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Bible and Reference Sources about the Bible

Print and online versions of the Bible, reference sources about the Bible, and precise MNCAT search strategies to find the exact records for Bible versions and related resources.

Table of Contents:

Getting Started
  • Guide To Reference Books
    http://primo.lib.umn.edu/TWINCITIES:UMN_ALMA21482558710001701
    11th Ed. Chicago: American Library Association, 1996. 2,020p. A bibliography of available reference sources.
    A list and description of the principal versions of the Bible in English. pp. 398-399.
    • Location(s): Wilson Quarto Z1035.1 .G89 1996
Bibles
Note: There are over three hundred listings for the Bible in our catalog, either in print or online. There are also many online versions not listed in our catalog. For this reason, this page lists selected examples to convey an idea of the range of options, and to simplify the search process.

Advanced research may require browsing the shelves, searching our catalog and visiting our Special Collections and Rare Books, a division of Archives and Special Collections.

  • Searching the Libraries Catalog for Versions of the Bible and Books about the Bible
    • The Bible - Library Search Strategies
      https://docs.google.com/a/umn.edu/document/d/1Bt_COPNEHKf_ZTOYcZRISLsMsu7HhXBFVTN03RKJeHc/edit?usp=sharing
      Google Doc designed for use with the University of Minnesota Libraries catalog.
  • Jewish Study Bible (print)
    http://primo.lib.umn.edu/TWINCITIES:default_scope:UMN_ALMA21422477640001701
    "Jewish Publication Society Tanakh translation."
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library BS895 .J495 2004 Regular Loan
  • Tanakh (print)
    http://primo.lib.umn.edu/TWINCITIES:default_scope:UMN_ALMA21365055980001701
    [Tanakh] = JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh : the traditional Hebrew text and the new JPS translation.
    Jewish Publication Society.
    2nd ed.. Philadelphia : Jewish Publication Society 1999
    Language: English;Hebrew Description: "Hebrew text based on Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia"--title page verso.
    Contents:
    TORAH: The Five Books of Moses. Genesis. Exodus. Leviticus. Numbers. Deuteronomy --
    NEVI'IM: The Prophets. Joshua. Judges. 1 Samuel. 2 Samuel. 1 Kings. 2 Kings. Isaiah. Jeremiah. Ezekiel. Hosea. Joel. Amos. Obadiah. Jonah. Micah. Nahum. Habakkuk. Zephaniah. Haggai. Zechariah. Malachi --
    KETHUVIM: The Writings. Psalms. Proverbs. Job. The Song of Songs. Ruth. Lamentations. Ecclesiastes. Esther. Daniel. Ezra. Nehemiah. 1 Chronicles. 2 Chronicles.
    Wilson Library General Collection - Check at 1st Floor Service Desk if Unable to Locate (Quarto BS895 .J4 1999 )
  • Bibles (print copies) - Browse the shelves for Bibles in Wilson Library
    Various versions are in the LC call number range BS185 - BS195, with a few in Reference (first floor) and circulating copies upstairs (check floor plans or ask at information desk).
  • Bible Gateway (online)
    https://www.biblegateway.com/versions/
    Wide range of language options. In 2008 Bible Gateway became a division of Zondervan, and is, today, a member of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Note:site contains some devotional material.
  • Bibles in HathiTrust Digital Library
    https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Search/Home?type%5B%5D=title&lookfor%5B%5D=holy%20bible&filter%5B%5D=topicStr%3ABible&ft=ft
    Be sure to login as University of Minnesota, and you can also limit to full view (full text online).

    About: HathiTrust Digital Library is a digital preservation repository and highly functional access platform. It provides long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in copyright content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives.

  • Complete Parallel Bible
    http://prime2.oit.umn.edu:1701/TWINCITIES:default_scope:UMN_ALMA21341492230001701
    Print copy only; location in Wilson Library. Containing the Old and New Testaments with the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical books : New Revised Standard Version, Revised English Bible, New American Bible, New Jerusalem Bible.
    • Location(s): Wilson Reference BS 125 .B5x 1993
  • New Revised Standard Version
    This version is often used by scholars as the translation is considered most accurate.

