Answered By: David Woolwine
Last Updated: Oct 21, 2016     Views: 44

Please go to the Library homepage at  >  Databases by Subject.  You may be prompted for your username and password.  You can access databases either by subject area or alphabetically by name of database. Go to ATLA Religion Database, which is the major database for religious studies. Scholarly commentaries on religious scripture can be found there. You can even search for specific passages. Simply type book and chapter number in first search box (e.g. Genesis 1) either under "Select a Field" or use drop down menu to change the search to Scripture Citation. These searches will produce different results so you might try both. Another source of commentary is the Index to Articles on Jewish Studies (Rambi) maintained by the Jewish National and University Library, Israel. This is a open-access resource although you may be required to log in if you go from the library homepage. It has no full-text available to Hofstra and does not interact with journal finder. In order to see if Hofstra holds the journals returned in a search you must enter the titles of such journals manually into Journal Finder.

The library holds books of commentary specific to religious traditions, for instance both the Talmund and the Midrash are held in various forms, and both in the circulating collection and in reference. The Encyclopedia Talmudica might also be consulted. The Encyclopedia of Islam held in reference in both early 20th century and mid-20th century versions may be useful. The Encyclopaedia of the Qurʼān, published 2001 to 2006 may be more current. You might also search the online catalogue for encyclopedias and commentary in other traditions using keywords.

The two major scholarly commentary series held in reference are the Anchor Bible commentaries and the Hermeneia commentaries. The first is presently published by Yale University Press, the second by Fortress Press. Both are probably best searched by key words or by title.

All these print resources are held in the Reference Room on the Main Floor of Axinn Library.

To locate them, and others, please go to the Library homepage at >Search the Catalog,  If searching by title, do not enter the words "The" or "A" or "An" at the beginning of the title.  If searching by author, enter last name followed by first name.

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