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RELG 215: The Letters of Paul (HC): Background Information

Religion 215: The Letters of Paul (McGuire) Spring 2016

Background Information

                                                               Saint Paul Writing his Epistles by Valentin de Boulogne (1591-1632)

Background Information on Religions

The following sources provide overviews of religious groups and their history.  These resources are a quick way for you to find out the basic facts and recent scholarly interpretations.

When using an article in an encyclopedia or handbook, always check the bibliography or footnotes for further reading at the end of the article. It will provide a selective list of the books, articles, and, frequently, Web resources considered to be the most up-to-date and reliable.

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.