Major Publishers in Religious Studies

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Note: This guide focuses on evaluating publishers of religious publications. Additional course-specific resources are available on the Christianity Subject Librarian page.

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Publishers of books in religious studies typically fall into one of four categories.

1. affiliated with specific Christian denominations
2. affiliated with colleges and universities
3. textbook publishers
4. independent

Below is a list of some of the more significant publishing houses and where they fit:

1. affiliated with specific Christian denominations:


  • Broadman Press—Southern Baptist Convention
  • Convention Press—Southern Baptist Convention (more popular)
  • Judson Press—American Baptist
  • Smyth and Helwys (primarily CBF, more popular than scholarly)


  • Baker Books
  • Brazos Press
  • Intervarsity Press
  • Zondervan

Mainstream Protestant:

  • Abingdon—United Methodist Church
  • Augsburg Fortress—Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Chalice Press—Disciples of Christ
  • Cowley—Episcopalian
  • William B. Eerdmans—Reformed Church in America roots
  • Pilgrim Press—United Church of Christ
  • SCM Press (and its various imprints)--Episcopalian
  • Westminster John Knox—Presbyterian Church USA


  • Herald Press

Roman Catholic:

  • Orbis Books—Maryknoll, concern for poor
  • Paulist Press—dialog with modern world


2. affiliated with colleges and universities:

  • Chicago
  • Duke
  • Indiana
  • Mercer
  • Notre Dame
  • Yale


3. textbook publishers:

  • McGraw Hill
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Wadsworth


4. independent:

  • Continuum (T & T Clark, Trinity Press)
  • Harper & Row, HarperCollins
  • HarperSanFrancisco
  • Hendrickson
  • Open Court
  • Rowan and Littlefield
  • Wipf and Stock (reprints)


5. Online lists of publishers:

Almost all publishers maintain an active web presence. These are compilations of publishers.