If you’ve passed by the reference desk recently, you may already know that the Keller Library recently acquired the Oxford Encyclopedias of the Bible reference series. This series includes 8 titles in 16 volumes with titles ranging from biblical interpretation, to ethics, law, arts, and gender studies. The most recent (and final!) arrival is the Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible. All of the titles are available both in print in the Reference section of the library and digitally, as ebooks through the online library catalog.
However, a resource you may not know about is the Oxford Biblical Studies Online. This digital resource combines access to Oxford’s extensive collection of biblical studies sources as well as resources like maps and timelines that offer a more complete understanding of the Bible.
How do I access it?
Oxford Biblical Studies Online can be accessed from the library homepage, in the “Electronic Resources” section under “Databases and Online Reference Sources.”
You may need to enter your EZProxy log-in, the same information you would use for ATLASerials or other databases.
What are the features I should know about?
There are a number of useful features, including full-text translations of Bible translations and apocrypha, side-by-side passage comparisons, an index of Biblical women, a timeline of Biblical rulers and events, photo essays on people and places, and images and maps.
The resource also provides access to Oxford’s many reference sources on the Bible, including over 6,000 reference entries from its many encyclopedias and handbooks, a commentary guide that goes book-by-book through the Bible with links to all the relevant Oxford commentaries on each book, interviews and essays, and themed guides for a number of Biblical topics.
When should I use this?
This resource is particularly useful for early-level research for exegeses or research papers, for gaining general understanding, for finding dictionary or encyclopedia entries, and for figuring out where to look for secondary source material.
It is a “one stop shop” for many of the general questions you may have about contexts or cultures.