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Theology of the Bible I, II

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The suggested databases are accessible from this page and from the Electronic Resources section of the library home page. Print resources are available in the PHC on-campus collection or by mail to distance learning members of the PHC community. You may check the location and the availability of an item in the on-campus collection through the online catalog, Voyager, accessed here and through the library home page.
Professional library assistance is available on campus, by phone at 540-441-8400, or by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu.

The on-campus collection holds a plethora of helpful resources, including a number of scholarly commentaries. You can browse the resources on-campus or from the online catalog by selecting the browse by call number choice and entering the call number B. BR (Christianity) to BV (Practical Christianity) should be helpful. Additional items available in the collection include:

  • Oxford encyclopedia of the Reformation, edited by Hans J. Hillerbrand, available at Ref BR 302.8 .O93 1996.

  • 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.

  • Luther’s works, vols. 1- 55, 1958, available at BR 330 .E5.

  • Systematic theology texts by Grudem, Chafer, Berkhof, and others are available on reserve at the circulation desk. 

Internet Resources for Bible Commentaries

Commentaries on the Book of Isaiah

 EBSCO eBooks

  • Childs, Brevard S., and Jennifer K. Cox. Isaiah : A Commentary. Old Testament Library. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001.
  • Dempsey, Carol J. Isaiah : God’s Poet of Light. St. Louis, Mo: Chalice Press, 2009.
  • Friesen, Ivan. Isaiah. Believers Church Bible Commentary. Scottdale, Pa: Herald Press, 2009.
  • Goldingay, John, and David F. Payne. Isaiah 40-55 Vol 2 (ICC) : A Critical and Exegetical Commentary. The International Critical Commentary on the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. London: T & T Clark International, 2006.
  • Hoppe, Leslie J. Isaiah. Vol. 13. New Collegeville Bible Commentary. Old Testament. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2012.
  • Motyer, J. A. Isaiah. Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries. Nottingham, England: IVP Academic, 2009.
  • Oswalt, John N. The Book of Isaiah, Chapters 40–66. The Book of Isaiah. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1998.
  • Price, Ross E. Isaiah through Daniel. Vol. IV. Beacon Bible Commentary. Kansas City, Mo: Nazarene Publishing House, 1966.
  • Van der Vorm-Croughs, Mirjam. The Old Greek of Isaiah : An Analysis of Its Pluses and Minuses. Society of Biblical Literature Septuagint and Cognate Studies. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2014.
  • Webb, Barry G. The Message of Isaiah. The Bible Speaks Today Series. Illinois: IVP Academic, 2016.


Commentaries on the Book of Philippians

 EBSCO eBooks

  • Cousar, Charles B. Philippians and Philemon : A Commentary. The New Testament Library. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2013.
  • Fee, Gordon D. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians. The New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids, Mich: Eerdmans, 1995.
  • Hellerman, Joseph H. Philippians. Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament. Nashville TN: B&H Academic, 2015.
  • Martin, Ralph P. Philippians. Tyndale New Testament Commentaries. England: IVP Academic, 1987.
  • Motyer, J. A. The Message of Philippians. The Bible Speaks Today. Downers Grove, Ill: IVP Academic, 1984.


Internet Resources for General Theology

  • 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.

  • Wabash Center Guide provides information and support primarily in support of theological teaching. For all researchers, it also provides an Internet Guide to Religion, which links to an array of sites in support of a variety of research endeavors. 

Selected Journals


  • ATLA Religion accesses to articles and citations on theology and philosophy.

  • eBooks provides access to over 65,000 books that are viewable from your computer wherever you are. You may read online or download for a 2-week period by creating a free user name and password.


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 the following Library of Congress subject headings:

Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo
Christian biography
Christian ethics
Christian life
Christian literature
Church history
Civilization, Christian
Freedom of religion
History-- Religious aspects--Christianity
Jesus Christ
Luther, Martin, 1483-1546
Paul, the Apostle, Saint
Protestant Churches
Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225-1274

Research Tips

  • 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.

  • Once you locate a potential source, additional valuable resources may be listed in the item's bibliography.

  • If you are not able to find what you need on campus or online, you may also request an item through Interlibrary loan. Instructions for obtaining an Interlibrary loan are available in the Library Services section of the library website.

  • 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. 

Citation help needed? Try online at OWL (Online Writing Lab).

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.

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