491.2 .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. Also contains general articles on the Old and New Testaments.

The Oxford Companion to the Bible
Includes 700 articles detailing the people, places, events, books, institutions, religious belief, and secular influence of the Bible.

The Oxford Guide to People and Places of the Bible
Includes 325 articles that describe the apostles, cities groups, kingdoms, mountains, and prophets where Biblical events took place.

Christianity
Catholic Encyclopedia
Online version of 1911 Catholic Encyclopedia. Includes a wide range of topics related to Catholicism.

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Over 6,000 entries covering all aspects of Christian life including the Bible, church calendar, denominations, and theology.

Encyclopedia of Christian Theology (REF BR 95 .D5313 2005)
Three-volume encyclopedia covering events, contributors, theories, meta-theories, and doctrines. Articles are signed and include bibliographies for further reading.

Jesus in History, Thought, and Culture: An Encyclopedia
Over 200 articles detailing the religious and secular influence of Jesus

New Catholic Encyclopedia (REF BX 841 .N44 2003)
Ten-volume encyclopedia covering the history, doctrine, and organization of Christianity, as well as information about people, institutions, philosophies, and religions that have influenced Christianity. Updated version of the 1967 first edition.

The Oxford Dictionary of Popes
Biographical accounts of all the officially recognized popes.

The Oxford Dictionary of Saints
Over 1,700 entries covering the lives of Saints.

Presbyterian Church (USA)
Presbyterian Church (USA) Web Site
Official web site for the Presbyterian Church (USA) which has approximately 2.4 million members, 11,100 congregations and 14,000 ordained and active ministers.

Synod of the Covenant
Official web site of the Synod covering most of Ohio and all of Michigan. Muskingum College is one of three church related institutions of higher education in the Synod. The other two are the College of Wooster and Alma College.

Muskingum Valley Presbytery
Official web site of the local Presbytery covering most of east central and southeast Ohio.

Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy
Develops, interprets and monitors policies that encourage and challenge the Church and society. Click on the Resources link on their web site to access latest churchwide study guide and past reports and resolutions.

History
The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
Contains 5,000 entries covering the 1,100 history of Byzantine history from the 4th century to the 15th.

Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages
Over 3,000 articles focused on the religious and culture developments during the fifth to the fifteenth century.

Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment
Contains over 700 articles covering the religious and culture changes from 1670 to 1815.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation
Over 1,200 articles covering the religious, cultural, and political change during the 16th century in Europe.

Islam
Blackwell Companion to the Qur'an (BP130.4 .B57 2006)
Scholarly essasys focused on the text, content, interpretation, and application of the Qur'an.

The Holy Qur'an (REF BP109 .A39 1983)
Print translation of the Qur'an with commentary.

Islam in World Cultures: Comparative Perspectives
This work examines the differences in Islamic culture and practice by looking at how Islam interacts with the local culture.

New Encyclopedia of Islam (REF BP40 .G42 2001)
This single volumes contains 1,300 entries that cover the the beliefs, practices, history and culture of the Islamic world.

The Oxford Dictionary of Islam
Over 2,500 entries focused on all aspects of modern Islam.

The Qur'an: An Encyclopedia (REF BP133 .Q87 2006)
Short articles with references analyzing people, places, and concepts in the Qur'an.

Translation of Sahih Bukhari
Sahih Bukhari is a collection of sayings and deeds of Prophet Muhammad. The reports of the Prophet's sayings and deeds are called ahadith. Bukhari (full name Abu Abdullah Muhammad bin Ismail bin Ibrahim bin al-Mughira al-Ja'fai) was born in 194 A.H. and died in 256 A.H.

Translation of Sahih Muslim
Sahih Muslim is a collection of sayings and deeds of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) (also known as the sunnah). Muslim (full name Abul Husain Muslim bin al-Hajjaj al-Nisapuri) was born in 202 A.H. and died in 261 A.H.

Partial Translation of Sunan Abu-Dawud
Sunan Abu-Dawud is a collection of sayings and deeds of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) (also known as the sunnah). Abu-Dawud (full name Abu-Dawud Sulaiman bin Al-Aash'ath Al-Azdi as-Sijistani) was born in 202 A.H. and died in 275 A.H.

Translation of Malik's Muwatta
Malik's Muwatta is a collection the sayings and deeds of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) (also known as the sunnah) and the legal opinions and decisions of the Prophet's Companions, their successors, and some later authorities. Malik (full name Malik bin Anas bin Malik bin Abu Amir Al-Asbahi) was born in 93 A.H. and died in 179 A.H.

Hadith Search
Search one or all four of the previous collections of the sayings and deeds of Prophet Muhammad.

Judaism
A Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion
Covers all aspects of ancient and modern Judaism.

Encyclopedia of American Jewish History
Cover the American Jewish experience from its beginnings in the mid-seventeenth century to the present.

Encyclopaedia Judaica (REF DS102.8 .E53)
The articles found in this 16 volume set covers all subjects found within the Hebrew Scriptures as well as Jewish holidays and Jewish teachings.

