Finding Books That Discuss Passages of Scripture
Interested in finding journal articles on passages of scripture? Learn how.
Some books contain discussions of passages of scripture; others are focused on particular passages. This page will help you find both kinds of books.
Let's say you're looking for books that contain a discussion about Mark 16:9-20 or that are focused on that passage:
- In the Acorn basic search box, type bible n.t. mark. (The general pattern is bible [testament] [book].)
- From the dropdown next to the search box, select SUBJECT begins with and click the "Search" button.
- The result of your search will be a browse list of items about Mark (doing a subject search gets you items about something; doing a "SUBJECT begins with" search gets you a list of those items in alphabetical order by the relevant Library of Congress subject heading).
Browse through this list of results (subject headings) by selecting the "Forward" link above the results. Look for headings like Bible. N.T. Mark--Commentaries and Bible. N.T. Mark XVI, 9-20--Criticism, interpretation, etc.. Click on the links to see what books are categorized under these subjects.
Note: Since this list of subject headings is in alphabetical order, and the chapters of books are represented by Roman numerals, book chapters do not appear in numerical order. Thus, chapters that start with X's and V's appear at the end of the list.
If you just want books focused on a scripture passage, you can do a slightly different initial search: bible n.t. mark xvi. This will get you closer to what you're looking for.
Things to Remember
Relevant information may be in books with broader subject headings. The browse list allows you to see your passage in context and select other subject headings that may be useful for your work (e.g., in the case of Mark 16:9-20, the subject heading Bible. N.T. Mark XIV-XVI--Criticism, interpretation, etc. may also be helpful).
Some passages are also identified by titles. If, for example, you were doing research on Luke 10:25-37, you would know that it's also called the Parable of the Good Samaritan. So to find books on Luke 10:25-37, do the following:
- Follow the instructions above for finding books by scripture passage.
- Look at the Acorn records that are the results of your search. Among the subject headings on those records (labeled "Subject (LC)"), you'll see Good Samaritan (Parable).
- Click on that heading, and you'll retrieve other items with that subject heading--occasionally, some that you didn't find with your scripture search.
You can also find books on passages of scripture by using
- WorldCat, a catalog containing records describing items owned by many libraries in the U.S. and around the world
- various reference sources (search Acorn for location information), such as Elenchus Bibliographicus, Elenchus of Biblica, Internationale Zeitschriftenschau für Bibelwissenschaft und Grenzgebiete, the Book Lists that are part of the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament and Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Old Testament Abstracts and New Testament Abstracts
- reference lists in commentaries
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