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Old Testament Research Guide

A guide to Old Testament resources available within and through the Jessie C. Eury Library.

The Jessie C. Eury Library has numerous biblical commentaries to support students and faculty at Lincoln Christian University. 

A biblical commentary is an explanation or exegesis of a book or passage in the Bible.  Commentaries:

  • Vary in purpose such as for in-depth study, a devotional emphasis, teaching, preaching, or a special focus.
  • Use Greek, Hebrew, and/or English texts.
  • Cover a wide range of theological positions.

Commentaries are shelved in the Reference Collection and General Stacks.

Reference Collection commentaries:

  • Use the original biblical languages for exegesis.
  • Are considered critical or technical for comprehensive study or research.
  • Typically include footnotes and a bibliography of resources.
  • Provide the resources needed for an exegetical paper assignment.

Reference commentaries are for in-library use, but may be checked out overnight as needed.

All other commentaries are shelved in General Stacks.

General Stacks commentaries:

  • Less use of original Biblical languages.
  • May or may not be verse-by-verse.
  • Emphasizes practical application of the text.

Keep in mind that when you are writing an exegetical paper, often you are focusing on a specific passage rather than the entire book. You can place a Scan Request for just the section you need!

Old Testament Reference Commentaries

These selected Old Testament commentary series are shelved in the Reference Collection. These commentaries may be checked out overnight. This is not an exhaustive list.

Old Testament General Stacks Commentaries

There are several commentary series that while in General Stacks are very helpful to consult when studying to prepare lessons and sermons.  This is not an exhaustive list.

Search for Old Testament Commentaries

To search for books on the Bible it is helpful to use Library of Congress Subject Headings.

  • All items concerning the Old Testament begin with the subject heading Bible. O.T.

To narrow a search place another word such as commentaries after the initial search.

To find commentaries about a specific book of the Bible, use the following format:

Bible O.T. Book of Bible. Commentaries

More Old Testament Commentaries

To learn more about Old Testament commentaries, consult the following resources: