Religious Studies

General Resources

Religious Studies Resources

Where to Look? Browse these call numbers:

  • BL 1 to BL 2790 – Religion. Mythology.
    • BL 1 to BL 50 – Religion (General).
    • BL 61 to BL 65 – Philosophy of religion.
    • BL 74 to BL 99 – Religions of the world.
    • BL 660 to BL 2680 – History and principles of religions.
  • BM 1 to BM 990 – Judaism.
  • BP 1 to BP 610 – Islam.
  • BQ 1 to BQ 9800 – Buddhism.
  • BR 1 to BR 1725 – Christianity.
  • BS 1 to BS 2970 – The Bible.
    • BS 410 to BS 680 – Works about the Bible.
      • BS 500 to BS 534.8 – Criticism and interpretation.
    • BS 701 to BS 1830 – Old Testament.
    • BS 1901 to BS 2970 – New Testament.
  • BX 1 to BX 9999 – Christian Denominations.
    • BX 800 to BX 4795 – Catholic Church.
    • BX 4800 to BX 9999 – Protestantism.

Selected Books in the Library

General Reference

  • Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of World Religions
    Call number: BL 31 .M47 1999 REF
  • The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions
    Call number: BL 31 .O84 1997
  • The Religion Book: Places, Prophets, Saints, and Seers
    Call number: BL 31 .W55 2004
  • Religions of the Ancient World: A Guide
    Call number: BL 687 .R47 2004

Special Topics

  • Contemporary American Religion
    Call number: BK 2525 .C65 2000 REF, in 2 volumes.
  • Islam: A Short History
    Call number: BP 50 .A69 2000
  • The Oxford Companion to the Bible
    Call number: BS440 .M434 1993 REF
  • The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, 3rd Edition.
    Call number: BR 95 .O8 1997 REF
  • The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion
    Call number: BM 50 .O84 1997 REF
  • The Rivers of Paradise: Moses, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus and Muhammad as Religious Founders
    Call number: BL 72 .R58 2001
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General Reference

Special Topics

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  • BBC: Religions, this section of BBC: Religion & Ethics provides background information on numerous religious beliefs. BBC: Religion & Ethics, offers articles and multi-media resources on topics and controversies in religion and ethics from around the world.
  • The Bible, on Great Books Online, offers the American Bible Society’s KJV, 1999 edition with full-text searching, tables of contents and a quick verse finder, in addition to other related resources.
  • Discovering Sacred Texts, from the British Library, “provides access to the richness and diversity of the texts from some of the world’s greatest faiths.” It includes videos, digitized sacred texts, images, history, and more.

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