The following outline presents an approach to finding materials for a biblical exegesis paper. The other pages of this guide provide information about resources that can be consulted in addition to the ones mentioned below.
For an introduction to the context of the exegesis passage:
- Begin with Bible dictionary to provide background information, definitions, dates, and perhaps a beginning bibliography.
- Recommended reference work: The Anchor Bible Dictionary. New York, N.Y. Doubleday,c1992. (TML and O'Neill Reference BS440 .A54 1992).
- There are other possibly useful bible dictionaries and commentaries in the same reference area.
For book-length commentaries:
- For finding biblical commentaries on specific books of the Bible, do the following keyword search in the library catalog: [book title] bible commentaries. Example: Isaiah bible commentaries
- Look for an appropriate volume in the Anchor Bible series.Keyword search: anchor bible gospel john
- Once you are in the stacks looking for books found through the library catalog, be sure to browse the shelves for similar material.
For articles and essays
- Go to ATLA Religion Database.
- For articles on biblical passages, click on Scriptures at the top left.
- Search tip: If you have a biblical passage with chapter and verse numbers, click on Expand to see a list of chapter numbers. By clicking on the relevant chapter number; it will be entered into the Search box.It's possible to do this also for specific verse numbers by clicking on Expand after the chapter number.
- Look for bibliographies in any books or articles you find.
- Use any other relevant indexes to find additional materials: Old Testament Abstracts and New Testament Abstracts.
- Search tip: You can search several of the religion databases together. Click on Choose Databases (located just below the top menu bar and near the center).