General Resource Guides
These guides provide valuable recommendations for a variety of print resources and web sites.
- Websites on Religion
- An annotated guide to online resources for the study of religion and theology. Includes websites, syllabi, texts, journals, bibliographies, liturgies, reference resources, software, etc. Maintenance had lapsed around 2014, but it has recently been taken over by the American Theological Library Association, so expect updates soon.
- Congregational Resource Guide
- Provides hundreds of annotated resource recommendations that address the specific, practical needs of congregations and their leaders. Includes articles, Web sites, news sources, organizations, books, periodicals, special reports, online topical explorations, learning pathways, etc.
- Classics Index
- Index of digitized books available through Google Books, Archive.org, and elsewhere “for the study of Greek and Roman classics, early Judaism, and Christianity.”
- New Testament Gateway
- A listing of academic resources on the Internet for the study of the New Testament and the origins of Christianity. Maintained by Dr. Mark Goodacre, Professor of Religious Studies at Duke University.
- Index of Biblical Quotations in Early Christian Literature
- Searchable index of biblical quotations and allusions found in both Western and Eastern Christian writings from the 1st century into the 4th century.
- e-Catena: Compiled Allusions to the NT in the Ante-Nicene Fathers
- List of quotations and allusions to the New Testament in the Ante-Nicene Fathers, organized in canonical order.
- STEP Bible
- NET Bible
- ESV Online
- Bible Gateway
- Blue Letter Bible
- New English Translation of the Septuagint
- Daily Dose of Hebrew
- From Mark Futato, author of Beginning Biblical Hebrew. Video lectures based on the lessons in his book, daily 2-minute videos focused on reading a single verse, and links to helpful online tools for reading Hebrew.
- Daily Dose of Greek
- From Rob Plummer, professor of New Testament at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Video lectures based on D.A. Black’s Learn to Read New Testament Greek, daily 2-minute videos focused on reading a single verse, and links to helpful online tools for reading biblical Greek.
- Abridged Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG)
- The Abridged Thesaurus Linguae Graecae allows researchers browse and search a selection of about 1,000 Greek texts from Homer (8th century B.C.) to the fall of Byzantium in A.D. 1453. Includes patristic texts, Plato, Aristotle, etc. Registration required.
- Perseus Digital Library
- A digital library for the humanities that includes a large collection of Greek and Roman texts.
- Loebolus (Loeb Classical Library)
- Downloadable PDFs of volumes from the Loeb Classical Library that are in the public domain.
- Early Church Fathers
- Electronic editions of The Ante-Nicene Fathers and both series of The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers. See also additional texts edited by Roger Pearse.
- Migne’s Patrologia Graeca & Patrologia Latina
- Downloadable PDFs are available from Documenta Catholica Omnia (website in Latin).
- Online Critical Pseudepigrapha
- Electronic critical texts of the Old Testament Pseudipigrapha.
- Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon
- A database of Aramaic texts in all dialects from the earliest (9th century BCE) through the 13th century CE. Includes a database of approximately 2.5 million lexically parsed words, and tools for analyzing the data.
- Searchable Greek Inscriptions
- Database of Greek inscriptions from Greece, Crete, Cyprus, Thrace, the north coast of the Black Sea, Syria, Egypt, North Africa, and Germany. Inscriptions can be searched in Greek, or browsed by region.
- Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature
- Collection of about 400 texts from ancient Mesopotamia (late 3rd/early 2nd millennia BCE) transliterated and with English translation.
- The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA)
- The ARDA allows you to interactively explore data on American and international religion using online features for generating national profiles, GIS maps, church membership overviews, denominational heritage trees, tables, charts, and other reports.
- Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion
- Research institute at Baylor University that produces research reports and case studies on topics in the study of religion.
- Bureau of Justice Statistics
- Data on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems from the U.S. Department of Justice.
- CIA World Factbook
- Basic demographic and statistical data on every country in the world.
- Data sets released to the public by U.S. government agencies.
- Faith Communities Today
- Ongoing national research project that surveys U.S. congregations.
- Hartford Institute for Religion Research
- Research institute at Hartford Seminary that gathers and produces research on U.S. churches and religious organizations.
- Insights into Religion
- Gateway to religion research produced by more than 25 institutes, programs, and projects related to initiatives of the Lily Endowment.
- National Congregations Study
- “An ongoing national survey effort to gather information about the basic characteristics of America’s congregations.”
- Pew Research Center Religion & Public Life Project
- A nonpartisan research institute that produces reports based on “public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research.”
- Public Religion Research Institute
- A nonpartisan research institute that produces reports on religion in politics and public life.
- U.S. Census Bureau
- U.S. population and demographic data. Pay particular attention to the American FactFinder sub-site.
- United Nations Statistics Division
- Data on global demographics, trade, social indicators, and other topics.
- CC Search
- Search for royalty-free images and other media that can be adapted or reused under a Creative Commons license.
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