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General Resources

The University of Michigan site has the Revised Standard Version of the Bible online, enhanced by an efficient search engine that allows you to search by book, chapter or verse, as well as by individual words and phrases. This makes it an effective concordance. This is the version usually referred to in RESource. Other translations and versions are referred to in relation to particular areas of Scripture Studies. If you are studying Old Testament texts you might like to look also at the translation of the Old Testament (or Tanakh) provided on the Jewish Virtual Library site. Another Jewish site Navigating the Bible contains the text in Hebrew and English, together with a dictionary of people, places and things.

In the area of New Testament studies, Dr Mark Goodacre of the University of Birmingham has organised a fine gateway site that contains excellent and reliable links, to many articles and websites, some scholarly, some popular. Electronic New Testament Educational Resources organised by Professor Felix Just SJ also provides many links to reputable sites. The Narrow Gate is a fine teaching resource prepared specifically for high school use.  

The Old Testament Gateway is not as extensive nor as authoritative as Dr Mark Goodacre’s New Testament Gateway but it contains some worthwhile introductory articles and essays on specific topics. There are a couple of excellent general Old Testament sites on the web. One of these is Barry Bandstra’s introductory site Reading the Old Testament- An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible.

The other is an introduction to the Old Testament in point form prepared for his high school classes by teacher Richard Martin. This site, also mentioned above, is called The Narrow Gate. It includes model quizzes and crosswords designed to help students read texts closely. Scroll down the list of contents to the Old Testament section.

A short article entitled How the Bible was Written provides a good brief introduction to the background, composition and development of chiefly Old Testament texts though the New Testament is touched on too.

There are almost no up-to-date, scholarly dictionaries of the Bible online. However, one, which provides brief definitions, is Tim Bulkeley’s Hypertext Bible Dictionary. Along somewhat similar lines is A Basic Vocabulary of Biblical Studies For Beginning Students. Finally, a comprehensive map resource for both Old and New Testaments is the Online Bible Atlas. It provides detailed maps of the near East including annotated maps of the movements of Jesus as recorded in the gospels. Other maps set out the geographical and political situation of the time and provide a wealth of background information about the first century setting.