    Check the Libraries catalog to determine availability.

    • The new Oxford annotated Bible [NRSV] print ed. in Wilson Reference
      http://primo.lib.umn.edu/TWINCITIES:default_scope:UMN_ALMA21434566030001701
      The new Oxford annotated Bible with the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical books Michael David Coogan; Marc Zvi Brettler; Carol A Newsom (Carol Ann), 1950-; Pheme Perkins
      3rd ed.. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press 2001
      Wilson Library Reference (BS191.5.A1 2001 .N49 )
    • More options

      The Holy Bible : New Revised Standard Version : containing the Old and New Testaments with the Apocryphal or Deuterocanonical books. Arion Press.
      San Francisco : Arion Press 2000
      Andersen Library Rare Books (Flat BS191.5.A1 2000 .S3 )

      The new Oxford annotated Bible with the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical books Bernhard W Anderson; Bruce M Metzger (Bruce Manning), 1914-2007.; Roland E Murphy (Roland Edmund), 1917-2002.
      New York : Oxford University Press 1991
      Wilson Library General Collection (BS191.5.A11991 .N49 ) and other locations

      The Cambridge annotated study Bible : New Revised Standard Version Howard Clark Kee
      Cambridge England ; New York, N.Y. : Cambridge University Press 1993
      Wilson Library General Collection (BS191.5.A1 1993 C36x 1993 )

      The Saint John's Bible.
      Donald Jackson 1938-; Hill Museum & Manuscript Library.; St. John's Abbey (Collegeville, Minn.); St. John's University (Collegeville, Minn.)
      Heritage ed.. Collegeville, Minn. : Hill Museum & Manuscript Library 2007 -
      Andersen Library Rare Books (Flat BS191.5.A1 2007 .C65 )

      The Saint John's Bible
      Donald Jackson 1938-; St. John's University (Collegeville, Minn.)
      Collegeville, Minn. : Liturgical Press 2006
      Wilson Library General Collection (Folio BS191.5.A1 2005 .C65 )

      The HarperCollins study Bible : New Revised Standard Version, including the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical books with concordance
      Harold W Attridge; Wayne A Meeks; Jouette M Bassler; Society of Biblical Literature. Rev. and updated ; 1st ed.. San Francisco, Calif. : HarperOne 2006
      Wilson Library General Collection (BS191.5.A1 2006 .S36 )

      The Holy Bible : containing the Old and New Testaments with the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical books : New Revised Standard Version.
      Oxford University Press.
      New York : Oxford University Press 1989
      Wilson Library General Collection (BS191.5.A1 1989 .N49 )

      The access Bible : New Revised Standard Version, with the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical books Gail R. O'Day 1954-; David Peterson 1944-
      New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press 1999
      Wilson Library General Collection (BS191.5.A1 .N49x 1999 )

      The Holy Bible : containing the Old and New Testaments with the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical books Martin H Manser; John Barton 1948-; Bruce M Metzger (Bruce Manning), 1914-2007.
      Cross-reference ed. / Anglicized ed.. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press 2003
      Wilson Library General Collection (BS191.5.A1 2003 O94 2003 )

