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E-Resources for the Bible and Qur'an

This guide focuses on resources online for the study of the Bible and the Qur'an.

Handbooks, Commentaries, Reference Works, and Books

Publisher-based Series

Princeton's Lives of Great Religious Books series: This series focuses on how people used a specific religious text after it was written. Volumes cover texts from various religious traditions, including ancients texts such as Genesis, Exodus, Job, Revelation, I Ching, and more modern texts like Bonhoeffer's "Letters and Papers from Prison," and C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity. Most of the titles are available on JSTOR.

Study Bibles:

Study Bibles are good sources of basic information about the texts and their contexts. They usually include maps, charts, essays about the biblical world, and brief critical notes.

Reference Books:

reference books provide basic introductions to a topic. Good reference books also include lists of books and articles for further reading.

Finding Ebooks at Vassar

Ebooks can be complicated to locate. Please review the directions on our Finding Ebooks at Vassar page. Please don't hesitate to email Deb Bucher or researchhelp@vassar.edu when you have questions. A few starting places:

  • JSTOR
    • In Advanced Search mode, narrow results to BOOKS.
  • Cambridge University Press
    • Search the library catalog in advanced mode and select Publisher: Cambridge / Location: Internet
  • ACLS Humanities
    • Collection of over 5,400 seminal books in the humanities and related social sciences. These titles are presented in collaboration with more than 120 publishers and Michigan Publishing. Books in the Humanities EBook (HEB) collection have been recommended and reviewed by scholars and constituent learned societies of the American Council of Learned Societies. 
  • ProQuest Ebook Central
    • Searchable platform of books from multiple academic publishers. Chapters and books can be downloaded for offline reading and printing.

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