Jewish Encyclopedia
Online version of 12 volume 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia. Includes over 15,000 articles related to Judaism.

New Encyclopedia of Judaism (REF BM50 .E63 2002)
Comprehensive encyclopedia with 1,250 articles on all aspects of Judaism.

Mythology
Click on a link to browse or search a specific mythology resource:

Religion in America
American Indian Religious Traditions: An Encyclopedia
More than 150 articles examining the rituals and religious practices of Native North Americans.

American Religions: An Illustrated History
This work covers the key developments and people that influenced the diversity of religion in the United States.

Mainline Christians and U.S. Public Policy: A Reference Handbook
This work provides and overview of the public policy positions taken by the eight major mainline Protestant denominations and the Catholic Church in the United States.

Puritans and Puritanism in Europe and America: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia
Over 700 entries describing the people, places, events, doctrines, culture, and politics.

Religion and American Cultures
Includes 120 essays looking at the relationship of religion to ethnicity, gender, regionalism, and popular culture in America.

Religion and the Law in America: An Encyclopedia of Personal Belief and Public Policy
This encyclopedia seeks to explain the overall development of the freedom of religion and highlights some of the important judicial decisions that have shaped it.

Religion on Trial: A Handbook with Cases, Laws, and Documents
This work looks at how the courts have determined the extent to which religion is accommodated in American public life.

Religious Freedom: Rights and Liberties under the Law
This work covers the origin, development, and controversies surrounding the free practice of religion in the US.

The Religious Right: A Reference Handbook
This handbook examines the religious right and its influence on US government, society, and politics.

Religious Sites in America: A Reference Guide
Describes the location, origin, and history of 160 religious sites in the United States.

Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches (REF BR 513 .Y4)
Yearly publication that provides information on religious organizations, religious bodies, seminaries, and periodicals in the United States and Canada, a list of web sites, sources of religion-related research, and statistical information.

World Religions
A Dictionary of Buddhism
Over 2,000 entries on all aspects of Buddhism.

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions
This work of over 8,500 entries covering all major and minor world religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Shinto, Sikhism, and Taoism.

Buddhism in World Cultures: Comparative Perspectives
This work is a comprehensive overview of modern Buddhism across cultures.

Chinese Religions in Contemporary Societies
Covers the religion in China and Taiwan since the Cultural Revolution.

Contemporary Hinduism: Ritual, Culture, and Practice
This work focuses on the modern practice of Hinduism.

Guide to the Gods
This resources covers all major deities from all of the worlds religions.

Holy People of the World: A Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia
Includes 1,200 entries describing the holy men and women of the world's religions.

The Perennial Dictionary of World Religions (REF BL 31 .A24)
Contains extensive entries dealing with the major world religions as well as entries on important terms related to the many world religions.

Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices
Over 1,200 entries describing the religious belief and practice in all 276 of the world's nations and territories.

Shamanism: An Encyclopedia of World Beliefs, Practices, and Culture
Includes 200 entries on shamanic belief systems, practices, and rituals.

Sexuality and the World’s Religions
This work covers how different faiths view sexuality. Includes a detailed annotated bibliography for further research.

Journals
Current Print Titles
Bible Review
Christian Century
Christianity Today
Church History
Commonweal
Interpretation
Journal of Presbyterian History
Journal of Religion
Religious Humanism
Theology Today

Full Text Titles in the Electronic Journal Center
Humanities title list

Web Sites
Adherents
Adherents is a growing collection of over 43,870 adherent statistics and religious geography citations: references to published membership/adherent statistics and congregation statistics for over 4,200 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements, ultimate concerns, etc.

American Religion Data Archive
Provides statistical information on religion in America, such as the number of churches, ministers, and members of various denominations. Contains many maps of the United States as a whole, individual states, and counties which depict the data in a visual format.

Glossary of Religious Terms
Glossary of terms from many religions.

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life seeks to promote a deeper understanding of issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs.

Religion Explorer
Search engine that searches only religious web sites Also set up as a directory with links to web sites on topics such as Christianity, interfaith, opposing views, prophecies, reincarnation, Taoism, and yoga.

Religion Online
Online Library of over 5,000 articles and book chapters dealing with religious topics, such as ethics, social issues, theologians, churches and societies, and much more. Limited primarily to the Christian Religion. Arranged as a directory but also has a search option.

Religious Movements Page
Alphabetic listing of religious group profiles. Each profile consists of basic information to help orient the reader to the group, links to web sites, and a bibliography of print resources.

Religious Studies Web Guides
Directory containing links to religion web sites organized by format (bibliographies, indexes, text) or by religious group (Christianity, Hinduism, Taoism, etc). Also has a search option.

Virtual Religion Index
Provides links to religious web sites, including those dealing with Buddhism, East Asian religions, Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, and may more.

Visual Glossary of Religious Symbols
Provides information about and pictorial representations of religious symbols.

Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion
Extensive resource providing links to web sites dealing with a wide variety of topics in religion from various religions around the world to the history of Christianity to social thought.

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