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Exegesis Resources

A guide for students and researchers interpreting biblical texts. This guide includes original language resources, exegetical tools, and guidance on scholarly commentary and interpretation.

Literary Criticism

These commentaries approach the text with the tools of literary criticism. Please see the library's guide on Literary Interpretation of the Bible.

Berit Olam (Hebrew Bible) / Sacra Pagina (New Testament)

  • This series focuses on the final form of the texts (canonical criticism), with a special interest in matters relating to literary interpretation. It works extremely well as a complement to series with different critical or disciplinary approaches. Classified Individually by Book of the Bible.

Reading the Old Testament / Reading the New Testament

  • This series similarly focuses on the final form of the text, not on word-by-word or verse-by-verse exegesis. By interpreting the text in larger units of material, the scholars here provide resources for both literary and theological interpretation of the Bible.

Feminist / Women's Commentaries

These series approach the text through the lens of Feminist theory, or with special regard to women's interpretative postures.

Wisdom Commentary Series

  • This series provides a feminist interpretation of each book of the Bible. Contributing scholars, though sharing a Feminist theological outlook, comprise a range of disciplinary, academic, and geographic contexts. Classified individually by book of the Bible.

Feminist Companion to the Bible

  • Each volume in this series provides an introduction and brief commentary on that book of the bible. Each volume is written by a separate feminist scholar. Classified individually by book of the Bible.

Feminist Companion to the New Testament

  • Same as above, except with a focus on the New Testament. Classified individually by book of the Bible.

Two single-volume women's Bible commentaries:

Ecology and the Bible

Earth Bible Commentaries

  • This commentary series features scholars interacting with the text with ecological concerns in mind. Classified Individually by book of the Bible.