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THE 205: Biblical Texts in Global Contexts (Byer): Exegesis


Bible commentaries, such as the sources below, help you to find exegesis of your biblical passage.

Types of Bible Commentaries

In your research you are likely to use two types of bible commentaries:

Single-volume commentary

  • 1 book has chapters covering every book of the Bible
  • gives general information, a brief overview

Book-length commentary

  • A book that covers 1 book of the Bible (e.g., a book on Genesis)
  • gives highly specific and detailed information

Single-Volume Commentaries

Class Activity: Find a Book on Your Passage

  1. Search for a bible commentary on the book of the Bible that includes your passage.
    In the Find a Commentary search box below, enter:

     [name of your book of the Bible] commentary
    Example: Exodus commentary

  2. Locate a book that is available in the Book Stacks. Write down or take a photo of the call number
  3. We will go to the lower floor to find the book on the shelf and bring it back to the Classroom.

Class Exercise: Using Commentaries

  1. Look up your passage in the book you found downstairs.
  2. Also look up your passage one one of these online commentaries:
  3. Enter something that you learned about your passage into the OneDrive document.

Find a Commentary

Search: for:  

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

On the left sidebar, you can limit your search to Print Books or eBooks:

Refine My Results menu showing Format option for eBooks

Recommended Book-Length Commentary Series: Smyth & Helwys

Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary

Connect to this search for all the Smyth & Helwys commentaries 

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



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