Library Online Resources

Biblical Studies Online Resources

Atla Digital Library – The Atla Digital Library brings together in a singular, searchable platform digitized collections from libraries, religious institutions, and other organizations worldwide who collect and preserve texts, records, maps, photographs, recordings, and other materials.

Atla Religion Database® with AtlaSerials® – The American Theological Library Association (Atla) produces research tools to advance the study of theology and religion. Atla Religion Database® is the premier index of articles, reviews, and essays in all fields of religion and theology and offers significant breadth and depth of subject areas and languages covered. Journals are selected for inclusion according to their scholarly merit and scope. AtlaSerials® is an online collection of more than 340 major religion and theology journal titles and more than 678,000 full-text journal articles. Subjects include the Bible, archaeology, and antiquities; human culture and society; church history and mission; pastoral ministry; world religions and religious studies; theology, philosophy, and ethics.  Access is available for current CCBC students, faculty, and staff through Populi.

Atla Websites on Religion–  Formerly available from the Wabash Center, this resource is a selective, annotated guide to a wide variety of electronic resources of interest to those who are involved in the study and practice of religion. It includes syllabi, electronic texts, electronic journals, web sites, bibliographies, liturgies, reference resources, and software. The purpose of this resource is to encourage and facilitate the incorporation of electronic resources into teaching.

Bible Gateway – Read, hear, and study the Bible with numerous Bible study tools. Study Bible passages side-by-side using multiple Bible translations. Locate ‘More Resources’ under the ‘Study’ menu to explore Bible commentaries such as the IVP New Testament Commentaries and discover other Bible study tools such as Easton’s Bible Dictionary and the Encyclopedia of the Bible.

Bible Hub – Bible Hub features several Bible translations and versions in multiple languages, topical study tools, concordances, Bible dictionaries, Greek and Hebrew interlinears and lexicons, commentaries, sermons and devotionals.

Bible Study Tools – Select from several Bible translations and versions to read the Bible and easily compare Bible passages against different versions and obtain cross-references. Study materials include commentaries, concordances, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and Hebrew and Greek lexicons.  You can also listen to audio Bibles and read from several daily devotionals. Site is made available by Salem Media Group.

Biblia – Biblia is a site with dozens of Bibles and free Bible study tools. Create a free account to access Bible study tools. Biblia is a service of Faithlife, the company that provides Logos Bible software.

BiblicalStudies.org.uk – Provides a digital collection of rare and out-of-print theology books and articles. Over 40,000 articles are available for free download. This site is a cross-linked resource made up of seven websites collectively known as “Theology on the Web.”

Biblical Training Library – Founded by Dr. Bill Mounce with contributing authors and lecturers comprised of scholars in Biblical studies and theology, this site provides free access to 14,000 encyclopedia articles, several lecture transcripts, and a few ebooks. 

Blue Letter Bible –  Free Bible study tools including the ability to search Bible passages in different translations and versions, commentaries, Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias, and other resources for Bible study as well as devotionals.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library – Access Christian classical works across the centuries. This extensive collection can be browsed by author, title, or subject. Subjects include philosophy, ethics, doctrinal and practical theology, Christian history, creeds, and denominations, sermons, and Christian classic literature from the early church to the 20th century. Bible study tools include Bible commentaries, dictionaries, and encyclopedias. Read on a computer or download as a PDF. Some titles may be read on a mobile device or listened to in audio format.

Early Church (Theology on the Web) – This website provides articles on early church history, primary and secondary writings on early church figures, doctrine and practice, creeds, and heresies and sects. Part of the online resource of seven linked websites collectively known as “Theology on the Web,” this resource provides rare and out-of-copyright books and articles.

 

ESV Bible – Create a free account to access helpful Bible study tools when reading the ESV Bible on a computer or download the app for iPhone, iPad, or Android. Once logged in, you can access features including highlighting, annotating, and bookmarking Bible passages. Access the ESV Global Study Bible with introductory material to books of the Bible, author profiles, charts, maps, and cross-references. The Greek New Testament (Tyndale House, Cambridge) offers a customizable Greek/English interlinear Bible with Greek contextual and lexical forms and includes Strong’s concordance numbering. Several Bible reading plans are also available.

