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 which currently include passages in Genesis, Isaiah, Philippians, John 3, and II Timothy. The scriptural passages are your primary text and should be the focus of the assignment with commentaries used to give context, perspective, and insights. Print resources are available in the PHC on-campus collection or electronically to distance learning students. 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 - please contact a librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org . The librarian will provide the most helpful commentary sources either through digital copies or links to complete your assignment.
Professional library assistance is available to all at email@example.com.
The on-campus collection holds a plethora of helpful resources, including a number of scholarly commentaries.
New Strong’s exhaustive concordance of the Bible: with main concordance, appendix to the main concordance, topical index to the Bible, dictionary of the Hebrew Bible, dictionary of the Greek Testament, edited by James Strong, available at Ref BS425 .S8 1990.
International standard Bible encyclopedia, general editor, Geoffrey W. Bromiley, available at. Ref BS 440 .I6 1979.
Systematic theology texts by Grudem, Chafer, Berkhof, and others are available on reserve at the circulation desk.
If you are on campus, a number of preferred commentaries have been placed on reserve for your exegetical worksheet assignments. Check at the circulation desk for the preferred commentaries. For our DL students, a number of commentaries noted below are available online by searching the library catalog. Start a search from the library home page. Confused? contact firstname.lastname@example.org - we are happy to help.
Ephesians and John 15
Genesis and Isaiah
Commentaries from StudyLight.org
Clarke's, Expositor's, and Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown are well respected commentaries and available online. A number of other scholarly commentaries are available at Studylight.
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 online access to these journals 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
BV - Practical theology
BX - Christian denominations
Search the catalog using an Advanced Search for the any of the following strings as a "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.