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REL 302/502: Introduction to Biblical Interpretation

Tips for Finding Books

When searching for books, there are a couple good strategies to start with:

1. If you already have a relevant book or article in hand, use its bibliography to help find other sources;

2. Use the "More like this" link to find other books within your subject area.

3. Think of synonyms or variations on spelling and try an OR search:

  • e.g. Matthew OR Mark

For some literary research it's important to track a particular author whose name may have varied over the course of his/her lifetime or publication history. In these cases, pay attention to cross-references in the catalog when you do an Author or Subject search for a name. Keep all name variants in mind when you search other catalogs and databases to ensure that you are finding all relevant resources.

Religion and Philosophy Librarian

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Lucy Perrin
Director and Archivist, Rushford Center for Research and Churches of Christ Heritage Collection
Subjects: Philosophy, Religion

Library of Congress Classification - B

Class B - Philosophy, Psychology, Religion

B: Philosophy (General)

BC: Logic

BD: Speculative Philosophy

BF: Psychology

BH: Aesthetics

BJ: Ethics

BL: Religions. Mythology. Rationalism

BM: Judaism

BP: Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc.

BR: Christianity

BS: The Bible

BT: Doctrinal Theology

BV: Practical Theology

BX: Christian Denominations

Browse Library Shelves by Call Number

Hebrew Bible (Old Testament)
BS 1143 Hebrew Bible as a whole
BS 1201-1205.6 Historical books
BS 1221-1285.6 Pentateuch (Torah)
BS 1231-1238 Genesis
BS 1241-1245.6 Exodus
BS 1251-1255.6 Leviticus
BS 1261-1265.6 Numbers
BS 1271-1275.6 Deuteronomy
BS 1286 Prophets (Nevi'im) in general
BS 1286.5 Former Prophets
BS 1291-1295.6 Joshua
BS 1301-1305.6 Judges
BS 1308 The Writings (Ketuvim)
BS 1309 -1310 Five Scrolls
BS 1311-1315.6 Ruth
BS 1321-1325.6 Samuel
BS 1331-1335.6 Kings
BS 1341-1345.6 Chronicles
BS 1351-1355.6 Ezra
BS 1361-1365.6 Nehemiah
BS 1371-1375.6 Esther
BS 1401-1490 Poetical books
BS 1411-1415.6 Job
BS 1419-1451 Psalms
BS 1461 Proverbs
BS 1471 Ecclesiastes
BS 1481 Song of Solomon
BS 1501-1671 Prophetic books (Latter Prophets); Major Prophets
BS 1511 Isaiah
BS 1521 Jeremiah
BS 1531 Lamentations
BS 1541 Ezekiel
BS 1551 Daniel
BS 1560 Minor Prophets
BS 1561 Hosea
BS 1571 Joel
BS 1581 Amos
BS 1591 Obadiah
BS 1601 Jonah
BS 1611 Micah
BS 1621 Nahum
BS 1631 Habakkuk
BS 1641 Zephaniah
BS 1651 Haggai
BS 1661 Zechariah
BS 1671 Malachi
BS 1691 O.T. Apocrypha
BS 1830 O.T. Pseudepigrapha
New Testament
BS 2333 N.T. as a whole
BS 2548 Gospels and Acts
BS 2549 Gospels
BS 2570 Matthew
BS 2580 Mark
BS 2589 Luke and Acts
BS 2590 Luke
BS 2610 John
BS 2626 Acts
BS 2630 Epistles
BS 2640 Pauline Epistles
BS 2660 Romans
BS 2670 Corinthians
BS 2680 Galatians
BS 2690 Ephesians
BS 2700 Philippians
BS 2710 Colossians
BS 2720 Thessalonians
BS 2730 Pastoral Epistles
BS 2740 Timothy
BS 2750 Titus
BS 2760 Philemon
BS 2770 Hebrews
BS 2777 General or Catholic Epistles
BS 2780 James
BS 2790 Peter
BS 2800 John
BS 2810 Jude
BS 2820 Revelation

Oxford Biblical Studies Resources

Library Catalog

Search WorldCat, the Libraries' online catalog.

Databases (Journals)

These resources can only be accessed by Pepperdine University students, faculty and staff. If you are off-campus login to WaveNet.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Most of these are located in Payson Library's Reference collection.
For more information on Greek/Hebrew Word Study and using some of reference resources below, such as concordances, dictionaries, and lexica, see also Duke Divinity School's "Getting Started with Greek/Hebrew Word Study" guide.

Ebook Commentaries

The electronic availability of Bible commentaries varies widely by publisher, series, and publication year. Here are a few commentary series that can be accessed electronically via Pepperdine Libraries:

Many volumes from the following series are available on ProQuest Ebook Central, and can be found through the Library catalog or by searching ProQuest Ebook Central:

  • Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries
  • Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Old Testament
  • Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament
  • Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture
  • Feasting on the Gospels (Westminster John Knox)
  • New Testament Library (Westminster John Knox)
  • New Collegeville Bible Commentary : New Testament
  • Old Testament Library (WJK)
  • Paideia New Testament
  • Reformation Commentary on Scripture
  • The Anchor Bible
  • The Bible Speaks Today: Old Testament Series
  • The Two Horizons Old Testament commentary (Eerdmans)
  • Tyndale Old Testament commentaries
  • Word Biblical Commentary (Zondervan)

Selected Books

For more books on Biblical interpretation, try searching the Library catalog using the subject heading su:Bible Hermeneutics.

Additional Reading