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society – The JETS PDF Archive is open to the public. Visitors to the Evangelical Theological Society website can access all but the most recent two full years of JETS.

Logos – The free Logos 8 Academic Basic package created by Faithlife includes powerful but basic software tools and library resources for Bible study–including study of Greek and Hebrew words–and citation and note-taking tools.

Missiology.org.uk (Theology on the Web) – This Missiology resource provides access to resources on the theology of mission, history of missions, missionaries, and mission societies. Part of the online resource of seven linked websites collectively known as “Theology on the Web,” this resource provides rare and out-of-copyright books and articles.

NETBible™ Learning Environment – The NET Bible™ Learning Environment provides commentaries, word studies, original Biblical languages, and cross references integrated to facilitate the study of God’s Word.

New Testament Gateway – The New Testament Gateway is a directory of internet resources for the academic study of the New Testament and Christian origins. Research New Testament books, the life of Jesus, Paul the Apostle, Biblical archaeology, manuscripts, maps, and the early church. Under Tools and Resources, select Journals to read journal excerpts and full-text open access journals. The site is hosted by Logos Bible Software and edited by Mark Goodacre, Religion Studies Professor at Duke University.

Online Christian Library of Virtual Theological Resources –  Select from a variety of topics to download books in PDF format. Locate Bible study resources under Christian References and Theology. Under Philosophers and Theologians, locate works by St. Augustine and other early church fathers, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley, Jonathan Edwards, and more.

Post-Reformation Digital Library – The Post-Reformation Digital Library (PRDL) is a select database that organizes the vast array of publicly available digital sources on the development of theology and philosophy during the early modern era (late 15th-18th c.). Here there are links for patristic and medieval theology.

Preaching.com – This site includes sermons, illustrations, and articles on leadership for church pastors and ministry leaders. You can search for sermons by topic or book and chapter of the Bible and listen to free podcasts.

Princeton Theological Commons – The Princeton Theological Commons developed in partnership between Princeton Theological Seminary and Internet Archive is a digital library of over 130,000 resources on theology and religion. It consists mainly of public domain books and also includes periodicals, audio recordings, photographs, manuscript collections, and other formats.

Project Gutenberg – Project Gutenberg offers over 60,000 free ebooks to read in a variety of formats and on several devices (see FAQ). The collection focuses primarily on older works no longer protected by U.S. copyright. Search the catalog by author, title, or subject or search the bookshelves. 

STEP Bible – Using a simple interface, the creators of the STEP Bible seek to provide “Scripture Tools for Every Person” to use in their Biblical studies. Features include: word by word interlinears in the original languages, original meanings and contextual information, modern and ancient translations, and the ability to compare translations in multiple languages. 27 commentaries are also available. This resource is made possible through the researchers at Tyndale House Cambridge UK.

StudyLight.org – This site offers many free commentaries, concordances, Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias, lexicons and original language tools. Although most of the tools it offers are older and some are out of date, many remain very helpful.

Themelios – This international, evangelical, peer-reviewed theological journal expounds and defends the historic Christian faith. The online Themelios journal archive makes available issues spanning from its first publication in 1975 to the current issue. The journal is published three times a year online at The Gospel Coalition website and may be accessed for free in PDF and HTML formats.

2LetterLookup – 2LetterLookup links you to lexicons for studying the original languages including Gesenius: Hebrew & Chaldee Lexicon and Thayer: Greek Lexicon. You can find out what the word usually means, what it means in different contexts, and the range of meanings. To perform a search, select the language, click on the first two letters of the foreign word or type the start of an English word and hit enter. Then click on the most likely word from the results list to view the full lexicon entry or list of occurrences.

University of Calgary Religious Studies Web Guide – This web guide provides links to Biblical studies portals, Christianity resources, sacred texts, and materials for the study of world religions. You can find links to works on the early church fathers, Quakers, Arminians, Calvinists, Lutherans, Wesleyans, and more. Note: This site covers a range of religious views; access to this resource does not reflect an endorsement of religious views represented. It is available for research purposes.

Yale University Divinity Library Religion Research Guide – This is an extensive research guide with numerous links to free online religion resources. Resources include dictionaries, encyclopedias, and images. You can also browse resources by topics: Biblical Studies, Church Denominations, Early Christianity, Ethics, Religion and the Arts, and Theology.