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The Anchor Bible Dictionary
Call Number: Ref BS440 .A54 1992 v. 1-6
Harpercollins Bible Dictionary
Call Number: Ref BS440 .H235 2011
Dictionary of Judaism in the Biblical Period
Call Number: Ref BM50 .D525 1996 v. 1-2
Bible Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias provide background information on biblical events, geographical places, people, and theological concepts. These sources often contain lists of works cited that point you toward other reputable scholarship on your passage.
Multiple Volume Works
Anchor Bible Dictionary - Ref BS 440 .A54 (6 vol)
This definitive and current work covers not only names, places, and events of the Bible, but also includes cultural history, social institutions, archeological sites, and other topics of particular interest to Biblical scholars today.
New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible - Ref BS 440 .N445 2006
A solid five-volume alphabetical set offering short scholarly articles on topics, people, and parts of the bible.
Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible - Ref BS440 .O93 2011
This encyclopedia contains almost 120 in-depth entries, ranging in length from 500 to 10,000 words, on each of the canonical books of the Bible, major apocryphal books of the New and Old Testaments, important noncanonical texts, and thematic essays on topics such as canonicity, textual criticism, and translation.
Ancient Near East and Jewish Sources
Dictionary of Judaism in the Biblical Period - Ref BM 50 .D525 1996 (2 vols.)
Brief entries provide overviews of topics related to the era when the sacred writings of Judaism and Christianity were formulated, from about 450 B.C.E. - 600 C.E.
Civilizations of the Ancient Near East - Ref DS57 C.547 2000
Essays on the culture and history of Egypt, Syro-Palestine, Mesopotamia, and Anatolia. Includes some coverage of the Arabian peninsula, northeast Africa, and Aegean and Anatolian cultures. Provides excellent background papers on culture and society, with extensive bibliographies.
Encyclopaedia Judaica - Ref DS 102.8 .E496 2007
An excellent source for information on the Jewish people and religion, offering scholarly and in-depth articles, recently updated to include current research on historical and contemporary topics.
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