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THE 312/412: Jesus' Ministry in the Gospels: World Of the Text

What is the World Of the Text?

The 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

​​​​Use the Search for Book-Length Commentaries box below to search for:

Mark commentary

Look for a print book that is located in the Book Stacks

We will go to the lower floor to find the book on the shelf and bring it back to the Classroom.

Look up the section on your passage. Enter any useful information you find into your document.

Look for and copy a Chicago-style citation for your book. Check the Chicago Style Citation Guide to see if the citation needs any edits.

Search for Book-Length Commentaries

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:

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