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Biblical & Religious Studies: How to search for a New Testament commentary

Find a New Testament Commentary in the online catalog

In the "Search" box, type the following: (please note: the following headings are not case sensitive)

1. Bible Matthew Commentaries or try Bible N T  Matthew Commentaries
2. From the "within" pull-down menu, select "Subject begins with..."
3. Click on the "Search" button
4. In the displayed list of headings, click on Bible Matthew Commentaries or Bible N T Matthew Commentaries


To search for commentaries on epistles with 1st’s and 2nd’s, use the following examples:

For commentaries on 1st and 2nd Corinthians:

  • Bible N.T. Corinthians Commentaries
  • Bible Corinthians Commentaries

For commentaries specific to 1st Corinthians:

  • Bible N.T. Corinthians, 1st Commentaries
  • Bible Corinthians, 1st Commentaries

For commentaries specific to 2nd Corinthians:

  • Bible N.T. Corinthians, 2nd Commentaries
  • Bible Corinthians, 2nd Commentaries

For commentaries about 1st Peter or 1st John:

  • Bible N.T. Peter, 1st Commentaries or Bible Peter, 1st Commentaries
  • Bible N.T. Epistle of John, 1st Commentaries or Bible Epistle of John, 1st Commentaries

To distinguish between commentaries on the epistles of John and the Gospel of John use these subject headings:

  • Bible N.T. Epistles of John Commentaries or Bible Epistles of John Commentaries
  • Bible N.T. Epistle of John, 1st Commentaries or Bible Epistle of John, 1st Commentaries
  • Bible N.T. John Commentaries or Bible John Commentaries



To search for commentaries on collected parts of the New Testament, use these subject headings: (please note: take the N.T. out of the heading and do a separate search for additional, usually newer works).

  • Bible N.T. Commentaries or Bible Commentaries 
  • Bible N.T. Gospels Commentaries
  • Bible N.T. Epistles Commentaries
  • Bible N.T. Epistles of Paul Commentaries
  • Bible N.T. Pastoral Epistles Commentaries
  • Bible N.T. Catholic Epistles Commentaries
  • Bible N.T. Epistles of John Commentaries

To search for commentaries on specific chapter(s) of N.T. books or epistles, use these examples with Roman numerals for chapters:

  • Bible N.T. Romans VIII Commentaries
  • Bible N.T. Corinthians, 1st, XI Commentaries or Bible Corinthians, 1st, 11 Commentaries
  • Bible N.T. Romans IX-XI Commentaries

To search for critical works on New Testament biblical books:

  • Bible N.T. Romans IX-XI Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • Bible N.T. Mark Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • Bible N.T. Corinthians 1st Criticism, interpretation, etc or Bible Corinthians 1st Criticism, interpretation, etc


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