REL 150 Lewis

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This guide will help you locate appropriate scholarly commentary sources for the assignment "Interpreting the Text." You will be using three different types of scholarly resources: TranslationsBible dictionaries, and Scholarly Commentaries. These can answer questions about why different translations look so differently, what things were like when the book was written, who the audience was (as implied by the text), what social or institutional setting might have been in place, and general background information on the book as well as specific verses. There are many different translations, dictionaries and commentaries that you could eventually find and use to provide this information. However, for this assignment, we are directing you to the following specific resources:

Translations

The Parallel Bible lets you look at two translations side-by-side. You just need to select the relevant translations from the menu. Below are the required bible translations on various websites and their location in the library's reference section if you prefer a hard copy:

The New Revised Standard Version

The King James Version

The Good News Translation

Commentaries

The Mercer Commentary on the Bible

Reference: YES

  • BS 491.2 .M47 1995 (MCB)

Reserve: YES

The Mercer Commentary on the New Testament

Reference: YES

  • BS2341.2 .M47 2003

Reserve: YES

The New Interpreter’s Bible

Reference: YES

  • BS 491.2 .N484 1994
    • Volume VIII: Matthew and Mark
    • Volume IX: Luke and John
    • Volume X: Romans

Reserve: NO

The Interpreter’s Bible

Reference: YES

  • BS 491.2 .I55
    • Volume VII: Matthew and Mark
    • Volume VIII: Luke and John
    • Volume IX: Romans

Reserve: NO

Bible Dictionaries

Mercer Dictionary of the Bible

Reference: YES

  • BS440 .M429 1990

Reserve: YES

Anchor Bible Dictionary

Reference: YES

  • BS440 .A54 1992
    • Volumes 1-6

Reserve: NO

The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible 

Reference: YES

  • BS440 .N445 2006
    • Volumes 1-5

Reserve: NO

The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible

Reference: YES

  • BS440 .I63
    • Volumes 1-5

Reserve: NO