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Introducing the New Testament by
Publication Date: 2018
This lively, engaging introduction to the New Testament is critical yet faith-friendly, lavishly illustrated, and accompanied by a variety of pedagogical aids.
Anatomy of the New Testament by
Publication Date: 2013
This broadly adopted textbook weds literary and historical approaches to focus on the New Testament's structure and meaning.
Introduction to the New Testament by
Publication Date: 2012
An Introduction to the New Testament provides readers with pertinent material and a helpful framework that will guide them in their understanding of the New Testament texts. An appropriate book for anyone who seeks to better understand what is involved in the exegesis of New Testaments texts today.
New Testament History and Literature by
Publication Date: 2012
In this introduction to the New Testament, Professor Dale B. Martin presents a historical study of the origins of Christianity by analyzing the literature of the earliest Christian movements.
The Bible Gateway is a tool for reading and researching scripture online, 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. It offers versions such as the ESV, HCSB, NIV, and many other translations in various languages, but not the NRSV.
Oremus Bible Browser
This online Bible offers the NRSV in both American and Anglicized (British) editions. It also provides access to the books included in a Catholic Old Testament that are not in a Protestant Old Testament.
This online Bible offers the ESV, HCSB, NIV, and other versions in multiple languages, but not the NRSV. YouVersion also allows registered users to add notes and comments.
Bible in English This link opens in a new window
This database contains 20 different versions of the English Bible, including 12 full Bibles, five New Testament texts, two versions of the Gospels only, and William Tyndale's translations of the Pentateuch, Jonah, and the New Testament.
Online Background Resources
Anchor Bible Dictionary Online
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary is a six-volume state-of-the-art dictionary of the Bible offering the most up-to-date and comprehensive treatment of biblical subjects and topics. Endpaper maps of the Near Eastern world keyed to text for quick location of archaeological and biblical sites.
Encyclopedia of Religion (2d ed. 2005) This link opens in a new window
Access to cross-cultural approach that emphasizes religion's role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture.
Encyclopaedia Judaica (2d ed. 2007) This link opens in a new window
Provides an exhaustive and organized overview of Jewish life and knowledge from the Second Temple period to the contemporary State of Israel, from Rabbinic to modern Yiddish literature, from Kabbalah to "Americana" and from Zionism to the contribution of Jews to world cultures.
Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (EBR) This link opens in a new window
Encyclopedia about the Bible and its origins, development, and influence. Entries document the history of the Bible's reception in Judaism and Christianity as evident in exegetical literature, theological and philosophical writings, literature, liturgy, music, the visual arts, dance, and film, as well as in Islam and other religious traditions and contemporary movements.
Oxford Reference Online This link opens in a new window
Quick reference answers from more over 2 million entries in more than 242 dictionaries and reference titles on subjects such as language, science, medicine, humanities, social science and business, plus the Oxford Essential Quotations and selected titles from the Oxford Companion series.
Biblical Archaeology Society Online Archive This link opens in a new window
Dating back to 1985, the Biblical Archaeology Society Online Archive contains the Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR). BAR is an archaeology magazine covering both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament since its beginning in 1975.
Academic Search Complete This link opens in a new window
Provides full text coverage to nearly 9,100 journals, including over 7,900 peer-reviewed titles in the social sciences, humanities, general science, multi-cultural studies, education and more. Full-text coverage dates back to 1985 and is updated daily.
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Used by millions for research, teaching, and learning. With more than a thousand academic journals and over 1 million images, letters, and other primary sources, JSTOR is one of the world's most trusted sources for academic content.
Academic Video Online This link opens in a new window
Academic Video Online is the most comprehensive video subscription available, delivering almost 70,000 titles spanning subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more. More than 14,000 titles are exclusive to Alexander Street.
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Atla Religion Database This link opens in a new window
Provides access to 632,100 article citations from more than 1,650 journals (518 currently indexed), more than 260,200 essay citations from over 16,700 multi-author works, more than 575,400 book review citations, essays, ministry reports and a growing number of multimedia citations. Includes major theology and religious journals reflecting all major faiths, denominations and language groups. Beginning in 1949 although indexing for some journal titles extends back into the nineteenth century.
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