  • Historical Editions
    • Early Sources in Digital Form
      • Aleppo Codex
        http://aleppocodex.org/
        Digitized version of the medieval bound manuscript of the Hebrew Bible. The codex was written in the 10th century A.D.
      • Digital Dead Sea Scrolls
        http://dss.collections.imj.org.il/
        High-resolution images of the scrolls, plus short explanatory videos and background information on the texts and their history. Five complete scrolls from the Israel Museum have been digitized for the project at this stage and are now accessible online." Language of the Scrolls: Hebrew is the most common language, though a small number of scrolls are written in Aramaic, and a few in Greek. The most common script is the Jewish script, also called the "Assyrian" or "square" script, which was widely used from the sixth century BCE on. However, about 14 biblical scrolls are written in the ancient Hebrew script, and many texts use a cryptographic script, combining mirror writing and a mixture of Jewish, ancient Hebrew, and Greek scripts. Description and commentary are in English.
    • Rare Bibles and Scrolls (printed books and online exhibitions about printed Bibles)
        • "Baskerville Bible"
          http://primo.lib.umn.edu/TWINCITIES:default_scope:UMN_ALMA21500296350001701
          The Holy Bible, containing the Old Testament and the New. Cambridge England : Printed by J. Baskerville, printer to the University 1763 Andersen Library Rare Books (Flat 220.52 B47bas )
        • "The Nonesuch Bible"
          http://primo.lib.umn.edu/TWINCITIES:default_scope:UMN_ALMA21493920000001701
          The Holy Bible. Bernard Salomon approximately 1506-approximately 1561, London : Nonesuch Press; New York : Random House 1963 Available at TC Andersen Library Rare Books (Elmer Andersen)
        • Luther Bible
          http://primo.lib.umn.edu/TWINCITIES:default_scope:UMN_ALMA21348348670001701
          Title: Das new Testament D. Martinus Luther.
          Uniform Title: Bible. New Testament. Luther.
          Contributor: Martin Luther 1483-1546.
          Related Titles: Bound with Bible. O.T. Prophets. German. Luther. 1560.
          Publisher: Nürnberg : J. vom Berg vnd U. Neuber illustrations ; German
          Check holdings at TC Wilson Library Rare Books (Folio 224 B471G 1560 )
        • Word Made Flesh, The
          http://gallery.lib.umn.edu/exhibits/show/wordmadeflesh
          This online exhibit featured examples of biblical texts, including medieval manuscripts and facsimiles, from the University of Minnesota Libraries' Rare Books and Special Collections. Highlights included two leaves from the 42-line Gutenberg Bible; the original New Testament portion of the King James Bible; other early printings such as the Geneva Bible and the "Breeches" Bible; and related works stemming out of the Reformation such as publications, broadsides, and pamphlets from Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon, and others.
      • Ramseyer-Northern Bible Society Collection (UMD)
        http://www.d.umn.edu/lib/bible/index.htm
        Duluth campus, University of Minnesota.

        "The Collection now numbers over 1,800 volumes, representing 410 languages. Some of the more interesting items are four scrolls of the Torah, dating from the 13th to the 19th centuries; a first edition of the King James Bible and the 1750 Challoner revision of the Douay/Rheims Bible; the 1490 edition of the Opuscula of Thomas Aquinas; the 1554 Erasmus Latin text of the New Testament; four editions of the Geneva Bible, and the 1862 facsimile edition made from the one extant copy of the Tyndale New Testament, recently purchased by the British Library"

      • Library of Congress Bible Collection
        https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/bibles/special-presentation.html
        An online exhibit about the Bible Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress
    • King James Bible
      Because of the historical interest in this particular text, there are some additional links below:
      • The English Bible : King James Version.
        http://primo.lib.umn.edu/TWINCITIES:default_scope:UMN_ALMA21632768370001701
        Print copy in Wilson (check catalog record in above link for availability)
        Norton critical edition Herbert Marks; Gerald Hammond; Austin Busch 1st ed.. New York : Norton 2012 [two volumes]
        Wilson Library General Collection (BS185 2012 .N49 2012 )
      • Digitized versions
        Either digitized, searchable text or scanned page images, which may also include some illustrations.
        • The Bible: King James version
          http://quod.lib.umich.edu/k/kjv/index.html
          Text only. Browse text or search for keywords or phrases.
          "The original electronic text for this version of the Bible was provided by the Oxford Text Archive. Original tagging was performed by the New Centre for the Oxford English Dictionary (Waterloo). Subsequent conversion to SGML was performed by the University of Michigan Humanities Text Initiative. The HTI is grateful for the permission of the Oxford Text Archive to provide access to the text."
        • The Bible : Authorized King James Version
          http://primo.lib.umn.edu/TWINCITIES:default_scope:UMN_ALMA51623794640001701
          Digital version via EBSCO vendor software; can be viewed online and/or downloaded. Citation:

