School of Divinity
Links to helpful resources for staring work in Divinity sub-disciplines
Going further - searching for resources
3 key tools to help you track down information
English translation, Hebrew Bible and Greek New Testament
How to cite references in Divinity assignments
Online reading Lists for Divinity
The translation recommended by the School of Divinity is the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).
- Print copies are in St Mary's College Library at BS195.N48F95
- Online versions are also available, e.g. at BibleGateway
Hebrew Bible texts
- Hebrew Interlinear Bible (online)
- Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS) various editions, e.g. BS15.F78 / BS715.E6F67
- Biblia Hebraica Quinta (BHQ) BS715.B5 (NB: In preparation)
- (English translation) The Jewish Study Bible [NJV/JPS version] BS895.J4F99G14
Greek New Testament texts
- SBL Greek New Testament (online)
- Nestle & Aland, Novum Testamentum graece, 28th ed BS1965.G12
- Aland et al. [United Bible Societies] Greek New Testament, 4th rev ed BS1965.A6
- Novum Testamentum Graecum Editio Critica Maior - NB only the volumes for Acts 1-14 and Catholic Epistles have been published to date (other vols in preparation)
New books on religion in the Library
If you're starting study on a topic and are looking for a quick way into the subject, the links below provide a few suggestions for good places to begin.
Going further - Searching for resources
These are the most useful search tools for finding Divinity resources in the library or on the Web.
Atla Religion Database (Atla RDB) contains details of a million+ journal articles, book reviews and essays on Theology and Biblical Studies, and links directly to the full text of a large number of these. (See our guide to searching Atla RDB.)
- also for Biblical Studies resources:
Old Testament Abstracts Online and New Testament Abstracts Online are two databases providing abstracts (i.e. short summaries) for articles in journals for Biblical Studies and related disciplines. In many cases they also link to the full text of the articles. (See our brief guide to using the databases.)
It's standard practice to ensure that all sources of information used in a piece of writing are acknowledged by citing them in the text and listing the references at the end of the work. Each reference should include enough information for the reader of the work to identify and find the material to which you have referred.
There are two main styles of referencing used for Divinity assignments and research:
1. Chicago citation style
The School of Divinity requires that all coursework submitted for assessment is formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style.
Library guide | Quick guide | Online version | Print version
[Note: The Chicago Manual of Style allows for references to be formatted as either “notes and bibliography” or “author-date”. You should use the “notes and bibliography” format in assignments except where your module coordinator explicitly requires “author-date”.]
2. SBL citation style
The Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) has developed a variant of the Chicago citation style specially tailored for work in Biblical Studies. This is outlined in their style guide, The SBL Handbook of Style (2nd ed., 2014).
e-book | Print version | Student supplement (includes guidelines for formatting citations and bibliographies for essays and dissertations)
Reference management software
Bibliographic management software allows you to create a bibliography and footnotes in a preferred citation style by importing references from text files or online databases. See our guide for more information.
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