A Select Bibliography of Reference Works for Biblical Studies
by Craig Churchill ACU Theological Librarian

Translations: Guides and Multi-Translations

220.52 Eight Translation New Testament. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale, 1987.

220.52 Lewis, Jack P. The English Bible, from KJV to NIV: a History and Evaluation. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1991.

225.52 The Contemporary Parallel New Testament. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

225.52 Kohlenberger, John R. III, ed. The Precise Parallel New Testament: Greek text, King James Version, Rheims New Testament, Amplified Bible, New International Version, New Revised Standard Version, New American Bible, New American Standard Bible. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.


220.5208 Goodrick, Edward and John R. Kohlenberger III. The NIV Exhaustive Concordance. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1990.

220.520433 Kohlenberger, John R. III. The NRSV Concordance Unabridged: Including the Apocryphal-Deuterocanonical Books. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1991.

220.2 Strong, James. Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. Nashville: Abingdon, 1980.

Theological Dictionaries for Non-Greek Reading Students

225.3 Brown, Colin, ed. The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology, 4 vols. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1975-1986.

487.333 Kittel, Gerhard and Gerhard Friedrich, eds. Tran. Geoffrey Bromiley, abridged in one volume, Theological Dictionary of the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1985.

221.3 Van Gemeren, Willem A., ed. New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis. 5 vols. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1997.

Bible Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

220.3 Bromiley, Geoffrey, ed. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. Full rev. in 4 vols. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1979-1988.

220.3 Freedman, David Noel, ed. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Eedermans, 2000.

220.3 Buttrick, George ed. The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, in 4 vols., with supp. vol. by Keith Crim. Abingdon, 1962; 1976.

220.3 Freedman, David Noel, ed. The Anchor Bible Dictionary. 6 vols. New York: Doubleday, 1992.

226.03 Green, Joel B. and Scot McKnight, eds. Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1992.

227.03 Hawthorne, Gerald F., Ralph P. Martin, and Daniel G. Reid, eds. Dictionary of Paul and His Letters. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1993.

225.3 Martin, Ralph P. and Peter H. Davids, eds. Dictionary of the Later New Testament. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1997.

Other Works

203 Cross, F. L., and E. L. Livingstone, eds. The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. 3rd ed. New York: Oxford, 1997.

270.1 Ferguson, Everett, ed. Backgrounds of Early Christianity. Rev. ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1993.

270.103 _______. Encyclopedia of Early Christianity. 2nd ed. 2 vols. New York: Garland, 1997.

230.03 Ferguson, Sinclair B., and David Wright, eds. New Dictionary of Theology. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1988.

220.5 HarperCollins Bible Pronunciation Guide.

General Guides to the Literature

220.07 Danker, Frederick. Multi Purpose Tools for Bible Study. Rev. ed. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1993.

200.16 Kepple, Robert J. and John Muether. Reference Works for Theological Research. 3rd ed. New York: University Press, 1991.

230.016 Sugg, Martha A. and John B. Trotti, eds. Building a Pastor's Library. Richmond, Va.: Union Theological Seminary, 1991.

Select General Commentaries

Interpretation. Atlanta: John Knox, 1982- .

Living Word Commentary. Austin, TX: Sweet, 1967-1982; Abilene, TX: ACU Press, 1984- .

Proclamation Commentaries. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1975- .

Word Biblical Commenary. Waco, Tx. Word: 1982- .

Anchor Bible Series. New York: Doubleday, 1965- .  


Anderson, Jacqulyn. Dewey Decimal & Sears Update Supplement to How to Classify, Catalog, & Maintain Media. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1981. $2.95.

Anderson, Jacqulyn. How to Classify, Catalog & Maintain Media Church Media Center Development Plan, Stage 3. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1978. $5.95.

Anderson, Jacqulyn. How to Classify & Catalog Media. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1985. $7.99.

Anzovin. Sears List of Subject Headings. 16th ed. Bronx: H. W. Wilson, 1997. $54.

Barber, Cyril. Minister's Library. Neptune: Bible Companion Software, Publisher, 1999.

Dewey, Melvil. Abridged Dewey Decimal classification & Relative Index. 13th edition. Dublin: OCLC Forest Press, 1997. $90

__________. Dewey Decimal Classification 200 Religion Class. Dublin: OCLCForest Press, 1997. $20

Kersten, Dorothy B. Classifying Church or Synagogue Library Materials. CSLA Guide 7 2nd rev. ed. Portland, Oregon: Church and Synagogue Library Association, 1989. $4.75.

Ling, Evelyn R. Archives in the Church or Synagogue Library. CSLA Guide 10, 2nd rev. ed. Portland, Oregon: Church and Synagogue Library Association Publication, 1996. $8.25.

