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Religion 110

New Testament Survey

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Jesus Washing Peter's Feet, Ford Madox Brown, 1851-56,
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Reference Sources    
Ministry Matters   back to top

Ministry Matters

A destination site for all church leaders, both paid and volunteer, interdenominational and nondenominational. The site’s goals are threefold: to equip, connect, and inspire people in ministry.

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Dictionaries back to top

Anchor Bible Dictionary, Doubleday, 1992.
Main Level, Reference: R 220.3 An21A [6 vols]

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2006.
Based on the highly acclaimed Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, this is an indispensable guide to every aspect of the Christian religion and life, including theology, patristic scholarship, churches and denominations, the church calendar and organization, and the Bible. There are also many entries on theologians, philosophers, painters, musicians, and writers of religious works.

The Dictionary of Bible and Religion, Abingdon Press, 1986.
Main Level, Reference:
R 203.21 D561D

A Dictionary of the Bible [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2002.
Provides clear explanations of technical terms, methods of interpretation, and critical analysis, as well as notes on leading biblical scholars and their contributions, it is also concerned with denominational interpretations of the themes and doctrine of the Bible.

HarperCollins Bible Dictionary, Harper San Francisco, 1996.
Main Level, Reference: R 220.3 H234H

The Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible
, Abingdon Press, 1962.
Main Level, Reference: R 220.3 In8I [4 vols, supplement]

The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, Oxford University Press, 1997.
Main Level, Reference: R 203 Ox2O

The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Theology, Westminster Press, 1983.
Main Level, Reference: R 230.03 W528W

Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms, Westminster John Knox Press, 1996.
Main Level, Reference: R 230.03 M212W

Encyclopedias   back to top

The Encyclopedia of Christianity, Eerdmans, 1999-2008.
Main Level, Reference: R 230.003 En19E [5 vols]

Encyclopedia of Religion [Gale Virtual Reference Library], Macmillan Reference, 2005.
Also available Main Level, Reference: R 200.3 En19E [14 vols]

Encyclopedia of the Early Church, Oxford University Press, 1992.
Main Level, Reference: R 270.103 D648E [2 vols]

Encyclopedic Dictionary of Religion, Corpus Publications, 1979.
Main Level, Reference: R 203.21 En19E [3 vols]
“Developed under Roman Catholic auspices and inspiration.”

Encyclopedia of Religion, 15 Volume Set
Companions & Concordances   back to top

The NIV Exhaustive Concordance, Zondervan Pub. House, c1990.

Main Level, Reference: R 220.5208 G626N

The NRSV Concordance Unabridged: including the Apocryphal/Ceuterocanonical books, Zondervan, c1991.

Main Level, Reference: R 220.520433 K824N

The Oxford Companion to Christian Thought, Oxford University Press, 2000.
Main Level, Reference: R 230.03 Ox2O

The Oxford Companion to the Bible [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2003.
Ranging far beyond the scope of a traditional Bible dictionary, the Oxford Companion to the Bible provides an authoritative one-volume reference to the people, places, events, books, institutions, religious belief, and secular influence of the Bible. Written by more than 250 scholars from some 20 nations and embracing a wide variety of perspectives, the Companion features, in addition to its many informative, factual entries, an abundance of interpretive essays. Included are extended entries on religious concepts from immortality, sin, and grace, to baptism, ethics, and the Holy Spirit.

Also available in print: Main Level, Reference: R 220.3 M568

Commentaries   back to top


The New Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes, Abingdon Press, 1994-2002. 
Main Level, Reference: R 220.7 N42N2 [12 vols]

General articles & introduction, commentary, & reflections for each book of the Bible, including the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical books.

Interpretation, a Bible commentary for teaching and preaching

Upper Level, Circulating Collection: [series of 44 titles]

This link leads to an alphabetical list of the recommended Interpretation commentaries available on 44 books of the Bible. Check title for location/call number and availability. "Check shelf" status means item should be in place on the shelf upstairs. A date under Status means item is checked out and due on that date.

Bible Atlases back to top

The Harper Atlas of the Bible, Harper & Row, 1987.
Main Level, Reference:
ATLAS 912.122 H234H

Atlas of the Bible [CREDO Reference], Andromeda, 1985.
Treating its subject geographically rather than historically, this unique work features the main biblical sites illustrated with colour maps. The book opens with a description of the Bible, explains how it came to be composed and how it has been transmitted to us through medieval manuscript copies and modern translations. The second section of the text provides an outline of the historical background of the Bible, from the time of Abraham to the close of the New Testament period. The third and principal section discusses the main geographical regions of the Bible and the sites within them. The history and main features of each region and site are described, and references are made throughout to incidents from the Old and New Testaments.


Biographical Sources   back to top


Who's Who in the Old Testament  [CREDO Reference], Routledge, 2002.

Who's Who in the New Testament [CREDO Reference], Routledge, 2002.

Who's Who in the Old Testament, Oxford University Press, 1993.
Main Level, Reference: R 220.92 W62W

Who's Who in the New Testament, Oxford University Press, 1993.

Main Level, Reference: R 220.92 W62W2

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THOMCAT back to top


Use PC's online catalog to locate books and other materials at Thomason Library. Search by author, title, keyword, or subject.


  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:  
    Jeremias Joachim  [as AUTHOR]
   Jeremias, Joachim [as SUBJECT]
  • Search for a specific item using the exact TITLE
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to Old Testament prophets:   
  • Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.
    • Try a KEYWORD search if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. Type two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find into search box. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

    • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
    • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.

Keyword Searching Tips


  • Add * to the root of a word to truncate or expand a term:

        disciple* = disciple, disciples, discipleship

  • Use AND between words to narrow your search:

              Jesus AND discipleship

  • Use OR between words to expand your search and group these works with parentheses:

  (covenant OR promise) AND Jesus


PASCAL Catalog back to top

PASCAL Catalog

If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, search here for books in other academic libraries in SC. Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.

WorldCat & I.L.L. back to top


A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in the PASCAL Catalog.

Interlibrary Loan

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Article Databases back to top

The following journal databases are available to PC students, faculty, and staff from on- and off-campus locations.  Search using terms dealing with your topic.

ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials [EBSCO] 
Database produced by the American Theological Association. Provides coverage of religion/theology journals as well as indexing of essay collections. Full text of some journals provided through ATLASerials. Full-text links to other databases provided when available.

Academic Search Complete [EBSCO] 
The world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.

Archival database of full-text articles from scholarly journals including behavioral science titles, as well as other disciplines.

Project  MUSE:  Basic Undergraduate Collection 
Current and recent volumes of 112 core journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Journal Finder back to top

Journal Finder provides access to PC's electronic and print journals, magazines, and newspapers in one convenient location.

Search Journal Finder to determine if PC has full text for the journal, magazine or newspaper article you need. Library databases are connected by Journal Finder and lead you to full-text when available.


New York Times

The New York Times Archive [ProQuest Historical Newspapers]
Full-text & full-image of NYT articles with coverage from 1851 up to three years ago.

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