Planning an effective search strategy can save you time and retrieve more relevant results.
At this first stage, you need to work out:
If you are confused or unsure about the assessment topic, ask your lecturer or tutor who will be happy to talk it through with you.
Primary Biblical Sources:
These are the preferred versions as listed in your Subject Outline, to be used for the analysis of a narrative or poetic passage.Select from
For a Jewish perspective on the Old Testament see
This text is also available within Oxford Biblical Studies Online. A number of the readings for your subject are extracts from this publication.
Analysis of a narrative or poetic passage including
If you have chosen to analyse one of the poetic passages, this online book may be useful.
If you have chosen one of the narrative passages then this could be a useful resource:
Contains links to biblical texts and various other texts related to the Bible compiled and owned by Torrey Seland, Professor emeritus and former Dean of Studies, School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger, Norway.
This site is useful for the tasks required in Assessment 4, Exegesis paper.
The Chronology of the Old Testament is useful to see the sequence of biblical periods which have been correlated with archeological and verified historical sources. Bible Gateway includes a Chronology of the Old Testament here.
Author Dr Brent Strawn,
Professor of Old Testament at Duke Divinity School
Oxford Reference online enables you to locate the scripture passages in which your chosen character appears, from Chronicles or Kings or similar books within the Old Testament.
Once you have identified the relevant scripture passages, you can search using the scripture passage as a field within the databases, to search for secondary sources which focus on this character.
Selection of one from Daniel / Samuel / Rehoboam /
Elijah / Naomi / Hagar
Focus on historical, theological and literary concerns relevant to the passages in which your chosen character appears.
Use the online theological databases to search on the name of the character as SUBJECT or PERSON or SUBJECT NAME to obtain journal articles providing secondary literature for this assessment task.
The Divinity School Library at Duke University Libraries, Durham, North Carolina, has a Biblical Studies Guide with links to many additional tools and resources, including Instructions for Word Study, Font and Language tools, and the List of Greek and Hebrew Word reference Sources with a key to Strong's numbering.
They have also prepared a detailed Biblical Exegesis guide.
Art and images related to Biblical texts are included in their Image Resources for Biblical Studies: Getting Started guide.