          The Bible : Authorized King James Version
          World's classics.
          Robert P Carroll; Stephen Prickett; EBSCOhost. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press 2008

        • 1611 edition, scanned images of pages - U Penn
          http://sceti.library.upenn.edu/sceti/printedbooksNew/index.cfm?TextID=kjbible
          Complete with illustrated frontispiece. SEARCH KJV at Upenn website If long link doesn't work, try searching KJV at http://sceti.library.upenn.edu/
        • 1611 edition, scanned
          https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/1611-Bible/
          site offers both scanned pages of text only (no illustrations) and searchable digitized text.
        • Early English Books Online (EEBO)
          EEBO contains various editions listed by year. You can search within EEBO to get various editions of the King James Bible; in a given record, click on the tiny page image to access thumbnails that link to full pages. Examples:
        • Early American Imprints
          • The first Bible ever printed in America...Samuel Clark 1770
            http://primo.lib.umn.edu/TWINCITIES:default_scope:UMN_ALMA21516323150001701
            The first Bible ever printed in America : Proposals for printing by subscription, in a most beautiful and elegant manner, in two large volumes folio. The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments: or a family Bible, with annotations and parallel Scriptures. ... By the late Rev. Samuel Clark, M.A. Early American imprints. First series ; no. 42091. John Fleeming Boston : Printed by John Fleeming, at his printing-office, in Newbury-Street, nearly opposite the White-Horse Tavern, Boston 1770 Online access. The library also has physical copy on microfiche (Wilson Library General Collection Mfiche 377 42091) location: Wilson Library basement.
        • Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)
          • Holy Bible ...Samuel Clark 1760
            http://primo.lib.umn.edu/TWINCITIES:default_scope:UMN_ALMA51560165220001701
            The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testament: or, a family Bible, with annotations and parallel Scriptures. ... By Samuel Clark. Samuel Clark 1626-1701.
            in two parts, with etable of contents. London : Sold by J. Fuller 1760 Online access
        • Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)
          ECCO contains:
          Examples:

          TITLE: The Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments Newly translated out of the original tongues and with the former translations diligently ...
          DETAIL: Oxon, [1751]. 1148pp. Religion and Philosophy
          Full Citation eTable of Contents List of Illustrations

          TITLE: The Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments Newly translated out of the original tongues and with the former translations diligently ...
          DETAIL: Oxon, [1759]. 882pp. Vol. Volume 1 of 2 (2 vols. available) Religion and Philosophy
          Full Citation eTable of Contents

          TITLE: The Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments Newly translated out of the original tongues and with the former translations diligently ...
          DETAIL: Oxon, [1759]. 442pp. Vol. Volume 2 of 2 (2 vols. available) Religion and Philosophy
          Full Citation eTable of Contents

          TITLE: The Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments Newly translated out of the original tongues and with the former translations diligently ...
          DETAIL: Oxon, [1764]. 646pp. Vol. Volume 1 of 2 (2 vols. available) Religion and Philosophy
          Full Citation eTable of Contents

          TITLE: The Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments Newly translated out of the original tongues and with the former translations diligently ...
          DETAIL: Oxon, [1764]. 693pp. Vol. Volume 2 of 2 (2 vols. available) Religion and Philosophy
          Full Citation eTable of Contents

          TITLE: The holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments Newly translated out of the Original Tongues and with the former translations diligently ...
          DETAIL: London, MDCCLXXII. [1772]. 1754pp. Vol. Volume 1 of 2 (1 vols. available) Religion and Philosophy

