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RTS2300 Introduction to the New Testament (Spring 2021)

BIBLICAL COMMENTARIES

Commentaries are works that comment on and interpret the texts in the Bible in minute detail, from one verse to another.  They vary in theological perspectives and intended audiences. McQuade owns several; we have listed a few of the more prominently known multi-volume sets and one volume works on this guide.

At McQuade, most biblical commentaries are found on 2nd floor atrium on low shelving in BS 491.2 area.  It's a good idea to browse this section to see most of the commentaries that we own.    There are also additional commentaries in circulating stacks BS491 area.

For finding biblical commentaries on specific books of the Bible, do the following keyword search in the catalog[book title] bible commentaries.  Example: Isaiah bible commentaries

BIBLICAL DICTIONARIES & ENCYCLOPEDIAS

Bible Dictionary (or Bible Encyclopedia) provides important facts and background information regarding a biblical topic.  Depending on the particular dictionary, entries contain information about:

  • people (Abraham, Mary, Paul)
  • places (Jerusalem, Ephesus)
  • events (destruction of the temple, Jerusalem Council)
  • topics (persecution, family, hospitality)
  • books of the Bible (1 Peter, Galatians)
  • theological concepts (atonement, sanctification)

Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias are great ways to explore context.

BOOKS ON SPECIFIC BOOKS OF BIBLE

For book-length commentaries:

  • For finding biblical commentaries on specific books of the Bible, do the following keyword search in the catalog[book title] bible commentaries.  Example: Isaiah bible commentaries
  • Once you are in the stacks looking for books found through the catalog, be sure to browse the shelves for similar material.

CULTURAL/HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

Get some context. Learn about the world of the text. What can be known of the historical situation prior to and during the time the biblical book was written? How did society function at that time, e.g., what was the status of women, children, or slaves in the culture, what religions existed at the time of writing, or what were the main cultural values in society? 

From University of St. Thomas' Guide.

Searching for books, ebooks, and DVDs

Merrimack College is the default search location- this will only show you what is available at McQuade. 

Search other Libraries:

Select "NOBLE (All Libraries)" from the list of locations to see materials in other libraries 

  • Use your library barcode number and library password to request available items from any of the NOBLE libraries. Items are sent directly to the McQuade Library.

Search for DVDs: 

Change the format type to "DVD" to search for films  

Search for Ebooks:

Change the format type to "E-book" to only view materials that are available digitally

  • Ebooks cannot be borrowed from other libraries, so make sure the ebook title you find has a green "Access for Merrimack College" link :

Selected Books: New Testament