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Oxford Handbooks Online: Religion
Includes essays on Religion from leading scholars in the fields.
Oxford Biblical Studies Online
Provides a comprehensive resource for the study of the Bible and biblical history. Texts from selected Bibles can be viewed in side-by-side display with the user's choice of commentary and annotations from the Study Bibles, the stand-alone Oxford Bible Commentary, and A-Z concordances for the NRSV and NAB translations. Note: Limit of 3 simultaneous users.
Publication Date: 2007
Online version of the 22-volume, 2nd edition set from Macmillan (2007).
Providing an exhaustive and organized overview of Jewish life and knowledge from the Second Temple period to the contemporary State of Israel, from Rabbinic to modern Yiddish literature, from Kabbalah to "Americana" and from Zionism to the contribution of Jews to world cultures.
The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation by
Publication Date: 1996
Setting the issues of theology and ecclesiology within the broader context of the social and intellectual history of the time, it is the most authoritative reference available on early modern European society as a whole. The Encyclopedia is a unique compendium of contemporary scholarship focusing on the complete range of religious and social changes wrought by the Reformation-- including not only issues of church polity and theology but also related developments in politics, economics, demographics, art, and literature.
Oxford English Dictionary
Current, online version of the famous dictionary.
Wiley Online Library (formerly Blackwell Reference Online)
Includes the complete texts of almost 300 encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and other reference works from Wiley Blackwell Publishing in the Wiley Blackwell Reference Online collection. Also contains description-only citations of over 21,000 other online books, journals and articles.
Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World by
Publication Date: 2003
A look at Islam's role in the modern world, in the context of the religion's history and development over the last 13 centuries. Contains thematic articles, biographies of key figures, definitions, illustrations, maps and more.
Encyclopedia of Religion by
Publication Date: 2004
Online version of the fifteen volume, 2nd edition (Macmillan, 2005). An outstanding scholarly work on almost any religious topic. We also have both the 1st and 2nd editions in print in our reference section.
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Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters by
Publication Date: 2007
From Abelard to Zwingli, the history of Christian biblical interpretation has been shaped by great thinkers who delved deeply into the structure and meaning of Christianity's sacred texts. With over two hundred in-depth articles, Donald McKim's Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters introduces readers to the principal players in that history: their historical and intellectual contexts, their primary works, their interpretive principles and their broader historical significance. In addition, six major essays offer an overview of the history of biblical interpretation from the second century to the present. This one-volume reference, a revised and vastly expanded edition of IVP Academic's Historical Handbook of Major Biblical Interpreters, will serve as an invaluable tool for any serious student of the Bible and the history of biblical interpretation. Market/Audience Students and professors of biblical studies Librarians and researchers Pastors Thoughtful laypeople Features and Benefits Offers in-depth descriptions of the contributions of 230 major Christian interpreters of the Bible Goes beyond the cursory descriptions of other dictionaries of its kind Provides an excellent resource for students and teachers of biblical studies and the history of biblical interpretation
Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics by
Publication Date: 2011
This one-stop reference book on the vital relationship between Scripture and ethics offers needed orientation and perspective for students, pastors, and scholars. Written to respond to the movement among biblical scholars and ethicists to recover the Bible for moral formation, it is the best reference work available on the intersection of these two fields. The volume shows how Christian Scripture and Christian ethics are necessarily intertwined and offers up-to-date treatment of five hundred biblical, traditional, and contemporary topics, ranging from adultery, bioethics, and Colossians to vegetarianism, work, and Zephaniah. The stellar ecumenical list of contributors consists of more than two hundred leading scholars from the fields of biblical studies and ethics, including Darrell Bock, David Gushee, Amy Laura Hall, Daniel Harrington, Dennis Olson, Christine Pohl, Glen Stassen, and Max Stackhouse.
Handbook of Biblical Criticism by
Publication Date: 2001
Richard Soulen and R. Kendall Soulen have thoroughly revised this comprehensive guide to the basic terms and concepts of biblical criticism. Integrating the newest methods and theories of biblical studies, this third edition contains over eight hundred terms, phrases, names, explanations of common abbreviations, notes on major methodologies and exegetical basics, biographical sketches of key figures in the history of research, analytical outlines of fundamental critical problems, a list of bibliographic tools, plus an invaluable diagram of biblical interpretation. Everything a student needs for a class in biblical interpretation.
The Anchor Bible Dictionary by
Publication Date: 1992
Six years in the making, this state-of-the-art dictionary offers the most up-to-date and comprehensive treatment of biblical subjects and scholarship. An essential reference for every serious reader of the Bible. B & W illustrations and line-art throughout.
The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism by
Publication Date: 2009
This reference work is devoted exclusively to Second Temple Judaism (fourth century b.c.e. through second century c.e.). It contains 13 major essays that attempt to synthesize major aspects of Judaism in the period between Alexander and Hadrian.