      • Apocryphal Books (non-canonical)
        Use the subject phrase apocryphal books when searching the Libraries catalog: mncat
Atlases
  • Oxford Bible Atlas online (ebook)
    http://primo.lib.umn.edu/TWINCITIES:default_scope:UMN_ALMA51556599690001701
    Oxford Bible atlas. online based on print edition. Print copy in Wilson; check MNCAT for availability. 4th ed.. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press 2007 Wilson Library General Collection - Check at 1st Floor Service Desk if Unable to Locate (Quarto BS630 .O96 2007 )
    • Location(s): print edition also available: Wilson Quarto BS630 .O96 2007
Commentaries
Note: Commentaries series often have different call numbers for each title in the series. You will need to search MNCAT using one of the strategies shown below.
  • International Review of Biblical Studies
    http://primo.lib.umn.edu/TWINCITIES:default_scope:UMN_ALMA51606874350001701
    Print volumes:Wilson Library Reference BS410 .I58x

    ONLINE: use this link(2008) and once in Brill database, click on the series title for the other years.

  • Old Testament Library (series)
    Do a series search in MNCAT Basic:
    Old Testament Library as exact phrase in title
  • International Critical Commentary
    Search MNCATPlus for International Critical Commentary as exact phrase.
  • Hermeneia
    Search for hermeneia bible commentaries as keywords in MNCATPlus

    Learn more about the series at the publisher site.

Concordances
  • Concordances to the Bible
    Several concordances are on first floor, Wilson Reference in the call number range beginning BS425.
Dictionaries
  • Lingua Sacra [Hebrew grammar, dictionary] online
    http://primo.lib.umn.edu/TWINCITIES:default_scope:UMN_ALMA51570486090001701
    Lingua sacra : in three parts. Part I. Contains a complete Hebrew grammar, ... Part II. A complete Hebrew-English dictionary; ... Part III. To contain all words, ... used in the English tongue, ... and explained in Hebrew. By David Levi.David Levi 1740-1799. London : Printed by W. Justins, Albion-Buildings, Bartholomew-Close, for the author; and sold by J. Parsons; and all booksellers in town and country 1785-88
  • New Interpreter's Bible, The
    http://primo.lib.umn.edu/TWINCITIES:default_scope:UMN_ALMA21327400360001701
    12 volumes
    • Location(s): WILSON Reference Quarto BS491.2 .N484 1994
  • Oxford Reference Online
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/2595
    This resource offers 100 online reference works. Choose RELIGION from the Subjects list to access, among other titles:
    - A Dictionary of the Bible
    - The Oxford Companion to the Bible
    - The Oxford Guide to People and Places of the Bible
Article Indexes
  • ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/3762
    The ATLA Religion Database is the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all scholarly fields of religion. A limited number of periodicals are available as full text in this database, some going back as far as 1949. Produced by the American Theological Library Association.
  • Ecole Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem (online)
    http://biblio.ebaf.info/
    This is the catalog for the Ecole Biblique's library. It contains comprehensive bibliographic information relating to Biblical and ancient Near Eastern studies, archaeology, and related disciplines. The collection consists of more than 140,000 volumes and 400 active journals specializing in biblical studies, Near Eastern archaeology and ancient Middle Eastern languages and literature. The home page for the Ecole Biblique et Archeologie Francaise. The site includes a search engine of the library's catalogue on the Web. Catalogue De L'Ecole Biblique Et Archeologique Francaise De Jerusalem [computer file] GUIDES are in PDF format that will download from menu at http://www.ebaf.edu/wp-content/uploads/biblio/
  • Analytical Bibliography of Deuteronomy (AnaBiDeut)
    http://anabideut.univie.ac.at/content/site/en/project/index.html
    Analytical Bibliography of Deuteronomy (AnaBiDeut) is an analytical internet bibliography of the book of Deuteronomy, designed for quick searches and title downloads. AnaBiDeut provides an annotated, organized, bibliographical database for scholarship on Deuteronomy, prepared by Professors Norbert Lohfink (Sankt Georgen/Frankfurt) and Georg Braulik (Vienna). There is nothing available anywhere that is as complete and analytical as this resource.
  • Old Testament Abstracts
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/6616

