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RELG 118: Hebrew Bible (HC)

Religion 118: Hebrew Bible: Literary Text and Historical Context (N. Koltun-Fromm) Spring 2016

Identifying Relevant Books

Use the Tripod Books and More catalog to look for relevant titles owned by Haverford, Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore.

The following subject searches are a sampling of possibilities. To find materials on a topic, try doing a keyword search in the Tripod Catalog to find relevant materials and then use the subject headings assigned to those titles to find more books.

(("material culture" religio*) OR "religious articles") (america* OR "united states")    [Keyword Search]

(food OR cookery) (religio* OR christianity)   [Subject Search]

(sports OR athlet*) (religio* OR judaism OR jew*)   [Subject Search]

united states religious life and customs   [Subject Search ]


Tripod - For locating books, journals, and other materials held in the Tri-College libraries. Deliveries within the Trico usually arrive in one or two days. Use the "Request"  button

Worldcat - An important place to look for many materials not owned by the Tri-College Libraries. This combined library catalog contains more than 300 million records describing items owned by libraries around the world. Many of these items are available to you though interlibrary loan.

EZ Borrow and Interlibrary LoanRequest items that are not available in Tripod on this page. Note that E-Z Borrow provides books in 3 to 5 days.  For books not in E-Z Borrow, request though Interlibrary Loan (ILL).  Again materials may arrive in as little as 3 days.   For journal articles not in Tripod, request through Article Delivery.  They will be sent to you by email.

Religion Compass

This journal is devoted to the study of religion, and all of the articles are written in the form of literature reviews.  Specialists analyze the issues involved in a particular question and discuss individual books, journal articles, and other scholarship that are essential for research in that area.  Browse or search the journal website for overviews related to your research topic.  The bibliographies accompanying articles in Religion Compass will lead you to relevant  sources for further reading.  Other Compass titles, like History Compass and Literature Compass, may have useful articles as well.


     "Religion in the Dead Sea Scrolls"  Alex P. Jassen

Literature Reviews

Literature reviews are a particularly useful kind of article when doing research. They address the issues involved in a particular question and the debates among scholars. They map out the intellectual terrain succinctly and give you the major landmarks in terms of key authors and significant titles.

The Oxford Bibliographies Online provide literature reviews for a variety of fields including Biblical Studies.  The essays take the form of an annotated bibliography.  It gives you the benefit of expert advice when identifying what to read for your research. 

‚Äč     "Biblical Canon" Lee Martin McDonald