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  Historical Theologies
  Biblical Theologies
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Reference Sources:    
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias   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.

Use the Ministry Matters Library module for searching/browsing Biblical reference sources, dictionaries, and commentaries

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

The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions. John Bowker, editor. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Main Level, Reference: R 200.3 Ox2O.  

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions [Oxford Reference Online] John Bowker, editor. Abridged and updated ed.  Oxford University Press  2000, c2002.


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.

A Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation, Trinity Press International, 1990.
Main Level, Reference: R 220.3 D561D

Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation, Abingdon, 1999.

Main Level, Reference: R 220.603 D561D [2 vols]

The Dictionary of Historical Theology, W.B. Eerdmans Pub., c2000. 
Main Level, Reference: R 230.09 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.

The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion. R.J. Zwi Werblowsky and Geoffrey Wigoder, editors. Oxford University Press, 1997. Main Level, Reference: R 296.03 Ox2O

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

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

The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, Oxford University Press, 1997.
Main Level, Reference: R 203 Ox2O
Also available, an online abbreviated version: Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church

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

Augustine Through the Ages: An Encyclopedia. Allan D. Fitzgerald, general editor.   W.B. Eerdmans, c1999.

Main Level, Reference: R 230.14 Au45A

Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, Eerdmans Publishing, 1964-1976.
Main Level, Reference: R 225.3 K652T [9 vols, index]

Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament, Eerdmans Publishing, 1974-1990.
Main Level, Reference: R 221.3 B659T [15 vols]

The Dictionary of Historical Theology. Trevor A. Hart, general editor. Paternoster Press, W.B. Eerdmans Pub., 2000. 

Main Level, Reference: R 230.09 D561D

Companions   back to top

The Cambridge Companion to Christian Ethics. Robin Gill, editor. Cambridge U. Press, 2003. Upper Level: 241 C144C


Contents: Making moral decisions / Rowan Williams -- The authority of Scripture and Christian ethics / Gareth Jones -- The Old Testament and Christian ethics / John Rogerson -- The Gospels and Christian ethics / Timothy P. Jackson -- The Epistles and Christian ethics / Stephen C. Barton -- Natural law and Christian ethics / Stephen J. Pope -- Virtue ethics / Jean Porter -- Gender and Christian ethics / Lisa Sowle Cahill -- Liberation ethics / Tim Gorringe -- Christian ethics: a Jewish perspective / Ronald M. Green -- Other faiths and Christian ethics / Gavin D'Costa -- Christianity and war / R. John Elford -- The arms trade and Christian ethics / Robin Gill -- Social justice and welfare / Duncan B. Forrester -- Ecology and Christian ethics / Michael S. Northcott -- Business, economics and Christian ethics / Max L. Stackhouse -- World family trends / Don Browning -- Christian ethics, medicine and genetics / James F. Childress


Companion Encyclopedia of Theology. Peter Byrne and Leslie Houlden, editors. New York: Routledge, 1995.  [EBSCO eBook Academic Collection].
Also available in PRINT format: Upper Level: 230.0904 C738C  

    Divided into six sections, The Bible, The Tradition, Philosophy, Spirituality, Practical Theology, and Christian  

    Theology: Scene and Prospect.  Essays include: “Jesus in History and Belief,” “Christian Adoption of the Old

    Testament,” “Christian Theology and Other Faiths,”  “Theology as Praxis.”

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, 1993.

Also available in print, Upper Level: 220.3 M568O


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. Here are extended entries on religious concepts from immortality, sin, and grace, to baptism, ethics, and the Holy Spirit.

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

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


Commentaries   back to top

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

New Jerome Biblical Commentary, Prentice Hall, 1990.
Main Level, Reference: R 220.7 N42N

Commentary Series:

Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching

Proclamation Commentaries

Hermeneia-A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible

The Old Testament Library

Black's New Testament Commentary (Book of Mark only)

Anchor Bible Commentary

Numerous commentaries on specific books of the Bible are available in the circulating collection on the upper level of the Thomason Library

Click here for search tips in THOMCAT. 

SEE ALSO: Ministry Matters database (contains several bible commentaries in "Library" section")


Concordances   back to top

An Analytical Concordance to the Revised Standard Version of the New Testament, Clinton Morrison, Westminster, 1979.
Main Level, Reference: R 225.5204 M834A

The Concise Concordance to the New Revised Standard Version. John R. Kohlenberger, editor. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.

Main Level, Reference:  R 220.520423 C748C  

Concordance to the Greek New Testament (Moulton and Geden).6th ed., fully rev.  Edited by I. Howard Marshall. New York: T & T Clark, 2002. 

Main Level, Reference: R 225.2 M862C  

Nelson's Complete Concordance of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, John W. Ellison, Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1957.
Main Level, Reference: R 220.2 El59N

The NIV Exhaustive Concordance. Edward W. Goodrick and John R. Kohlenberger III, Grand Rapids: Zondervan Pub. House, 1990.

Main Level, Reference: R 220.5208 G626N  


Handbooks & Introductions   back to top

Handbook of Biblical Criticism, John Knox Press, 1981.
Upper Level: 220.6 So83H

Historical Theologies   back to top

Reformation of Church and Dogma (1300-1700). Jaroslav Pelikan University of Chicago Press, 1983. c1984.  5 vol. set. Library has volume 4: Christian Tradition.  

 Upper Level:  230.09 P363C v. 4

Biblical Theologies   back to top

Old Testament Theology : Essays on Structure, Theme, and Text. Walter Brueggemann ; edited by Patrick D. Miller. Fortress Press, c1992 

 Upper Level:   230 B832O

Bible Atlases   back to top

Biblica, the Bible Atlas: A Social and Historical Journey through the Lands of the Bible. chief consultant: Barry J. Beitzel.

