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Online Background Resources
Anchor Yale 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 American Religions (7th ed. 2003) This link opens in a new window
Contains general essays that historically trace the major religious families and traditions, as well as directory listings that include contact and descriptive information on individual churches, religious bodies, and spiritual groups.
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.
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.
New Catholic Encyclopedia (2d ed 2003) This link opens in a new window
Access to persons and subjects related to Catholicism and the humanities, this encyclopedia includes biographies of contemporary religious figures, thousands of photos, maps, and illustrations, and completely updated bibliographical citations. The 15th volume is a cumulative index to the entire encyclopedia.
Oxford Reference Online This link opens in a new window
This resource includes the Oxford Dictionary of the Bible and the Oxford Companion to the Bible, among many other reference tools. Both of these can also be searched within Oxford Biblical Studies Online.
Print Background Resources
Religions of the world : a comprehensive encyclopedia of beliefs and practices
Call Number: Reference BL80.3 .R45 2002
Encyclopedia of religion and society
Call Number: Reference BL60 .E53 1998
Encyclopedia of science and religion
Call Number: Reference BL240.3 .E43 2003
Encyclopedia of women and religion in North America
Call Number: Reference BL458 .E52 2006
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Call Number: Reference BS440 .E44 2000
Find definitions, personal names and their derivation, places, and concepts from the Bible.