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THE 205: Biblical Texts in Global Contexts (Lester): World Within the Text

World Within the Text

The World Within the Text (also known as World Of 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

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 Commentary

  1. Use the Search for commentaries box below to search for: Genesis commentary
  2. Locate a book that is available in the Book Stacks.
  3. Write down or take a photo of the call number
  4. We will go to the lower floor to find the book on the shelf and bring 1 copy per group back to the classroom
  5. Look up the section on Genesis chapter 6: 1-7 in the book from the lower floor.

Search for commentaries

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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:

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