Main Level, Reference: R 220.91 B471B (on display on countertop, first section of Reference). 

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.
Locating Books   back to top
 THOMCAT   back to top


Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, word, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              

Martin, David, 1929-         [as AUTHOR]

  Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre [as SUBJECT]  
  Luther, Martin, 1483-1546 [as AUTHOR]  

Luther, Martin, 1483-1546 [as SUBJECT]

  Keller, Timothy J.  [as AUTHOR, in Thomcat]        1 book  
  Keller, Timothy J.  [as AUTHOR, in PASCALcat]] 16 books  
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to the synoptic gospels:




  Bible N T Gospels  
  Bible N T Gospels--Commentaries  
  Jesus Christ--Parables  

Christianity And Justice Study And Teaching  


Christianity and justice -- United States -- History -- 20th century


Social justice -- Religious aspects -- Christianity


Social ethics


Christianity -- Essence, genius, nature


Genocide -- Religious aspects -- Christianity


Ethnic relations -- Religious aspects -- Christianity

  Peace -- Religious aspects  
Peace -- Religious aspects -- Biblical teaching
  Peace -- Religious aspects -- Christianity  
  Reconciliation -- Religous aspects -- Christianity  
  War -- Religious aspects -- Christianity  
  Just war doctrine  



Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • If you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use, try a KEYWORD search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. 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:
world* = world, worlds, worldly

sacrific* = sacrifice, sacrificed, sacrificial, etc.

justif*= justify, justified, justifiable

Be wary of truncating short words! 

sin* = sin, sins, sing, single, sincere etc

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
commentar* AND John

war AND Christianity

Use OR between synonyms to expand your search:
poor OR poverty

· When combining OR with AND in your search,
group OR terms with parentheses:

(wealth* OR prosper*) AND social responsibility

war AND (Christian* OR religio*)

Try KEYWORD searching with THOMCAT, other library catalogs &

journal article databases

PASCAL Catalog and PASCAL Delivers   back to top

PASCAL Catalog

If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your 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.

       Search Results Comparison for PASCAL & THOMCAT  
WorldCat / Interlibrary Loan   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

ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Click link for instructions.

eBook Collections    

EBSCO eBook Collection

ebrary eBook Collection 
Approximatley 70,000 electronic books covering a vast array of topics and themes

Locating Articles:    
Article Databases back to top

The following journal databases are available to PC students, faculty, and staff from on- and off-campus locations.  When passworded from off campus locations, supply your PC e-mail account username [i.e. tinman] and password. Search databases using terms dealing with your topic.

A comprehensive reference database designed to

support religious and theological scholarship in graduate education and faculty research. Contains citations from international titles and multi-author works related to the field of religion and full-text for over fifty of the six hundred journals indexed. Also includes a full range of index citations to essays in multi-author works and book reviews from ATLA print indexes. 



in the ATLA database

  Restorative justice
  Peace (Theology)
  War--Ethical aspects
  Nationalism--Religious aspects
  Social justice
  Violence--Religious aspects
  Conflict management

Arts & Sciences Collections I, II, & III contain an archive of over 350 full-text journals which are searchable through JSTOR or accessible through Journal Finder, which provides full-text articles in Thomason Library's electronic databases. The collections include journals in art, architecture, economics, film, folklore, history, performing arts, political science, religion, sociology, humanities, mathematics, and statistics. JSTOR is a journal archive with complete runs of journals up to three years ago. Current issues are not available in JSTOR, but may be in other databases.

Academic Search Complete  

EBSCOhost's scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.

Project  MUSE:  Basic Undergraduate Collection  Current and recent volumes of 111 core journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Key Journals & Magazines   back to top

Biblical Theology Bulletin

Christian Century

Christianity Today

Church and Society

Horizons: The Journal of the College Theology Society

Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology

Journal for the Study of the New Testament

Journal for the Study of Rhetorical Criticism of the New Testament

Journal of Biblical Literature

Journal of Religion

Journal of Religious Ethics

Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics

Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Journal of Theological Studies

New Testament Studies

Novum Testamentum

Political Theology

Sojourners Magazine

Studia Theologica

Theological Studies

Journal Finder   back to top

Journal Finder places information regarding access to PC's electronic and print journals, magazines, and newspapers in one convenient location. Library databases are connected by Journal Finder and lead you to full text if available.

Browse Journal Finder by title or subject. When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available in the Full-text resources online group of results. Choose a database in this group based on the dates available and the time frame in which you are interested.



Web Sites   back to top

New Testament Gateway [Dr. Mark Goodacre, Dept. of Religion, Duke]
A comprehensive directory of academic internet resources related to the New Testament. It is divided into (at present) nine sub-directories and dozens of pages, each relating to a specific topic. Every link is annotated. The annotations help users to pinpoint the information for which they are looking. The New Testament Gateway focuses on resources that will be of interest to both scholars and students of the New Testament.

Synoptic Gospels Primer [Mahlon H. Smith]
An electronic gateway to the history of literary analysis of the gospels originally created for undergraduate New Testament courses at Rutgers University.

Society of Biblical Literature
The SBL publishes books with a scholarly focus as well as works intended to convey the finest biblical scholarship. SBL Publications also provides free online access to the Review of Biblical Literature, the premier source of biblical studies book reviews in the world.

The Unbound Bible [Biola University]
Users can search the Old Testament and New Testament by verse or word. Advanced search provides options for searching different translations of the Bible.

Virtual Religion Index [Mahlon H. Smith]
VRI analyzes & highlights important content of religion-related websites to speed research. Hyperlinks are provided not only to homepages but to major directories & documents within. Two categories of particular note, Biblical Studies and Christian Tradition, provide several subcategories with extensive links. Includes the Synoptic Gospels Primer.

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