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Subjects: Theological Studies, Classics and Archaeology, Biblical Studies
Description: Background Information database containing full text. Mainly focused on ancient Israel (Palestine) and related parts of the Ancient Near East and the Mediterranean region. Definitions and scholarly overviews related to the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and New Testament. Multiple Bible translations (NRSV, NAB, JPS, etc.), concordances (NRSV, NAB), and a few commentaries.
Contents: Book Chapters; Primary Sources; Primary texts in translation; Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Handbooks More info
Subjects: Theological Studies, History, International Relations, Islamic Studies
Description: Background Information database containing full text. Mainly focused on Middle East; North Africa; Central, South, and Southeast Asia. Scholarly overviews and primary sources addressing major figures, movements, and other topics from around 570 CE to the 21st century. Includes searchable Qur'an translations and concordance.
Contents: Book Chapters; Primary Sources; Primary texts in translation; Encyclopedias; Handbooks More info
Scholarly encyclopedia offering articles with references on (1) the origins & development of the Bible in Judaism and Christianity, and (2) the history of the Bible's reception in the Christian churches and the Jewish Diaspora; Islam; and other religious traditions and current religious movements, as well as in literature, art, music, and film.
To find other reference books about classics, add your own keywords to this custom search in LINUS, the library catalog. The library's collection includes many reference works that focus on specific civilizations, aspects of the ancient world, and time periods, like ancient Near Eastern mythology and Greek literature.