Survey of the Hebrew Scriptures

Course #: TH503

before you start

Bible dictionaries & companions

about Bible commentaries

  • help scholars study Scripture through critical explanations and interpretations of Biblical texts
  • vary from the well-researched, to others that are designed for the lay person with non-academic language
  • some do exegesis by focusing what the biblical books meant in their original setting to the original audience
  • others focus on current applications of biblical books
  • there are many sets, often one volume per book of the Bible, but also one covering subsets (e.g., gospels, epistles, etc.)
  • While scholars may own an entire set and keep them as one unit, many libraries (including Laurier) shelve most sets according to the book of the Bible
    • some exceptions, like the Word Biblical Commentary (BS 491.2 .W67)
  • You may find commentaries online, but these tend to be older and in the public domain, e.g., Biblegateway
    • i.e., many of the commentaries you will consult will only be available in print
    • Google Books has previews of some titles, as with this example
  • sets are expensive, so the Laurier Library does not necessarily own each volume of a set (often in other TUG libraries)

finding Bible commentaries

  • Search Primo -- Use the Advanced Search:
    • [book] commentaries (subject)​
    • [book] criticism (subject)
  • Note the locations, and the call number
    • in the Waterloo campus library, the commentaries will be found on the 5th floor
  • Remember that once you find one commentary, you will see others on the same book of the bible
    • see listing at bottom of this page
  • in addition to the commentaries and critical books, other books can be found by searching these subject words:
    • Bible Prophets
    • Bible Old Testament
    • Bible Pentateuch

finding scholarly articles

  • articles - ATLA Religion Database
    • Use the "Scriptures" link at the top of the page to drill down to your Bible book, or passage
    • in the results, limit by Source Type (e.g., Academic Journals, Essays, etc.)

searching for ebooks

  • All of our ebooks are catalogued in Primo
    • On the left of search results, choose "Available Online"
  • It is also possible to search the full text contents of our ebooks
  • For example, go to Proquest Ebook Central
    • search by book of the Bible, note more specific subject headings

Other sources

Call numbers for commentaries

NOTE: Word Biblical Commentary, the entire set is shelved at BS 491.2 .W67

  • Genesis BS 1231-1235.5
  • Exodus…BS 1241-1245.6
  • Leviticus BS 1251-1255.6
  • Numbers BS 1261-1265.6
  • Deuteronomy BS 1271-1275.6
  • Judges BS 1301-1305.6
  • Joshua BS 1291-1295.6
  • Ruth BS 1311-1315.6
  • I & II Samuel BS 1321-1325.6
  • I & II Kings BS 1331-1335.6
  • I & II Chronicles BS 1341-1345.6
  • Ezra BS 1351-1355.6
  • Nehemiah BS 1361-1365.6
  • Esther BS 1371-1375.6
  • Job BS 1411-1415.6
  • Psalms BS 1419-1451
  • Proverbs BS 1461-1465.6
  • Ecclesiastes BS 1471-1475.6
  • Song of Solomon BS 1481-1485.6
  • Isaiah BS 1511-1515.6
  • Jeremiah BS 1521-1525.6
  • Lamentations BS 1531-1535.6
  • Ezekiel BS 1541-1545.6
  • Daniel BS 1551-1555.6
  • Hosea BS 1561-1565.6
  • Joel BS 1571-1575.6
  • Amos BS 1581-1585.6
  • Obadiah BS 1591-1595.6
  • Jude BS 2810-2815.6
  • Jonah BS 1601-1605.6
  • Micah BS 1611-1615.6
  • Nahum BS 1621-1625.6
  • Habakkuk BS 1631-1635.6
  • Zephaniah BS 1641-1645.6
  • Haggai BS 1651-1655.6
  • Zechariah BS 1661-1665.6
  • Malachi BS 1671-1675.6