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Theology, Christian Ministries, and Philosophy: Exegesis

Research Guide in the areas of Theology, Philosophy, and Christian Ministry.

Biblical Exegesis

Browse our Reference section or the corresponding call numbers on the Lower Level of Ryan Library:

  • 220 Bible
    • Bible Concordances 220.2
    • Bible Dictionaries 220.3
    • Bibles 220.52
    • Bible Interpretation and Criticism; Exegesis 220.6
    • Bible Commentaries 220.7

See a longer list of Dewey Call numbers in the 200 range on the Books tab of this guide. Notices books on the historical setting of the New Testament will be in several places. For example, Bible dictionaries are on the New Testament are kept both in the 220.3 area with Bible dictionaries and the 225 area for books on the New Testament.

Books Offering Perspectives from the Original Audience


Commentaries are published in series with each volume written by a different author over a number of years. Each commentary series approaches the biblical text from a unique standpoint. You can browse both the Library's Reference Area and the Lower Level for books in the 220.7 call number range, which is where our commentaries are kept. Some of our commentaries are shelved in the Old Testament section, which is 221, or the New Testament section, which is 225. The bibliographies in commentaries are worth using to find more sources on your topic. The list below highlights a few commentary series with different perspectives:

Anchor Bible Commentary: Ecumenical (220.7 B582a)

Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Evangelical (220.7 B167e)

Beacon Bible Commentary: Wesleyan and Methodist (220.7 B366)

Hermeneia: Critical and historical commentary on the Bible ( 220.7 H553)

New International Greek Testament Commentary: Evangelical (225.48 N532i)

New Interpreter's Bible (NIB): Ecumenical, published by Abingdon a United Methodist group (220.7 I613n)

Pillar New Testament Commentary: Evangelical (220.7 P641)

Word Bible Commentary: Evangelical (220.7 W924b)

InterVarsity Press Commentaries: Evangelical (available at

Books Offering Various Methods of Interpretation