Although a number of the resources recommended will be useful for any research in theology, the research guide is intended to specifically support the Exegetical Worksheet assignments in Theology I and II. The scriptural passages are your primary text and should be the focus of the assignment with commentaries used to give context, perspective, and insights. You may check the location and the availability of an item in our collection through the online catalog, accessible from the library home page.
DL students - you can access selected commentaries in the library's ebook collection linked below. If you would like an ecopy of an entry from a print book on reserve, you can contact a librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org . We are happy to ensure that you get the best possible sources.
Professional library assistance is available to all at email@example.com.
The ebook and on-campus collection holds a plethora of helpful resources, including a number of scholarly commentaries.
International standard Bible encyclopedia, general editor, Geoffrey W. Bromiley. (Print copy in reference collection)
Systematic theology texts by Grudem, Chafer, Berkhof, and others are available on reserve at the circulation desk.
For a list of print commentaries available on reserve at the library's circulation desk, click Theology Reserves. The following recommended commentaries are available as ebooks and linked below.
Christian Classics Ethereal Library offers a variety of full-text Christian classics.
Bible Gateway provides helpful search capabilities, such as word and passage search, footnotes, and cross references in a number of English versions and several additional languages.
Gnostic Society Library offers primary source documents and commentaries from and about Gnostic writers and writings in the early church era. It also includes information on the Apocrypha.
Jewish Encyclopedia provides access to the 12 volume set completed in 1906. Although not updated for the 20th century, information is a valued resource for those interested in the Jewish roots of Christian belief and tradition.
Locate articles through a general catalog search or choose a specific journal through the library's Periodical Listing.
Christian Century- Print 2000-present and online 01/06/1988-present
Christian Scholars Review - Print 2000-present and online 07/01/2002-present
Commonweal- Print 2001-present and online 01/15/1988-present
Ecumenical Review- Online 01/01/1994-present
Harvard Theological Review- Print 2001-present and online 01/01/2001-1 year ago
Journal of Religious Thought- Online 07/01/1994-present
Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society - Print 2000-2008
New Testament Studies- Online, 01/01/2001-1 year ago
Theological Studies- Online, 03/01/1995-present
The PHC Library has an extensive theology collection. If you want to browse the shelves, try these areas of the collection:
B - Religion and Philosophy
BR - Christianity
BS - The Bible
BT - Doctrinal theology
Search the catalog using an Advanced Search for the any of following terms as "subject":
Search by subject: Once you have located a potential source in the catalog, click on the search term within the record to find other items on the same or similar subjects. Additional valuable resources may be listed in the item's bibliography.
Zotero is a free citation management system that allows you to collect, organize, and cite your resources. It will create your footnotes, end notes, in-text citations, and bibliographies. You may find that a librarian would be helpful in quickly learning the program and its functionality.
Created: Gladden, 2008. Updated: Dr. Darrell Cox/Thornhill, 2010, 2012. Updated: Dr. Randy Newman/Thornhill 2013. Reviewed: Cox/Thornhill, 2014, 2016. Updated: Cox/Pensgard, 2017. Updated: Thornhill, 2018, 2020.