Yale Divinity Library:

Very Brief Bibliographic Introduction to New Testament Study

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Tools needed for various tasks:

Texts - various versions
Bible dictionaries & encyclopedias - look up terms, locations, genres, etc.
Studying the text:
Concordances - tracing word usage
Lexicons, dictionaries - meaning of words
Learning from others:
Library catalog (Orbis) - find books
ATLA/ATLAS Religion Database - find journal articles and chapters within books

I. Texts

Greek texts of New Testament - all at call number BS1965 in RR
Novum Testamentum Graece / Eberhard Nestle, Erwin Nestle and Kurt Aland, ed. 27th ed., rev. Stuttgart : Deutsche Bibelstiftung, 1993. (also stack reserve; 1981 ed. in stacks)
The Greek New Testament / Kurt Aland [et al.], ed. Stuttgart : United Bible Societies,1983. i (also stack reference copies)
The Greek New Testament according to the Majority Text / Zane C. Hodges and Arthur L. Farstad, ed. 2nd ed. Nashville, Tenn. : Nelson, 1985. (1982 ed. in stacks)
Greek /English texts of NT - all at call number BS1965 - BS1965.5 in RR
Greek-English New Testament / Greek text: Novum Testamentum Graece in the tradition of Eberhard Nestle and Erwin Nestle ; edited by Barbara and Kurt Aland ... [et al.] ; English text: 2nd edition of the Revised Standard Version, [Stuttgart] : Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1994
The NASB interlinear Greek-English New Testament / Alfred Marshall, ed. Grand Rapids, Mich. : Regency Reference Library, 1984.
NRSV-NIV parallel New Testament in Greek and English / Alfred Marshall. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1990.
Parallels/ Synopses
Synopsis of the Four Gospels, Greek-English edition / Kurt Aland, ed. 6th ed. Stuttgart : United Bible Societies, 1983. BS2560 - RR & stack reference
Gospel parallels / Burton H. Throckmorton, Jr., ed. 5th ed. Nashville : Nelson, 1992. BS2560 - RR & stack reference
Pauline parallels / Fred O. Francis and J. Paul Sampley, ed. 2nd ed. Philadelphia : Fortress, 1984. BS2643/F7 - RR & stacks
Jewish Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha:
The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha / James H. Charlesworth, ed. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1985. BS1692 - RR & stacks
The Apocryphal Old Testament / H. F. D. Sparks. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984. BS1692 - RR & stacks
Dead Sea Scrolls:
The Dead Sea Scrolls in English / Geza Vermes. London: Penguin, 1987. BM487 A3 V47 - RR & stacks
The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated: The Qumran Texts in English / Florentino Garcia-Martinez. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996. BM487 A3 G2 - on reserve; 1994 ed. in stacks
New Testament Apocrypha and related literature:
The Apocryphal New Testament / J. K. Elliott. Oxford: Clarendon, 1993. BS2832 A2 - RR & stacks
New Testament Apocrypha / Wilhelm Schneemelcher, Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1991-1992. BS2832 S36 - RR & stacks
The Nag Hammadi Library in English / James M. Robinson. New York: E. J. Brill, 1996. BT1390 C413 - in stacks

II. Concordances

Greek - call number BS2302 in RR
Concordance to the Novum Testamentum Graece of Nestle-Aland, 26th edition, and to the Greek New Testament, 3rd edition / H. Bachmann and W.A. Slaby, ed. 3rd ed. Berlin : Walter de Gruyter, 1987.
English -- New Testament at call number BS2305 / whole Bible at BS425
See Tutorial for using English concordances
The analytical concordance to the New Revised Standard Version of the New Testament. / Richard E. Whitaker and John R. Kohlenberger III. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
An analytical concordance to the Revised Standard Version of the New Testament. / Clinton Morrison. Philadelphia : Westminster, 1979. - also stack reference copy
The NIV exhaustive concordance / Edward W. Goodrick and John R. Kohlenberger. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1990.
NRSV exhaustive concordance / Bruce M. Metzger, ed. Nashville : Nelson, 1991.
The new Strong's exhaustive concordance of the Bible. / James Strong. Nashville : Nelson, 1984.
Analytic concordance to the Bible. Robert Young. 22nd American ed. New York : Funk & Wagnalls, 1972. (also in stacks)

III. Lexicons

A Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament and other early Christian literature / ed. by Frederick Danker. 3rd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000. PA881 B38 2000 (LC)
A Greek-English lexicon., Henry George Liddell and Robert Scott. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996. PA445/E5/L6/1996/(LC)

IV. Bible dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.

General - call number BS440 in RR
Anchor Bible dictionary / David Noel Freedman, ed. New York : Doubleday, 1992. 6 v. (also stack reference copy and CD-ROM version)
HarperCollins Bible Dictionary/ Paul J. Achtemeier, ed. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1996.
Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible / Keith Crim, ed. Nashville: Abingdon, 1962, 1976. 5 v.
Word Study
Exegetical dictionary of the New Testament / Horst Balz and Gerhard Schneider, ed. Grand Rapids : Eerdmans, 1990 to date. BS2312/E913 (also stack reference copy)
Theological dictionary of the New Testament / Gerhard Kittel, ed. Grand Rapids, Mich. : Eerdmans, 1964-1976. 10 v. PA881/K513/(LC) (also stack reference copies)

V. Commentaries

One volume - call number BS491.2
The Oxford Bible Commentary/ John Barton and John Muddiman. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press.
Harper's Bible Commentary/ James L. May, ed. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1988. (also stack reference copy & circulating copies at CCL)
The New Jerome Biblical Commentary / Raymond E. Brown et al. eds. London : Geoffrey Chapman, 1995.
The Women's Bible Commentary / Carol A. Newsom & S. H. Ringe, eds. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1998.
Scholarly series- call number BS491.2 in RR
Anchor Bible "Luke and John excellent; Matthew and Mark less helpful"
Hermeneia "Not yet helpful for the gospels, except John." - (also copies in stacks under individual classification; search by Keyword, e.g.: "hermeneia and galatians")
International Critical Commentary "Serious scholarship; some volumes, e.g., Matthew, recently updated." (also copy of set in stack reference; also individually classified volumes)
New International Commentary on the New Testament "Scholarly, evangelical" in stacks - not classed as a set
New Interpreters Bible "A useful tool combining scholarship and homiletic application" (also stack reference copy of set; CD ROM on reserve: CDD0044)
Sacra Pagina "A serious commentary accessible to a broader audience. Catholic." in stacks - not classed as a set

VI. Basic Exegetical Methods

New Testament exegesis, a handbook for students and pastors. Gordon D. Fee Philadelphia : Westminster, 1983. (on reserve and in Reading Room) BS2331 F44
Biblical exegesis, a beginner's handbook. John H. Hayes and Carl R. Holladay. Rev. ed. Atlanta : Knox, 1987. BS476/H35
Studying the Synoptic Gospels E. P. Sanders and Margaret Davies. Philadelphia: Trinity Press International, 1989. BS2555.2 S23
Reading the New Testament Christopher Tuckett. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1987. BS2331 T83

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