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THE 205: Biblical Texts in Global Contexts (Wheeler): Biblical Commentaries

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: Commentaries

  1. Use the search box below to search for a commentary on any book of the Bible.
  • Example: Genesis commentary
  1. Find a book that is available in the Book Stacks.
  2. 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 1 copy per group back to the classroom.
  4. Look up the section on any passage of interest (for example: Genesis 15: 1-21).
  5. Enter your passage and something that you learned about it on the OneDrive Document

Search for Book-Length 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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