Biblical & Theological Word Studies

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Sample eBooks

All Things in the Bible: An Encyclopedia of the Biblical World
All Things in the Bible: An Encyclopedia of the Biblical World

Westminister Dictionary of Theological Terms
Westminister Dictionary of Theological Terms

Text in Context:
Text in Context: Essays by Members of the Society for Old Testament Study

Ancient Hebrew Inscriptions, Volume 2
Ancient Hebrew Inscriptions, Vol. 2

  • Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
  • Concordances
  • Specialized Dictionaries
  • Commentaries
  • Analytical Keys/Parsing Guides/Lexicons
  • Interlinear Bibles
  • ebooks
  • Article Databases

Bible Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Use for historical background information on persons, places, customs, subjects, etc.

General call number section - BS 440

Sample Titles

See: Theological Reference Books, Historical Dictionaries.

Bible Hub: Dictionary
Bible Hub: Encyclopedia

Sample ebooks by Subjects
The Bible ~1,613 ebooks ebrary
Ethics in the Bible ~14 titles ebrary
New Testament ~464 ebooks ebrary
Old Testament ~691 ebooks ebrary
Religion/ Christianity/ General ~242 ebooks eBook Collection, EBSCOhost
Works about the Bible ~135 ebooks ebrary

Find books from the main library collection:
In the library catalog, search subject keyword or subject headings using general terms. For example, if you are interested in social life during Biblical times search: Jews social life and customs or Jews history.

Bible Concordances

A Bible concordance is an alphabetical list of key words used in the Bible, Use concordances to find a particular verse when you know a key word.

Call number section - BS 425

Sample Titles

The NIV Exhaustive Concordance - Call number BS425.G62 LRC-R
Contains Hebrew to English Index-Lexicon, Greek to English Index-Lexicon, and Index of Strong’s/Goodrick Kohlberger numbers.
NIV Nave's Topical Bible (Kohlenberger) - Call number BS432.K65 LRC-R
Nave’s Topical Bible - Call numberBS432.N3 LRC-R
New American Standard Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible - Call number BS425.N385 LRC-R
Schofield Reference Index -
Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance - Available in print, call number BS425.S8 LRC-R
Contains Hebrew and Greek dictionaries to help you find terms.
Thompson Chain Reference -
The Topical Concordance -

Bible Hub: Concordance -
StudyLight: Concordances -

Specialized Dictionaries

Use for in-depth research on a particular ‘English’ word.

Call number sections vary according to content:
BS = Biblical studies
PA = Greek language/literature

Sample Titles

  • The Anchor Bible Dictionary - BS440.A54 LRC-R
  • Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology
  • Complete Word Study Dictionary - PA881.Z63 LRC-R
    (Use the English index in the front of the book.)
  • Dictionary of Biblical Criticism and Interpretation eBook Collection, EBSCOhost
  • Dictionary of New Testament Theology(Brown) - BS2397.N48 LRC-R
  • The New Testament. Complete Biblical Library (series, 17 volumes) (Harris) - BS2535.2.N474 LRC-R
    -- Includes Greek language texts, literal interlinear English translations, critical apparatus, commentary and more.
    -- Three sections: Harmony of the Gospels [vol 1]; Study Bible, with Interlinear Bible [vols. 2-7]; Greek-English Dictionary [vols. 8-16]
  • Old Testament Study Bible. Complete Biblical Library(series, 15 volumes) (World Library Press) - Call number BS1193.05 LRC-R
    -- [1] Genesis; [2] Exodus; [3] Leviticus-Numbers; [4] Deuteronomy; [5] Joshua, Judges, Ruth; [6] 1 & 2 Samuel; [7] 1 & 2 Kings; [8] 1 & 2 Chronicles; [9] Ezra-Job; [10] Psalms; [11] Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs; [12] Isaiah; [13] Jeremiah, Lamentations; [14] Ezekiel; [15] Daniel-Malachi.
  • Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words-BS440.V748 LRC-R
  • Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words - BS537.E967 LRC-R


Use for in-depth research on a word, Bible verse, social and cultural milieu, etc.

General call numbers section - BS 490 -- 491.5
Other commentaries are under call numbers according to the book of the Bible they discuss.

Sample Titles

  • Commentaries for Biblical Expositors, by Jim Rosscup, call #BR491.2.R827
  • ETBU's Bible Study Guide Commentary Series (East Texas Baptist University) ebrary Information Center
  • International Critical Commentary - BS491.I6 LRC-R
  • Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (Series) - BS491.2.I54 LRC-R
    Titles available in ebooks: Job | Acts | Romans | Second Corinthians | Ecclesiastes | Jeremiah | Exodus | Revelation  eBook Collections
  • The NIV Application Commentary (44 vols.) - BS491.2.N58 LRC-R
  • Oxford Bible Commentary - BS491.3 .O94 2001  eBook Collections
  • Word Biblical Commentary - BS491.2.W67 LRC-R
  • Word Pictures in the New Testament- BS2341.R6 LRC-R
  • Word Studies in the Greek New Testament (Wuest) - BS2333.2W8 LRC-R
  • Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds...– BS2341.52.Z66 LRC-R
Sample ebooks by Subject ORU database
The Bible ~1,613 titles ebrary
Bible--Commentaries ~188 titles ebrary
Commentaries ~7 ebooks ebrary
Commentaries ~307 titles eBook Collection (EBSCO)

Greek/Hebrew - Analytical Keys, Parsing Guides, and Lexicons

The following books are located in the library reference collection. If you are a distance learner, search the book title in to see if the book is available in your local library. In WorldCat, following the book record will be a list of libraries that own the item. Simply enter your location zip code in the text box to see library locations closest to you that have the book.

