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Bible Study Tools: Find Books


One of the Dead Sea Scrolls

One of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Photo by Tango7174. CC-ASA-4.0I

Library of Congress Bible Subject Headings

Bible -This is the subject heading for the Bible in its entirety

Bible Old Testament  - This is the subject heading for the Old Testament

Bible Hexateuch

Bible Pentateuch

Bible Prophets

Bible Apocrypha - This is the subject heading for the entire Apocrypha

Bible New Testament - This is the subject heading for the New Testament

Bible Gospels

Bible Epistles

Bible Epistles of Paul

Bible Pastoral Epistles

Bible Epistles of John

Bible Catholic Epistles

Bible Genesis

Bible Exodus

Bible Leviticus

Bible Numbers

Bible Deuteronomy

Bible Joshua

Bible Judges

Bible Ruth

Bible Samuel 1st

Bible Samuel 2nd

Bible Kings 1st

Bible Kings 2nd

Bible Chronicles 1st

Bible Chronicles 2nd

Bible Ezra

Bible Nehemiah

Bible Esther

Bible Job

Bible Psalms

Bible Proverbs

Bible Ecclesiastes

Bible Song of Solomon

Bible Isaiah

Bible Jeremiah

Bible Lamentations

Bible Eziekel

Bible Daniel

Bible Hosea

Bible Joel

Bible Amos

Bible Obadiah

Bible Jonah

Bible Micah

Bible Nahum

Bible Habakkuk

Bible Zephaniah

Bible Haggai

Bible Zechariah

Bible Malachi

Bible Matthew

Bible Mark

Bible Luke

Bible John

Bible Acts

Bible Romans

Bible Corinthians 1st

Bible Corinthians 2nd

Bible Galatians

Bible Ephesians

Bible Philippians

Bible Colossians

Bible Thessalonians 1st

Bible Thessalonians 2nd

Bible Timothy 1st

Bible Timothy 2nd

Bible Titus

Bible Philemon

Bible Hebrews

Bible James

Bible Peter 1st

Bible Peter 2nd

Bible John 1st

Bible John 2nd

Bible John 3rd

Bible Jude

Bible Revelation

Bible Apocrypha Rest of Esther

Bible Apocrypha Ezra 2nd

Bible Apocrypha Tobit

Bible Apocrypha Judith

Bible Apocrypha Maccabees 1st

Bible Apocrypha Maccabees 2nd

Bible Apocrypha Maccabees 3rd

Bible Apocrypha Esdras 1st

Bible Apocrypha Esdras 2nd

Bible Apocrypha Esdras 3rd

Bible Apocrypha Esdras 4th

Bible Apocrypha Wisdom of Solomon

Bible Apocrypha Ecclesiasticas

Bible Apocrypha Baruch

Bible Apocrypha History of Susanna

Finding Biblical Commentaries & Criticism in the Online Catalog

The quickest, most comprehensive way to find biblical commentaries and criticism is to use the Classic Catalog, not the default search in DUQSearch. This section will instruct you how to find biblical commentaries and criticism using the Classic Catalog. Most of Gumberg Library's biblical oommentaries and criticism are printed books. It is these that will be found in the Classic Catalog. Any ebook commentaries and criticism are to be found using DUQSearch. Instructions on finding these things in DUQSearch are at the bottom of this page.

Step 1: Finding the Correct Library of Congress Subject Heading for a Biblical Book

To search for biblical commentaries and criticism in the Classic Catalog, you need to first find the correct Library of Congress subject heading for the biblical book you are interested in. On the left of the screen is a box in which you can find the correct heading. You can find four different sorts of headings:

  • General
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical

Once you find the correct heading, write it down, or copy it to paste it into the search box in the Classic Catalog. By the way, for this kind of search to work, you must use a correct Library of Congress subject heading.

Step 2: Getting to the Classic Catalog

To get to the Classic Catalog Search screen from this screen, just click the blue button directly below.


Classic Catalog button


If you are starting from the Gumberg Library homepage, click on the "Research" button on the left side at the bottom of the page.

Research landing page button


On the next screen, under "Research Tools," click on the "Classic Catalog" link.

Research Tools menu

Step 3: Doing a Search

You will be take to the Classic Catalog basic search screen. Click on "Advanced Search."

Classic CAtalog menu


On the Advanced Search screen, enter the Library of Congress subject heading for your biblical book in the Search box. Then change the menu in front of the Search box to "Subject" and click the Search button. This will cause the Classic Catalog to run a Subject Search using your subject heading, bringing up everything in the catalog under that subject.

 Advanced Keyword Search interface

Your Search Result

In your search result you will have conveniently laid out before you everything on the biblical book you are interested in, subdivided to get you more quickly to the specific material you need. For those doing biblical exegesis, some of the more useful subdivisions are:

  • Commentaries
  • Criticism, Interpretation, Etc.

Search result


The number of items under a subdivision is found on the far right side of the line. Point to the subdivison you are interested and click on it and you will be taken to a list of those titles. In the example above, if we click on "Bible Matthew Commentaries," we would be taken to all commentaries on the entire Gospel of Matthew.

Find Commentaries & Critical Works in DUQSearch

You will find commentaries and critical works on biblical books more quickly and surely in the Classic Catalog. How to do this is shown above. But, since DUQSearch is the default search everyone will encounter, it is a good idea to know how to find these things using DUQSearch also. Another reason for knowing this is that ebooks can only be accessed through DUQSearch.

Step 1: Find the Correct Subject Heading (See Step 1 above)


Step 2: Go the the Advanced Search Screen

A very powerful and flexible way to search the DUQSearch Catalog is to use the Advanced Search. In order to do this you must first get to the DUQSearch Catalog. You may do so by clicking the Gumberg Library link on the right at the top of the screen, which will take you to the library's homepage. The Advanced Search link is under the DuqSearch search box.

GEt to the Advanced Search Screen


Step 3: Enter your search

Enter the correct LCSH for the biblical book you are interested in the the first search box. Enter the word "commentaries" in the second box. Leave the menus to the right of the search boxes set for "Select a Field (optional)." Do not click Search yet.

Enter your search 


DUQSearch will automatically find printed books, ebooks, and articles from selected databases when a search is run. Sometimes this gives an overwhelming result. If all you want to find are printed books and ebooks, no articles, type your search in the Advanced Search boxes, then scroll down. On the right, look for the limiter All Gumberg Specialized Collection Catalogs. Click the check box to the left of it. then click Search. This will limit your search to printed books and ebooks only.

Limit to books only