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University of Portland Clark Library

THE 205: The Bible, Past and Present (Bock): World of the Text

What is the World Of the Text?

The World Of the Text (also known as World Within the Text) helps you to understand the Biblical text.

It includes:

  • sources that provide interpretation or explanation of the text (exegesis)
  • sources that analyze the text as a work of literature
  • line by line commentary on specific passages

Types of Bible Commentaries

There are three types of bible commentaries:

Single volume commentary

  • 1 book covers the entire Bible
  • gives general information, a brief overview

Multi-volume commentary

  • many books shelved side-by-side cover entire Bible
  • gives more specific information than the single volume commentary and less specific than the book length commentary

Book length commentary

  • 1 book covers 1 book of the Bible,
  • gives highly specific and detailed information

Single Volume Commentaries

Online Commentaries:

Print Commentaries:

To use the print commentaries, you may either visit the library in-person and scan (or take photos with your phone) of the pages that you need, or request the chapter that you need through Interlibrary Loan. (For example, request the section on "Exodus 3: 1-22."

Multi-volume commentary (print only)

Book-Length Commentaries

UP's library has many book-length commentaries on each book of the bible, available either in print or as eBooks. 

Use the search box on this page to search for: [name of your book of the Bible] commentary

To find eBooks, on the left sidebar, choose eBooks:

Refine My Results menu showing Format option for eBooks

Search for Book Length Commentaries

Use UP Library Search to find books, streaming videos, online resources, journal articles, and much more (Search Tips). See our Finding Books on the Shelf handout for help locating books in the building, and our requesting Clark Library / Summit Items online handout for help requesting to have items brought to the service desk for you to pick up.

Search: for:  

Recommended Book-Length Commentary Series: Smyth & Helwys

Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary

Connect to this search for all the Smyth & Helwys commentaries that are available as eBooks 

Then, enter the name of your book of the Bible in the search box



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