BibleStudyTools: Lexicons -

  • The Complete Biblical Library (series). New Testament (Harris) - BS2535.2.N474, Greek-English Dictionary, v.11-16
  • The Complete Word Study Dictionary(N.T.) - PA881.Z63
  • Dictionary of New Testament Theology (Brown) - BS2397.N48
  • New Testament Greek Lexicon - King James Version and New American Standard
  • Theological Dictionary of the New Testament(Kittel), 10 vols. - PA881.K513
  • Theological Lexicon of the New Testament- PA875.S613
  • Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon to the Old Testament - PJ4833.G41979
  • New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis - BS440.N438, Vol. 5 has Scripture, subject, & numbering index.
  • Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon - King James Versions and New American Standard
  • Students Hebrew and Chaldee Dictionary - PJ4833.H3 1914
  • Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament (Botterwick), 12 vols. - BS440.B5713
  • Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament (Harris, Archer, Waltke) - BS440.T49

Parsing Guides

  • The New Testament. Complete Biblical Library (series, 17 volumes) (Harris) - BS2535.2.N474 LRC-R
    Includes Greek language texts, literal interlinear English translations, critical apparatus, commentary and more. Three sections: Harmony of the Gospels [vol 1]; Study Bible, with Interlinear Bible [vols. 2-7]; Greek-English Dictionary [vols. 8-16]
  • A Parsing Guide to the Greek New Testament - PA847.H3
  • The Analytical Lexicon to the Septuagint: A Complete Parsing Guide - BS744.T389 1994 LRC-R
  • Analytical Key to the Old Testament (4 vols.) (Owens) - PJ4731.B53 O94
  • Old Testament Parsing Guide (2 vols.) - PJ4645.B43


  • Analytical Greek Lexicon - PA881.A6
  • A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament(Bauer) - PA881.B38
  • Liddell-Scott-Jones Greek-English Lexicon (about the lexicon)
  • Theological Lexicon of the New Testament- PA 875.S613, multi-volume set
  • Analytical Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon - PJ4833.D3
  • Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament, with an appendix containing the Biblical Aramaic(Brown) - PJ4833.B67, located in the LaSor Collection (LRC 4th floor, inquire at the circulation desk) and HSRC (LRC 5th floor).
  • Hebrew Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament - PJ4833.K61813 LRC-R
  • The New Brown, Driver, Briggs, Gesenius Hebrew& English Lexicon(also referred to as "BDB") - PJ4833.B66
    Index to BDB Hebrew Lexicon - PJ4833.B683
  • Old Testament Word Studies - BS1125.W52 (Use as a lexicon and concordance.)

Interlinear Bibles

Use interlinear Bibles for a translation and/or transliteration of Hebrew or Greek.

Bible Hub: Interlinear - Greek, Hebrew & Strongs <>

Sample Reference Titles:

  • The Complete Biblical Library (series). New Testament Study Bible (Harris)-BS2535.2.N474, v. 2-10.
  • The Interlinear Hebrew-Greek-English Bible (Green) - BS1 1976
  • The Interlinear Greek-English New Testament (Marshall) - BS1965 1959B
  • The R.S.V. Interlinear Greek-English New Testament - BS1965 1970
  • The Interlinear Bible, Hebrew/English (Green) - BS715 1976X
  • The NIV Interlinear Hebrew-English Old Testament(Kohlenberger) - BS715 1979


Theological / Biblical Word Studies - eBooks

To find ebooks, search an ebook databases or search the ORU Library Catalog and limit the results to ebooks. Use author, title, subject, keyword, and call number fields to focus your search.
To find an ebook, try a simple keyword search or browse the ebooks in ebrary's subjects, such as those listed below:
Bible--Commentaries ~56 ebooks
Church history ~420 ebooks
ebrary TIPS:
For other subjects in ebrary, click the All Subjects link, click Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, and then select from the subjects listed, such as Bible or Christianity.
eBook Collection: Religion
9,600+ full-text ebooks in all disciplines. Free downloads. Restricts full text to 1-5 simultaneous readers. Help pages | Downloading eBooks Tutorial. EBSCO More...
ATLA Religion Database: Books & book chapters
For full text books, mark "Full Text" under Limit To in the left menu.
for a For general information see the library research guide: How to Find Books & ebooks.

Biblical Word Studies - ORU Article Databases

To look for periodical articles on a topic or word search an appropriate database. To narrow your results use the index(es) and subject search.

ATLA Religion Database with Serials
To find articles for or about a specific Hebrew or Greek word:
Choose Indexes (top menu) and then change Browse an Index to Subjects All.
  • For a Hebrew word: type hebrew language--terms--your term
    Example: hebrew language--terms--yissurin
  • For a Greek word: Type greek language--terms-- (add your term or browse the Greek word list).
    Mark your term(s), click the Add button, and then click Search.
    See the Theology Research guide, TIPS tab for details and images.
Catholic Periodical and Literature Index
Christian Periodical Index
Encyclopaedia Judaica, 2nd ed.
New Testament Abstracts
Old Testament Abstracts
Related guides:
Babylonian Talmud
Theological Reference Books
Theology Research
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