McMichael, Betty. The Church Librarian's Handbook: A Complete Guide for the Library & Resource Center in Christian Education. 3rd rev ed. Ada: Baker Books, 1998. $17.99.

Ruoss, Martin. A Policy and Procedure Manual for Church and Synagogue Libraries. CSLA Guide 9. Portland, Oregon: Church and Synagogue Library Association, 1994. $7.

__________. Setting up a Library: How to Begin or Begin Again. CSLAGuide 1, 2 rev ed. Portland, Oregon: Church and Synagogue Library Association, 1994. $7.

Smith, Ruth S. Cataloging Made Easy: How to Organize Your Congregation's Library. CSLA Guide 5, 2nd rev ed. Portland, Oregon: Church and Synagogue Library Association, 1997. $9.  


AACR2, Anglo-American Cataloging Rules for description, choice of access points, and forms of heading.

Accession number, a number assigned to each item as it is received in the library.

Acquisitions list, a list of materials added to the library in the sequence in which they are added, usually recorded in a book or ledger.

Archives, a place where public records or historical documents are preserved.

ASCII, American Standard Code to facilitate interchange of data among various types of data processings and data communication equipment.

Author, the person chiefly responsible for the intellectual or artistic content of a work.

Bibliography, a list of writings on a given subject or by a given author.

Book, a published work, usually printed on paper and protected by a cover or the text block and its endsheets, linings, and cover.

Book spine, the space between the cover boards which accommodates the thickness of the text block.

Bookplates, the book owner's identification label that is pasted to the inside front cover of a book.

Call numbers, the numbers and letters used to identify and locate a particular item on the shelf.

Card catalog unit, 3 x 5 cards filed alphabetically of materials listed by author, title, and subject for public use and a shelf list card filed by Dewey Decimal Classification number for the library staff use.

Catalog, a list of books, maps, recordings, coins, or any other medium that composes a collection. It may be in the form of cards, books, or computer programs.

Cataloging, the process of describing an item in the collection, finding a subject and giving a classification number.

CD, compact disc (music)

CD ROM, an acronym for compact disc read-only memory.

CDR, CD ROM (software)

CIP, cataloging in publication provided by the Library of Congress, located on the verso of the book's title page.

Circulation, a library check-out procedure which allows patrons, by signing their names, to remove material from the library for a specified length of time.

Collate, to examine a book to determine whether it is complete and perfect.

Copyright, the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, and sell the matter and form of a literary, musical or artistic work.

Classification number, a number based on the Dewey Decimal Classification system.

Collection development, decisions as to which titles fulfill the needs of the users.

Cross reference, a reference made from one entry in a catalog to another.

Dewey Decimal Classification, a classification of library materials to put all knowledge into ten major classes.

Dot matrix printer, a computer printer which prints a pattern of dots in a grid which characters (alphabetic and/or numeric) is formed.

Ephemeral materials, publications which lasts briefly.

Formats, the physical form of an item and the way its component parts relate to one another.

Head, the top of a book as it sits upright.

ISBN, International Standard Book Number, a distinctive and unique number assigned to a book.

Laser printer, uses a light beam to transfer images to paper.

Library, a place in which literary, musical, or reference materials are kept for use but not for sale.

Library committee, volunteers who coordinate the activities of the library.

Main entry, a full catalog entry which gives all of the information necessary for complete identification of a work.

MP, motion picture.

Networking, the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions.

Nonbook materials, term used to designate collectively maps, globes, motion pictures, filmstrips, video-recordings, and sound recordings.

Online catalog, screens giving direct assess to machine-readable catalog records.

Preservation, the action taken to retard, stop, or prevent deterioration in a proper storage environment, policies for handling and use of library materials, conservative treatment for damaged or deteriorated items, and selective transfer of deteriorated items to an alternative format such as microfilm.

Projectors, an optical instrument for projecting an image upon a surface.

PTC, added above the Dewey number to indicate media.

Reference, a work, as a dictionary or encyclopedia, containing useful facts or information.

Scanners, an optical reading device that can recognize text, drawings, and photographs and convert them into electronic representation of the images.

Serials, a publication issued in successive parts at regular or irregular intervals and intended to continue indefinitely, i.e. magazines, newspapers.

Shelf list, a record of the items in a library with entries arranged in order of items on the shelf.

Subject headings, a word or a group of words indicating a subject.

Text block, the group of sections or leaves that form the book before it receives its cover.

Tracings, the record on the main entry record of all the additional entries under which the work is listed in the catalog.

Tractor-fed printer, a machine through which paper with holes along its edges is fed by sprocket wheels within the device.

VCR, videocassette recording.

Vertical files, materials arranged vertically in filing drawers, usually pamphlets, clippings, and similar materials.

VF, vertical file.

VTR, video-tape recording.


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