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University of Portland Clark Library

THE 391/491: Harlot, Beast, and Lamb

What is the World Of the Text?

The World Of the Text (also known as World Within 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

There are three types of bible commentaries:

Single volume commentary

  • 1 book covers the entire Bible
  • gives general information, a brief overview

Multi-volume commentary

  • many books shelved side-by-side cover entire Bible
  • gives more specific information than the single volume commentary and less specific than the book length commentary

Book length commentary

  • 1 book covers 1 book of the Bible,
  • gives highly specific and detailed information

Book-Length Commentaries

Multi-volume commentary (print only)

Single Volume Commentaries

Online Commentaries:

Print Commentaries:

To use the print commentaries, you may either visit the library in-person and scan (or take photos with your phone) of the pages that you need, or request the chapter that you need through Interlibrary Loan. (For example, request the section on "Exodus 3: 1-22." | 503.943.7111 or 800.841.8261 | 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, OR 97203-5798
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