REL 150 McMahan

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This guide is meant to help you find the suggested resources for the "Interpreting the Text" assignment. Bible dictionaries and scholarly commentaries can answer questions about 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 lots of commentaries and other sources that you could eventually find and use to provide this information. For this assignment, however, we are directing you to one Bible dictionary and four commentaries.


The Mercer Dictionary of the Bible

Location: Reference and On Reserve

  • Call Number: BS440 .M429 1990 


The New Interpreter’s Bible

Location: Reference

  • Volume VIII: contains Matthew and Mark (BS491.2 .N484 1994 v.8 )
  • Volume IX: contains John (BS491.2 .N484 1994 v.9)
  • Volume X: contains Acts (BS491.2 .N484 1994 v.10)
  • Volume XI: contains Ephesians (BS491.2 .N484 1994 v.11)
  • Volume XII: contains James (BS491.2 .N484 1994 v.12)

Smyth and Helwys Bible Commentary 

Location: On Reserve

  • Mark (BS2585.53 .C85 2007; available as eBook)
  • Matthew (ONLY available as eBook)
  • *John does not have a commentary in this series*
  • Acts (BS2625.53 .C43 2007 ; available as eBook)
  • Ephesians (BS2695.53 .S59 2012)
  • Hebrews-James (BS2775.53 .M35 2004)

The New International Commentary on the New Testament 

Location: On Reserve

  • The Gospel According to Mark (BS2585.3 .L36)
  • The Gospel of Matthew (BS2575.53 .F77 2007)
  • The Gospel According to John (BS2615.3 .M67)
  • The Book of Acts (BS2625.3 .B74 1988)
  • The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians (BS2650.3 .B78 1984)
  • The Letter of James (BS2785.53 .M37 2011; available as eBook)

Word Biblical Commentary

Location: On Reserve

  • Mark 8:27-16:20 (BS491.2 .W67 1982 v.34B)
  • Matthew 14-28 (BS491.2 .W67 1982 v.33B)
  • John (BS491.2 .W67 1982 v.36)
  • *Acts does not have a commentary in this series*
  • Ephesians (BS491.2 .W67 2014 v.42)
  • James (BS491.2 .W67 1982 v.48)