The IVP Dictionary of the New Testament by
Publication Date: 2004
The IVP Dictionary of the New Testament offers a selection of key articles from four award-winning IVP New Testament dictionaries: Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels Dictionary of Paul and His Letters Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Its Developments Dictionary of New Testament Background Made with students primarily in mind, this one-volume dictionary edited by Daniel G. Reid offers the most important articles from the four New Testament dictionaries in a more succinct and accessible form. More than 130 articles are included, covering New Testament books, theological topics, historical events, background topics and methods of study. Also featured are maps, charts and tables, a glossary of terms, essential bibliographies, a Scripture index, and cross-references to the full-sized New Testament dictionaries.Here is a versatile, convenient and focused text that can both supplement other New Testament introductions and stand alone as a resource on the New Testament and its interpretation.
The Queer Bible Commentary^ by
Publication Date: 2006
The Queer Bible Commentary brings together the work of several scholars and pastors known for their interest in the areas of gender, sexuality and Biblical studies. Rather than a verse-by-verse analysis, typical of more traditional commentaries, contributors to this volume focus specifically upon those portions of the book that have particular relevance for readers interested in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues such as the construction of gender and sexuality, the reification of heterosexuality, the question of lesbian and gay ancestry within the Bible, the transgendered voices of the prophets, the use of the Bible in contemporary political, socio-economic and religious spheres and the impact upon lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.
True to Our Native Land by
Publication Date: 2007
* The first African-American commentary on the New Testament * Cutting-edge scholarship in tune with African-American churches
Women in Scripture by
Publication Date: 2000
Since the 1960s many biblical scholars have studied the Bible with a focus on gender. Yet such research is only slowly reaching a wide audience beyond the academy. Seven years in the making, centuries overdue, Women in Scripture is the groundbreaking work that will finally open this field to readers of all backgrounds -- Jews, Christians, and everyone fascinated by a body of literature that has exerted a singular influence on Western civilization. The editors have taken on the ambitious task of identifying every woman and group of women mentioned in the Bible, whether named or unnamed, well known or heretofore not known at all. The result is more than eight hundred articles, written by the finest scholars in the field, that examine the numerous women who have often been obscured by the androcentric nature of the biblical record and by centuries of translation and interpretation that have paid little or no attention to them. At last, Women in Scripture gives these women their due. They are remarkably varied -- from prophets to prostitutes, military heroines to musicians, deacons to dancers, widows to wet nurses, rulers to slaves. There are familiar faces, such as Eve, Judith, and Mary, seen anew with the full benefit of the most up-to-date results of biblical scholarship. But the most innovative aspect of this book is the section devoted to the many women who in the scriptures do not even have names. Both in scope and accessibility, Women in Scripture is an exceptional work. Combining rigorous scholarship with engaging prose, each of these articles on women in the Hebrew Bible, the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books, and the New Testament will inform, delight, and challenge readers interested in the Bible, scholars and laypeople alike. Together, these articles create a volume that takes the study of women in the Bible to a new level.
Introducing the New Testament by
Publication Date: 2018
"This lively, engaging introduction to the New Testament is critical yet faith-friendly, lavishly illustrated, and accompanied by a variety of pedagogical aids, including sidebars, maps, tables, charts, diagrams, and suggestions for further reading."
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Encyclopedia of Protestantism by
Publication Date: 2003
For more information including sample entries, full contents listing, and more, visit the Encyclopedia of Protestantism web site. Routledge is proud to announce the publication of a new major reference work from world-renowned scholar Hans J. Hillerbrand. The Encyclopedia of Protestantismis the definitive reference to the history and beliefs that continue to exert a profound influence on Western thought. Featuring entries written by an international team of specialists and scholars, the encyclopedia traces the course of Protestantism from its beginnings prior to 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of Wittenberg Cathedral, to the vital and diverse international scene of the present day.
Concise Encyclopedia of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites by
Publication Date: 2010
Donald B. Kraybill has spent his career among Anabaptist groups, gaining an unparalleled understanding of these traditionally private people. Kraybill shares that deep knowledge in this succinct overview of the beliefs and cultural practices of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites in North America. Found throughout Canada, Central America, Mexico, and the United States, these religious communities include more than 200 different groups with 800,000 members in 17 countries. Through 340 short entries, Kraybill offers readers information on a wide range of topics related to religious views and social practices. With thoughtful consideration of how these diverse communities are related, this compact reference provides a brief and accurate synopsis of these groups in the twenty-first century. No other single volume provides such a broad overview of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites in North America. Organized for ease of searching -- with a list of entries, a topic finder, an index of names, and ample cross-references -- the volume also includes abundant resources for accessing additional information. Wide in scope, succinct in content, and with directional markers along the way, the Concise Encyclopedia of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites is a must-have reference for anyone interested in Anabaptist groups.
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