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The Subject search option is used to retrieve records using Library of Congress (LC) Subject Headings. The LC Subject Headings are terms or phrases that have been designated as the standard word or phrase for every subject.
For example, if you were doing research on the book of Philemon, you would not want to put Philemon in as your subject, because the designated LC Subject Heading for this topic is actually Bible N T Philemon.
Often, if you put in the wrong subject heading, Orbis will let you know what the correct subject heading is for your topic:
The results of a Subject Heading search are displayed in a Search Results list which may be browsed, forward and backward. The results indicate further subdivisions of the topic.
2. Searching for specific books or sections of the Bible
Search by Subject Heading (see above) to find works on specific books, chapters, verses, or other parts of the Bible.
Bible o t (for the Old Testament)
Bible n t (for the New Testament)
Bible o t [name of subsection] or Bible
n t [name of subsection] e.g.:
Bible o t former prophets
Bible o t hexateuch
Bible o t pentateuch
Bible o t prophets
Bible o t apocrypha
Bible n t gospels
Bible n t epistles
Bible n t epistles of Paul
Bible n t pastoral epistles
Bible n t epistles of John
Bible n t catholic epistles
Wisdom literature, not bible o t wisdom literature
Apocalyptic literature, not bible o t apocalyptic
Book of the covenant
Bible o t [name of book] e.g. Bible o t Amos
Bible n t [name of book] e.g. Bible n t Matthew
Bible [o t or n t] [name of book] [chapter - Roman
numerals] [verse - Arabic numbers] e.g.
Bible o t Genesis xxii 1 19
Bible n t Romans xi 25 32
3. Searching for specific topics, genres, interpretations
Search by Subject Heading (see above) to find works relating the Bible or sections of the Bible to specific topics, genres, interpretive approaches, etc.
--Antiquities (the archaeology and antiquities of the Bible) e.g. Bible--antiquities
--Bibliography (bibliographies of works containing biblical criticism
--Commentaries e.g. Bible o t amos--commentaries
--Criticism interpretation etc (critical works on the Bible) e.g. Bible n t matthew--criticism interpretation etc
--Criticism interpretation etc Jewish
--Social scientific criticism
Bible o t exodus--geography
--Hermeneutics (the principles of biblical criticism)
--Historiography (works on the way in which historical events are presented
in the Bible)
--History of contemporary events (history contemporary with the history
of biblical events) e.g. Bible o t isaiah--history of contempory events
--History of biblical events (the history of events related in the Bible) e.g. Bible o t isaiah--history of biblical events
--Liturgical use e.g. Bible o t psalms--liturgical use
--Relation to _____ e.g.
Bible n t matthew--relation to mark (to Psalms, etc)
Bible o t chronicles--relation to kings
Bible o t Jeremiah--relation to psalms
_____ in the Bible e.g.
Metaphor in the Bible
Narration in the Bible
Rhetoric in the Bible
Rites and ceremonies in the Bible
Satire in the Bible
Symbolism in the Bible
Bible and _____ e.g.
Bible and law
Bible and literature
Bible and science
4. Searching for works on people in the Bible
Search by Subject Heading (see above) to find works on specific individuals in the Bible. Examples are provided below.
Abraham biblical patriarch
Moses biblical leader
Hezekiah king of judah
Isaiah biblical prophet
Paul the apostle saint
Matthew the apostle saint
John saint apostle
You can also related a particular person to a specific topic, as follows:
--Historicity e.g. Jesus Christ--historicity
--Teachings e.g. Paul the apostle saint--teachings
--Views on _____ e.g.
Paul the apostle saint--views on Jewish law
Paul the apostle saint--views on justification
Paul the apostle saint--views on women
5. Searching for specific versions of the Bible
The basic procedure for finding specific versions of the Bible (i.e., Revised Standard Version, New King James Version, New International Version, etc.) is to do a Title search starting with the word "Bible" followed by the language, and then the version.
Bible English Revised Standard
Finds the Revised Standard Version (RSV) of the Bible
Bible English New Revised Standard
Finds the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible
Bible English New International
Finds the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible
Bible English New American
Finds the New American Bible (NAB)
Bible English New American Standard
Finds the New American Standard Bible (NASB) of the Bible
Bible English Revised English
Finds the Revised English Bible
Bible English New Jerusalem
Finds the New Jerusalem Bible
Bible English Authorized
Finds the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible
Bible English New King James
Finds the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible
Bible English Today's English
Finds the Good News Bible
Bible O T Hebrew
Finds the Hebrew Bible
Bible Latin Vulgate
Finds the Latin Vulgate version of the Bible
6. Other subject headings for Biblical Studies
_____ literature--relation to the old testament / --relation to the new
Assyro-Babylonian literature--relation to the old testament
Greek literature--relation to the new testament
Ugaritic literature--relation to the old testament