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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
  • A Guide to Biblical Research: Introductory Notes
    http://primo.lib.umn.edu/primo_library/libweb/action/display.do?fn=display&vid=TWINCITIES&afterPDS=true&doc=umn_aleph005276303
    Authre: Bazyliński, Stanisław, 1962-
    Roma : Editrice Pontificio Istituto biblico 2006
    TC Wilson Library Reference BS417 .B3913 2006
Bible
  • Bibles - editions in Wilson Library
    Various versions are in the LC call number range BS185 - BS195, in Reference (first floor) and circulating copies on the third floor.
  • Early Sources in Digital Form
    • Aleppo Codex
      http://www.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
    • Ramseyer-Northern Bible Society Collection (UMD)
      http://www.d.umn.edu/lib/bible/index.htm
      "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"
Atlases 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.
  • Anchor Bible Commentary (series)
    Search for this series in MNCAT Classic
    series begins Bible. English. Anchor Bible
  • Old Testament Library (series)
    Do a series search in MNCAT Classic Basic search screen
    Series begins Old Testament Library
  • International Critical Commentary
    Search MNCATPlus for International Critical Commentary as exact phrase. See instructions below.
  • Hermeneia
    Search for hermeneia bible commentaries as keywords in MNCATPlus

    Learn more about the series at the publisher site.

  • International Review of Biblical Studies
    The official title as it appears in MNCAT is: Internationale Zeitschriftenschau für Bibelwissenschaft und Grenzgebiete = International review of Biblical studies = Revue internationale des études bibliques.

    Fortunately there is one call number for all the volumes we own:
    Wilson Library Reference BS410 .I58x

  • Search MNCAT for SERIES
    • Search MNCAT Classic this way:

    Basic Search for Series begins... Bible. English. Anchor Bible -- or-- enter a keyword search using the terms Anchor Bible and commentary. See sample record below. Sample search result Ruth : a new translation with introduction, notes, and commentary MNCAT Advanced Search

  • Search MNCATPlus for series title as exact phrase
    For example, on the home page you will see a quick search box in MNCATPlus. You can type in "International Critical Commentary". When that opens up the full MNCATPlus screen, you can set the search to "exact phrase". Do not change to a title search.
Concordances
  • Various concordances to the Bible
    Several concordances are on first floor, Wilson Reference in the call number range beginning BS425.
Dictionaries
  • 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
Periodical 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.
  • 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
Research Guides / Bibliographies
  • New Testament Tools and Studies
    (series) Note: Search MNCAT by series title to see all titles
Searching MNCAT by Subject, Title, and Keyword (including Bible versions)

Subject headings: There are over 2,000 subject heading combinations for the Bible. The examples below show the format for some commonly used headings and sub-divisions. Use the search command (followed by the subject heading) in the online catalog MNCAT to determine what books on the subject are held in the University of Minnesota Libraries. See the examples below.

Title: Do a title search when you have the exact title of a particular version or translation. In the case of lengthy headings, you can let MNCAT automatically "truncate" (retrieve alternative endings) to your search. Example: complete parallel bible

Keyword: You may find keyword searching more successful when you want a particular version or translation, but are not sure how the title is listed. Example: douai and bible

Subject Examples:
bible o t psalms--paraphrases
bible as literature
bible german--versions--luther
bible--versions


Subject Subdivisions:
bible--canon
bible--chronology
bible--commentaries
bible--concordances
bible--criticism interpretation etc
bible--dictionaries
bible--geography
bible--hermeneutics
bible--history
bible--illustrations
bible--introductions
More Subject and/or Title Examples:
bible as literature
bible. english. authorized (for King James version)
bible english--versions
bible english--versions--douai
bible latin
bible n t
bible n t epistles of paul
bible n t gospels
bible n t greek
bible n t luke
bible o t
bible o t apocrypha
bible o t--criticism, interpretation, etc.
bible o t--criticism, textual
bible o t hebrew
bible o t pentateuch
bible o t ruth
bible o t song of solomon


Title Examples:
bible german
bible n t greek
Law (Theology)--Biblical teaching


Keyword Examples:
bible and atlas
biblia hebraica quinta
new testament and greek
douai
hebrew bible
witness? and bibl?
  • Uniform Titles for MNCAT Browse

    sample uniform title (dates may vary) _________________________ common name

    Bible. O.T. Pentateuch. English. Jewish Publication Society. 1962. ................ new JPS

    Bible. O.T. English. 1917 [Jewish Publication Society] ................................... old JPS

    Bible. O.T. Hebrew Versions Aleppo Codex...................................................Aleppo Codex.

    Bible. O.T. Hebrew. Leningrad Codex. 2000................................................Biblia Hebraica Leningradensia, or Leningrad Codex.

    Bible. O.T. Hebrew. Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. 1971 ..............................BHS, Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia

    Bible. O.T. Hebrew. Hebraica quinta. 2004; [vol. number]..................................Biblia Hebraica Quinta

    Bible. English. Douai. 1971 ................................................................................. Douai version (first published 1609)

    Bible. English. Authorized. 1611 ......................................................................... King James version (original) or KJV

    Bible. English. Authorized. 2002. ........................................................................ New King James version also called NKJV

    Bible. English. American Standard. 1911. ......................................................... American Standard version

    Bible. English. Revised Standard. 2002 ............................................................. Revised standard version also called RSV

    Bible. English. New Revised Standard. 2005 ..................................................... New Revised Standard Version also called NRSV

    Bible. English. New Revised Standard. 2001. .................................................... New Oxford annotated Bible, with Apocrypha

    Bible. English. New English. 1971 ...................................................................... New English Bible

    Bible. English. Jerusalem Bible 1966. ................................................................. Jerusalem Bible

    Bible. English. New Jerusalem Bible. 1985 ...................................................... New Jerusalem Bible

    Bible. English. New International ...................................................................... New International Version also called NIV


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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