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Bible Research Guide

A guide to basic Bible research tools available in the Jessie C. Eury Library.

Background information:

  • Shows how a topic fits into a broader subject or discipline

  • Helps you to know if there is enough or too much information on a topic

  • Provides access to the specific vocabulary which serves as keywords for searching

  • Often contains bibliographies which point to key resources and experts to consult

When needing access to a print resource, use one of the following options: 

  • Use the Scan Request option within the item record to request a scan from books, dictionaries, or encyclopedias.

  • Use the Interlibrary Loan Request option to request a journal article that is not in full text.

  •  Email the library at to request any item.

Historical & Cultural Context

Books on historical and cultural context help you understand what is going on in and around the various Bible texts. They will give you information on what life was like for ancient Jews or what Greek philosophers were teaching at the time of Paul. 

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

These dictionaries will provide explanations of words that appear in the Bible both in lexical meaning and any theological import attributed to them.  In addition, geographical places, people, and other Biblical concepts are addressed.

Interlinear Bibles

Interlinears are useful for finding exactly what English words are behind the Hebrew and Greek languages in the Bible. Reverse-Interlinears provide English translations with the original languages beneath.


Exhaustive English concordances are often keyed to a specific translation of the Bible (i.e. NIV, NASB, KJV, etc.) and provide a list of every word found in that translation and where they appear.

Additional Guides

Several other guides are useful for finding information on Bible topics.