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This guide provides a list of major library resources for the study of religion at Schreiner University.

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DEFINIITION - Word of the Month

Exegesis (/ˌɛksəˈsəs/; from the Greek ἐξήγησις from ἐξηγεῖσθαι 'to lead out') is a critical explanation or interpretation of a text, particularly a religious text.  A single commentary will generally attempt to give a coherent and unified view on the Bible as a whole, for example, from a Catholic or Reformed (Calvinist) perspective, or a commentary that focuses on textual criticism or historical criticism from a secular point of view. However, each volume will inevitably lean toward the personal emphasis of its author, and within any commentaries there may be great variety in the depth, accuracy, and critical or theological strength of each volume.

Reference Books

Bible Commentary

The New Jerome Biblical Commentary REF BS 491.2 N485 1990

The New Interpreter’s Bible, 12 vols. REF BS 491.2.N484 1994

Anchor Bible Commentary series  Main Stacks  BS192.2 .A1

Word Biblical Commentary Series: Main Stacks BS491.2.W67

Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching: Main Stacks BS 1235.3.B78


Dictionaries & Encyclopedias  - General and background information on a topic

The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church REF BR 95 08 1974

The Encyclopedia of Religion REF BL 31 E46 1986

The Encyclopedia of American Religious History REF BL 2525.Q44 1996

Encyclopedia of the American Religious Experience REF BL 2525 E53 1988

The New Catholic Encyclopedia, 15 vols.  REF BX841 .N44 2003

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e-Resources on the Web

Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA):  The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) strives to democratize access to the best data on religion. Founded as the American Religion Data Archive in 1997 and going online in 1998, the initial archive was targeted at researchers interested in American religion. The targeted audience and the data collection have both greatly expanded since 1998, now including American and international collections and developing features for educators, journalists, religious congregations, and researchers. Data included in the ARDA are submitted by the foremost religion scholars and research centers in the world.

Bible Gateway  is your rich social and personal connection to freely read, research, and reference Scripture on your desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone . . . anywhere; in more than 70 languages and more than 180 versions! Its simple yet advanced searching capabilities allow you to quickly find and compare particular passages in multiple Bible translations based on the keywords, phrases, topics, or Scripture references you have in mind. You’ll be inspired and encouraged – whether reading with your eyes or your ears (audio Bibles) – as you rely on Bible Gateway for all your Bible reading needs.

Catholic Answers:  A Catholic apologetics website

Christian Classics Ethereal Library: a digital library of hundreds of classic Christian books selected for edification and education.

The Gifford Lectures: Over 100 years of lectures on natural theology published by Templeton Press whose mission is to publish scholarly and trade books on a variety of subjects including the connections between science and religion, spirituality and healing in medicine, the verification of universal spiritual laws, character development and freedom.

Islam:  This web site is for people of various faiths who seek to understand Islam and Muslims.  It contains a lot of brief, yet informative articles about different aspects of Islam.

Religious Liberty Archive is an extensive repository of valuable information and a useful resource for anyone seeking information about state and federal laws pertaining to religious freedom in the United States. View other Religious Liberty cases, commentaries, federal statutes, state constitutions, and important historical materials relevant to religious freedom in the United States.

Sacred Texts Archive:  This site is a freely available archive of electronic texts about religion, mythology, legends and folklore, and occult and esoteric topics. Texts are presented in English translation and, where possible, in the original language.

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