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Biblical Commentaries

Finding print Commentaries in the Library

There are a few ways you can locate print commentaries in the Berntsen Library. The most efficient way is to start with Library Search, whether or not you're looking for a specific commentary.

Library Search

Library Search searches almost all the library's physical and online resources. The search box is prominently placed on the library's home page

The most effective way to search for biblical commentaries is to use the Advanced Search as follows:

  • First, change the top search field to Title
  • Second, type in the name of the biblical book, in the example below, john (or peter, deuteronomy, micah, etc.)
  • Third, type in commentaries in the lower search field.undefined
    • Note: this search will find commentaries on the Gospel of John and on the Epistles of John as well. So pay attention as you scroll through the results list.
  • ​​​The search results will display both print and online books, and may also show articles and other kinds resources. To limit the search to just books (whether print or online), use the filter to the left of the search results.


Print Commentaries in the Library

Biblical commentaries in the Berntsen Library are either on the main level of the library in the Reference collection or in the upper level of the library.

  • Commentaries on the Main Level (Reference collection)
    • Call numbers range from 220–228. Ask at the desk if you need direction.
    • These commentaries cannot be checked out.
    • Reference commentary sets of note:
      • Expositor's Bible Commentary
      • New International Commentary on the Old Testament
      • New International Commentary on the New Testament
      • New Interpreter's Bible
      • NIV Application Commentary
      • Pillar New Testament Commentary
      • Sacra Pagina
      • Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary
      • Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries
      • Tyndale New Testament Commentaries
      • Word Biblical Commentary
  • Commentaries on the Upper Level (circulating collection)
    • These commentaries can be checked out.
    • Once you find the call number of a specific commentary (e.g., Galatians by Douglas Moo, Upper Level 227.407 M77g 2013) or the general range of call numbers for a biblical book (e.g., books on Galatians will be located in the 227.4***** range), you can then locate the shelf section where, in our example, books on Galatians are. If you don't know how to get to that call number section, just ask at the desk, and we'll help you find it.