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Theology of the Bible I, II

Welcome to the research guide for Theology of the Bible I, II.  The suggested databases are available linked from here and from the Electronic Resources section of the library home page.  Print resources are available in the PHC on-campus collection or by mail to distance learning members of the PHC community.  You may check the location and the availability of an item in the on-campus collection through the online catalog, Voyager, accessed here and through the library home page.

Professional library assistance is available on campus, by phone at 540-441-8400, or by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu


Recommended on-campus resources


The on-campus collection holds a plethora of helpful resources, including a number of scholarly commentaries.  You can browse the resources on-campus or from the online catalog by selecting the browse by call number choice and enter the call number B. BR (Christianity) to BV (Practical Christianity) should be helpful.  Additional items available in the collection include:

  • Oxford encyclopedia of the Reformation, edited by Hans J. Hillerbrand, available at Ref BR 302.8 .O93 1996.
  • New Strong’s exhaustive concordance of the Bible : with main concordance, appendix to the main concordance, topical index to the Bible, dictionary of the Hebrew Bible, dictionary of the Greek Testament, edited by James Strong, available at Ref BS425 .S8 1990.
  • International standard Bible encyclopedia, general editor, Geoffrey W. Bromiley, available at. Ref BS 440 .I6 1979.
  • Luther’s works, vols. 1- 55, 1958, available at BR 330 .E5.
  • Oxford dictionary of world religions, 1997, edited by John Bowker, available at Ref BL31 .O84 1997.
  • Systematic theology texts by Grudem, Chafer, Berkhof and others are available on reserve at the circulation desk.


Internet Resources


Clarke's, Expositor's, and Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown are well respected commentaries and easily available online. A number of other scholarly commentaories are available at studylight.org.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library offers a variety of full-text Christian classics.

Bible Gateway  provides helpful search capabilities, such as word and passage search, footnotes, and cross references in a number of English versions and several additional languages.
Gnostic Society Library offers primary source documents and commentaries from and about Gnostic writers and writings in the early church era.  It also includes information on the Apocrypha.

Jewish Encyclopedia provides access to the 12 volume set completed in 1906.  Although not updated for the 20th century, information is a valued resource for those interested in the Jewish roots of Christian belief and tradition.

Theological Journals Search provides access to over 300 theological journals through Google custom search.

Wabash Center Guide provides information and support primarily in support of theological teaching.  For all researchers, it also provides an Internet Guide to Religion, which links to an array of sites in support of a variety of research endeavors.


Selected Journals


Christian Century - Print 2000-present and online 01/06/1988-present

Christian Scholars Review - Print 2000-present and online 07/01/2002-present

Commonweal - Print 2001-present and online 01/15/1988-present

Ecumenical Review - Online 01/01/1994-present

Harvard Theological Review - Print 2001-present and online 01/01/2001-1 year ago

Journal of Religious Thought - Online 07/01/1994-present

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society - Print 2000-2008

New Testament Studies - Online, 01/01/2001-1 year ago

Theological Studies - Online, 03/01/1995-present




ATLA Religion accesses to articles and citations on theology and philosophy.

eBooks provides access to over 65,000 books that are viewable from your computer wherever you are. You may read online or download for a 2 week period by creating a free user name and password.




If you want to browse the shelves, try these areas of the collection:

B - Religion and Philosophy

BR - Christianity

BS - The Bible

BT - Doctrinal theology

BV - Practical theology

BX - Christian denominations

Search the catalog using the following Library of Congress subject headings:
Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo
Christian biography
Christian ethics
Christian life
Christian literature
Church history
Civilization, Christian
Freedom of religion
  History--Religious aspects--Christianity
Jesus Christ
Luther, Martin, 1483-1546
Paul, the Apostle, Saint
Protestant Churches
Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225-1274


Research Tips


  • Search by subject:  Once you have located a potential source in the catalog, click on the search term within the record to find other items on the same or similar subjects.
  • Once you locate a potential source, additional valuable resources may be listed in the item's bibliography..
  • If you are not able to find what you need on campus or online, you may also request an item through Interlibrary loan.  Instructions for obtaining an Interlibrary loan are available in the Library Services section of the library website.
  • Zotero is a citation management system that will help you collect and organize your resources and then seamlessly create footnotes, endnotes, in-text citations, and bibliographies.  You can download and watch online tutorials, but you may benefit from a librarian’s help in quickly learning how to use Zotero.

All citations must be in Turabian format.  Information for proper Turabian citation can be found in the library.  Additional Turabian citation help can be accessed online at OWL (Online Writing Lab). 

Created:  Gladden, 2008.  Reviewed:  Dr. Darrell Cox, 2010, 2012, 2013.  Updated: Thornhill, 2010, 2012, 2013. Reviewed: Newman, 2013. Updated: Thornhill, 2014.