The below books are just one in a commentaries series. Ryan Library usually contains all titles in the series (unless the series is not yet complete). Some commentaries are available in two locations: Reference and Lower Level. Reference books have an "R" in front of their call number. Copies on the Lower Level may be borrowed and copies in the Reference Area must be used in the library.
The Bible commentary series listed below are available in ebook format through Ryan Library. Not all volumes in each series is available as an ebook.
Ryan Library has hundreds of subject encyclopedias, commentaries, and lexicons in the area of Religion and Philosophy.
Note: To view the table of contents in a print book, open the book's record in WorldCat (the hyperlinked titles below open each book's record), then expand the View Description section. If the table of contents is quite long, try keyword searching on the page by using the Cntl F/Command F shortcut.
The ebooks listed below require a PLNU OneLogin:
Online Bible Commentaries from Ryan Library: These are the Bible commentaries available in ebook format through Ryan Library's WorldCat catalog.
Encyclopedia of World Religions: Encyclopedia of Protestantism (2016): Available through Credo Reference database. Using an A-to-Z format, this encyclopedia covers the primary people, events, groups, and theological issues that emerged at the Protestantism's origin; the main individuals, concerns, and movements that shaped it in subsequent centuries. Coverage includes those parts of the world in which Protestantism did not appear until the 19th century, regions that are now home to the growing edge of the movement (Asia, Africa, and Oceania).
The below list highlights individual Bible commentaries available in the ebook format through Ryan Library. Note: You can find more commentaries on your area of interest by clicking on the hyperlinked series titles and subject headings in each book's record.
Print Bible dictionaries are located in the Ryan Library's Reference Area. Online dictionaries require a PLNU OneLogin.
Dictionaries in Print
These print dictionaries are available in the Reference Area of Ryan Library and must be used in-house.
Dictionaries Available In Both Print and Online
Online Bible Dictionaries
Essential Bible Dictionary (2017): This Bible dictionary is published by Zondervan and is available through the Credo Reference database. The hyperlinked title opens to a alphabetized table of contents.
The below Bible commentary series are 'open access' meaning they are freely available on the internet and do not require a PLNU OneLogin.
The IVP New Testament Commentary Series: available through the Bible Gateway website; some content is free, some is not.
Virtual Theological Library Project: provides links to open access online commentaries.
Google Search for Open Access Bible Commentaries Online: This customized Google search pulls results from multiple online Bible research tools such as biblegateway.com and biblehub.com. Search by Bible passage.
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Reference sources provide background information, an overview of a topic, specialized vocabulary and terminology, and critical concepts. They're often a great starting point. The Library has reference materials both online and in print.
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Browse our Reference section or the corresponding call numbers on the Lower Level of Ryan Library: