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How to Use a Bible Reference Books

Quick Guide to Bible Reference Books

Type

How Information is Arranged

Additional Information

Bible Dictionary

Alphabetically

 

Bible Commentary

In the same order as the books of the Bible

You need to know which book, chapter and verses pertain to your topic.

Concordance

Alphabetically

Use this to help you find where to find specific words or people in the Bible.

Encyclopedia

Usually alphabetically

Different encyclopedias may be arranged a little differently.  Be sure to look in the index in the back of the last volume for additional articles about your topic.

 

Sample Reference Books

The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible - A-C

New Testament Survey

The New Interpreter's Bible

The Anchor Bible Dictionary

The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary

The Oxford Companion to the Bible

The IVP Women's Bible Commentary

Harpercollins Bible Commentary

New Collegeville Bible Commentary: Old Testament

Old Testament Survey

Women in Scripture

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Ethics

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology

International Bible Commentary