    The product of a partnership between ATLA and the Catholic Biblical Association, this database features indexing and abstracts for journal articles, monographs, multi-author works, and software related to Old Testament studies. Content from over 450 journals is covered. All abstracts are in English, regardless of the language of the original work. Topics covered include antiquities, archaeology, biblical theology, philology and much more. Print Edition: Wilson Reference BS410 .O42
    • Location(s): Wilson Reference BS410 .O42

  • New Testament Abstracts
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/3076
    The product of a partnership between ATLA and the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, this database is a research and bibliographic aid for scholars, librarians, clergy and students of the New Testament and its historical milieu. NTA contains more than 38,000 article abstracts, 1,200 review abstracts, 13,500 book abstracts, and 50 software abstracts. Each year an additional 2,100 articles from more than 500 periodicals in numerous languages are selected for inclusion. In addition, approximately 800 current books are also summarized annually.
    • Location(s): WILSON Reference CD ROM.
    • Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability http://prime2.oit.umn.edu:1701/primo_library/libweb/action/display.do?fn=display&vid=TWINCITIES&doc=umn_aleph002714452
  • Elenchus of Biblica
    http://prime2.oit.umn.edu:1701/TWINCITIES:default_scope:UMN_ALMA21434277510001701
    Wilson Library BS410 .B71x (1987-2001)
    • Location(s): Wilson Library BS410 .B71x (1987-2001)
  • Elenchus elucidated (print guide)
    http://prime2.oit.umn.edu:1701/TWINCITIES:default_scope:UMN_ALMA21517394140001701
    • Location(s): Wilson Reference quarto BS410 .E44x 1975
Research Guides / Bibliographies
  • Bibliographie Biblique
    http://prime2.oit.umn.edu:1701/TWINCITIES:default_scope:UMN_ALMA21403975710001701
    • Location(s): Wilson Reference BS410.L35x
  • Reader's Guide to the Talmud
    http://prime2.oit.umn.edu:1701/TWINCITIES:mncat_discovery:UMN_ALMA51580694740001701
    Online access print edition in Wilson Library Reference BM503.5 .N487 2001
  • New Testament Tools and Studies
    http://primo.lib.umn.edu/primo_library/libweb/action/dlSearch.do?institution=TWINCITIES&query=browse_title%2cexact%2cnew+testament+tools+and+studies&dym=true&highlight=true&mode=BrowseSearch&originalMode=BrowseSearch&loc=scope%3a(TWINCITIES)&browseField=title&basicSearchTxt(freeText0)=New+Testament+Tools+and+Studies&lastTerm=new+testament+tools+and+studies&browseDisplayedEntry=New+Testament+tools+and+studies&docCount=47&srt=date&sortField=scdate
    use BROWSE feature in MNCAT to view by series title to see all titles
Additional Resources
  • Biblical Art
    http://www.biblical-art.com/biblicalsubject1.asp
    free Web site.
  • Biblical Fonts
    http://www.sbl-site.org/Resources/Resources_BiblicalFonts.aspx
    Fonts from the Society of Biblical Literature. In order to foster biblical scholarship, The Society of Biblical Literature has collaborated with many organizations and individuals to develop fonts for biblical scholars. The SP Legacy Fonts, developed by James Adair, are available here. The SBL is developing a new series of high-quality fonts for digital and print use. Hebrew is the first in the series to be released.
  • Religious Studies
    https://www.lib.umn.edu/subjects/rqs/182
    This links to the main subject resources page for Religious Studies
    This subject covers: the spiritual history and practices of human beings from mythological times to the present. Other related subjects are Philosophy, and Middle East Studies.


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