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Types of Biblical Commentaries
There are two types of biblical commentaries that you will encounter during your research: single-volume commentaries and book-length commentaries. Understanding the difference will help you to locate, use, and cite these resources.
Characteristics of single-volume commentaries:
- Has chapters covering each book of the Bible
- Chapters are written by different authors
- How to cite
Characteristics of book-length commentaries:
- Covers 1 book of the Bible from start to finish (or may be part of a 2- or 3-volume set covering one book of the Bible)
- Entire book is written by the same author/co-authors
- How to cite
Search for Book-Length Commentaries
Class Activity: Find a Book on Your Passage
- Search for a bible commentary on the book of the Bible that includes your passage.
Use the Search for Book-Length Commentaries search box above, and enter:
[name of your book of the Bible] commentary
Example: Exodus commentary
- Look for a book that was published after 2000, and is available in the Book Stacks. Write down or take a photo of the call number
- We will go to the lower floor to find the book on the shelf and bring it back to the Classroom.
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